A Magical Panel with Jim Butcher

jim butcherThe Regency VI-VII early Sunday morning was full of attendees wanting to know more about the man behind the Dresden series and the Codex Alera series. Jim Butcher is this incredible author.

He spoke on how he got started, and how horrible his writing used to be. He stated that he finally took some classes at the local college and followed the advice of the teacher. It was hard for him at first. He felt that since he had a BA in English Literature, his degree was better than the 40 novels his teacher had published.

He finally “got a clue about two to threee years later,” he told the audience, and followed all the worksheets from that class. His “fifth book” (which was a rewrite of his first novel) became the first in the Dresden series.

The Codex Alera series was started on a bet. He was given two really bad ideas; missing Roman Legion battalion and Pokemon. If only he could remember who it was, he would show him. However, “living the good life is the best revenge.”

The way he weaved his “spell” with his wonderful storytelling and his repartee with the audience during the Q & A made this panel an early morning pleasure.

Author of the article

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 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 several short stories, poetry, several journal articles, her doctoral dissertation, and her award-winning book Strength of Spirit. With multiple degrees, she has a passion for learning and exploring new venues. She is a staff writer for The Daily Dragon at Dragon Con.

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