Just hours to go until the early-bird discount expires!

I’m thrilled to be in two panels for the History Quill virtual convention for historical fiction writers.

This convention includes Joanna Penn, Jane Friedman, James Blatch from Self Publishing Formula, historian Hallie Rubenhold, and lots of prominent historical fiction authors, including Susanna Kearsley, Denny S. Bryce, Andrew Taylor, Ben Kane, Matthew Harffy, Deborah Swift, Louise Fein, Octavia Randolph, the list goes on and on. There will be also sessions with publishers, literary agents, book marketing experts, and other leading industry figures.

FYI — my two panels are below:

01:30 – 03:00 (GMT) / 20:30 – 21:30 (EST) Panel Discussion and Q&A


Wendy J. Dunn, Christine Bell, Glenice Whitting, Kate Murdoch History once paid little attention to the stories of women. For hundreds of years, these stories were deemed uninteresting and remained untold or left behind the enclosed doors of home and family. This was especially the case for ‘the mother’. For centuries, women approached childbirth knowing that the possibility of death also approached them. ‘The mother’ is a powerful and propelling force in many works of fiction. This panel explores the crafting of ‘the mother’ in works of historical fiction. It will discuss the common and the less common tropes, and how the concept of ‘the mother’ has evolved over time.

Wendy J. Dunn is an award-winning Australian author, playwright and poet. Her first Tudor novels were two Anne Boleyn novels and her most recent publications are two novels inspired by the life of Katherine of Aragon: her Falling Pomegranate Seeds duology: The Duty of Daughters (a finalist in the 2020 Chaucer award) and All Manner of Things (2021), a silver medalist in Readers’ Favorite for historical personage. She now publishes all her novels under her own imprint, Poesy Quill. Wendy tutors in writing at the Swinburne University of Technology. She’s currently writing a novel set in 2010. Of course, it includes a Tudor story. She is also writing her first full length Tudor biography, commissioned by Pen and Sword.

Christine Bell is a Melbourne fiction writer. Her debut historical novel No Small Shame is published by Ventura Press (Impact Imprint) 2020. Christine has been awarded a place in the Katharine Susannah Pritchard 2021 Fellowship Program. She is the winner of the inaugural 2019 HNSA The History Quill Writers Convention Agenda 29 Colleen McCullough Residency for an Established Writer. She is a Varuna Alumni and holds a Master of Creative Writing. Christine served as the Assistant Co-ordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Victoria (SCBWI) 2014-2018. Christine has had 30 short fiction works published for children. No Small Shame is her first adult novel. For further information see her website https://christinebell.com.au/

Glenice Whitting is an Australian author and playwright. Her Australian/German novel, Pickle to Pie, was short-listed for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. It co-won the Ilura Press International Fiction Quest and was launched during The Age Melbourne Writers’ Festival. Glenice’s play Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow was produced during the Fertile Ground New Play Festival. Her published works include biographies, reviews, numerous short stories and two novels. Her latest American/Australian novel is What time is it there? She loves tutoring others writing their own stories in a Memoir Writing Group at Godfrey Street Community House in Benleigh. Glenice’s blog Writers and Their Journey can be found here, www.glenicewhitting.com

Kate Murdoch exhibited widely as a painter before turning her hand to writing. Her short-form fiction has been published in various literary journals in Australia, UK, US and Canada. Stone Circle, a historical fantasy novel set in Renaissance Italy, was released in 2017. Stone Circle was a First in Category winner in the Chaucer Awards 2018. Kate was awarded a KSP Fellowship at the KSP Writers’ Centre in 2019 to develop her third novel, The Glasshouse. Her second novel, The Orange Grove, about the passions and intrigues of court mistresses in 18th century France, was published in November 2019 and was a Finalist in the Chaucer Awards 2019 for pre-1750’s Historical Fiction.

Few writers get the publishing deal with a big publisher that they dreamed of. Even small publishers can be a difficult nut to crack; competition in the publishing world is as fierce as it ever was. Once, this was a depressing reality for many writers. Now, writers have a choice to take control of their own careers and drive their own publishing destinies. Wendy J. Dunn discusses her journey from being published with small publishers to the greater success she is finding as an indie author.

The convention is offering an early-bird discount until 7pm GMT on 22 December. They’re also offering a 10% discount on the total price for each additional day added after the first, up to a maximum of 40% off for the whole convention. Here is my affiliate code, which I also include in my link tree: https://bit.ly/3dNxI8q Disclaimer:

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