Julia S. Mandala (http://www.juliasmandala.com) holds a BA in history from Kansas State University and a JD in law from Tulane University. In addition to being editor of the Fantasy Writers Asylum, an imprint of Yard Dog Press, she is a scuba diver and belly dancer. She lives in Plano, TX with her husband Larry and two very demanding, but adorable cats. She co-authors the Four Redheads of the Apocalypse series (with Linda L. Donahue, Rhonda Eudaly, and Dusty Rainbolt), and the Corimar series, along with Villains in Training (with Linda L. Donahue). Solo books include Blood Songs, House of Doors and Dracula’s Lawyer and Other Stories, and many short stories.
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?
Saturday, June 8, 2019 5:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma G
Creating Despite Depression or Anxiety
At some point, every creator will be afflicted with these issues as part of the ups and downs of life. Creating through depression and anxiety instead of walking away is sometimes the best option. Authors and artists talk about the techniques they use for working while living with a neuro-atypical brain.