Laura J. Underwood

Laura J. Underwood has been writing stories, articles, and novels most of her life. She is a retired librarian and a former fencer whose interests range from old folklore to ball-jointed dolls to collecting old typewriters. Most of her still-published work is available from Yard Dog Press, though occasionally you will find a story by her in Lorelei Signals. Two books are forthcoming/currently available from Wolfsinger Publications. She still lives in East Tennessee where she likes to go hiking now and again.

10:00 AM | Location: Boomer A

They're a 10, But ...

How charming are the characters we know and love when their flaws are laid bare and they're only identifiable by their red flags? Can we really tell the differences between the heroes and their villains?

Moderator: Shay Griffith

Panelists: Shay Griffith, David Rike, C.C. Caldwell, Laura J. Underwood, Lollalotus

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Film & TV, Pop Culture & Entertainment, General Interest

Noon | Location: Boomer A

Science Fiction and Funtasy

Douglas Adams. Terry Pratchett. The names alone tell you what you're about to read will have you laughing at every page. Many authors have taken up the mantle, but humor in spec fic definitely takes a certain finesse. Who can lit fans turn to, to heal our hurts with humor? And what makes these works comedy standouts?

Moderator: Tracy S. Morris

Panelists: Crash Thunderpants, Tracy S. Morris, Rhonda Eudaly, Aaron Bossig, Laura J. Underwood

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, General Interest, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction

02:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Libraries, Intellectual Freedom, and Book Challenges

Do you read banned books? You probably do without knowing it. Teachers, writers, and others in this panel discuss the challenges they face in the classroom, the library, and life in general as they do their best to shield our freedom to choose what to read and when in spite of active opposition and censorship.

Moderator: Rook Riley

Panelists: Kim Ventrella, Rook Riley, Okie Space Queen, Pallas the Librarian, Shai Fenwick, Laura J. Underwood

Tracks: Culture & World Affairs, Writing & Publishing, General Interest

11:00 AM | Location: Boomer A

Build Your Own Pantheon

How to create your own array of gods and goddesses for a new world. Will you have a god of hiccups, or a goddess of lint? How will your divinities be served or worshipped? What is their role and how does a religious system enhance the worlds fantastic?

Moderator: Chaz Kemp

Panelists: David Carrico, Lisa Smedman, Paul Carlson, Selina Rosen, Chaz Kemp, Laura J. Underwood

Tracks: Fantasy, Writing & Publishing

01:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma E - Back Wall Table


One-hour signings.

Profile: Laura J. Underwood

Tracks: Autographs