Fangirling in Florida: Thursday’s Children

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I’m attending the Historical Novel Society Conference in June, and I’m so excited I can hardly wait. I even made a Pinterest board for it.

β€œBut you write fantasy,” a friend said when I told her.

Yes, yes I do. Fantasy is the fire in my soul, the blaze in my imagination. BUT, that fire wouldn’t exist at all without history.

History is a living, breathing entity that fans the spark of my creations, and serves, more often than not, as kindling. Like the mythical phoenix, arising anew from its ashes, so too do my stories emerge, from the ruins of ages past and the immortal legends they spawned.

The sessions they’re holding at this conference have me squealing like a kid splashing in a swimming pool, which I will try my utmost not to do while in the pool of paradise at said conference. Also, I’ll try not to fangirl all over Diana Gabaldon, who’ll be there along with a slew of other fabulous authors, as well as those I’ve met on Twitter that I finally get to MEET IN PERSON! There’s even an era fashion show.

And to top it off, this conference takes place in Florida, which many of you know is my happy place.

Suffice it to say, this will be a weekend full of mega-inspiration for me. If history inspires your writing, click on the picture below and check it out!

Also, go read what these authors/bloggers have to say about it.

Heather Webb

Julie K. Rose

Susan Spann

Julianne Douglas

Marci Jefferson

Amanda Orr

28 Responses to “Fangirling in Florida: Thursday’s Children

  • That will be MEGA-cool. Historical fiction was my first literary love and I’ll always have a soft spot for it. And history/myth/legend definitely finds its way into my work now. I expect a full account when you get back. Are you participating in the fashion show or just spectating?

    • Spectating! I’ll definitely tell you all about it, and I’m taking notes during the workshops. #willshare

  • So. Jealous. Lucky, lucky girl – will you fangirl Diana Gabaldon for me too. I think it’s a good thing to attend outside your genre – history feels like a great fit. We are finally having a big writing conference close to where I live, but it is a romance writers one. I think some of it will be quite helpful – and although I thought I’d make the effort – I’m a bit scared.

    • I will! I have to fangirl her for my grandmother too πŸ™‚ And romance is great! Which one are you attending? I’ve never been to a conference, so I’m a bit scared as well, but everyone says they’re great fun πŸ™‚

  • I think it’s a great idea to come to HNS, whether or not you write historicals! I absolutely agree that history is the creature that fans the flames of many other inspirations – including my own, which is primarily mystery (though in a historical setting).

    I look forward to meeting you in person in Florida!

    • Me too, Susan!! And I can’t wait to read CLAWS OF THE CAT. Mystery and Samurai and Murder, OH MY! Seriously, it’s been on my TBR list since I saw it on Heather’s blog, lol πŸ™‚

  • Very cool! I agree, a lot of the inspiration for my own fantasy stuff comes from history. I think you might actually gain MORE inspiration from this conference than if you were to go to a Fantasy-themed one.

    After all, we’re trying to write worlds with their own history, their own culture, right?

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Oh, good point! Thanks, John πŸ™‚

  • This conference sounds fantastic! I too love history. Talk about a treasure trove of stories. And “visiting” another time is like going to another world. Each element is new and fascinating. Hmmm. Should pitch my straight historical as “fantasy” – for the reader!

    • Treasure trove indeed:) And history IS like fantasy–except without the dragons, lol! Thanks!

  • Sounds AMAZING! History is rich with gold. Sounds like your off -living your dream and being enriched by every facet of it. Love. All the best on your journey.

    • Karen, that’s so sweet! Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  • Add my name to the List of Jealousy! That sounds like an amazing conference! I really adore going to writing conferences – you can be with your own kind there. πŸ˜‰ And I’d LOVE to see the fashion show – if you end up taking pictures, I’d love to see them. πŸ™‚ I hope you have a wonderful, inspiring time! πŸ˜€

    • Thank you! And I’ll definitely take pictures if it’s allowed πŸ™‚

  • What fun to meet and get to speak to your favorite authors!

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  • Ooooh, sounds like a blast!!! And I hear you on history…I don’t write historical fiction either, but seriously, without history to draw on I’m not sure where some of my MS’s would be…

    Great post πŸ™‚

    • Mine would be an empty husk for sure. Thanks, Lady!! πŸ™‚

  • Wow that sounds really exciting! Wish I was going to Florida. It’s so cold here in the UK. I need some sun!

    • Me too! I’m sick of cold, cloudy days. I almost wish the conference was tomorrow, lol πŸ™‚

  • Super excited for you! I’m a total history geek. Aside from being great idea fodder, it always fascinates me to see the long, continuous line of the human story. It puts where we’ve ended up now in some kind of perspective. Have a great time!

    • Aha! I think you mentioned that in an interview. I loved the tidbits of history in ALL THAT GLITTERS. P.S. I finished it–LOVED it!!

  • Jealous! I haven’t been to a conference in a couple years. That one sounds AWESOME! Look forward to seeing pictures and hearing all about it.

    • I’ll definitely post about it! Thanks, Michaele πŸ™‚

  • I really wish I could go to this conference!… I always come back from conferences full of ideas and motivation. I hope this one will be that way for you!

    • Thank you! You’re still going to MWW though, right? I so wanted to meet you and Jessy, but this one called to me. I hope y’all have an amazing time! πŸ™‚

  • You’re so right about fantasy and history being peas in a pod. And I’m so jealous–that conference sounds amazing. If I were on the right side of the planet, I would totally go!

    • Hey, Lefty! Wish all of you could come with me too. But I’ll take good notes for everybody πŸ™‚