Do Your Research – The Devil is in the Details

Author Don Massenzio

In my first book, Frankly Speaking, my main character, Frank Rozzani, notices someone has broken into his home. He reaches into his glove box for his Glock and proceeds inside with caution. Sounds right, doesn’t it. That’s what other characters in books, television and movies do.

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In my original draft, however, I had him making sure the safety was off. When I let an author acquaintance of mine, who is retired police officer, read the book, he came to that part and let me know that a Glock doesn’t have a safety. I had no idea. I didn’t know a Glock from a hole in the wall.

This taught me a valuable lesson. I went back through that book and looked for other things. For instance, I used GPS and satellite phone technology in the book and I researched the use of these things extensively to make sure that it…

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5 thoughts on “Do Your Research – The Devil is in the Details

  1. I was wondering whether a Glock actually fits inside the glovebox of the car he was in!

    I hate people who get the details wrong. Especially for places I’ve been to. If you can’t find the details online, surely you could ask your writing buddies if anyone’s been somewhere?

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