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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 …

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 …

France: Conducting Research in the Bretagne Region

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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 …

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 …

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.   Read more …

Why a research trip is worth the time (and the money!) [Research Trips 01]

When you explore the setting of your novel in person, on a research trip, you discover material you didn’t even know you were searching for.  Exploring your setting changes the way you see your protagonist, and it might even change the story you intend to tell. But those insights into your… Read more …

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

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Story prompts

[Historical Fiction Prompt] The Daily Life of a Sea Surgeon (1700)

»Accidents and distempers, amputations and worms« In 1702, John Moyle has served as a sea surgeon in the navy for almost 40 years. Now old, he decides to write a how-to manual on practising surgery on a ship. His book »Chirurgus marinus« covers the most common diseases or wounds that sailors around the… Read more …

research sickness in 1600

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… Read more …