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.)
And as I write the Mystic Bayou series, the two following books have been absolutely invaluable:
Before anyone thinks I’m all fancy and cerebral, a good number of these were textbooks for my master’s of fine arts program.
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.
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.
YES, I did think I was buying one and ended up with the other. I won't tell you which is which.
If you knew my editor, you would know why this is funny.
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.
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.
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
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility