The number of books on my to-be-read shift totals 26. At the moment.
Of these, the newest is a just-out paperback I bought a couple weeks ago. The oldest is a hardback by a name author that's been in the stack for a number of years. I just keep not reading it. Not sure why. I guess something else always sounds better.
Sometimes books languish here awhile. Sometimes I buy a book, come home and read it right then so that it never hits the shelf.
Anyway . . . yesterday I began a new book. The copyright date is 2006, and I bought it new. So as Emeril says, it's had a chance to get happy with the other books on the shelf. The book is The Book of Fate written by Brad Meltzer.
Yesterday I took the book with me when I went to get a haircut. While I waited, I read the Acknowledgments in the front. Midway, Meltzer says, "Every novel is a lie that tries to sound like the truth."
I couldn't have said it better.
It describes exactly how I write. I take a fact from here, another from there, create some characters, and weave their story around the few facts I've gathered.
The tricky part is making the parts into a whole so that the story comes alive for the reader.
There's a long word for making something seem real - verisimilitude. It means the appearance of truth.
Don't forget that word. It's important.