The process of researching a novel is like a scavenger hunt. You pick up a pebble here and there. You search for ideas and inspiration without knowing what you will find. You fill your proverbial pocket with an arsenal of useful information – things that you’d have never sought out and learned were it not for your writing.
I have gathered a small collection of new favorite books – all found as a result of writing and researching for The Scars of Martyrs. I thought I’d share some of them with you. Here are my favorite ten finds in no particular order:
- Mariette in Ecstasy – a novel by Ron Hansen.
- Mont St. Michel – a book of photography by Michael Kenna
- Mont-Saint-Michel: Immensity – a book of photography by Olivier Meriel with text by Nicolas Simonnet
- The Tides of Mont St. Michel – a novel by Roger Vercel
- Joan of Arc In Her Own Words – a book containing transcripts from Joan of Arc’s condemnation trials.
- Fatima in Lucia’s own words – a memoir from one of the three children (now an adult) who claims to have experienced private revelations from Mary
- Moines & Moniales au Mont-Saint-Michel – a small French book detailing in words and photos the lives of the Religious who make Mont Saint Michel home.
- A Still Small Voice – a book on private revelations by Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel
- Our Lady of the Forest – a novel by David Guterson
- Hunting and Gathering – a novel by Anna Gavalda
If you’ve ever had an interest in any of the topics covered by these works, I highly recommend them. And if you haven’t had such an interest – pick one out and give it a try anyway. After all, that’s the fun of a scavenger hunt: finding unexpected treasures.