So y'all know I'm a bit, well, lazy when it comes to research. Not that I don't do it -- I do -- I just want to find the easiest way to get the information I need and not get bogged down in endless, unnecessary details.
I'd rather talk to people to get the info I need instead of trying to Google it (I mean, honestly, if I knew what it was I needed to know I would Google. But if I don't even know what I don't know, how am I supposed to find it?) My friends have had fair warning: if you have knowledge I need for a book, be prepared to be grilled endlessly until I have the book done.
I'm very, very grateful, and in addition to my undying gratitude for your knowledge, I will happily return the favor somehow -- yes, I will come help you put together a bookshelf. I'll send the Geek to your house to fix your computer. I'll make you cookies. Buy wrapping paper and magazines from your kids. Come speak to your book club. Whatever. You'll get a mention in the Dear Reader letter or on my website.
And, sometimes, I'll name a character after you.
Soooo... not so long ago, I bother a couple of my friends who have knowledge on a topic important to my current WIP. They also happen to know each other as well. They were very helpful, and in addition to my undying gratitude, I named characters in the book after them -- the characters* doing* the very things they'd provided the information for. (Granted, they were minor characters, but they were experts in their field in the book, too!)
I send them both an advance copy of the book. Three days later, I get a phone call from one of them on behalf of both. They're *not* happy. At all.
~Fear of litigation~
After I casually remind them that they agreed to -- and seemed pleased to -- have a character named after them (and signed a release form) I asked what the problem was.
"We get to be characters in a romance novel and we're just doing the same damn thing we do every day? And we don't even get laid?"
Sigh. You just can't make some folks happy.
And on to the announcements!
~*~The winners from Molly O'Keefe's guest blog last week are:
Chey, Marcy & Linda Henderson
~*~ Tomorrow we welcome a good friend of the Playground to the blog! Be sure to stop by to meet Diane O'Brien Kelly