Originally Posted by Gary Compton
Our Damaris is as much of a woman as her name suggests, and judging from her photos on her website - a very beautiful one at that.
*wonders exactly what Gary had been drinking on New Year's Eve...*
I agree with TDZ about the POV character being important -- as Mouse has said, she can gloss over certain aspects by the victim-finder being ignorant of police etc procedure. But there comes a time when research is necessary, so best to do a little. The problem is when someone doesn't realise his/her own ignorance, as per the guinea pig problem.
Interesting what you say about divorce, Toby. I've never been divorced either, but I'd feel more comfortable writing about an emotional experience I hadn't suffered than about a physical one -- I think perhaps because I can imagine the emotions without needing to read about them, whereas imagining a gunfight which even approximates reality would be beyond me without a good deal of research.