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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.     1. Research for novel with images.… Read more …

Want to get hand-curated historical material for your book?

My best findings are published in my hand-curated guides for authors. You can buy them here. But long before these ideas are published as a book, I share them exclusively with this mailing list.  There are no gimmicks. No thank-you-for-signing-up freebies. Just me sharing my ideas on writing about the past.… Read more …

When waiting for coincidences is not enough [Research Trips 03]

Yes, there will be coincidences when you travel on location. Loads of them. Like finding just the right book in Iceland  Meeting just the right person in Scotland.  Discovering the perfect protagonist at a rural estate in France.  I have been gathering interviews with authors whose novels I love to… Read more …

Research Trip: Special “Pilgrims’ Appartements” in a Medieval German Church?

Author, Choose Your Time And Setting >> Research Trip Pfalz, Germany: The Dome of Speyer. Visiting the Church Roof Churches in Brittany, France * A few images from our latest research trip to France. We visited churches and a handful of monasteries in Bretagne, France.   1600-1650: What Sickness Could… Read more …

Conducting Research in France, Bretagne: Monastery by the Sea

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[Historical Fiction Prompt] Write about Food from the German Democratic Republic

2016. The German Democratic Republic is long gone – in 1990, the Eastern socialist part of the country re-united with Western Germany. At the same time, most of the food that was produced in the German Democratic Republic suddenly disappeared. Tens of thousands of GDR citizens left the country; factories and… Read more …

Conducting research in Bretagne, France: Fortresses and Castles

Soon, I will publish a new resource for authors on France. It’s the best material I know, especially hand-picked for authors, who want to write about a setting in France, in a Medieval castle or fortress. Want to get notified when it’s ready? Get on the list by entering your… Read more …

A Medieval Church in Germany

From a recent research trip in Germany, near Frankfurt. The tiny village is called Bell near Alzey. We found a ruined church, and took a few photos. Rumour has it that the place is haunted …   Read more …

On coincidences. How I found the perfect protagonist (or how she found me) [Research Trips 02]

France, summer 2012. We had been on the road all day, travelling to research a novel set in Burgundy. It was late in the afternoon, and my husband was behind the wheel, driving us back to the small, rented gîte where we were staying. Suddenly, my husband pointed at a… Read more …

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Exploring Bell Church, A Lost Place in Germany *

Travelling back from a research trip, my husband and I stopped in Bell near Alzey, not far from Frankfurt/Main. It was a delightful moment to step into the former church, to explore the structure of the building, and to read about the reason why it was preserved since 1902. If… Read more …