All those pesky little details an author better get right, or else--
This morning, both sets of daffodils had sprung back up, so my conclusion is they didn't like the heat, but revived during the night because it was cooler.
If you were writing a book with a setting near Chicago, Illinois, and the timeframe of March, unless you were specifically mentioning this year, all the things I mentioned above wouldn't be here. Instead, to ground your readers in a story, you'd mention snow starting to melt, or grass still brown, if you even see it peeking from the snow. The temperatures would typically be in the 50s, or if you're lucky the 60s. You might see a few buds on the bushes, or daffodils or tulips beginning to come up, but not blooming. The insects would also be few and far between.
Fortunately, the Internet is a great source for learning such pesky little details. An author needs to get them right, because, God forbid, if they're wrong, a reader will notice.
What other pesky little details should authors be aware of? Can you share any you've encountered when writing a book?
By the way, the thriller I mentioned, Forever Young: Blessing or Curse, is on sale on kindle at 99 cents through March 24, 2012, after which it returns to $1.99. It's also available at the regular price of $1.99 in other electronic formats, and is in print for $12.87.
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