I suspect I spend 20 hours of research for every hour I write.
There’s nothing that will jar me from a good story quicker than an implausible premise or a faulty fact. Novelists are storytellers. The story we tell has to immerse the reader in a believable world. There may be fake news but there are no fake facts. It’s either fact or fiction - research discerns the difference.
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