2017 Historical Novel Society Writers’ Conference & Looking for Stories in Art

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The 2017 Historical Novel Society Writers’ Conference in Portland, Oregon in the United States is less than two months away. It is a reunion of writers and those from the book industry who come together from all parts of the world to exchange on the genre of historical fiction. Every other year the conference takes place in the United States, the other year in a haunt of England.

2017 Art panel group

Laura Morelli, Kris Waldherr © Robert Presutti, Yves Fey, Stephanie Renee dos Santos

In year’s past, I and a group of authors have presented panel-discussions sharing the ins and outs and tips for writing art-based historical fiction. This year Laura Morelli, Kris Waldherr, Yves Fey and I will be talking on  “Looking for Stories in Art. The niche of art in historical novels is one that continues to flourish and interest readers for the lives of artists and art are as colorful as the painter’s palette. Join us on Saturday, June 24 from 1:15 – 2:15 pm at the Galleria South and be a part of this interactive conversation.

I can attest to this from organizing a review series in 2014 for the Historical Novel Society called “Art in Historical Fiction Interview Series”. Today I have a bookshelf full of recent releases of art-inspired titles waiting to be read.

At this year’s conference I will be offering again a free “Yoga for Writers” session. Bring your yoga mat or towel and join us! To open the shoulders, neck, hips, legs and lower back after long months of writing. More information on the time and place of practice will be available at the conference. See you there, books and mat in hand!

“Stories of Serendipity: Writing Historical Fiction” Series debuts at the Historical Novel Society!

cascade_tpb coverFor the next seven weeks I will post each Sunday on the Historical Novel Society website a serendipitous story. Sharing an author’s magical tale of serendipity while writing, researching, and publishing historical fiction, along with their speculations as to possible reasons behind such phenomena.

This week’s post features author Maryanne O’Hara and her bewildering accounts while writing and publishing her recent novel Cascade, read on, you’ll be amazed!

Click Here to Read Story!

Book Reviews: Historical Novel Society

I am pleased to announce in February I will begin writing eBook reviews for the Historical Novel Society.

Please visit the Historical Novel Society Indie Book Reviews page at:  http://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/?type=indie .

About the Historical Novel Society:

Founded in 1997 the HNS was conceived to campaign for the literary genre of historical fiction.  Two magazines were developed for this cause:  Solander(no longer being published as of 2011) and Historical Novels Review.  To date, the HNS has reviewed 5,272 historical books, making it the preeminent clearing house for historical fiction in the English language. These reviews and 108 featured articles can be viewed online at: http://historicalnovelsociety.org/.  As an international society HNS aims to review all US and UK mainstream published titles, and as many other historical novels written in the English language worldwide, along with the desire to eventually cover foreign language titles as well.

The organization is based in the UK and USA and membership is open to the world — to anyone with an interest in historical fiction: readers, writers, publishers, editors  ̶  yes everyone!

In addition to the review print magazine and online reviews, the HNS facilitates writers’ conferences and social media groups, creating spaces to bring together the excitement, knowledge, exchange, and love of historical novels.

For more information visit:  http://historicalnovelsociety.org/