Do You Check Everything?

A few goofs can make readers doubt.

The review gave a glowing recommendation, underscoring the meticulous research behind The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies.

The author’s note speaks of using the subject’s “letters and papers, declassified U.S. and British government files, Freedom of … Continue reading

Your Research Department

Readers expect you’ll get your facts straight.

Writing fiction? Unless it’s science fiction or fantasy, don’t think you can make up everything.

No mater how exotic your setting, readers expect you’ll not only set the scene with vivid details, but also that you’ll get those details right. When my wife recently read a … Continue reading

Historic Colors and Flavors

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by Andy Scheer

As someone who lived through the 1950s and ’60s, if I were writing a novel set in that era I could be tempted to trust my memory. But recent visits to a few websites reminded me how much I’d forgotten.

Like the motels where … Continue reading