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

The Murder of Jane Crow Band Flies into Dragon Con

The Murder of Jane Crow Band Flies into Dragon Con

Fascinated by the unique name and online presence, I asked Jane Crow from The Murder of Jane Crow band for more details. Daily Dragon (DD): Please describe your musical style. Do any genre labels fit? The Murder of Jane Crow (MJC): Classical Cabaret Gypsy Goth! The feedback we get at literally every show we play is that we don’t sound… Read more →

David Hewitt with Foot Pound Force

Rocker and Rocket Scientist David Hewitt

Cosplay is great, but some among us are truly living their dream. Meet real-life rocket scientist David Hewitt. Although David is returning to Dragon Con’s science- and tech-centric tracks, he also exercises his artistic talents playing bass and singing with fellow space fans in the Nerd Rock band Foot Pound Force. David will appear at Dragon Con in the Science,… Read more →

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 →

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