It has been too long since I posted here and for that I have no excuse except I have busy with writing and attending conferences. The last one – the Historical Novel Society was held in Portland, Oregon June 22-24 at the beautiful Hilton Hotel in downtown Portland.
There were many workshops – I had to carefully pick and chose as I couldn’t attend all of them. One of those I attended was – Battle Tested: Women in the Two World Wars with panel members Jennifer Robson and Kate Quinn. Another one Recent Historical Fiction on the “War to End All Wars” was presented by Glen Craney, Jennifer Robson, and Mary Tod. In addition I took in a panel talking about Historical Romance Writers. In addition, Come With Me to the Land Faraway was beautifully presented by Janie Chang, Elsa Hart, Weina Dai Randel and moderated by Kevan Lyon. I participated in the Blue Pencil Cafe which allowed me to have a mentor review 10 pages of my manuscript. I was fortunate that I drew Jennifer Robson who is a prolific historical writer of tomes set during WWI and WWII so we had a lot in common. She gave me wonderful feedback on Sophie’s War for which I am grateful. Our luncheon speakers were top-notch – the wonderful Geraldine Brooks author of People of the Book and one of my favs Nine Parts of Desire – The Hidden World of Islamic Women. On Saturday, we were thrilled to have David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl and Pasadena. Coincidentally, David is a native of Pasadena as I am and in conversation we talked about our love for our beautiful city. The Historical Novel Society did not disappoint and brought to us top notch luncheon speakers. The conference was over before we knew it and we all brought home lovely memories and information that we can using writing our manuscripts. I am back to the keyboard working hard on a couple of things; primarily Starting Over and Sophie’s War. It is such fun to do what I love to do – putting words on paper for others to someday enjoy!