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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 …

France: Conducting Research in the Bretagne Region

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Image: Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-497-3503-02 - Röder - CC-BY-SA 3.0 >> Write about D-Day and get inspired to write your historial novel.

D-Day 1944 in France: What Was Life Like for the German Soldiers?

Travelling to France — that’s what a historical advisor for authors does sometimes 🙂 Exploring historical sites, medieval castles and Nazi concrete bunkers in Normandy and Brittany. These days, I am putting the finishing touches on a material dossier on D-Day in France, 1944. It contains very special settings, goes… Read more …

Conducting Research in France, Bretagne: Monastery by the Sea

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[Historical Fiction Prompt] A Novel about Lavender, the rise of the Purple Gold?

Lavender & Provence belong together – since forever, right?  No. Actually, these purple plants were only imported to the region at the end of the 19th century – no earlier. But why isn’t there a novel about the liquid gold that made so many perfume créateurs astonishingly rich? A novel that… Read more …

food in australia

[Historical Fiction Prompt] Write about Australian Food in the 1860s

“You have mutton and damper today, – mutton and damper will appear tomorrow, and from that day till the end of the year, your dinner is mutton, boiled, roasted or stewed.”  ~ Robert Dundas Murray in “A Summer at Port Philipp”, 1843 Let your Australian protagonist prepare a TYPICAL Australian… Read more …

Impressions from France: A Monastery in Brittany (Bretagne) near the sea

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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 …

[Historical Fiction Prompt] Write about Food in Iceland

Want to get prompts and inspiration for people who write?   Iceland – the Nordic country first came to my attention when I read Hannah Kent’s breathtaking novel BURIAL RIGHTS. It’s the previously untold story of an Icelandic maid, Agnes, who is accused of having murdered two men, and is… Read more …

[Historical Fiction Prompt] 1945 | British Ladies on a Sightseeing Tour in Berlin

Berlin 1945. Watch the film about a group of young ladies, transported to 1945 Berlin. Those young ladies volunteer for the ATS service (I’ll tell you more about this service in a minute).   It’s summer 1945. The war ended on May 8. Since then, the city of Berlin has… Read more …