Conference Board

 Your 2017 Historical Novel Society Conference Board:

Ann Chamberlin

Ann is the author of twenty historical books. Her trilogy set in the 16th-century Ottoman Empire was on the bestsellers list in Turkey for six months. Her nonfiction title A HISTORY OF WOMEN’S SECLUSION IN THE MIDDLE EAST is used in college courses.  She is the author of many plays that have seen productions as far away as Bogota, Colombia.  Among these is JIHAD which is slated for an off-Broadway run in 2016-17.  Her novel CHOOSERS OF THE SLAIN, about the Valkyrie from Norse mythology, is currently being developed as a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for television.

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Program Chair
Leslie Carroll

Leslie Carroll is a multipublished author in three genres, including historical fiction, where (under the pen names Amanda Elyot and Juliet Grey) she has written about numerous scandalous women, from Helen of Troy to Marie Antoinette. Her novels have been optioned for film and television and translated into 11 languages. A frequent commentator on royal romances and relationships, she has been interviewed by, USAToday, the Australian Broadcasting Company, NPR; was a featured royalty expert on CBS nightly news in London during the royal wedding coverage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton; and appears on royal-centric Travel Channel and Canadian History Channel docuseries.  Leslie is also a professional actress and an award-winning audio book narrator, specializing in works of historical fiction. Visit her at

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Venue Chair
Maryka Biaggio

Maryka Biaggio, Ph.D., a professor of psychology for 30 years, undertook writing fiction as a serious pursuit around 2000. She improved her craft by completing three novels before writing PARLOR GAMES, which was published by Doubleday in 2013. Now she splits her time between writing and working as a higher education consultant. Excerpts of her novels have garnered Willamette Writers and Belle Lettres awards. She specializes in writing historical fiction about real people.

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Registration Chair

Marketing Chair
Vicky Oliver

Vicky Oliver has been running her debut historical novel through writing classes at NYU and Gotham for the past three years. When she isn’t penning her novel, she writes business career books and has published 6 so far, including: Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots (Sourcebooks, 2008); 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions (Sourcebooks, 2005); The Millionaire’s Handbook (Skyhorse, 2011); Power Sales Words (Sourcebooks, 2008); 301 Smart Answers to Tough Business Etiquette Questions (Sourcebooks, 2010) and the newly published Live Like A Millionaire (Without Having To Be One) (Skyhorse, 2015). Vicky runs a job consulting practice, blogs for the Globe and Mail in Canada, and is co-president of the Brown University Club in NY. Vicky also sits on the Association of Class Leaders Board of Advisors up at Brown University. Vicky lives and writes in Manhattan.


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Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon is a native New Yorker, former actress and history geek.  Her first book, SCANDALOUS WOMEN, was released in March 2011 to enthusiastic reviews (Stiletto Storytime called it “not to be missed.”) Since the book’s release, it has been sold to Thailand, Korea, and Poland and was a bestseller in Singapore. The book was featured in the DAILY CANDY weekend section, and it was an RT Book Review Non-Fiction Pick of the Month for April 2011.  She was also named RWA NYC’s Author of the Year for 2011.  In 2012, she was a featured speaker at WE MOVE FORWARD on Isla Mujeres, Mexico, and was asked to participate in Chick History’s yearlong project HERSTORY. Elizabeth has been featured in the H2 show How Sex Changed the World, as well as The Travel Channel’s Monumental Mysteries and the Investigation Discovery show Tabloid.

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Caren Wasserman
2017 Non-Board Coordinator Positions


Volunteer Coordinators:       Mary Tod and Jennie Quinlan

Website Coordinator:           Kay Henden

Tchotchke Tsarina:               Anna Castle

Bookstore Coordinator:       Patricia Kuhlberg

Program Layout:                  Mary Burns