So I've been posting a lot if threads lately but I guess New Years has me looking at new aspects of the project. I'm hitting the revision phase and as many of you know I have a major character who is an Indian-American and practices Jainism. Problem: I don't know any actual Jains, and they are a very small minority within the Indian community. I can do all the research I want (and have done a good bit) but right now I don't have an easy way to get a "Realism check" to revise out stereotypes and such. I'm sure I could find an Indian-American to look it over, but I'm drawing a blank in terms of getting perspective on the Jain aspect, which is a major part of the character. I've emailed some Jain organizations before for research material and they've been helpful but that's different from having someone beta-read chapters. I do live in a big city, so there is actually a Jain temple in town, and I've thought about seeing if I could just sit in the back row for a service or something after I have a revised draft. But again, that's different from actually asking people to READ my fictional Jain character and tell me everywhere I messed up. Any ideas? I know how I'd approach this if I were writing a Black or Hispanic or Muslim character....beg friends or fellow writers who are of that ethnicity or religion. But I'm less sure how to approach a group that is very small and to which I have no direct connection.