Amanda Faith

Amanda Faith

Award-winning author Amanda Faith may have been raised in Dayton, but her heart and home is in the South. With a lifelong love of teaching and writing, she had plenty of encouragement from teachers and friends along the way. Loving a good puzzle has always been a fascination, and writing gives her the outlet to put all the pieces together.

Being adventurous and loving to try new things, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves in unusual situations. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how they interact, taking them on journeys they would never have normally experienced.

Her current adventure is working as a high school English professor turned Media Specialist, writing, and doing paranormal investigations doesn’t slow her down from having a great time with a plethora of hobbies. Her published credits include short stories, poetry, several journal articles, her doctoral dissertation, and her award-winning book Strength of Spirit. She is a staff writer for The Daily Dragon at Dragon Con. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Masters in Education-English, and a Doctorate in Education-Teacher Leadership.

Follow @dramandafaith on Twitter.

Website: http://www.amandafaith.net

Folding Paper into Art: Origami for Beginners

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Down in the basement of the Hyatt in Baker Sunday at 5:30PM was the workshop on beginning origami. Malachi Brown and Amanda Bouffier were the panelists, and patient helpers, for this standing-room-only class. Origami is the ancient art of paper folding and transforming paper into sculpture. There was no experience required to attend this panel, which made it so fun. All of the participants created a jumping frog, a Masu box, a boat, a fish, and a book. The panelists
 
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11 Tips to Increase Your Writing Productivity with Kevin J. Anderson

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The Hyatt Embassy C–D at 4PM on Saturday was the panel to attend if you were interested in learning more how to be more productive with your writing. Kevin J. Anderson, international bestselling author with over 140 published books in 23 languages, demonstrated how we can make time to write. Be prolific or starve. Writing one book a year makes it virtually impossible to pay the bills. Being a part-time writer usually consists of the following formula: One to two
 
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Let the Symphony Begin: A Night with the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra

Let the Symphony Begin: A Night with the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra

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The Centennial I–III ballrooms in the Hyatt were completely full to see the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra perform on Saturday night at 8PM. People waited patiently outside the room for seats to open up as people exited as well. It was impressive to walk in and see the orchestra filling the stage in the room. Conductor John Morrison has served as music director of the Georgia Philharmonic since 2010. For more than a decade, Morrison has been the executive director of
 
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NASA’s Facilities: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Resources

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Hilton 212–213 at 1PM Saturday was packed with attendees to see this panel of some of the NASA facilities. Andy Dykes, Sam Ortega, and Trina Ray all worked at different locations and brought their perspectives and experiences to the discussion about the unique resources NASA has to make space exploration possible. Kennedy, Marshal, Johnson, JPL. These are only four of the 21 NASA facilities across the country. The PowerPoint presentation had aerial views of these facilities, as well as some
 
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The Butcher-McCaffrey Comedy Hour

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The title says it all. The Marriott Imperial Ballroom, Friday 8:30PM, was the setting for the comedy team of Jim Butcher and Todd McCaffrey. The standing-room-only event was worth the wait. Charlotte Moore, director for the Fantasy Literature Track, was the moderator for this event. According to Butcher and McCaffrey, the panel stemmed from one they did last year that started out as a discussion about their works and then transcended to the depths of wild tales of writerly shenanigans.
 
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YA Presents Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow

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This fantastic show is one that all Young Adult fans need to experience at least once. This motley band of talented and costumed authors gathered in the Marriott A707 at 7PM Friday for an hour of readings, musical numbers and a ton of fun. Alethea Kontis created this sideshow a few years ago for Dragon Con. It was an instant success. Now, it’s a tradition for the YA Track. This year’s panelists were S.J. Tucker, Alethea Kontis, Gray Rinehart, Leanne
 
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The Science in Writing

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Hilton 210 at 11:30AM Friday was the place to be if you are interested in using science in your writing. The panel moderator, Dr. Pamela L. Gay, with the panelists of Bethany Brookshire, Emily Finks, and Nica McKinnon talked about what really works in building a realistic world in fantasy and what really doesn’t. There are a few rules that scientists love when they read science fiction: Constant rules. Make the elements the same throughout the story. Have your world
 
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World at War: Alternate History in the Early 20th Century

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If you like history and science fiction, this was a must-see panel at the AmericasMart Building 2 Room 204J. Moderator Sean Callot headed this panel of talented authors well-versed in the genre of alternate history. The panelists were S.M. Stirling, Michael J. Martinez, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, and Gregory F. Withrow. Writing well is a difficult process. You need to have all of your background information in place to write an effective story. With alternate history, however, As Stirling stated,
 
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