You don't have to be a gun expert to write about guns. In most cases, you're actually better off being as non-specific as possible. Getting into a lot of details about actions and calibers and so on is a sure-fire way to put most of your readers to sleep. When details matter, though, it's important to get them right. Failing to do so can turn readers off to your writing.
An editor recently told me, and I’m paraphrasing here, that anyone who sets out to be a writer is “crazy”, and anyone who sets out to write historical fiction is even “crazier.” And she is a champion of both. I thought I knew what she meant. That you have to be a certain brand of … Continue reading What’s the Future of Historical Fiction?