Hi all. As I mentioned in a recent post, I’m writing a novel this year. Its a first attempt for me and I had no idea what to expect when I started planning it. One of those unexpected surprises was the amount of research I have to do. In a post, I covered the following topics I was researching:
My actual research list is quite extensive, but here’s a small sample of some of the topics I’m currently researching:
– Architectural design of different types of buildings. [edit: looking specifically at palaces, schools, manors, and ornamental structures]
– True accounts of grave robberies and famous heists.
– Engineering systems of the 18th and 19th century.
-Djinns (mostly folkloric and historical records)
– Tombs/Strongrooms/and Bank Vaults
The novel is a steampunk heist story set in a world influenced by Eastern cultural flavours and traditions. There are a lot of books written on heists, but I haven’t had too much success (besides the Internet) finding books on the other topics. If anyone has a good book recommendation or three, please drop your suggestion in the comments. Alternatively, if you have a book recommendation that doesn’t entirely fit the research topics, but feel that it might be an inspiring diversion–please feel free to let me know in the comments.