Brenna Aubrey, author extraordinaire, inspired me to do a post about my writer’s library. Her library is much more impressive than mine, but I love seeing authors’ spaces, so I thought I’d share it anyway.
This is the shelf in its entirety, mostly. There’s one more shelf above with a few research books—one of my favorites, Courtesans by Katie Hickman is up there. You’ll notice my little library is almost entirely bereft of how-to books (if you have spidey-vision and can read the impossibly small titles), and that’s because my right brain rebels against them. I can’t read one for the life of me. My good friend and fellow author, Cheryl Holt, has always told me the best way to learn the craft is to write a book, edit it, then write another one, and so on. Practice and repetition is the key.
I am a sucker for research books, though. I have some on Greek mythology, Egyptian mythology, life in the middle ages, and courtesans in Regency England. One of my other favorites is What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool. I’ve heard you have to be careful with that one, though, as it tends to intermix Regency and Victorian facts. I haven’t come across that, but I always double-check my facts anyway (or try to, to the very best of my ability).
The very top shelf is where my treasured romance books are housed. I recently culled this shelf, so it’s looking a little sparse at the moment, but some fixtures on my shelf are: A Hint of Wicked by Jennifer Haymore—Jen is my crit partner and a good friend, and this was her debut novel, so it has a special place of honor on The Shelf. Also up there are several Cheryl Holt novels, Vicky Dreiling, Sophia Nash, Tessa Dare and countless others, mostly Regencies, though I am a fantasy and paranormal nut too. These are my how-to books. These are the books I turn to when I ask myself “How is a good romance written?”
So that’s it! My little writerly library!