I shouldn’t really say they’re bad books, but the two books I read this past week definitely had some issues.
The first book I read (which shall remain nameless) had a heroine who was supposed to have been born and raised in/around New York City. Yet for some unknown reason she kept using words that only people in the UK would use. Here are a few examples of what I’m talking about:
- It had a granite countertop, fitted dishwasher, ceramic hob, refrigerator … (A hob is a stove top burner)
- Tucking into my lunch … (Tucking = eating)
- Although we didn’t find a torch … (A Torch is a flashlight)
- Pushing all the banknotes into his hand …(Banknotes = dollar bills)
Clearly, the author of this book needed to have a professional editor or an honest friend tell them to reword these sentences. Honestly, this is why all my heroines are from my home town of Wading River, New York. I know how my people talk and phrase things. In other words, I write what I know.
Be mindful of the local lingo. Just because you shine a torch on the hob while in search of your missing banknotes doesn’t mean they do that in New York too.
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