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, 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.

Mentoring with Mari Mancusi, A WRIT Opportunity

Mentoring with Mari Mancusi, A WRIT Opportunity

On Friday afternoon, I took advantage of Mentoring Sessions offered by the Writers Track to meet with author Mari Mancusi. Mancusi primarily writes middle grade and young adult books and transitioned from journalist to full-time author earlier in her career. She walked me through how she handled those changes, and how she could envision accommodating both a writing career and… Read more →

Dr. Kevin R. Grazier Twists Science into Writers’ Workshop

Dr. Kevin R. Grazier Twists Science into Writers’ Workshop

Scientist, film and TV science advisor, and author Dr. Kevin R. Grazier twisted science into writing with the skill of an expert mixologist at the final guest lecture presented at Jody Lynn Nye’s Writer’s Workshop Friday afternoon. Grazier’s Hollyweird books (Hollyweird Science: From Quantum Quirks to the Multiverse, which he wrote with Stephen Cass; he is working with a neuro-pharmacologist… Read more →

Writing in the Time of COVID Part 3: Leanna Renee Hieber

Writing in the Time of COVID Part 3: Leanna Renee Hieber

Writing at any time can be daunting, sometimes rewarding, sometimes eminently frustrating. But what about writing in a pandemic with all the accompanying social, economic, political, and weather distractions in addition to health concerns? The Daily Dragon asked authors participating in the first virtual Dragon Con how they faced and survived these particular challenges and kept on writing—or not. Daily… Read more →

David B. Coe/D. B. Jackson Enlightens Evolving Writers

David B. Coe/D. B. Jackson Enlightens Evolving Writers

Settled amidst his horde (enough tomes to incite any literate dragon’s envy), author and long-time Dragon Con regular David B. Coe revealed insights about his writing practices and career to aspiring students and alumni at Jody Lynn Nye’s Writers’ Workshop Friday morning. Coe described building a reputation in epic fantasy, publishing his first novel with TOR books in 1994 after… Read more →

Writing in the Time of COVID Part 2: Charles E. Gannon

Writing in the Time of COVID Part 2: Charles E. Gannon

Writing at any time can be daunting, sometimes rewarding, sometimes eminently frustrating. But what about writing in a pandemic with all the accompanying social, economic, political, and weather distractions in addition to health concerns? The Daily Dragon asked authors participating in the first virtual Dragon Con how they faced and survived these particular challenges and kept on writing—or not. Daily… Read more →

Back to Basics with Toni Weisskopf

Back to Basics with Toni Weisskopf

Baen Books Publisher Toni Weisskopf coached attendees and alumni of Jody Lynn Nye’s Dragon Con Writer’s Workshop on publishing basics Thursday afternoon of the first virtual Dragon Con. Embellished with science fiction and fantasy literary and art sidebars, she provided practical answers to writers’ questions during an online video chat.  Weisskopf said that after adjusting to the various crises and… Read more →

Writing in the Time of COVID Part 1: Van Allen Plexico and Alethea Kontis

Writing in the Time of COVID Part 1: Van Allen Plexico and Alethea Kontis

Writing at any time can be daunting, sometimes rewarding, sometimes eminently frustrating. But what about writing in a pandemic with all the accompanying social, economic, political, and weather distractions in addition to health concerns? The Daily Dragon asked authors participating in the first virtual Dragon Con how they faced and survived these particular challenges and kept on writing—or not. Daily… Read more →

Comedy IS Harder

SF Lit hosted a batch of writers notable for writing comedy, early enough on Monday morning that I hadn’t finished my coffee. Kathleen O’Shea David, John G. Hartness, Erin Michelle Sky, and Dave Schroeder debated how and when to get readers laughing. Toni Weisskopf moderated. David and Hartness exchanged comments on live performances, their physicality, and the need to inject… Read more →

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