|"Egypt is "one of the characters" in my fiction. Do good authors need to know stuff?|
Sometimes I wonder how hard must it be for writers who don't know stuff.
But then, when I think about it, we all know something.
And it doesn't have to be a technical subject.
One could ask, for example, what did Jane Austen know?
Quite a lot.
She was intimately acquainted with human nature, with drawing room manners and the politics of the heart. (We can forgive her for ignoring the Napoleonic wars raging across the Channel!)
It's perhaps just harder for some writers to find their stuff.
But it's always there.
It just takes a little digging, like archaeology.