Like any writer, I have an odd collection of books. Most of them are used for research but there are a few I picked up because it sparked an idea. It adds up to an eclectic mix. Now when someone browses through my bookshelves, I get a few strange looks and hesitant questions.
The most commented upon book is this one:
Deadly Doses by Serita Deborah Stevens with Anne Klarner
It’s for research purposes only, I swear. A writer needs this kind of information. It’s right next to my THE AGATHA CHRISTIE WHO’S WHO reference book and her autobiography. And, sure, Christie relied on strychnine, but what if I need to turn a person blue? A fictional person, that is. I promise.
I also have a shelf reserved for baby names books. Boy, do I get a lot of sidelong looks from that. It reminds me of the time when I was a teenager at the library and checked out a baby name book for a story idea. It didn’t help that I was wearing a baggy sweatshirt at the time. That caused some rumors.
Anyway, I have a lot of baby name books. Some are the 10,000 names or 250,000 names versions, but I also have those that focus on Spanish, Arabic, French, Pacific Islanders, etc. Sure, I could browse online for a name, but sometimes I’m just not sure what I’m looking for. There is one baby name book I have that almost everyone has to flip through the pages:
The Complete Book of Magical Names by Phoenix McFarland
I haven’t really used it for the magical meaning since I don’t write paranormal, but I have found some good names out of this book.
My shelves are not organized at all and it probably says a lot about the way my mind works. I have books about symbols right next to the book on micro expressions. I have a bunch on mythology, legend and fairytales. Right next to my dog-eared copy of Edith Hamilton’s MYTHOLOGY that I used in college, I have this book:
Badass: The Birth of a Legend by Ben Thompson
And every hero needs a villain, right? I have handbooks on archetypes and psychology books on good girls, but this non-fiction work to help me figure out my villains:
Evil Genes by Barbara Oakley
So what is the one book that will always get a few raised eyebrows? This one:
The Biology of Science Fiction Cinema by Mark C. Glassy
Okay, I didn’t get this book for research. I was just curious. But, hey, it might come in handy one day!