How to Write a Realistic Novel, Regardless of Genre

Can you imagine if your imagination was used against you? I have written a large number of murder stories, I would be in a lot of trouble. Recently I read, a story Amanda Knox published in college was used as a sign of her criminal mind in her murder trial. The story was about date rape. What if this happened to all writers? The truth is luckily few of us with have our stories used as evidence in a murder trial. However, to be successful there needs to be elements of truth behind what we write, to make it authentic. Even if you are a fantasy writer, this matters. You need to write authentic characters, that resonate with your readers.