I was speaking with award-winning author Isolde Martin, who writes historical fiction set a few centuries ago in England, and Justin Sheedy who has written a 1970s memoir and a work of fiction set in WWII. The attendees seemed to find the session interesting and helpful. Some of the other speakers came up to me afterwards and said that, after hearing what I do, they are glad they write fiction!
One attendee, John Porter, wrote to me afterwards thanking me for my "eloquent assistance, inspiring comments, lightness and charm" - praise indeed! Since then, he's been reading Breaking the Bank and wrote: "I didn’t think I’d ever enjoy your work as anything other than an insight into the way research should translate as narrative, but not only have I been gobsmacked by the story itself, I’m enthralled by the people I’ve met already, and I’m only on page one of chapter four! Good onya Carol – I’m genuinely impressed."