Veronica Research–fourth part wrap-up!

on May 17, 2017

Here we are with the fourth and final entry in the Veronica research series! The horizontal stack up there is one of my favorites. Here’s why: *KINDRED NATURE by Barbara T. Gates focuses on the Victorian explorers who were natural historians, using their travels to further the study of plants, animals, insects, etc. *Kirsten Ellis’s…

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Researching Speedwell, part 3

on May 10, 2017

This one’s a wee bit blurry–my apologies! Snapped it on the fly and didn’t realize until I went to upload it that it wasn’t perfectly clear. But it is good enough to give you an idea of what I’m recommending. *Mary Lovell’s A SCANDALOUS LIFE. Thorough and detailed biography of Jane Digby, the Englishwoman who…

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Veronica inspiration books–part two

on May 3, 2017

The five books featured here run the gamut of “explorer porn” which I’ve just decided might need to be a new category of non-fiction. On the far right is one of my forever favorites, COME, TELL ME HOW YOU LIVE by…surprise!…Agatha Christie. Readers the world over know Christie as the queen of mystery, but she…

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The chicken and the egg…

on January 26, 2017

I’m away on the last week of the book tour for A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING and I hope your traveling along via social media links! (I’ve been lucky enough to have return visits to favorite stores, and this week I have the pleasure of visiting two new stores, so it’s just a big fat win all…

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Rolling into the last week of the tour!

on January 24, 2017

This is the last week of the tour for A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING, and I hope you’re keeping up with the lastest! The social media buttons on the bottom of the page will hook you up with my Twitter, Instagram, and FB feeds so you can come along for the ride even if you don’t live…

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Research, we search

on January 19, 2017

Since I’m out and about promoting A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING, I’m reposting some of my favorite pieces from previous years. This is a reader question from Aimee Celeste originally posted in August 2014. You do a lot of great research for your novels. What are your favorite resources for historical details, particularly in the time periods…

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Reader questions–I have answers!

on April 14, 2016

This week I’m at my very first writers’ retreat, hopefully planting fields and fields of tidy, cultivated prose for you. Can you tell I’m excited? I get to geek out and play with WORDS, y’all. I have packed all my writing kimonos–yes, I know that’s not the proper plural–and several different projects I intend to…

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Leaving on a jet plane…or not.

on April 12, 2016

Reposting this piece on travel/research because this came up at an appearance I just did, and this is a MUCH more involved response than the one I was able to give. One of the questions I get a fair amount is whether or not it’s necessary to travel to a setting in order to write…

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Searching for research

on February 24, 2016

Today I’m doing a request post. Writer pal Alyssa asked the following about my research methods: “Do you read through first, take notes as you go along? Are you looking for specific things before you start (like filling out a questionnaire)? Or is it more like you’re trying to get into a mindset of time…

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So you wanted to know about process

on January 14, 2016

Okay, maybe not YOU, but a writer pal asked in December if I would write a post about my research process, and I said SURE. Here’s the most important thing to remember: I AM ALWAYS RESEARCHING. Everything I read, everything I watch on TV or film, everything I take in is fodder for work. Sometimes…

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