How good is this year’s HNSA Conference? It’s 1.45 pm on Sunday 27 October. I’ve enjoyed another round of networking over lunch and I’m on the home stretch. Having tried–and failed–to clone myself, I’ve already been faced with some tough choices between the many fabulous panels on offer. Now I have another lineball decision ahead … Read morePanel Spotlight – Strong Females versus Survival of the Fittest
When it comes to writing, I pretty much let my fingers do the typing. When it comes to selecting my preferred streams at the HNSA conference, it turns out that two choices is one too many. Deciding between HNSA panels is about as easy as guddling a fish. A side-note here : I do love … Read moreRegency Madness versus The Nuances of Point of View, which one will I choose?
I’m stuck. I’ve purchased my early bird ticket to #HNSA2019 so I have plenty of time to peruse the program. I didn’t factor in having to decide between panels on at the same time. Now I’m in a quandary and I’m not sure that having time to think is going to help at all! I … Read morePanel Spotlight – We need to Talk about Bette and Joan versus Connecting with Readers
‘The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley’ – Robert Burns ‘To a Mouse’ The HNSA 2019 program features over 60 speakers in 25 sessions across 2 days. As program director, I was pleased that all the moving parts fell into place in March. However, some of our authors have needed … Read moreHNSA 2019 Program Changes
Ali Alizadeh is an author and scholar. His books include a novel about Joan of Arc, The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc, described as ‘miraculous’ in The Sydney Morning Herald; ‘extraordinary’ in Australian Book Review; and longlisted for the Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal. His other books include Iran, My Grandfather, a semi-fictional history … Read moreAuthor Spotlight — an interview with Ali Alizadeh
‘Pitch contest entries are now full. All places have been taken.’ I flounce back into my chair, cursing my hesitation about entering this contest. Now I’ve missed out! Too slow, too indecisive, too busy with work to think about it properly. Of course, now I can’t enter it is the very thing I want to … Read moreSpotlight on the TCW First Pages Pitch Contest
Just as we immerse ourselves in writing of an historical time period, our characters emerging onto the pages to give the reader some sense of reality, there are people who, rather than writing about history, aim to actually live it. These people are known as historical re-enactors and as of 2016, the Australia Living History … Read moreSpotlight on Historical Weapons Re-enactments
It’s Sunday morning, the final day of the conference. You’re exhausted from the previous day’s packed program, yet strangely exhilarated, and wanting to make the most of the few remaining hours of HNSA 2019. You’ve made a host of new friends and you are huddled together, in the foyer, balancing coffee cups, while trying to … Read moreA French Affair versus Intertwining Lives – which one will you choose?
Do you ever lift a book to your nose and inhale deeply? No? Seriously? You are missing out! Take this novel on my desk for instance. Lean in closer. Can you smell the scent of something mysterious, a little bit magical? A dash of fairy tale and a waft of the historical? That, my friend, … Read moreAuthor spotlight – an interview with Kate Forsyth
After the excitement of the first day’s presentations at the Historical Novel Society Australasia Conference on Saturday 26 October, you’ll have the opportunity to join other writers and readers at the Conference dinner. The guest speaker at the dinner will be Anna Campbell, bestselling historical romance author. Anna was born in Brisbane, and grew up … Read moreHNSA 2019 Conference Dinner – good food, great company and historical romance