I was a943235_10152938063475790_1692210348_st the Historical Novel Society Conference this past weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida. I learned a great deal, and had a wonderful time meeting all the writers of this vastly diverse genre. Special thanks go to my co-panelists on The American Experience panel, Sharman Burson Ramsey and Ann Weisgarber. Another highlight: several chats with the lovely Anne Perry, whose novels saved me during one particularly hard year.