Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved to be out in nature. Whether I’m hiking, sketching trees, observing frog spawn, or just relaxing to the sounds of birds and running water, it never fails to inspire my imagination. In fact, the ideas for several of my stories came to me while trekking through the forest, and many of my characters have something of a naturalist in them as well, including Kendra, the hero of my story “A Whole-Hearted Halfing” in the Champions of Aetaltis anthology. From Doctor Dolittle to Newt Scamander, fantasy fiction is full of naturalists and those fascinated by the creatures and plants of the world around them.
Here is a list of five of my favorite books that appeal to my inner naturalist.