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Speaker, Readings
& Book Clubs

I'd love to speak at your professional association
or classroom, perform a reading
for your community group
or share at your book club!
In person or via Zoom.

Triumphs and Pitfalls of an Authorpreneur

Glean Wisdom, Avoid Pitfalls, as I Share My Journey as an Indie-Author


This is a candid discussion of my journey as an indie-author, using my novels set in WW2-era Latvia as case studies to discuss:

• Fictionalizing family stories

• Three qualities of good material for hist fic

• Balancing history and historical fiction

• Constellation of characters

• Point-of-view characters

• Language and references in historical fiction

• Primary research sources

• Whose story is it to tell?

• Balancing creativity and business  

• Marketability of various genres and sub-genres

• Dual timelines

• Energetic markers

• Prose vs. structure

• Novel-writing applications: Scrivener, Aeon

• Balancing research with imagination

• Covers

• Ekphrasic art

• Genre conventions

• Course corrections

• Trad vs. indie opportunities

Around one hour long, including Q&A. 

Janis Meets the Roma

Matt Mahuron Diana Reading Chamber Comm Oct 2022.JPEG

Theme involves cognac.


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