History Talks! Life, Death & Medicine in the Victorian Era #free

History Talks Victorian PanelMark your calendar for Jan 7th!

I will be speaking on a panel for History Talks, sponsored by The Glendale Historical Society and the Southern California Chapter of the Historical Novel Society. This free virtual event, takes place on Thursday, January 7th at 7PM. Authors Jeri Westerson, A. E. Wasserman, Colleen Fliedner and I will discuss Life, Death and Medicine in the Victorian era. Author Anne Louise Bannon will moderate.

Living in the Victorian Age brought with it challenges that are distant to our modern world. Travel back in time with our panel of historical authors as they discuss daily hazards like gunshot wounds and concussions, treatment by medical doctors and indigenous healers, the establishment of poor farms for the mentally ill and indigents, mourning etiquette, and more.

Victorian Woman in Black

Victorian Woman in Black mourning dress.


Anne Louise Bannon, moderator – Medical Care

Jeri Westerson – Victorian London

Linda McLaughlin – Victorian Mourning Etiquette

AE Wasserman – Gunshot Wounds, Concussions, and Tribal Medicine

Colleen Fliedner – Los Angeles Poor Farm and Polio Centers

These talks are great fun, and I hope you will join us. Register HERE for this fun event.


History Talks! Fact vs. Fiction Author Panel Nov. 16, 2020

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Mark your calendar for Nov. 16, 2020 at 6:30PM, Pacific Time! I will be participating in an author panel on Fact vs. Fiction in historical novels.

How accurate is historical fiction? How accurate should it be? Four historical authors will answer these questions and more in a panel discussion of FACT VS. FICTION PLUS WRITING TIPS on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. (PT) The free Zoom meeting is sponsored by the Santa Clarita Library in their series of History Talks held monthly on various historical topics.

November’s speakers are:

Death City Marshall coverAnne Louise Bannon has made not one, but two careers out of her passion for storytelling. Both a novelist and a journalist, she has an insatiable curiosity. In addition to her mystery novels, she has written a nonfiction book about poisons, freelanced for such diverse publications as the Los Angeles Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Backstage West, and edits the wine blog OddBallGrape.com. On the fiction side, she writes a romantic serial, a spy series, and her Kathy and Freddy 1920s mystery series. Her most recent title is Death of the Chinese Field Hands, set in Los Angeles, 1871. She and her husband live in Southern California with an assortment of critters. Visit her website at https://annelouisebannon.com/.

Historical romance author Linda McLaughlin credits her grandmother for her love of history, which kindled her desire to become a writer, amateur genealogist, and historical researcher. She loves all-things-history but has been published in various genres, including romantic fantasy and science fiction. She writes historical and Regency romance novels under her real name, and spicier romance under the pseudonym, Lyndi Lamont. A retired librarian, she lives in south Orange County. Her most recent novel is Lily and the Gambler. Visit her website at https://www.lindalyndi.com.

1884 coverThe daughter of a newspaperman, A.E. Wasserman wrote her first novella at age 14 and never stopped writing. She has received numerous awards, including honors from Writer’s Digest for her work. A.E. Wasserman’s current mystery/thrillers, The Langsford Series, have garnered international attention. After graduating from The Ohio State University, she lived in London, then San Francisco. Currently she resides in Southern California with her family and her muse, a Border Collie named Topper. Visit the author’s web site at http://www.aewasserman.com/index.html.

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Moderator Janet Wertman writes fiction set in the Tudor era and has just published The Boy King, the final installment in her critically acclaimed Seymour Saga trilogy, the story of the unlikely dynasty that shaped the era. She also runs a popular blog where she posts interesting takes on the Tudors and what it’s like to write about them. Find her online at https://janetwertman.com/.

Please join the Santa Clarita Library’s presentation of November’s History Talks. Register for this event at: bit.ly/HTFacts. 

I promise it will be fun!