Amy Herring

Amy Herring

As Louise Herring-Jones, Amy Herring writes mainstream, historical, and speculative fiction as well as non-fiction.  Her stories have been included in anthologies, most recently "The Twittering of Sparrows" in Asian Pulp (Pro Se Press 2015) and "Gooji" in Luna's Children: Full Moon Mayhem (Dark Oak Press, 2014). She practices law in Alabama and is an advocate for privacy rights, First Amendment guarantees, and other constitutionally protected freedoms. 

Website: http://www.louiseherring-jones.com

Anderson and Moesta Address Writer’s Intensive Workshop

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Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta enlightened participants and alumni of Jody Lynn Nye‘s Writer’s Intensive Workshop, discussing craft and publishing on Friday afternoon. Authors, publishers, editors, motivators, Anderson and Moesta run WordFire Press and have produced the Superstars writing seminars. The dynamic duo began with the progression from casual to professional writing. Anderson said that writing short stories used to be the thing to do, then the writer would get an agent (or be approached by one) and a
 
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An Interview with Todd McCaffrey: Author, Artist, Baker-man, Chef!

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Todd McCaffrey, a true Renaissance man, author of City of Angels and novels in the incomparable Pern series, is probably one of the nicest guys ever to grace Dragon Con. Todd forgave my timing and ether issues and answered belated queries for the Daily Dragon, including the recipe for his famous crepes: Daily Dragon (DD): Your novel City of Angels, released with new art direction this year by Word Fire Press (Kevin Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, publishers), delves into a
 
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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Conquers Mercury in Retrograde

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Conquers Mercury in Retrograde

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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, a veteran author of over 90 books, mesmerized the students and alumni of Jody Lynn Nye’s Writer’s Intensive Workshop on Friday (in spite of noted astrological challenges to communication). Over the last 48 years, Yarbro has written 28 series in different genres. She is now working on her 95th book and shows no signs of slowing down. Responding to questions from her keen audience, Yarbro revealed the genesis of her Saint-Germain vampire series: the claims made by
 
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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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Cult Films Rock the House!

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Drawn by the delectable panel title “Our Favorite Cult Films,” with images of my own favorite cult film Eating Raoul floating about like tacos gliding through a taqueria, I waited with great expectations while the panelists, led by moderator and Film Festival and Film Track Director Matthew Foster, discussed their favorite cult status films. The panel was held at 7PM Friday in the Hyatt’s Learning Center. Foster led the charge with a review of “nunsploitation” films (yes, that’s a word),
 
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21 Years of Dragon Con Tie-Dyed T-Shirts: I Want Them All!

21 Years of Dragon Con Tie-Dyed T-Shirts: I Want Them All!

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The OffWorld Designs tie-dyed dragon t-shirt is a crowd-pleaser at Dragon Con. I asked co-owner Barbara Van Tilburg to tell us the history of the beloved T. Daily Dragon (DD):  How did OffWorld Designs get started with the tie-dyed dragon T-shirt project? Barbara Van Tilburg (BVT):  In 1996, we asked for permission to produce a dragon t-shirt on a tie dye.  The first shirt was a blue and purple tie dye with the old Dragon Con dragon logo and art
 
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Jody Lynn Nye Pilots Writers' Workshop

Jody Lynn Nye Pilots Writers’ Workshop

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Author and Dragon Con writing guru Jody Lynn Nye encored her successful writing workshop to a full slate of twenty writers. The full-day sessions preceded the convention on Thursday and continued through Friday. Nye mixed her own sage advice with constructive critiques of writers’ work and inspiring visitors. Authors Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta shared the guest spotlight, followed by author/editor Lynn Abbey, and Baen Books editor Jim Minz. Nye opened the workshop with notes for building a professional
 
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Shuttling Around Dragon Con (Green Route)

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Shuttling around Dragon Con in a comfortable bus (on the green route) is the coolest way to get around the con if you don’t have a handy teleporter. But if you’re at the Hyatt and you want to make a panel at the Sheraton on time for panelists’ introductions, knowing your ETA (estimated time of arrival) is essential. I walked out the front doors of the Hyatt at approximately 4PM (late for my panel at the Sheraton) and strolled (aided
 
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