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Darlene Marshall, author

I write award-winning historical romance about pirates, privateers, smugglers and the occasional possum.

My Boskone 51 Schedule

Here's my final schedule for Boskone 51 in Boston. I hope I'll see some of you there!


Bleeding Hearts

Friday 18:00 - 18:50

A Valentine's Day panel about romance in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. What are some of our great love stories for the ages? What stories turned out to be tragedies -- or worse? Panelists will discuss how love can turn a character's world upside-down.

Darlene Marshall (M), Steve Miller, Nancy Holder, Leigh Perry


Reading by Darlene Marshall

Saturday 14:00 - 14:25



Reduced William Shakespeare _Star Wars_ Reading

Saturday 21:15 - 22:45

Join us for Boskone's special reading of Ian Doescher's Shakespearian _Star Wars_ mashup with droids, heroes, heroines, villains -- and rhyming couplets. Abridged and directed by Laurie Mann.

Laurie Mann (M), John Chu, Joan Slonczewski , Bruce Coville , Bob Kuhn, Mary Crowell, David G. Grubbs, Jane Yolen, Kate Baker, Darlene Marshall, David Palumbo 


Humor in SF

Sunday 10:00 - 10:50

Comedy is hard. Trying to write humorously in science fiction, fantasy, or horror takes iron nerve but a light touch. You run risks ranging from committing self-parody to simply (horribly) falling flat. How can it be done skillfully (situations, characters, plot, etc.)? Who's writing funny right now?

Janice Gelb (M), Darlene Marshall, Ian Randal Strock, Jennifer Pelland, Bruce Coville 


Wicked Good Villains!

Sunday 13:00 - 13:50

A look at the awesome antagonists who make their stories come alive. What makes a good bad guy or girl? From Maleficent to Sauron, magic-wielding villains have been a staple of the fantasy tradition. But what makes them tick? Why do we find them so compelling? And when do they cross over the wicked good line to join the best villains in fantasy literature?

Daniel P. Dern (M), Myke Cole, Darlene Marshall, Scott Lynch


Writers on Writing: Sex Versus Romance

Sunday 14:00 - 14:50

Authors share ideas and experiences about writing scenes that are erotic as compared to scenes that are romantic. Which is harder? Which is more fun to write? Does your protagonist's gender or preference make a difference? How do you accommodate audiences of different ages or sexual orientations? Is romance just sex in soft focus?

Darlene Marshall (M), Nancy Holder, Carrie Cuinn, Anna Davis 


I've got my winter wardrobe ready to go, snow boots and all. See you in Boston!