Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 11, 2011

Book Recommendation: For Writers – Jennifer Kloester

Fiction or Nonfiction:  Nonfiction

Type:  Writing Research

Author:  Jennifer Kloester

Title:  “Georgette Heyer’s Regency World”

Why:  “Georgette Heyer’s Regency World” is a fabulous resource and should be in every Regency romance writer’s collection.


  1. Writing Research – now THAT’s a book I need. Desperately. I want to write about so many different things – like right now my heroine needs to backpack in the Adirondacks – but I don’t know how to research what I need without spending ions of time doing so. If there are hints in this book about how to apply minimal research to a story, I’m there!

    Thanks for the suggestions!

    • Okay, I reread your post and see I completely misunderstood her book. I don’t write Regency, I write contemporary. So… I now have to ask if you can recommend a book about HOW a writer should research without spending ions of time doing so.

      So sorry. I should never reply to anything before dinner. lol

      • Hi again Debora, Another resource would be the RWAresearch Yahoo loop (listserve). If you’re a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), you can join the loop right away. There’s bound to be someone on this loop with answers for your questions. That’s probably the quickest way to do research. Cheers, Ashley

    • Hi Debora, For backpacking in the Adirondacks, spending time on an East Coast camping-equipment website might be a quick resource. Calling a bed-and-breakfast in the Adirondacks that caters to backpackers might also work. The owners might love the idea of providing research information to a writer. Another possibility would be calling an Adirondacks fire department that has search-and-rescue capability. If these folks don’t have the answers or the time, they might know who does. Hope this helps, Ashley

  2. I don’t write regency either, but I did recently download – on Free Book Friday on my Nook – one of her novels. I will have to move it up on my “to be read” pile.

    And Deborah – the trick to research is to be targeted and specific about what you need to find out. If I’m writing and I forgot or realize I need a fact, I type in a big XXX (my mentor uses the word bagel) and go back to it later. That way I won’t stop writing and then get sucked into research.

    • Hi Casey, Both of your recommendations are great tips. Also, the WANAminions group and the #MyWANA on Twitter might be good places to ask for research leads that can cut days off your research time. Cheers, Ashley
      P.S. Hope you love her novel!!!

  3. Sounds like a great resource for historical writers.

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog, A.C. (but, I know your FULL name ;-))

    I DEPEND on historical writers for those history lessons I daydreamed through. Great post.

    • Thank you so much, Gloria. Love your blogs, too! Cheers, Ashley

  5. I love reading regencies but am deathly afraid of trying to write one because I know if I get a detail wrong, the readers will be very unhappy. Thanks for this resource. And thanks for the blog love over at Writers in the Storm. Your cat looks like he and Shogun would get along great.
    Fae Rowen

    • You’re very welcome, Fae. No one can get all of the regency rules right. There are just so many at this point. I think if you read some of Lorraine Heath’s stories, you’ll know most of what you need to venture in. Besides, it’s your great stories that will capture your readers, not the endless regency rules. Cheers, Ashley

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