16th Annual Florida Writers Conference

“What A Character”
October 19 – 22 in Altamonte Springs, Florida

Susan Carol McCarthySusan Carol McCarthy


Susan Carol McCarthy is the award-winning author of three novels inspired by true events in Florida history: Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands, True Fires, and A Place We Knew Well. Her work has been widely selected by libraries and universities for their One Book and Freshman Year Read programs, and adopted by schools in 29 states and 6 countries. “McCarthy blends fact, memory, imagination, and truth with admirable grace.” ~The Washington Post. www.SusanCarolMcCarthy.co


So You Want to Write Historical Fiction

Award-winning author Susan Carol McCarthy discusses the particular challenges of historical fiction:

1) Why, however extraordinary your time period or historical event, it’s the intimate impact of those best/worst times on ordinary people that drives your story. Top-down history versus bottom-up storytelling. 2) When to climb off your private mountain of historical research and enter the compelling, conflicting rabbit hole of your protagonist’s journey; 3) the key difference between history and historical fiction; 4) how much “authentic, historical” language, accents, or idioms are enough, or too much? Defining the line between wisdom and foolishness. And 5) why stick with the tortoise-like pace of writing historical fiction while the hares of other genres sprint past you to faster, often more lucrative finish lines?


Liar, Liar! Pants on Fire

All fiction writers are liars, spinning out incredible tales of adventure, romance and mystery. Good writers are able to make the unbelievable believable by covering readers with webs of plausibility forcing them to suspend their disbelief and enjoy the story. This panel, moderated by Kristin Durfee, explores ways writers can make the incredible credible no matter what genre you’re writing.

Interview Topics

Historical fiction and traditional publishing.


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