What Are Matsutake “Pine” Mushrooms?

If you’re thinking those mushrooms Anne Renwick wrote about in FLIGHT OF THE SCARAB are real, you’d be right! Their scientific name is: Tricholoma matsutake The matsutake mushroom is a rare, highly sought after (and therefore expensive to buy) wild mushroom in...

Beer and Bread from Ancient Yeast

Before the clockwork scarab, before the fairy ring of mushrooms, the idea for FLIGHT OF THE SCARAB started fermenting when I read an article about scientists collecting ancient yeast from Egyptian pottery and bringing it back to life in the form of bread and beer....

On Mexican Antiquities

In A WHISPER OF BONE, we meet Carlos Tetzopa, a visiting professor from the National Mexican Museum. Such was the name of the museum as it opened in 1825. Since then, the museum has gone through a number of name changes. In 1910, it was changed to  the National Museum...

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The Bone Wars

In my book, A WHISPER OF BONE, mention of real historical individuals and locations surfaces. Charlotte works for none other than O.C. Marsh, founder of the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale. Also mentioned is Edward Drinker Cope, of the Academy of Natural...

Five Phylums of Salad?

The other day, I was struck by something I read online. A poster commented that the menu categories “salad and plant-based salad” had given him pause. I too paused as my mind also immediately envisioned the “green leaf” kind of salad, but then my brain began...

How to Build a Snake Skeleton

When I was diving deep into research for VENOMOUS SECRETS, I studied a lot of lamia images on the internet. Most were women from the waist up, snakes from the waist down. And because my books delve into biology, both real and not-quite-so-real, you know I started...

Holywell Street

In VENOMOUS SECRETS we first encounter Cait on a mission to retrieve a serpent located above a bookshop on Holywell Street – in an old section of London that no longer exists. Though the street had once been the location of mercers (sellers of textiles) and...

Antibodies and Antivenom

https://www.annerenwick.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/008AntibodiesAntivenom-copy.mp3 Anne Renwick discusses the immune system and how it reacts to snake venom, the inspiration behind the creation of Cait’s character and how she becomes the heroine of VENOMOUS...

That Sexy Groove

It’s in so many romance novels. Mine included. But what is that sexy groove that runs from the hips across the pelvis, disappearing beneath the waistband and directing so many eyes to the groin? I’m going to dive into the anatomy… and end up talking about embryonic...

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