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 …

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 …

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… Read more …

a writing prompt for authors from the 19th century: beards
[Historical Fiction Prompt] How To Protect Your Beard During The Night in 1890

  Curated by Dr. Barbara Ellermeier, historian and author. I publish helpful resources for authors who want to write novels and non-fiction books with a historical setting. Want to receive prompts like this one once a week?   Beards are really hot right now. – I can’t believe I am actually writing this down! Okay, so:… 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 …

[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 …

Burg Eltz
[Historical Fiction Prompt] Why Isn’t There a Novel About a Ganerben-Burg Castle?

A castle divided between multiple families: Just like in BURG ELTZ in Western Germany. Each of those medieval families owned different parts of the castle. While they shared common areas, like the kitchen or the chapel, they behaved like kings and queens in their own quarters. Intending to show their wealth,… Read more …

[Historical Fiction Prompt] 1945 | A Dance Club in Berlin

View the original film footage from 1945.  The explanation on the British PATHÉ website says: “Various shots of couples dancing in a nightclub. Some of the men behind uniform – seems to be all nationalities (!) – the women are in civilian cloths. Waitress walks by with trays of drinks.… 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 …

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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 …