Traci RobisonThe Official Site
Research can be a lotta work,…but if you’re a bookworm like me, it can also be very fun too. Learning new things about different historical cultures is more than exhilarating, it can be informative about who we are as ‘people’.
I’ve tried to infuse tidbits of the things I’ve learned into my novels to enrich your reading experience. I hope that my stories come alive as much for you as they do for me.
If you’re interested, please take a look at the research I’ve done for my fictional writing. It includes many hours of study into ancient, medieval, and 19th century time periods; as well as resources for writers.
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