All through May and into June, we’ll be posting interviews from folks who’ll be presenting at HNS 2013! Read, enjoy, and pass the word along! Our Twitter hashtag is #HNS2013.
And, of course, don’t forget to register!
May 21: Stephanie Renee dos Santos hosts Alison McMahan Alison is a filmmaker and president of Homunculus Productions and the author of debut historical fiction novel THE ROAD TO SANTIAGO, set in 10th century Spain. She will be co-presenting the workshop Book Trailers: From PowerPoint to iPad Apps with Mary F. Burns.
May 20: Daphne at Tanzanite Castle Full of Books hosts Heather Domin Heather is the author of mixed-genre novels, including THE SOLDIER OF RAETIA, that combine romance with action and adventure. She will be speaking on the panel Off the Beaten Path: Reading and Writing Outside of the HF Mainstream.
May 19: Stephanie Lehmann hosts Joanne Lewis Joanne is the author of THE LANTERN, which won first place in the Royal Palm Literary Award for Historical Fiction, and is about a girl from 15th century Florence who dared to enter the competition to build the lantern on top of Brunelleschi’s dome. She will be speaking on the panel Publishing Models: Indie Presses and Self-Publishing Pathways.
May 18: Julianne Douglas hosts Teralyn Pilgrim Teralyn is a historical novelist seeking representation for SACRED FIRE, a novel about a vestal virgin in ancient Rome who had to perform a miracle to escape execution. She will be speaking on the panel Depicting Religion in Historical Fiction.
May 17: Erika Mailman hosts Diana Gabaldon Diana is the author of the award-winning, best-selling OUTLANDER novels,and emcee’d the fabulous Late Night Sex Scene Readings at the San Diego conference in 2011. Luckily for us, she will be reprising this scandalous event againfor HNS 2013!
May 16: Audra at Unabridged Chick hosts Stephanie Cowell Stephanie is the award-winning author of a number of historical fiction novels, including MARRYING MOZART and CLAUDE & CAMILLE: A NOVEL OF MONET. She will be speaking on the panel To Trump or Trumpet the History Police.
May 15: Julianne Douglas hosts INVITED SPEAKER C.W. Gortner We’re very pleased to announce that C.W. Gortner, bestselling author of four historical novels, including THE QUEEN’S VOW and THE TUDOR SECRET, will be our featured speaker at the Saturday luncheon. He will be speaking on the panels To Trump or Trumpet the History Police and Sex in HF: How to Make It Hot.
May 14: Elizabeth Felt hosts Kathleen Kent Kathleen is the author of the bestselling novels, THE HERETIC’S DAUGHTER and THE TRAITOR’S WIFE, and was awarded the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction. She will be speaking on the panel The Witchcraft Window: Scrying the Past.
May 13: Daphne at Tanzanite Castle Full of Books hosts Mary Sharratt Mary is an award-winning novelist who focuses on writing women back into history. Her latest novel, ILLUMINATIONS, was widely acclaimed. Mary will be speaking on the panels Depicting Religion in Historical Fiction; Is ‘Genre’ a Dirty Word? Commercial v. Literary HF; and The Witchcraft Window: Scrying the Past.
May 12: Julianne Douglas hosts Donna Russo Morin Donna is the author of four historical novels, “most recently of THE KING’S AGENT (Kensington, 2012), which earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She will be speaking on the conference panel Sex in Historical Fiction: How to Make It Hot.
May 11: Audra at Unabridged Chick hosts Stephanie Dray Stephanie is an award-winning author of historical fiction and fantasy set in the ancient world. She will be speaking on the following panels: Depicting Religion in Historical Fiction; Location, Location: Transporting Readers to Historical Settings; and HF Set in the Ancient World: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
May 10: Erika Mailman hosts GUEST OF HONOR Anne Perry Anne is an internationally-known and bestselling writer whose award-winning work has never been out of print–she has over 26 million books in print world-wide. We are thrilled to have her speaking as our Guest of Honor for the opening ceremonies on Friday night!
May 9: Elizabeth Felt hosts Heather Webb Heather will be speaking on the panel Virtual Salon: Historical Fiction Blogs. She is a blogger extraordinaire and a novelist whose debut historical, BECOMING JOSEPHINE will be published by Plume/Penguin in January 2014.
May 8: Stephanie Renee dos Santos hosts Jeanne MacKin Jeanne is the author of several historical novels and, writing as Anna Maclean, a trio of mysteries featuring Louisa May Alcott as an amateur sleuth. She will be giving a presentation on Writing the Cinematic Novel.
May 7: Stephanie Lehmann hosts GUEST OF HONOR Steve Berry Steve is a New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of eight Cotton Malone adventures, four stand-alone thrillers, and four short-story originals. His books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 15 million printed copies in 51 countries. We are lucky to have him speaking at our Saturday night banquet as our Guest of Honor!
May 6: Daphne at Tanzanite Castle Full of Books hosts David Blixt David is an author and a playwright whose novels span the early Roman Empire (the COLOSSUS series) to early Renaissance Italy (the STAR-CROSS’D series) up through the Elizabethan era (his espionage comedy HER MAJESTY’S WILL, starring Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe as inept spies). He will be conducting the Combat Workshop:The History of Weaponry & Practical Skills.
May 5: Judith Starkston hosts Kris Waldherr Kris is an author, illustrator, and designer whose art has been exhibited in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her upcoming publications include her debut novel THE LILY MAID, and she will be speaking on the panel Is ‘Genre’ a Dirty Word? Commercial v. Literary HF.
May 4: Stephanie Lehmann hosts Maryka Biaggio Maryka will be speaking on the panel Writing About Women in History: Animating Their Times and Voices. Her novel PARLOR GAMES, based on the true story of a gilded-age baroness who tangled with the Pinkertons, was published by Doubleday in January 2013.
May 3: Judith Starkston hosts Deborah Swift Deborah is a novelist and poet from a small village on the edge of the English Lake District. She has written novels THE LADY’S SLIPPER and THE GILDED LILY, and will be speaking on the panels Virtual Salon: The Historical Fiction Blog and Making it to Mainstream – And What Comes After.
May 2: Stephanie Lehmann hosts Michelle Cameron Michelle Cameron is the author of novels THE FRUIT OF HER HANDS and IN THE SHADOW OF THE GLOBE, and is currently completing a novel about the Babylonian exile of the Judean people. She will be speaking on the panel Is ‘Genre’ a Dirty Word? Commercial v. Literary HF.
May 1: Judith Starkston hosts Mitchell J. Kaplan Mitchell will be speaking on the panel Is ‘Genre’ a Dirty Word? Commercial v. Literary HF. His historical novel BY FIRE, BY WATER has won numerous awards and he is hard at work on his next novel, which deals with the conflict between the Roman Empire and Judea.