Time Travel / Paranormal: Research

Research and Resources

A friend once told me she’d like to write paranormal because there would be no research involved in building her own world. HA! Absolutely, positively…WRONG!

I’ll be the first to admit it… I AM a Research Geek! There’s an amazing amount of research that goes into each of my books. In fairness to my friend, though my books are paranormal, many are historical as well, so that does add to the research.

Since this is a new feature, going forward, I’ll try to keep up with some of the interesting sites and books I use as I work on the books, but, for now, I’ll toss out a few that I’ve used — and continue to use!


In no particular order, a few of my favorite research books. Some I use for every story and some I picked up for one specific title I was writing, in which case I’ve listed that novel beside the resource.

English Through the Ages, William Brohaugh – I couldn’t write dialogue in my time travels without it!
The Synonym Finder, J.I. Rodale – I couldn’t write at all without this one!!
Atlas of Medieval Europe, Edited by Angus MacKay with David Ditchburn
Daily Life in Medieval Europe, Jeffrey L. Singman
Medieval Life, Andrew Langley
Daily Life in Medieval Times, Frances & Joseph Gies
The Archaeology of York – The Small Finds 17/13- Craft, Industry and Everyday Life – Wood and Woodworking in Anglo-Scandinavian and Medieval York, Carole A. Morris
Medieval Finds from Excavations in London -Textiles and Clothing 1150-1450, Elizabeth Crowfoot, Frances Pritchard, Kay Stanland
History’s Timelines – A 40,000 Year Chronology of Civilization, Jean Cook, Ann Kramer, Theodore Rowland-Entwistle
Everyday Life in the Middle Ages – The British Isles From 500 to 1500, Sherrilyn Kenyon
Food In History, Reay Tannahill
Sacred Celtic Places, Iain Zaczek
Medieval Wordbook, Madeleine Pelner Cosman
The Dictionary of Cliches, James Rogers – I bought this one especially for Dallyn!
The Mist-Filled Path – Celtic Wisdom for Exiles, Wanderers, and Seekers, Frank MacEowen
Fairy Paths & Spirit Roads, Paul Devereux – For A Highlander’s Destiny
Ley Lines and Earth Energies, David Cowan & Chris Arnold – For A Highlander’s Destiny
Scottish Gypsies Under the Stewarts, David Macritchie – For A Highlander’s Homecoming

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