Hi Romancing the Book girls! Thank you for having me as your guest today.
You asked me to list my top 5 research materials. That’s the sort of question I love, even if it’s hard sticking to just give. Doing the research is one of the fun parts of writing historical romance.
So here are my recommendations for five books the Regency Research Miss should never be without:
- The Oxford English Dictionary. I’ve got the shorter version published in the 80s – if you’re writing historicals, you don’t need the expensive current edition and you can pick up second-hand older editions quite easily and cheaply. One of the great things about the OED is that it lists when a word came into currency and its various meanings through the ages.
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by Francis Grose. This one’s an excellent source for colorful Regency slang and it’s also great fun to read (partly because so much of it is naughty!).
- What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Foxhunting to Whist – the Facts of Daily Life in 19th-Century England by Daniel Pool. This book’s great for dipping into when I have to check the way to address a bishop’s second daughter’s third cousin and find out who she would sit next to at dinner.
- Regency Style by Steven Parissien. This is a gorgeous book full of drool-worthy illustrations. One of the lovely things about writing in the Regency period is how fabulous the decorative arts were. It’s always fun to sit my heroine on a gold Egyptian couch with crocodile feet while she’s giving my hero the setdown he deserves.
- The Regency Country House: From the Archives of Country Life by John Martin Robinson. Another beautiful book full of extravagant photographs. Reading this book, however, is a bittersweet pleasure – many of the houses featured have been demolished.
Anything can happen in the moonlight . . .
Justice. That’s all Nell Trim wants-for her sister and for the countless other young women the Marquess of Leath has ruined with his wildly seductive ways. Now she has a bold plan to take him down . . . as long as she can resist thescoundrel‘s temptations herself.
From the moment Nell meets James Fairbrother, the air positively sizzles. Yet for all his size and power, there’s something amazingly tender in his touch. Could he really be such a depraved rogue? The only way to find out is to beat the devil at his own game . . . one tempting kiss at a time.
Always a voracious reader, Anna Campbell decided when she was a child that she wanted to be a writer. Once she discovered the wonderful world of romance novels, she knew exactly what she wanted to write. Anna has won numerous awards for her historical romances, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice, the Booksellers’ Best, the Golden Quill (three times), the Heart of Excellence, the Aspen Gold (twice), and the Australian Romance Readers Association’s most popular historical romance (five times). Her books have twice been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award and three times for Romance Writers of Australia’s Romantic Book of the Year.
When she’s not writing passionate, intense stories featuring gorgeous Regency heroes and the women who are their destiny, Anna loves to travel, especially in the United Kingdom, and listen to all kinds of music. She lives near the sea on the east coast of Australia, where she’s losing her battle with an overgrown subtropical garden.