"A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author." ~G.K. Chesterton
This is why I took the advice from a friend and ordered Police Procedural, A Writer's Guide To The Police and How They Work, by Russel Blintiff, and I am consulting with an officer friend.
I DO NOT want my readers to know that all I know about cops is from Law & Order and CHiPs.
(Cue scratch guitar.)
I am anxious to get it right. The book is written, the story is there, I just wrote the small but necessary subplot involving the men in uniform knowing it would require some research, later.
And later is NOW, because my book is here and I'm diving in. I and my misinformation don't belong in my novel. My hero belongs in my novel.
End of story. Heh.
Do you have any research stories? Have you ever set out to write about something you know little about?