Julia S. Mandala

Julia S. Mandala 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 is best known as a co-author of the Four Redheads of the Apocalypse series and the Corimar series.

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4:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Character-Building Exercises

Some characters spring forth, fully realized as Athena. Others might be throwaways, or that guy who annoyed you in high school. Panelists share tips and techniques for keeping characters real and memorable.

Moderator: Julia S. Mandala

Panelists: Julia S. Mandala, David Carrico, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Ethan Nahté, Selina Rosen, Steven E. Wedel

Tracks: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Gaming, Writing & Publishing, Pop Culture & Entertainment

5:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Mapping Out Magic

Making sense of how a magic system works. What are the limits of magic in a fantasy world? How do those boundaries enrich the story?

Moderator: Julia S. Mandala

Panelists: Julia S. Mandala, David Carrico, J.H. Fleming, Carolyn Kay, Dennis McDonald, Bradley H Sinor

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Fantasy, Supernatural & Paranormal

Noon | Location: Sooner B

Elevator to Success! What’s Your Pitch?

What’s an elevator pitch? It’s a brief explanation, presented in the time it takes to take an elevator ride. This skill is invaluable in sharing your work without being a bore or being too aggressive. Our panelists help you develop your own elevator pitch for fun and profit!

Moderator: Rosemary Clement-Moore

Panelists: Julia S. Mandala

Tracks: Business & Marketing, Cosplay, Writing & Publishing, Maker, Art, Performing Arts, Music, Gaming

1:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Return of the Seminar: How to Become an Evil Overlord

Expert overlords coach newcomers on many topics, such as lair construction, the ever-important costume, the best weapons, and the care and feeding of minions. (And disposing of those who mess up.)

Moderator: Phillip Drayer Duncan

Panelists: Phillip Drayer Duncan, Sherri Dean, John Ferguson aka Count Gregore, Jovial Juggernaut, Kimber, Julia S. Mandala

Tracks: Fandoms, Cosplay, Anime, Writing & Publishing, Pop Culture & Entertainment

4:00 PM | Location: Noble

Author Readings

Authors read selections from their various works.

Moderator: Brian A. Hopkins

Panelists: Brian A. Hopkins, Julia S. Mandala, David J. Pedersen, B J Thrower

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

5:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma E - Con Store

Autographs

One-hour signings.

Tracks: Autographs

7:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium

Literary Beers

Join panelists in the hotel lounge for lively conversation. BYO beverages, please.

Moderator: Rosemary Clement-Moore

Panelists: Rosemary Clement-Moore, Daniel Erickson, Everyday Futurist, Shai Fenwick, Mark Finn, Dara Fogel, PhD, Tyrell Gephardt, Sally Hamilton, Sheila Hartney, Carolyn Kay, Chaz Kemp, vickey malone kennedy, Melinda LaFevers, Julia S. Mandala, A. Lee Martinez, Tracy S. Morris, Michael Mosley, Ethan Nahté, Ted Pennella, Rook Riley, Rie Sheridan Rose, Seth Skorkowsky, Karen Thrower, Mel. White, Craig Wolf

Tracks: General Interest, Food & Drink, Writing & Publishing, Meetup

Noon | Location: Sooner A

Loving Loki: Tricksters and Other Cosmic Jokers

Sufi storytellers instruct with misleading tales; other fibbers just like to trick you, like Br’er Fox or Loki. Discuss those who itch to lead you astray, from dat ole debbil to America’s Coyote.

Moderator: Craig Wolf

Panelists: Julia S. Mandala

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

2:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Bedlam 1 Boardroom

How to Register Your Copyright

While a work is copyrighted from the moment of creation, only by registering your copyright can you seek damages for an infringement. Attorney, author, and editor Julia S. Mandala will walk you through the registration process, explain the meaning of legal terms used on the copyright-registration website, and answer your questions. (2 hours. Limit 14 participants. $10 fee.)

Moderator: Julia S. Mandala

Panelists: Julia S. Mandala

Tracks: General Interest, Business & Marketing, Workshop