I suppose if you're going to write a novel it should be about something you're interested in. After all, at some point, you will have to research various aspects of your piece--so that you don't sound like a total schlub to the people who read your work.
So Ali has graciously offered to let me follow her around one night this week so that I can get an inside look at how a bar is run. You know all those little bitty details of things, like layout and procedure and whatnot? Apparently I have that all wrong. She has been hounding me to fix the 'bar stuff'.
The closest I've ever been to mixing drinks is as a barista. According to Ali, mixing coffee and mixing alcohol are two totally different beasts...though I notice a remarkable similarity in the layout of the sinks (she sent me pictures, which I have diligently saved to my computer). I look forward to snooping around.
Here's a question for you: What novel would you write, just so that you could do the research part of it all? Would you set it during a specific time period--like the Salem witch trials, just so you could go to Salem around Halloween? Or about a specific subject--like rock climbing?