I’m a reader. I read a lot. I’m talking books per month not a book a year. The only 2 people I know that read more than me are a friend of ours and my wife. She reads like some people breathe.
But I don’t read just fiction. I have a diverse group of interests which brings me to this open letter to authors. It bugs the crap out of me when an authors wanders off and gets things wrong. Not plots bits, or character flaws but the little things like firearms that work wrong or that “blank” does or doesn’t exists when I know it does.
Unless of course you get it SO wrong that it become funny, like the work of Mack Malloney’s ‘Wingman’ series where everything wrong gets explained away because the lead character is an aeronautical genius.
Guns, cars, aircraft, tanks, architecture, vehicles of almost any sort, mechanical things of near any kind all interest me. So read about them, largely because on my budget driving a 2014 KTM X-Bow GT will just never happen. I’d be more than happy to answer questions, research requests, etc. Need a compact heavy hitting revolver? I’d suggest the Ruger SP-101 or Taurus 605B2 in .357 magnum. Or how about a truck that can do the quarter mile in under 10 seconds and is street legal and a diesel? Or how about a Panhard VBL? Great little scout car, perfect for the morning commutes.
Or, if worse comes to worse, I’ve got 20 years in the graphic design and pre-press world. I can toss about words like ‘ligatures’, ’em-dash’, ‘imposition’ with knowledge and aplomb.
Let me know what you need, I’ll see what I can do to help out.