I was pondering some of the books I’ve read recently, and wondered about something: do you notice if there are source materials or reference books mentioned in the back of your romance novels, in what I believe is called the “end matter?” Sometimes, I’ve seen author’s notes about books that rocked the author’s world during writing, or additional sources for more information about real people who appeared as characters in novels, and I always find that to be very cool. I have looked those books up online and peeked at them.
But I wondered if there were readers who didn’t like (or never really noticed) source materials or works cited in a fictional novel, and whether they had defined feelings against the practice. I personally am pretty nosy and if a book really grabs me, I love to learn more. I’ve Googled all manner of things after finishing a book, from skiing lessons (Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis) to language instruction (Twelve Nights of Christmas by Sarah Morgan). However, I’m definitely not the only type of romance reader out there.
With the relative ease of adding material to digital books (and by “ease” I mean not facing additional costs of adding more paper to the finished product), would you want to see more source material, references, or suggestions for further reading at the end of a book? I don’t necessarily think every book demands a reference or cited section, but I’m curious – would that be something which would grab your interest?