...at anything. I realized this yesterday. In the afternoon, I sent off the second book in my "sip lit" trilogy. It's centered on a winery owned by three sisters. This book is about the middle sister, Stevie, who owns a limousine service, Napa Princess Limousine. She's the tomboy sister. ANYway... I wrote a line in the book about the heroine being familiar with carburetors--and I'm watching TV last night and there's a mention about how cars these days don't have carburetors anymore...who knew? (Surfer Guy did, he told me cars today have fuel injection systems.) Now, the heroine could know about carburetors, but it just brought home to me how little I know about a lot of things!
And how much I count on other people to help me get the details as right as I can in a book. Here's a quick rundown for the one I just turned in.
Surfer Guy: Car stuff. Any time I needed a description of distance (Me: "How far is it from here to the other side of the pool?"). Tools needed to remove a stump by hand.
Son 2: A position tomboy heroine would have played on a powder puff football team. The phrase "you crazy woman" since this is what he calls me!
People who poured for me at winery tastings: Friendly and helpful with details about their particular wines and the process in general. Thank you to the fine people at Foppiano and Bella Vineyards in particular.
Our own commenter here, Emmanuelle, who helped me get the French right. (I can now curse in French!)
That doesn't count those who inspired the story in some way or another. My college friend Marianne, who wanted to work in the wine industry and whose family hails from Luxembourg (hero in Book 2 has similar background), my BFF Cynthia, who married at a winery, my buddy Lisa who went with me on my very first wine country experience years ago.
So what do I bring to this? I suppose I'll allow myself to be an expert on describing the process of falling in love. It's what interests me most, anyway. That love thing.
Are you an expert in anything? We have Lois who knows her horses and Kathleen who has the number on cowboys... And hey, here's the cover of the first book in the trilogy. What do you think?