That's a word we first heard in high school lit a long time ago. It means "having the appearance of being real." Verisimilitude is an essential element in fiction, even in fantasy. If a writer doesn't convince a reader that what she's reading about is real (or at least possible, in some universe or other), pretty soon that story gets tossed onto the bleah! pile.
Verisimilitude is one of the qualities we look for when evaluating material submitted to us. Of course we want well-written sentences, an interesting story line, characters we can love (or hate), and an indefinable something that piques our interest. But really, folks, most of all we want to be pulled into a world that's real, for as long as we're immersed in the story. Even better, the really good stories stay real after we're done.
We believe that all of our ebooks fit those criteria. Somewhere out there are gates to Lygroes and Bandor, a town where the kindergarten teacher is Fae, an office building in Denver with an extraordinary legal firm on the twenty-ninth floor, a great stone castle in Wyoming housing a high school for kids with paranormal talents. And so on...
Every single ebook we sell has convinced us that its world--its town, universe, or family--has a certain reality. Because you read our ebooks, we believe that you're convinced too.
In some ways adding verisimilitude to a story that is set in real time and place is more difficult than making a world with faeries or an alternate universe or even a different solar system feel real to a reader. The real time and place are like a familiar frame around the story; everything has to fit inside.
And no one does that fitting better than Lesley-Anne McLeod.