Sunday, June 9, 2013: Moderated by Lorelei Armstrong This panel focuses on the excitement, the investment, and the trials and tribulations of a first time novelist. What would you have done differently had you only known? Panelists, whether working with a major publishing house or small press, will discuss their experiences throughout the publishing process: agents, editors, publicity, book signings, and reviews. Panelists include:
Patricia Bracewell’s debut novel, Shadow on the Crown, was published by Viking/Penguin in the U.S. and Canada, and by HarperCollins U.K. in Britain and the Commonwealth. The first book of a trilogy set in eleventh century England, the novel is also slated for publication in Italy and Brazil.
Born and raised in California, Patricia taught high school literature and composition before embarking upon her writing career. She holds a Masters Degree in English Literature and has studied Anglo-Saxon History both as an undergrad in the U.S. and as an independent scholar, including a brief summer course at the University of Cambridge. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the S.F. Bay Area writers’ organization, Left Coast Writers©. She has travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and South America, both for research and for pleasure. She enjoys gardening, tennis, and, of course, reading, and she is still a decent guitarist and folksinger, although her writing leaves her little time for practice. She has two sons and lives with her husband in the San Francisco Bay area.
Karen Keskinen is the author of Blood Orange, first book in the Jaymie Zarlin mystery series. Set in Santa Barbara, character-driven with a twisting plot, Blood Orange explores the fault lines between privileged and poor and exposes a vein of corruption in a heavenly little city. In Blood Orange, Santa Barbara itself is a character. Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books is the publisher, and the release date is June 4, 2013.
Born and raised in Salinas, California, Keskinen has also lived in Wellington, New Zealand, and in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. She now resides in Santa Barbara, in a house perched halfway up a steep hill known to geologists as the Mesa Fault.
Melanie Thorne is the author of Hand Me Down, a debut novel in the tradition of Dorothy Allison and Janet Fitch. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012 and a 2013 YALSA Alex Award nominee, Hand Me Down has been highly praised by media, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Daily Candy, and People. Melanie earned her MA in Creative Writing from the University of CA, Davis, and has been awarded the Alva Englund Fellowship, the Maurice Prize in Fiction, and a residency at the Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat on Whidbey Island. She lives in Northern California. Find her online at melaniethorne.com.
Robin Winter started writing with a fully illustrated manuscript 'Chickens and their Diseases' when in second grade in Nigeria. Some years later she and her family were evacuated as the Nigerian Civil War began in 1967. It is from her memories of Nigeria that her novel Night Must Wait, released in 2012 by Imajin Books, evolved. Her first science fiction novel, Future Past is due for release in mid 2013 from Damnation Books. She has published science fiction and horror stories, won awards for writing, and in 2011 had a collection of her short stories performed in Los Angeles' New Short Fiction Series.
As a child Robin lived in a number of places beginning with 'N'; Nebraska, Nigeria, New Hampshire and New York. Now living in California, she has no intention of going back to any of the preceding.
Her other career centers on oil painting, both landscape and figure. Her husband, a paleocarpologist, corrects the science in both her paintings and her writings, and has acquired considerable skill in ducking flying objects. They have a teenage daughter who also loves to write, and three cats who don't.