My Reference Library: Remember That You Asked for This

January 17, 2020

 

 

I get a questions about my reference library. (OK, so it's more along the lines of "where the heck did you come up with that?") So here's a list of almost every title on my bookshelf. 

 

By category and in no particular order, with links:

 

BOOKS I COULD NOT WRITE WITHOUT

(Seriously, I use these nearly every time I start a new story.)

 

Screenwriting Tricks for Authors and Screenwriters by Alexandra Sokoloff

 

The Complete Writers Guide to Heroes and Heroines by Tami Cowden, Carolyn LeFever and Sue Viders

 

And as I write the Mystic Bayou series, the two following books have been absolutely invaluable:

 

Monsters You Should Know by Emma Sancartier

 

The Mythical Creatures Bible by Brenda Rosen

 

 

 

 

WRITING CRAFT

Before anyone thinks I’m all fancy and cerebral, a good number of these were textbooks for my master’s of fine arts program. 

 

The Writers Workshop by Alan Zeigler

 

Released into Language by Wendy Bishop

 

Writers Guide to Character Traits by Linda Edelstein

 

The Negative Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Peglisi

 

20 Master Plots and How to Build Them by Ronald Tobias

 

How to Write a Selling Screenplay by Christopher Keane

 

Lew Hunter’s Screenwriting 434 by Lew Hunter

 

Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies by Leslie Wainger

I KNOW, it sounds funny for a professional author with ten years experience to have a “For Dummies” book, but I bought this waaay back before I even wrote my first (never to see the light of day) romance novel. It WAS a valuable source of information and I consider it a sort of good luck charm. It’s moved with me four times now. And so it deserves a spot on the shelf.

 

Teach Yourself: Writing a Romantic Novel by Donna Baker

 

Writers Workshop of Horror by Michael Knost

 

Adventures in Screen Trade by William Goldman

 

The Elements of Grammar by Margaret Shertzer

 

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Brown and Dave King

 

 

 

 

SUPERNATURAL STUFF

 

10,000 Ghost Stories by Lisa K. Webster and Jason Hook

 

Black Cats and Evil Eyes by Chloe Rhodes

 

A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and Other

Subversive Spirits by Carol K. Mack and Dinah Mack

 

Wicca: A Guide for The Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham

 

To Ride a Silver Broomstick by Silver RavenWolf

 

The Complete Book of Spells, Curses and Magical Recipes by Leonard R.N. Ashley

 

Giants, Monsters and Legends by Carol Rose

 

The Penguin Book of Witches by Katherine Howe

 

Don’t Know Much About Mythology by Kenneth Davis

 

Wisconsin's Most Haunted by Craig Nehrin

 

 

HISTORY

 

How Chance and Stupidity Have Changed History by Eric Durschmied

 

History’s Greatest Decisions by Bill Price

 

History’s Greatest Blunders by Ian Whitelaw

 

History’s Greatest Deceptions by Eric Chaline

 

The Forgotten History of America by Cormac O’Brien

 

 

 

 

RANDOM STUFF

 

Young Witches and Warlocks by Isaac Asimov and Others

This was one of my favorite library books to check out when I was a kid. It took me years to track down a copy online. It's the perfect mix of fantasy and sci-fi. 

 

Edgar Cayce on ESP

 

Forbidden Knowledge: 101 Things NOT Everyone Should Know How to Do by Michael Powell

 

Forbidden Knowledge Sex: 101 Sensual Acts NOT Everyone Should Know How to Do by Claire Bailey

YES, I did think I was buying one and ended up with the other. I won't tell you which is which. 

 

101 Ways to Kill a Zombie by Rob Pearlman

 

How to Survive a Sharknado by Andrew Shaffer

If you knew my editor, you would know why this is funny. 

 

Gypsy Law: Romani Tradition and Culture by Walter Weyrauch

 

The Private Investigator’s Handbook: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Protect Yourself, Get Justice or Get Even by Chuck Chambers

 

World Mythology in Bite Sized Chunks by Mark Daniels

 

Old Wives Lore by Polly Bloom

 

Irish Fairy and Folk Tales by WB Yeats

 

Greek Legends and Stories by MV Seton-Williams

 

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

 

Myths and Legends by Jake Jackson

 

Myth and Legends by Phillip Wilkinson

 

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of World Mythology by Arthur Cotterell

 

The Nightmare Dictionary: Discover What Causes Your Nightmare and What Your Bad Dreams Mean by Adams Media

 

Legendary Ladies by Ann Shen

 

Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen

 

Sacred Crystals by Hazel Raven

I will admit. I bought it because the cover was pretty. But it’s been very useful, particularly since I started writing the Sorcery and Society series. 

 

Mackinac Island: Three Hundred Fifty Years of History by Robert Benjamin

 

Haunts of Mackinac by Todd Clement

 

The Illustrate History of Weaponry by Chuck Wills

 

 

 

BECAUSE I CAN

 

Time Life Mysteries of the Unexplained 

 

Time Life Mysteries of the Past

 

Time-Life Bizarre Phenomena

The Time-Life books I couldn't find online. I inherited them from my grandparents. Grandma and Grandpa were THE MOST sensible people I've ever known. I asked Grandma once if she believed in ghosts and she said, "If I can't see it, it's not there." I have no idea why they had three Time-Life books on supernatural and bizarre phenomena. I can only imagine they bought a bunch of Civil War documentaries and the weird books were a free gift. Either way, as a kid, I would park in a corner at every family gathering and DEVOUR these books. They're probably the place my interest in the absolutely weird started. I don't necessarily use them often, but I'm so grateful to have them. 

 

Weird Michigan by Linda S. Godfrey

 

Weird Kentucky by Jeffrey Scott Holland

 

 

CLASSICS

Books I think any author should have on hand. Also, I'm mildly obsessed with Jane Austen... And I don't know want to list the many editions of Pride and Prejudice I own... including a graphic novel version.   

 

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

 

Grimm’s Complete Fairy tales

 

Edgar Allen Poe Complete Tales and Poems

 

Jane Eyre

 

Pride and Prejudice

 

Sense and Sensibility

 

Persuasion

 

Northanger Abbey

 

Mansfield Park

 

Emma

 

Dante’s Inferno

 

Dracula 

 

The Bible (NIV Version)

Because it’s not a bad idea to have a Bible around. Also, you don’t want to misquote the Bible. 

 

(I swear I tried to spell every title and author name correctly, but if I made mistakes, please forgive me.)

 

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