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

Develop a Story in an Hour

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In this Q&A panel in the Hyatt Manilla/Singapore room on Friday morning, Gary Hayes was warm and friendly. Right off the bat, he had the audience laughing, warming them up to stimulate their creative processes. The workshop was structured around the premise that there are two ways to approach developing a story. The first is to start with a cool idea. But what if you don’t have one? The second approach is to start with a character and build around
 
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What is Filk?

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This panel was held in the Hyatt Baker room on Friday morning. The guest speakers were Mark Gunn, Leslie Fish, Andrew McKey, Michelle, and Tom Smith. From the start, these musicians were comical, demonstrating how the filking community is more than a gathering; it’s family. This panel explained what filking is. Its origins started in 1936, and it had evolved to a genre of folk music geared to science fiction/fantasy fans. As Leslie stated, “It’s folk music of the future.”
 
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Warehouse 13

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In this Q&A panel in the Marriot M106-107 on Friday afternoon, Leigh Bennett-Conner, the X-Track director, and Rox Henkle were warm, friendly, and comical. They had the audience laughing from moment one, fielding several questions about the new series Warehouse 13. In tribute to Pete, one of the main characters, Leigh passed out cookies to all participants. Topics of the Q & A ranged from the well-crafted writing to the amazing props incorporated into the show. The snappy writing seems
 
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Making Your Podcast Sound Better

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Patrick McLean, Slau, and George Hrab were the guests on this Q&A panel in the Room 201 (Hyatt) on Saturday morning. This lively group of gentlemen definitely know their craft. One of the best ways to get your podcast to sound better is to get a better sound out of yourself. Posture, clarity, diction, and what you are drinking during broadcasting will make a major difference. Position your microphone far enough away that you don’t strain your voice or back
 
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Blood Drive Success!

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The blood drive continues to be a huge success! According to Doc Koslow, the director of the drive, as of 5PM Sunday, 1,000 people have participated and donated 750 units. The drive expects to collect a total of 1,000 units by the close of Dragon*Con. This will break the record held by Comic-Con of 856 units. Almost all of the blood will be sent to aid the victims of Hurricane Gustov. Our thoughts go out to the eight con participants
 
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Goal, Motivation, and Conflict with Debra Dixon

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In the Hyatt on Saturday, Debra Dixon talked about her book, Goal, Motivation, and Conflict. She talked about the four areas that every writer needs to cover in their books: who, what, why, and why not. When sending out queries, editors want to know the plot, the main characters, and the world. She claims that although she did not come up with the formula, writers should have all of these elements in their stories. The main idea she wanted to
 
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