It's not really my fault, however. I need all those books. I truly do. You see, I research. A lot.
Maybe it's from my days as a journalist, but I think research is incredibly important. And I have the material to back that up. I have books on poisons, some of police procedure, books on character development, and ones on punctuation.
If I'm not sure about something, I look it up until I am sure.
It's not just my writing where I'm the research fiend. I research just about everything I do. One of my more recent hobbies is genealogy. Talk about a need to research! Maybe that's why I enjoy it so much.
Not everything I write about can be easily researched, however. Sleeping Bears, the sequel to Ghost Mountain, has a scene with fairies. No, not the Tinkerbell type. Did I research the fae? Of course. It's what I do. Did I find all the answers? Nope. Didn't stop me from writing about them, though. I even think the descriptions are pretty dang realistic.
I guess that's the key. Whatever genre we write in, the story needs to be believable -- at least in the "world" we write in. We have to create a world where our stories could take place. To do that, we have to research.
At least a little bit.