real, actual, genuine; original, first-hand
—Shorter Oxford English Dictionary
We owe our readers truth in our writing. Not literal truth, or we’d be limited to recording what we had for breakfast and how far we walked the dog, but a deeper and more profound kind of truth. It’s a truth that can permeate our fiction whether we are writing a space opera or a Regency romance or a hard-boiled detective story. It’s the same kind of truth that can be found in traditional stories from all cultures, and it has its roots in nature. Sometimes it’s called authenticity.
The term authenticity appears in reviews of nature-based ...