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Recently I've been getting a bunch of questions about the research that goes into writing the House of Night, most specifically about the religions on which the worship of Nyx is based. I know it sounds weird, but I enjoy research, which is good because I do a lot of it. Actually, I find plot ideas quite often while I research. So, the short answer to the research question is that I do a lot of it, specifically about: Wiccan traditions, Celtic shamanism, druids, ancient goddess religions, and Native American lore. I thought those of you asking about research might be interested in a short list of some of my favorite starting off books. So, here you go:

THE SPIRAL DANCE by Starhawk (I like the 20th anniversary edition for Starhawk's updated commentary)
WICCA DEMYSTIFIED by Bryan Lankford (on whom Dragon was based!)
FIRE IN THE HEAD by Tom Cowan
DRUIDS AND DRUIDISM by T.D. Kendrick
THE BODY OF THE GODDESS by Rachel Pollack
A HISTORY OF PAGAN EUROPE by Prudence Jones & Nigel Pennick
THE WHITE GODDESS by Robert Graves
THE NEW LAROUSSE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYTHOLOGY

These are just a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

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