Research Books Whee!

I’m in a research flurry, collecting materials that I hope will be helpful in writing my second erotic novel set during World War One.

I do the dance of new books!

The Belgian Army in World War I is another Osprey book. These are slender but packed, packed I tell you, with detailed information and drawings. Since my heroine is Belgian, I wanted to do a little more work on the army from her country. I shamefully neglected them last time. Also, some of them had shakos. I am terribly envious of the shakos.

I’ve been meaning to get Santanu Das’ Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature and read it for quite a while now. I’m hoping it will have some discussion in the vein of Paul Fussell’s The Great War and Modern Memory. I don’t know if I will directly use this book, but I have a feeling it will influence me indirectly or subconsciously.

The Sexual History of the World War is a 1941 translation from the German. The author, Magnus Hirschfeld, was described as “The World’s Greatest Sanitarian, Psychosexual Physician and Creator of the Sexual Sciences.” It’s…interesting. The primary reason I’m reading it is to get a handle on ways people thought about sex and eroticism during the WWI time period. Times have certainly changed. Both the scholarship and the scholarly views on sex this book gives are very…historical. I described it to a friend as “every page you get three new WTFs.”

A War of Nerves: Soldiers and Psychiatrists in the Twentieth Century by Ben Shephard is a 2003 book. It “chronicles military psychiatry in the 20th century.” I might only read the WWI section for now, and save the rest for a time when I have more leisure.

Tammy M. Proctor’s Female Intelligence: Women and Espionage in the First World War has been on my wishlist for quite a while. I did read relevant sections of some other books on female spies in WWI for The Moonlight Mistress, but I’m hoping this book will be even more helpful. Especially since I want More Spies in my new novel.

Finally, 1915: the Death of Innocence by Lyn Macdonald isn’t actually new to my collection. Despite buying it many months ago, I’d never opened it, since I didn’t want to confuse myself on what happened when (The Moonlight Mistress all happens in 1914). I’m assuming this will be as unbelievably useful to me as 1914: The Days of Hope by the same author. First-person accounts are some of the most useful material for my purposes.


About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. Her blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and occasional author interviews.
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