I do research for my Odelia Grey mystery series. I really do. In fact, I enjoy looking up the odd and end information needed to give my books a sense of realism and accuracy. For Too Big To Miss I researched online web cams and the folks who operated them. For The Curse of the Holy Pail I investigated the world of lunchbox collecting. Currently, I'm reading a book on serial killers for background information for book 4, Epitaph Envy. It's all part of the writing process.
So imagine my surprise when I received an e-mail from a reader named Joyce who, after telling me how much she enjoyed The Curse of the Holy Pail, added a post script informing me that Dale Evans' horse was named Buttermilk not Buttercup, as indicated in the book.
Yikes... to my horror and embarrassment, Joyce was 100% correct. I was so sure that Buttercup was the correct name for the blasted horse, I never checked my reference to make sure I had it correct. A bad and lazy move for a writer.
Thanks, Joyce, for keeping this wayward writer in line.
Embarrassed Chimp photo by Tim Davis.