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Speaking Engagements

I have a limited number of speaking slots available in 2024 and 2025. Below you will find some of the topics that I can speak about via Zoom. Please get in touch if you are interested.

The Science Behind the Stories: Using Genetic Genealogy in Crime Fiction

This talk gives an overview of the investigative genetic genealogy process: what it is, where it is used and the basics of how it is undertaken. Nathan briefly discusses some real-life key cases that have used IGG and then moves on to his own fictional writing, focussing on the Venator Cold Case series, which uses this methodology to catch serial killers. He explains his meticulous research process, the experts that he consults and his process of writing.

Duration: Approx. 1 hour, including Q&A

Fee: £250 / $300

The Journey and Process of Writing Genealogical Crime Mystery Stories

Following an introduction as to how he came to be writing genealogical crime mystery books, Nathan explores the actual process of writing. Using books from his genealogical crime mystery series as a basis for case studies, he discusses the progression from development of the initial idea, explores the real genealogical research methodology involved, through to the final writing of the novel.

Duration: Approx. 1 hour, including Q&A

Fee: £250 / $300

Using Fact in Fiction

In this talk, Nathan discusses how he uses real genealogy and historical facts in his fictional writing. Using his genealogical crime mystery stories as case studies, he will discuss the issues and problems of combining fact and fiction and the use of authentic genealogical methodology. Nathan will also share some of the more interesting and less familiar records which he has used in the process of writing his books.

Duration: Approx. 1 hour, including Q&A

Fee: £250 / $300

Where Fact Meets Fiction: behind the scenes of a genealogical crime mystery

In this talk, Nathan Dylan Goodwin, takes a deep-dive into one of his most popular books, The Sterling Affair, set in the world of 1950s international affairs of state. The talk explores how real history, facts and people were incorporated into a fictional story using both traditional and genetic genealogy to solve the mystery at the heart of this story.

Duration: Approx. 1 hour, including Q&A

Fee: £250 / $300

Finding Henry 

This talk focuses on the real-life account of how genealogist and writer, Nathan Dylan Goodwin worked to try and uncover the truth about his grandmother’s wartime romance; a romance which led to the birth of an illegitimate child, who was then adopted soon after her birth. Nathan discusses each step of the complex process and methodology behind his research to try and identify that child’s biological father, sifting through official documents and revealing long-hidden family secrets. He explains the range of genealogical methodology approaches, archives and services used, including DNA-testing, which assisted and ultimately confirmed this three-year search's discoveries.

Duration: Approx. 1 hour, including Q&A

Fee: £250 / $300

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