I Met My Writing Heroes! #2

HNS2015-logo3Have you ever had such a good conference you just couldn’t contain it in one blog post?

Today is the continuation and final part of the wonderful Historical Novel Society Conference in Denver, CO. Already my life has filled in with writing, blogging, marketing books one and two and enjoying the small part of my life which doesn’t include being an author, but I wanted to finish off my comments about the conference.

Last week’s post talked about my all-time favorite author, Sharon Kay Penman. This week I bring  you the creator of the Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon. She spoke a few times during the large group gatherings and I was amazed at her low, scratchy voice. At times she was a little hard for me to understand but I didn’t mind. Her pleasant personality translated through and we all enjoyed her. I didn’t go to any small sessions with her as there just wasn’t time with so many events back-to-back. Gabaldon is another whose every book sits on my book treasure shelf. I just wish I could have transported them all to Denver for her to sign.

Diana GabaldonAuthor Mary Tod, the originator of the Historical Fiction Reader Survey, recognized me as I stepped into her elevator the first night at the conference. Wow! What a thrill. We stood and talked in the hall for about half an hour and I knew this Toronto lady was a writer I wanted to know better. The next two days we happily brushed by each other in sessions, even one where she was presenting. On Sunday she joined our group for a lunch which went on for about two hours. Great fun.

Mary Tod

Mary Tod who writes as M.K. Tod.

Saturday night brought out many in costume.

Saturday night brought out many in costume.

HNS costumed lady

One more event I must mention is the spur-of-the-moment appointment I had with an amazing fellow at BookFuel whose sessions were held for about 30 minutes and covered whatever the author needed, depending on just where we are in our writing journey. Mine was about my Amazon Author page and my books listed there on my sales page. It was fantastic. Bill VanOrsdel listened as well as he talked so that this session was extremely useful to me. It was one of the best things I did at the conference. I am still working on improving the things we talked about, although Bill did give me good marks on many of the items. The 2-page handout he gave us covered the following: Cover, Title, Reviews, Pricing, Book Description, Genre/Browse Category Placement, Keywords & Key Phrases, and Other Elements. This handout has pride of place on my desk just now.

Finally I attended Leslie Carroll/Juliet Grey’s workshop, Out Loud and Proud in Front of a Crowd: reading your work for an audience. She had lots of good tips which I will add to my readings to make them even better. I will be sure to mark up the text I’m reading aloud according to her suggestions.

So there you have it: another successful conference.

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John and Lucy escape the Revolutionary War to the unsettled British territory across the Niagara River with almost nothing. In the untamed wilderness they must fight to survive, he, off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she, left behind with their young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy–her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With John’s reputation besmirched, she must walk a thin line depending as she does on the British army, and Sergeant Crawford, for her family’s very survival.

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When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.

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