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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 …

Bretagne, France: Exploring Medieval Castles *

Author on tour: Researching medieval castles in Bretagne, France. Want to get notified, when my nwe resource for authors on this will be published? Sign   Author, Choose Your Time And Setting >> The Ultimate Gift Guide For Writers 2017 Aaaah, it’s that glorious time of the year again, when… Read more …

Research Trip To France

A few images from my research trip to Burgundy and Bretagne. We were searching for ideal settings for 1. a WW2 novel, and 2. a Medieval novel set in a castle.   Read more …

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Impressions from France: My recent research trip to Brittany

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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 …

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

Author, Choose Your Time And Setting >> French Atlantic and historical research by the sea Bretagne, France: Monasteries and Churches From my recent research trip to Brittany, Northern France.   Research Trip Pfalz, Germany: The Palatinate, part three Creating Opportunities To Research For Your Novel Do you know what’s the… Read more …

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

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Creating Opportunities To Research For Your Novel [Research Trips 04]

Do you know what’s the most crushing moment for an author? When you receive the best research material – long after your book has been published. “Look at these old photos!” people would say at my public readings. “They’re from exactly the same year you’ve written about.” Or: “My grandfather… 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 …