In this episode, we share our The World of All Souls roundtable with panelists Claire Baldwin, Lisa Halttunen, Jill Hough, and Colleen Madden.
Many thanks to our very generous panelists! It was an honor to have you as part of our roundtable.
Claire Baldwin is an experienced freelance editor, writer and publishing consultant who has worked in the book industry for nearly fifteen years. The majority of these were spent at Headline Publishing Group where, as Associate Publisher, Claire commissioned and published a wide range of bestselling and highly acclaimed fiction, including Deborah Harkness’s All Souls trilogy. Based in London’s East End in the UK, Claire now works with authors, literary agents and publishers worldwide, most recently co-authoring and leading the production for the upcoming insider’s guide to the trilogy, The World of All Souls.
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Lisa Halttunen graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in European history from Brown University, and then received a Masters in Library Science from Columbia. After working as a librarian for a few years, she did a brief stint in publishing and then switched to technical writing. She is currently employed at IQVIA, where she creates online help for company products. Since the early drafts of A Discovery of Witches, she has also worked as one of Deborah Harkness’s several editors and maintains a “database” of the minutiae of the All Souls world.
Jill Hough has a Ph.D. in American History from the University of California at Davis, where she met Deb Harkness when they were both graduate students. They bonded over their mutual love of history and horseback-riding. After Deb sold A Discovery of Witches to Viking/Penguin in 2010, she hired Jill to help her manage some of the many responsibilities that accompanied becoming a best-selling novelist. When Jill isn’t serving as Executive Director of general operations for Team Harkness, she’s either doing chores on her farm or taking a break with a good book.
Colleen Madden has been drawing and eating crayons since she was two years old. She’s since stopped eating crayons (as that’s just not very smart) and nowadays writes and illustrates her own picture books for kids of all ages. Colleen also illustrates cool and complex things too, for older people about witches and vampires, highlanders and magicians (coming soon 2019!) and when not doodling up a blank page or dropping her iPad (o no!) she can be found running and eating and hanging out with the people she loves, in the Philadelphia area.
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Cool Podcast. Checked it out via Twitter. Love the world of the All Souls Trilogy. Historical Fiction is just the best.
I am a semi-retired Television Executive, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the series I championed while working at 20th Century Fox Television, so the shout-out to Buffy in The Book of Life really made me smile.
Also, I studied at Oxford and spent a lot of time in the Bodleian Library.
My question is on p. 197 of Shadow of Night, Diana promises Philippe she will find a way to be with him as he lays dying. Will that scene be in a future book or in the series?
Steve, thank you for listening and commenting! We are not sure… the trilogy has been written. What is interesting is to see how the television show may choose to include that 🙂