Welcome to a conference spotlight
Riding the Waves conference!
Today we have Jennifer Kloester who will be presenting the workshop WAVES OF MUSLIN ~ Bringing the Regency to Life.
Jennifer Kloester first read Georgette Heyer’s novels while living in the jungle in Papua New Guinea and re-read them while living in the desert in Bahrain. Heyer‘s books inspired a love of historical romance fiction. In 2004 Jennifer completed a Doctorate on Georgette Heyer and her Regency Novels. Since then she has travelled widely, researching Heyer’s life. She has given many talks on Heyer and the Regency and been a guest speaker at the Historical Novel Society and Romance Novelists Association in London, the Jane Austen Society, Romance Writers of Australia, RWA USA, and the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. Jennifer is an avid reader of romance and first joined RWA in 1991. She is the author of two non-fiction books: Georgette Heyer’s Regency World and Georgette Heyer: Biography of a Bestseller. Her first novel, The Cinderella Moment, will be published by Penguin in July 2013.
Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.
Love reading, love writing, romance lover and Georgette Heyer addict
Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations?
I love presenting at RWA conferences and gave workshops at both of the recent Melbourne conferences. I also presented with Sabrina Jeffries at the RWA conference in New York in 2011. I have given many talks on Georgette Heyer and the Regency in the UK, Australia, Italy and the USA and have spoken to the Romance Novelists Association, the Historical Novel Society, various Jane Austen Societies, to a wide range of community groups and at conferences, schools and universities.
What will participants take away from this session? (OR what is the key outcome or take-home message?)
Georgette Heyer was a master at bringing the past to life for her readers. The aim of this session is show how she did this. By comparing excerpts from her novels with her original sources participants will gain valuable insight into how she turned dry historical fact into engaging prose. Heyer never let history overwhelm her fictional story but seamlessly wove the facts into the fiction. Using material from her personal letters and notebooks this session will explain her approach and give practical tips (including a short writing exercise) on how Regency writers can develop or enhance this skill.
Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 2013 Riding The Waves conference in Fremantle?
I can’t wait to hear Julia Quinn speak about books and writing. She writes such delightfully funny Regency romances and I’m really looking forward to getting her insight into the historical novel and hearing more about her work. I’m also looking forward to catching up with other authors and meeting new people.
What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?
I love being surrounded by hundreds of like-minded people – people who love talking about books and writing and reading and authors and manuscripts and books and books and more books. RWA has a special energy and I always go home pumped and raring to get to work. I love that people are so giving of their time and expertise and I always learn tons from the different speakers. I’ve never come away from a workshop or a keynote or a breakout session without some valuable nugget of vital information.
Any advice for conference first-timers?
It can be pretty daunting being at your first conference but there’s no need to worry because everyone’s been a first-timer and it’s a really friendly group. My best advice is to come with an open mind and a friendly smile. Be willing to say ‘hi’ to people in the lift or in a line or at a table. Everyone wears a very useful lanyard with their name writ large and you’ll quickly work out the other information on there too. Be willing to listen and be interested in other people. Don’t worry if you’re unpublished – that’s why you’re here and, again, remember every published author was once dreaming of their first contract too!
What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?
My most recent book is Georgette Heyer – the biography of the fabulous historical novelist. It’s just come out in America and will be out in paperback in Australia in June. I also have my first novel coming out with Penguin in July. It’s called The Cinderella Moment and I’m super excited about it. I have a website at www.jenniferkloester.com which has a Georgette Heyer page and my blog.
Finally, we are so delighted you’re visiting us in Western Australia. Is there anything in particular you’re looking forward to seeing or doing while you’re here?
I’m looking forward to exploring Fremantle and visiting some of the famous beaches and I’m really excited about a planned trip to Monkey Mia and Ningaloo Reef and maybe a flying visit to Broome. Western Australia is so vast with so many amazing things to do it’s hard to choose!
Thank you, Jennifer!
Our next conference spotlight will be featured Monday 25th March.