My first story (Her Sanctuary) was based on mobsters and organized crime investigators forcing my heroine on the run. I read a lot of biographies from real mobsters because even though mob life wasn't the focus of my story, it was a massive part of the backstory and obviously provided my villain.
I must have cut 50 pages of Soprano-style house bugging and carefully constructed gangster hierarchy LOL. But I believe I achieved some minor level of authenticity. I did make things up, I did invent an FBI unit so I could control the scenario more easily and more effectively.
One thing I have noticed about Karen Marie Moning's book 'To tame a highland warrior' (and just to note, I loved this book, and this is a critical appraisal from someone who'd give it 8/10, and I'm VERY fussy). There is no authenticity in terms of accent and even plain old geography.
I've been shaking my head as the hero and heroine head north into the
And the dialect? Urgh.
Well yesterday's post probably demonstrated that using authentic dialogue would kill a Scottish romance novel deader than the dark side of Pluto, but putting a cockney barkeep in the
So my question from my rambling post (and yes I have had a series of very disturbed nights, thanks for asking), is what pulls you out of a story? Do you need the details correct or do you just let them go and enjoy the flow of words on the page?