Nancy Bilyeau, the best-selling historical author of the series of historical thrillers The Crown, The Chalice, and The Tapestry. A veteran of the magazine business, Bilyeau is now an editor at The Big Thrill, the magazine for the International Thriller Writers Association. She invited me to write a monthly series on debut authors.
For the 2015 Historical Novel Society Conference Lynn Carthage and I proposed a panel on Writing Historicals for Children and Teens.
John A. Connell's debut novel is a police procedural set in Munich in 1945. That is, post-war Munich, ruined and defeated Munich, a Munich that still seethes with vendettas, desire for revenge, and an intense struggle to survive.
The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack has some elements that are familiar to us from movies and books. I’ll stick to the movies: Dead Again, the 1991 film starring Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson; What Dreams May Come, the 1998 film starring Robin Williams; and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992, starring Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder.