Friday, July 04, 2008

research: Mmm...mmm, good!

I have written over forty historical novels for middle grade readers. Research is an old friend, a good friend, and I employ all its tricks and tools to enrich my fantasy novels. Two great sources:
which links thousands of small rare and used bookstores
(and a few large ones)

The University of Idaho maintains a massive, worldwide list of primary source repositories. I have used it extensively; it's remarkable.
Primary sources are diaries, old newspapers, rent receipts from the 1800's, illuminated manuscripts for the 1200s, any kind of record left behind by real people. Fascinating!


Erin said...

Oh, wow! I was so surprised to see your second mention, as I live right by UofI! Crazy. And cool. :) I never knew that.

kathleen duey said...

The world is weird and small...and everything really is connected. I visit Moscow ID now and then...


Erin said...

Oh my gosh, that is the coolest! Next time you visit, please email me...I would love to meet you.

And YES, it's 'coe', not 'cow'. :) I love the Palouse, too.

kathleen duey said...


I will try to remember. Please forgive me if I don't. It's easy to get lost in space being a hermit and writing books--and then traveling for a week or so and meeting hundreds of people, then wham! back in writing/hermit mode...etc. etc...

The calendar on is usually up to date.