On the audio book front: I’ve just signed off on Hidden Fire, so it’s now in the queue at ACX. Meanwhile, you can listen to Finding Sarah, book 1 in the series.
We’ve all heard the rule: Write What You Know. Certainly doctors know about medical stuff, cops know about police work, ranchers know about ranching, chefs know about cooking…the list goes on. But being an expert in one’s field doesn’t mean one is a good writer. And conversely, not being an expert shouldn’t hamper someone from telling a good story. Heck, learning new stuff is half the fun of writing.
Right now, I’m writing a book set in the winter in Colorado. Having some experience living in those conditions, I felt I could do justice to the scenes (even though when I wrote the first ones, it was August!)
But then I needed my character to use snowshoes. I knew very little about that sport. I do own a pair, but have never used them since we have had very mild winters up till now. However, I do have a very good friend who’s an avid snowshoer, and I emailed her for advice. I may not know a whole lot about snowshoeing, but I do know that my scene, with her help, should pass muster.
Talking to real live people is even better—and that’s why I treated a local Colorado State Patrol trooper to dinner last week. Also, I’ve been emailing my eye doctor for help with Gordon’s eye condition. And when I go in for my appointment next week, I’ll ask him some more questions.