Ride Alongs, Doctor Calls, and Drug Busts: All in a Day’s Work

In the name of research…

Lady Smut

By Liz Everly

Last week I was at Fourth of July party and had an interesting conversation with an educated woman, whose husband is even more educated. Let’s just say they are in the medical profession. She was shocked when she found out that writers actually do research—not the book kind of research one might imagine, but that they actually call on experts and ask them questions. She didn’t realize this  until a writer called her office to ask questions. The woman I was speaking with thought we simply made everything up.

Hmmm. I wonder how many readers think like that or simply never give it a thought. I mean we are mostly here to entertain readers—so I guess if readers are not thinking about everything that goes into the book, maybe we are doing a great job. And I kinda like the notion that readers think writers are a…

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