Linda is Air Force brat with a pilot’s and SCUBA certification, and an ex-high-school teacher. She writes fiction and teaches tai chi and belly dance. Linda’s stories appear in various anthologies, including a story coauthored with Mike Resnick. Find her work also in Sword and Sorceress 23 and Esther Friesner’s anthologies Strip Mauled, Fangs for the Mammaries, and Chicks and Balances. Look for her novels Jaguar Moon and Tale of the Black Heart, along with three collaborative novels in the Redheads series and two collaborative novels in the Corimar series. She and her husband live in Texas with cats and rabbits.
Friday, June 7, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Boomer B
The Writers' Group: Band of Allies or Dysfunctional Family
A discussion of writers' groups: their dynamics and their possible value. Compare online forums versus face-to-face groups. How can you tell if you've stumbled into something dysfunctional or delightful, without a sounding board? How to network? Advice for authors at any stage of development looking to join a writing group.
Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Boomer A
The Lore Breakers
For awhile, everyone knew how to kill a vampire or werewolf, until writers started changing things to make their critter “better.” Where is the line drawn? When is a bloodsucker or changeling no longer a vampire or wolf man?
Sunday, June 9, 2019 11:00 a.m. | Location: Sooner A
Body Language: How to Draw an Image in Your Fiction
More than half of our communication occurs through body language, much of which is instinctual rather than conscious. Because of this, non-verbal clues can be hard to recognize and therefore reproduce successfully. This panel discusses techniques to increase your awareness of body language and how to incorporate such descriptions into your fiction.
Sunday, June 9, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
Three Types of Magic in Fantasy
There are charms (magic anyone can use with the right chant); invocations (getting a demon or the like to do it for you); and innate magic (it’s part of the magician). Does all magic have the same limits or are the limits flexible? Which is the easiest to use in your story?