I Feel Like I’ve Been Here Before
Or at Least, I Googled It
It’s been years, but I still remember sitting down to read Stephen King’s Firestarter… only to discover that he had completely mis-described Albany Airport, the location of his opening chapter.
Most of his readers probably didn’t know, or care. But I did.
When Firestarter was written and published, the Internet didn’t exist. King wasn’t able to use Google Maps and Google Earth to take a long-distance look at an airport in another state, and he couldn’t go to the airport’s website to find a map of the terminal.
In just a few minutes, we can take a virtual tour of almost any place on Earth. We can fly in overhead, or “drive” down the street and look at the shops and homes.
The majority of your readers may not know that you can’t see the lake from the end of the football field in Anytown, Missouri—but doing the research is easy, and that one reader who does care might be pleased enough that you got it right that they’ll buy your next book. Do them, and yourself, a favor! Take those few minutes to do your research. It’s a definite gift to your readers.