I have a large collection of books I use when I write. I have books on poisons, forensic techniques, police techniques, real life anecdotes from FBI agents, legal guides, and so many more, and they have all come in handy from time to time. It seems whatever you need to learn about, there’s a guide available!
There are a few books I use regularly to check facts and learn how things work in real life. My favourite 7 are:
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Private Investigation
I bought this book as it had several reviews stating it is ‘more useful than private investigator course text books ‘. It covers a wide breadth of private investigation techniques and I use it regularly for the White Rose series of books.
7000 Baby Names
I need to introduce a new character, usually a minor one, and their name is….? A quick flick through my book of baby names and the problem is usually solved. Failing that, I turn to my Facebook followers who always come up with the goods.
Top 10 Washington DC (Travel Guide)
This is a handy reference with maps and general information. Need a restaurant for my characters to dine at? This has the answer.
Forensic Botany: A Practical Guide
This is an amazing book that explains the basics of forensic botany in terms that even I can understand.
Violence: A Writers Guide
An excellent resource for those, like me, who have never thrown a punch.
When that word on the tip of your tongue won’t appear or you’ve already used a word way too many times. This book has a permanent spot next to my laptop.
The Emotion Thesaurus
I may be able to feel what my characters are feeling, but putting it into words isn’t so simple. This book digs me out of that hole every time.
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