Amy Herring

Amy Herring

Amy L. Herring (Louise Herring-Jones) writes speculative fiction, with a preference for historical fantasy and alternate mystery. Her stories, appearing in fourteen anthologies, include “The Poulterer’s Tale” in God Bless Us, Every One—Christmas Carols beyond Dickens (Voodoo Rumors Media, expected release 2019). Amy is a NaNoWriMo co-municipal liaison. She also coordinates the Huntsville (Alabama) Literary Association’s writers’ group. Visit her online at http://www.louiseherring-jones.com.

Writer’s Block Vanquished

J.D. Blackrose led a panel of celebrated authors, S. M. Stirling, Janny Wurts, and Alethea Kontis, in a Saturday evening panel that identified myriad ways to conquer writer’s block, that ubiquitous inability to bring on words that plagues many writers. Addressing the pervasive problem, Blackrose noted that writer’s block is pretty universal and asked what we can do to fight… Read more →

A Chat with Jim E. Beall at the Intersection of Science and Science Fiction

A Chat with Jim E. Beall at the Intersection of Science and Science Fiction

A nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for more than half a century, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer, Jim E. Beall has life experience including work as a U.S. Navy nuclear officer as well as design, construction, inspection, and/or policy work for public and private agencies. He attended Dragon Con for the… Read more →

Authors Explore Plotting vs. Plodding… and Jelly Doughnuts

A panel of authors led by the august Lee Martindale showered writers with splendid advice in the Saturday afternoon Writers Track panel in the Hyatt on creating plots. Describing herself as a “short-story slinger,” Martindale invited the team of authors to suggest ways to capture sometimes elusive plot ideas. Melissa F. Olson replied that when she gets even a small… Read more →

Authors Ponder ‘Characters Readers Love’

Moderator Trisha J. Wooldridge led a lively panel at the Writers’ Track Saturday morning chatting about characters that readers love. Wooldridge, Lucienne Diver, Eric Flint, Esther Friesner, A. J. Hartley, and Robert J. Sawyer considered characters in stories they had read or written as well as how-to pointers to consider when creating new (and hopefully) beloved characters. Discussing the number… Read more →

Writers’ Intensive Workshop Speakers Craft Grand Finale

Jody Lynn Nye’s Writers’ Intensive Workshop offered students and alumni yet another golden opportunity to learn from working professionals at this Friday’s workshop. Ace executive editor Anne Sowards stressed that an emerging author must be able to summarize even a very complex story in a one-sentence logline. She urged writers not to follow popular trends. If you do so, and… Read more →

Jeanne Adams: Award-Winning Author and Literary Alchemist

Jeanne Adams: Award-Winning Author and Literary Alchemist

Forged in “the dark crucible of emotion,” the fiction of Jeanne Adams explores character and relationship emerging from the turbulent collision of suspense and adventure, enriched by her multi-faceted imagination. Praised by John G. Hartness for her “old-school fun science fiction with heart and humor,” Adams, an award-winning author and a courageous genre hopper, will present her literary alchemy at… Read more →

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