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Research when writing novels

Research for writing novels is a must for a good author. Need to know the time of sunset for a particular location and date? How about a heroine who is allergic to latex? It turns out she would have problems with condoms and some personal lubricants. Are they going hiking the last week in March? What's the typical weather for the date?  They're going boating on a local lake. Are life jackets required? Got to check with Game and Fish.  If they're supposed to, but I don't want them to, what would happen if they got caught? A fine. How much? OK, good to know. It makes for realistic details, and I'm anal.  Plus, I've laughed my head off at some authors who didn't know shit from Shinola (look it up), and I don't want anyone laughing at me. 

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