Thursday, February 16, 2012

San Francisco Writer’s Conference This Weekend



I’m attending the annual San Francisco Writer’s Conference this weekend at the Mark Hopkins Hotel! I haven’t been for two years and am looking forward to meeting fellow writers, editors, and agents face to face.

I start bright and early tomorrow, and it’s a pretty whirlwind affair for three days, so I probably won’t be blogging again until early next week to fill you in on all the details. I’m looking forward to listening to some great authors in my genre and others, as well as getting to sit down with agents and pitch them my story The Long Defeat. Below is a brief intro to my historical civil war novel.

Who knows, maybe I’ll see some of you at the conference!


Brief Synopsis of The Long Defeat

Will and Nate think that the American Civil War will end in a month, but neither realize that they will both have to try and kill each other before it is over. Will defends runaway slaves in a Massachusetts court before he enlists to fight for the North, while Nate leaves his family’s wealthy Louisiana plantation to defend the honor of the South. These two strangers meet under a flag of truce in Virginia only to later fight one another on several battlefields. Both men get more than they bargain for when two brash young women, a Boston blue blood named Emma and a New Orleans courtesan called Marie, volunteer as nurses for the North and South. Serving alongside the men at the front, Emma falls for Will who suffers from a troubled marriage, whereas Marie courts Nate despite his engagement to a Southern heiress. As the four-year struggle unfolds both Will and Nate must ultimately decide how different the enemy across the lines really is from themselves, and whether the women they meet at the front can ever be a part of their lives back home.