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Barbara Ellermeier is nothing less than a research genius. She found everything for me. Even the number of cows that my protagonist Wilson Bentley kept in his cowshed. It’s unbelievable what a wealth of information she procures. When working with her, I gain time to write without compromising on the reliability of the historical facts.

Titus Müller, Random House Germany

Author of 18 books, including the biographical novel »The Snowflake Man«

I plough through historical resources (LOADS of!), then curate the best bits for you. Because I see historical material with the eyes of a novelist.

I’m Dr. Barbara Ellermeier, and I help authors who want to write about historical settings. Professional, bestselling authors hire me to gather material dossiers for them. They refer to me as their “treasure finder” and occasionally even “my truffle hog.”

Dr. Barbara Ellermeier, historian and historical advisor
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My research has been woven into 125 historical novels, which have been published by Random House USA and Germany, Lübbe, DroemerKnaur or Hachette Australia. I even wrote my thesis on how to narrate history so that it’s more gripping.

Having worked closely with authors for over 15 years, I have intimate knowledge of every stage of the writing process. I’ve also published history non-fiction and have ghostwritten novels myself. 

At home, I work in our personal library of over 10,000 history books (stored in our 450-year-old, half-timbered house in a medieval German village, in case you were wondering).

Together with my husband, I’ve travelled Europe from Scotland to Sicily, from the Biscaya to Poland – exploring archaeological sites, museums, fortresses and castles. On the road, I document and photograph original finds. And I frequently interview history experts on new findings.

 

Want to receive my latest findings every Tuesday morning?

 

A few published Historical Fiction Prompts & Resources 

Ideas for plots and protagonists, historical background information about your time and setting, in short: everything you need to write about the past. 

 

 

With my historical resources, I want to make the book research process easier.  

So many authors tell me they can’t find proper material on the time and topic – so they can’t start writing. Others tell me they’ve read PILES of books on their topic – and now they are too overwhelmed to start writing.

That’s why I regularly publish helpful historical research resources, and send my newest ideas exclusively to my mailing list. Because authors should be able to focus on writing their stories. 

 

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Need to find a gift — for someone who writes? The 2017 Gift Guide for Authors, Writers and Literary Agents

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Ultimate Gift Guide for Writers 2017

The Ultimate Gift Guide For Writers 2017

Aaaah, it’s that glorious time of the year again, when we wrack our brains asking ourselves: What do I gift to my loved ones? What could I buy for my lovely clients and colleagues? If you need to find a gift for an author, look no further. You want to spend… Read more …

Writers block? Or researcher’s block? How to NOT waste your time while writing your historical novel

  Hello, I am Dr. Barbara Ellermeier, historical advisor to authors and publishers.  We know that our research materials don’t just fall into our laps … and the best historial details usually aren’t listed in Wikipedia. But when our local librarian overwhelms us, when the expert we’ve emailed doesn’t answer, and… Read more …

Now you can find original historical sources for your book — even if you’re not a historian.

Complete your novel — fast than ever — by utilising handpicked historical materials. How?

  Hello, I am Dr. Barbara Ellermeier, historical advisor to authors and publishers.  We know that our research materials don’t just fall into our laps … and the best historial details usually aren’t listed in Wikipedia. But when our local librarian overwhelms us, when the expert we’ve emailed doesn’t answer, and… Read more …

The only writing prompt that SAVES you time. Because it comes together with handpicked historical background information.

Who else wants to save time when conducting research for their novel?

Hello, I am Dr. Barbara Ellermeier, historical advisor to authors and publishers.  We know that our research materials don’t just fall into our laps … and the best historial details usually aren’t listed in Wikipedia. But when our local librarian overwhelms us, when the expert we’ve emailed doesn’t answer, and when… Read more …

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1600-1650: what sickness could your protagonist suffer from?
Are you in need of an illness, sickness or some other form of human pain — and your novel is set in Elizabethan England? Choose from 85000 medical consultations, held between 1596 and 1634.
1600 in England. Imagine you could hear a patient talking. How she suffers. How she suddenly opens up and reveals everything, because she trusts her doctor … About not getting pregnant, or about getting pregnant and not wanting it. About constipation, bad breath or serious sleep problems — raw, honest confessions of a desperate human seeking help. A woman who worries about her life. In fear of death … When you read these 1600s casebooks, you listen closely. And you’ll also learn how much the patient had to pay … >> Click to read more

 

How the »wellcome images database« can help you to conduct research for your next novel
»Wellcome Images« is a database of 100.000 pictures, drawings, sketches & photos. It is connected with the famous Wellcome Library, which stores information about medical history and the human condition.
As an author, you can easily find images for the scenes you want to write… >> Click here to read more

 

1700-1800: why isn’t there a novel … about a fireworks expert?
Fireworks — some of my earliest childhood memories are connected to the fireworks after the local autumn fair. As children, we were allowed to stay up late. Very late indeed. We were 3 or 4 years old. And we waited, waited, waited for the fireworks to begin. Suddenly the first one goes off: Bam!
Bam! Bam! Bam!
The darkness of the sky bursts into hundreds of coloured stars, exploding into gigantic flowers and thousands of tiny drops of golden rain… Click here to read the full writing prompt >>

 

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