Believe me. The last thing we want to do is get something wrong. As human beings, we are passionate about our spaces and if a writer gets it wrong, we don't forget. Most authors work very hard to get the details right, even if it means traveling. I've known authors who visited exotic locales, test driven a car just to make sure they knew how it felt, and attended the FBI Citizens Academy all in an effort to make novels authentic.
It can be kind of fun.
But what of those experiences you can't get to on your own? Locations on military posts. Backstage at, well, anything. I've learned something valuable. All you have to do is ask. My motto? "The worst that can happen is that they'll say no. They won't shoot you just for asking." You may hear no. A lot. But more often, you'll hear yes. And oh, the places you'll go.
I've been here:
I've also been here: