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Do you write historical romance? Or perhaps you want to write historical romance, but you are afraid of all the research you will have to do? On these pages you will find research tips for newbie writers of historical romances as well as in-depth articles about various aspects of life in the Regency era.

Never done any historical research before and don't know where to start? Go to the article that deals with researching the past - it includes a ton of information!

The in-depth articles include one about Holland House and the Holland House Circle that were both mentioned in The Lily Brand, where my hero and heroine attend one of Lady Holland's legendary dinner parties.

There's a also long article about country sports in the nineteenth century. Blood sports such as hunting and shooting featured prominently in the lives of men from the aristocracy and the gentry and were regulated by a set of strict rules and laws.  

Last but not least, there is another long article on travels on the Rhine, which I researched for Castle of the Wolf. This was also the topic of a workshop I gave at the Beau Monde Conference 2007.

Please check back often, as more articles will be added in time!

Workshops & Guest Blogs

"The Road Map to 'The End': Mind-Mapping Your Novel"
Guest blog

Are you a plotter or a pantster? Learn how to use mind-mapping as a powerful tool to brainstorm and plan your novel!

"Inside the British Country House: 1770–1830"

at RWA National 2012

Come with me on a visual house-hunting tour for your historical hero and heroine as we explore country house architecture in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

A recording of the workshop is available from Bill Stephens Productions

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