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Getting to Know You – A Look at the Realm Makers Staff

Thought you might like to meet some of the folks behind the greatest Christian spec fic conference ever!

Faith & Fantasy Alliance

Greetings, Spekkies!

The new year is going along nicely, and so are our plans for this year’s Realm Maker’s conference. In preparation for the weekend of awesome, we thought you might like a peak behind the scenes at our staff and all the magical things they do to make it possible.

This week, we’re meeting with Nadine Brandes, Lindsay Franklin, and Kat Heckenbach.

Nadine Brandes  
nadine What does she do for Realm Makers?
Nadine works as the volunteer coordinator for Realm Makers, which means she organizes and assigns tasks to her hoard of minions (a.k.a. volunteers) drafted to do her bidding (a.k.a. serve willingly) at the conference.

Nadine’s Bio: 

Nadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. Her dystopian trilogy, the Out of Time Series, challenged her to pursue shalom, which is now her favorite word (followed closely by ‘bumbershoot’.) When Nadine’s not taste-testing a new…

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By Amy Brock McNew

Author. Blogger. Fighter.

Former nurse and martial artist.

Amy doesn’t just write speculative fiction, she lives and breathes it. She enthusiastically explores the strange, the supernatural, and the wonderfully weird. She pours her guts onto the pages she writes, honestly and brutally revealing herself in the process. Nothing is off limits. Her favorite question is “what if?” and she believes fiction can be truer than our sheltered and controlled realities.

This wife and mom is a lover of music, chocolate, the beach, and cherry vanilla Coke. Her home is a zoo, filled with teenagers–both hers and those she seems to collect–two dogs, a cat, and various fish and amphibians. Strangely enough, her kids are the ones who have to tell her to turn the music down.

It is her firm belief that everyone should have a theme song.

Originally from Arkansas, Amy currently resides in Indiana. She and her Taekwondo-instructor husband are constantly acting like overgrown kids–and loving every minute of it. She longs for the day when her husband retires, so she can write her adventures of love and war on a back porch overlooking the ocean.

In flip flops.

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