(No, this is not about Russia’s persecution of LGBT people, although that is terrible.)
I ran a draft of Red Devil(*) past a Russian friend to make sure I’m not horribly insulting the Russian people or mangling their history somehow. This exchange amused me (it is paraphrased):
Him: The one thing I’d suggest is that you change the town name. It feels too made-up.
Me: Um. That’s a name I got off an actual Russian map.
Him: *looks it up* … oh. Well, that figures. :P
Which I guess is kind of like if I said, “No, you can’t name a town in Michigan after a car. That’s ridiculous.” If that’s the biggest thing so far, I feel pretty good about the book. :)
(*) Red Devil is the upcoming sequel to Green Fairy. Yes. There is going to be one. More on that as it proceeds!