The full list is now available at http://hns-conference.org, along with links to registration for the conference.
I'm so thrilled to let you know that one of those panels is near and dear to my heart: Off the Beaten Path: Reading and Writing Outside the Historical Fiction Mainstream
Trends in historical fiction are beloved for a reason, but readers (and writers) have broader tastes than many realize. There is a wealth of historical fiction available that veers off the expected path, from non-traditional relationships to rarely-visited locations to blended genres, with surprising protagonists and fascinating journeys hard to find elsewhere.
In this panel, comprised of both readers and writers, we'll discuss motivations for writing outside the mainstream, the challenges of doing so, and take a look at some unique historical fiction--both recently published and upcoming.
I'm even more excited to announce my fellow panelists!
- Heather Domin, an amazing historical fiction author whose books The Soldier of Raetia and Allegiance bring non-traditional relationships in Augustan Rome and 1920s Dublin beautifully to life
- Andrea Connell, former Managing Editor and Indie Reviews Editor of the Historical Novels Review and current proprietress of The Queen's Quill Review
- Audra Friend, very widely read and enthusiastic proprietress of Unabridged Chick
If you have an off-the-beaten-path novel coming out in 2013, or a favorite that you've read recently, please leave a comment here. The panel isn't until June, so we'll be gathering additional information for the next few months.