On Saturday afternoon, Waterstones Birmingham hosted YA/MG Historical Fiction panel, chaired by The Boy Who Drew the Future author Rhian Ivory.
Helen Maslin talked about Darkmere, which is told in switching POV between Kate (present day) and Elinor (1800s). It’s one I really enjoyed last year and thought was expertly crafted and wonderfully atmospheric, so it was great to listen to Helen talk more in-depth about that.
Lauren James discussed reincarntation romance, The Next Together, where the two main characters are brought back together throughout history. This is another one I really enjoyed reading — I loved experiencing different timelines with the same two main characters and seeing how their actions had impact on their next life. Lauren also talked about her next book, The Last Beginning, which I’m really looking forward to!
Rhian Ivory told stories of scary research trips. I have The Boy Who Drew the Future on my kindle but, having not started it yet, I couldn’t resist picking up a copy to have signed!
Katherine Woodfire’s The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow series sounded wonderful, especially for fans of Murder Most Unladylike. I enjoyed listening to Katherine talk about Victorian London.
And Emma Carroll has a fabulous selection of titles to choose from, from travelling circuses to fairies in the woods. One that caught my attention was debut Frost Hollow Hall, which I picked up on the day, and Frankenstein-inspired Strange Star, which is out in July.
It was a great day, so thanks to the panel authors and to Waterstones. It was lovely to see everyone!