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Events


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November 16-18, 2014:
I was a guest, for a couple of days, of the History and English departments at Andrews University in Michigan, and spoke to various classes and a multi-discipline seminar about writing historical fiction, historical research, A Tale of Two Cities--and, particularly, the research I did for The Executioner's Heir, for the advanced-level class on prisons, punishment, and torture in Early Modern Europe. Professor Strayer assigned The Executioner's Heir as one of the required texts for this class (wow! I'm incredibly flattered to be singled out this way). It was a great experience and I met a lot of friendly and kind people there. Thank you, all!









Past Events



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Sunday, November 2, 2014, 2:00-4:00 p.m.:
Member, author/​book publisher panel on self-publishing in the new world of eBooks, print-on-demand, and self-service online publishing, sponsored by the Hudson Valley Writers' Guild. We discussed the options for e-publishing and print publishing for both new work and for re-publishing our out-of-print books. East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061. Information: (518) 477-7476

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October 26-November 2, 2014: Medieval Underpants is Book of the Week at BookWorks.com, a Publishers Weekly affiliate supporting professional independent authors.


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June 6-8, 2014:
Bloody Words mystery conference in Toronto. The very last Bloody Words Mystery Conference focused on historical mysteries. I had a great time, was a member of a well-received panel on historical research and accuracy, and met (and re-met) some wonderful people. See you again in Toronto for Bouchercon in 2017 (if not before!).

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January 1- 16, 2014: The Executioner's Heir is Book of the Week at BookWorks.com, a Publishers Weekly affiliate supporting professional independent authors.

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November 16, 2013: Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders featured Saturday, November 16th at The Fussy Librarian, a new website that offers personalized ebook recommendations. You choose from 40 genres and indicate preferences about content and then the computers work their magic. Check it out! www.TheFussyLibrarian.com

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September 19-22, 2013: Attended Bouchercon (North America's biggest mystery conference) right here in Albany, NY. Enormous and a great experience.


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September 2013: Launch of The Executioner's Heir. Now available in eBook and trade paperback!

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March 23, 2012:
I'm featured, with a lengthy interview about myself and my historical novels, at the academic website Fiction and Film for French Historians. FFFH focuses on representations of French history in novels and movies and their potential use in the college classroom. It's very cool to be deemed worthy of study by people who have far more impressive university degrees than mine.


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Sunday, October 2, 2011, 1:30-3:30 p.m.:
Member, author/​bookseller panel on eBooks, e-publishing, and the new world of "e," sponsored by the Hudson Valley Writers' Guild. We'll discuss the new world of e-publishing for both new work and for re-publishing our out-of-print books. East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061. Information: (518) 477-7476


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Sunday, September 25, 2011, 2-4 p.m.:
Panel member, Local Author Forum, at Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar, NY. I'll discuss historical obsession and the research needed for writing period fiction. Other participants include Elizabeth Brundage, Peter Golden and David Klein. Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY, 12054. Information: (518) 439-9314.


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Friday, September 23, 2011, 10:30 a.m.-noon:
"A Tale of Two Cities: Boston 1689 and Paris 1793," dual author talk with M.E. Kemp, at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library. 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY, 12065. Information: (518) 371-8622


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Saturday, February 26, 2011, 2:00 p.m.:
Duo author talk, "A Tale of Two Cities, Boston 1689 & Paris 1793," with M.E. Kemp, at Albany Public Library, Pine Hills Branch, 517 Western Avenue, Albany, NY.


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May 28-30, 2010:
Panelist on the topic "Rewriting History?" at Bloody Words Mystery Conference, Toronto, Ontario.


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November 22, 2009:
Author talk at East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush, NY.


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November 12, 2009:
Author talk at New Lebanon Library, New Lebanon, NY.


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November 8, 2009:
Author talk at Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar, NY.


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November 1, 2009:
Author talk at Waterford Public Library, Waterford, NY.


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October 25, 2009:
Author talk at William K. Sanford Public Library, Colonie, NY.


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August 3, 2009:
Live interview with Sylvia Dickey Smith on Internet radio program "Murder, She Writes."


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August 2, 2009:
Book launch party and signing for The Cavalier of the Apocalypse at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Hudson, NY.




Did you miss the August 2009 interview on "Murder, She Writes"? Visit the archive, available for listening 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The archives are also available for MP3 downloads. (30 minutes long)





Signed copies of various Ravel novels are available in the Hudson Valley and Capital District at:

The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203. Information: (518) 489-4761






If your bookstore, library, or community group is interested in hosting an author talk with book signing, and you are located within a reasonable distance of Albany, NY, I would be happy to visit. I also get to Toronto a couple of times a year. Please email me to discuss possibilities. (No charge, unless transportation reimbursement is necessary.)

Selected Works

The Aristide Ravel Mysteries:
Stand-alone Historical Novels:
Biographical fiction about Charles-Henri Sanson, Paris's public executioner
A reimagining of Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities
Nonfiction:
A Writer’s (and Editor’s) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, and Myths
An annotated edition of Charles Dickens's classic novel.

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