Friday, July 03, 2020

VIDEO: Heidi Ruby Miller "Write the Book They Can't Put Down"

VIDEOS

"Write the Book They Can't Put Down" is based on my article "The Shifting Grail" from the international award-winning writing guide Many Genres, One Craft, which I co-edited with Michael A. Arnzen. This video captured the version I presented for MGOC's publisher Headline Books and their Zoom Into Books series on April 8, 2020. Using examples of well-known movies and literature, I show how character motivation can dictate pacing and suspense, making your book one readers can't put down. I've also taught an extended version as a class for Seton Hill University's MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program.

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

PODCAST: Heidi Ruby Miller Talks Cyberpunk at Positively Pop Culture

PODCASTS

I discussed cyberpunk and Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan with Carrie Gessner and K.W. Taylor on their Positively Pop Culture podcast. You can listen here:

Monday, April 20, 2020

EVENT: Staying Home, Staying Creative at AllAccessCon

EVENTS

Jason and I are going to help you get into flow during the breakout sessions for the Staying Home, Staying Creative Workshop at All AccessCon on Thursday, April 23, 2020 (4:00 - 7:00 PM ET).

Are you feeling "stuck" at home in more ways than one?

Many of us always said that if only we could stay home we'd finally write that novel, learn a new writing skill, or revise that story or article and get it into the submission process. Now that we aren't being given a choice about staying home the situation isn't optimal and might even cause us to lose whatever creative momentum we had to begin with.

Join our panel of experts for a frank discussion about staying focused, creative, and successful in our new home environment, followed by a series of breakout sessions. This virtual workshop is presented by AllAccessCon at a reduced price to accommodate those economically impacted by COVID-19.



ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Matt Betts

Ohio native Matt Betts is a pop culture junkie—sometimes to levels that are considered unhealthy by the Surgeon General. He grew up on a steady diet of giant monsters, comic books, and horror novels, all of which creep into his own work. Matt’s speculative poetry and short fiction have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals. Matt’s first novel, the steampunk/zombie/alternate history adventure Odd Men Out was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award for excellence in independent publishing. He is also the author of the urban fantasy novel Indelible Ink the sci-fi novel The Shadow beneath the Waves and the forthcoming novel Red Gear 9. His poetry collections include See No Evil, Say No Evil and Underwater Fistfight.

John Edward Lawson
John Edward Lawson is the author of 16 books of fiction and poetry, and numerous chapbooks. Over 500 of his poems, stories, and articles have been published in magazines, anthologies, literary journals, and newspapers worldwide. He has been called “The forgotten black man of horror,” but he also regularly publishes science fiction, bizarro, mystery/thrillers, and literary fiction.

John was a winner of the 2001 Fiction International Emerging Writers Competition; in addition to being a finalist for the Stoker Award (2006, Superior Achievement in Poetry) and the Wonderland Award for Bizarro Fiction (2007, collected fiction), other award nominations include two for the Dwarf Stars Award, the Pushcart Prize, two for the Rhysling Award, and honorable mention for the 2015 Wonderland Award.

As an editor John is co-founder of Raw Dog Screaming Press, recognized by the Horror Writers Association in 2019 with their Specialty Press Award. He spent four years as editor-in-chief of The Dream People online literary journal of bizarro fiction and poetry. Other editorial projects include three print anthologies, four e-anthologies, and freelance work for such companies as National Lampoon and Double Dragon Publishing.

Heidi Ruby Miller
Heidi Ruby Miller is a travel writer turned novelist. She uses research for her stories as an excuse to roam the globe. Her books include the popular AMBASADORA series (Dog Star Books), MAN OF WAR (Meteor House), which is a sequel to Science Fiction Grandmaster Philip José Farmer's novel TWO HAWKS FROM EARTH, and the international award-winning writing guide MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT (Headline Books Inc.). In between trips, Heidi teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, where she graduated from their renowned Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program the same month she appeared on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Follow Heidi's writing journey with her husband, Jason Jack Miller, and their two cats in the newsletter Small Space, Big Life and find her on YouTube, her website, and Instagram all as Heidi Ruby Miller.

Jason Jack Miller
Jason Jack Miller knows it’s silly to hold onto the Bohemian ideals of literature, music, and love above all else. But he doesn’t care.

His own adventures paddling wild mountain rivers and playing Pearl Jam covers for less-than-enthusiastic crowds inspired his Murder Ballads and Whiskey Series. He wrote Hellbender as a student in Seton Hill University’s prestigious Writing Popular Fiction program, where he is now a mentor and adjunct instructor. The novel won the Arthur J. Rooney Award for Fiction, the MacLaughlin Scholarship, and was a finalist for the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award.

When Jason isn’t writing, he’s with Heidi, his wife, either in Paris, perusing the bouquinistes or in the Cinque Terre trying to taste all of the focaccia. And for the rest of the year he plays the role of Mr. Miller, mild-mannered science teacher at Uniontown Area High School. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @jasonjackmiller or email him at jasonjackmiller@gmail.com.

D. Harlan Wilson
D. Harlan Wilson is an American novelist, short-story writer, critic, screenwriter, playwright, editor and university professor whose body of work bridges the aesthetics of literary theory with various genres of speculative fiction. Critically referred to as “a genre unto himself” with a “fictional style that is completely without peer,” he is the author of over twenty book-length works of fiction and nonfiction, and hundreds of his stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in magazines, journals, and anthologies across the world in multiple languages. Wilson serves as reviews editor for Extrapolation, managing editor for Guide Dog Books, editor-in-chief of Anti-Oedipus Press, and director of the Humanities department at WSU-Lake Campus. For more biographical and bibliographic information, refer to Wilson’s entries at Goodreads, Amazon, Wikipedia and SF Encyclopedia.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Monday, April 06, 2020

EVENT: Zoom Into Books Presents Write the Book They Can't Put Down by Heidi Ruby Miller

EVENTS

















I'll be presenting the workshop "Write the Book They Can't Put Down" on Zoom Into Books for Headline Books, Inc. on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET. Here's the press release from Headlines:

Wednesday, April 8 2:00 PM ET
Write the Book They Can't Put Down with Heidi Ruby Miller (45 minutes)

Heidi will guide you through tips based on her article "The Shifting Grail: A Quest for a Good Read" from the international award-winning writing guide Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction, which she co-edited for Seton Hill University's MFA program. Using examples from well-known movies and literature, she'll show how character motivation can dictate pacing and suspense, making your book one readers can't put down. Heidi will also host a Q&A and booksigning for Many Genres at the end of her presentation.


Register at https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEsf-2qqDouzppSHg9Bt6mWwnU66g668w.

Sunday, April 05, 2020

BOOK: Man of War E-Book Sale

BOOKS

The wonderful crew at Meteor House sent out this press release for their giant e-book sale, which includes Man of War.

As our loyal readers around the world continued to stay at home, protecting themselves and their neighbors, we here at Meteor House want to continue to do our small part in helping everyone flatten the curve, and so for the past week all of our ebooks have been on sale.

One of the things we love here at Meteor House has been the opportunity to allow other writers to create new stories based in Philip José Farmer's worlds. Today we spotlight Man of War: A Two Hawks Adventure by the very talented Heidi Ruby Miller.


In Philip José Farmer’s novel Two Hawks from Earth, Native American pilot Roger Two Hawks flew through his first “gate” while on a bombing run over Romania during World War II. The gate brought him to Earth 2, a world where the Americas never existed. Since then he has continued to fight battles on Earth after Earth, each stranger than the last.

In Heidi Ruby Miller’s short story “Dakota’s Gate” (Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3 and included in Man of War as a prelude), set on Earth 3, North America never advanced past stone tools and rock shelters. But that’s where Two Hawks met another gate traveler, Dakota Cummings. It was Dakota, a woman turned friend and lover, who pulled him through a gate to her Earth, the most alien and deadly of all.

Earth 4. Two hundred years in the future. A war thirty-six thousand feet underwater. Two Hawks must draw upon all he’s learned during his gate travels in order to survive war between technologically advanced humans and their far-future hybrid cousins. This time more than just his and Dakota’s lives are at stake—the fate of an entire world is in his hands.


Wednesday, April 01, 2020

EVENT: AllAccessCon Presents Space Opera is Still Queen by Heidi Ruby Miller

EVENTS

I'll be presenting "Space Opera is Still Queen" at AllAccessCon for Raw Dog Screaming Press and Dog Star Books on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM ET. There will be free books, a workshop, readings, a booksigning, and an author Q&A. The press release information is below:

Feeling stuck at home when you'd rather be in outer space?

Join our Space Opera is Still Queen online workshop! Learn what this genre is, how it's written, and how it impacts popular culture.


Based on her class for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program, Heidi Ruby Miller will show why publishers, including Dog Star Books, are still putting out the call for space opera amid Disney opening up two theme park lands devoted to Star Wars, the blockbusterdom of Guardians of the Galaxy, successful streaming series like The Expanse, and Amazon proving that readers will still devour alien empires and interplanetary sagas.

Attendees will receive a free eBook copy of Heidi Ruby Miller's novel Ambasadora: Marked By Light. The event will also include a reading by Miller from her other works in the Ambasadora universe.

To have a signed paperback copy of Ambasadora, Starrie, or Greenshift delivered to you via the US Postal Service simply order a copy at one of these links:
Ambasadora signed copy
Greenshift signed copy
Starrie signed copy

You will have a chance to give instructions on how you want it personalized either when you order or live onscreen at the end of the workshop. Free shipping to all USA addresses.


Stay Home, Stay Safe, Have Fun

This online event features a main stage where the presentation takes place. You can interact with workshop leader Heidi Ruby Miller, other attendees, and event staff through the chat area, and take polls as they pop up there as well. After the workshop and book signing, you can explore other areas of our virtual event space.

Then Expo area features vendors just like at a convention. Here you will find publishers, authors, other workshops, and more.

In the Networking area you can meet other attendees in speed networking sessions of 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length. If you want to maintain this connection you can exchange contact info that will be stored in your Hopin profile for later reference, just like exchanging business cards at an in-person event. The system introduces you to other attendees at random.

All you need to join us is:

a Hopin account
a ticket to the event
a strong internet connection

Due to increased internet traffic, we recommend closing your browser and trying again if you encounter glitches. While this is rare we have received some reports of these issues and are investigating. Thank you.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

CELEBRATION: 1 Million Views on Heidi Ruby Miller - Revisiting New Pulp

CELEBRATIONS


To celebrate 1,000,000 views and counting at www.heidirubymiller.com, I'm revisiting my most visited posts last year and...




...making my novel GREENSHIFT (From the World of Ambasadora) free on Amazon from Tuesday, January 28, 2020 until Saturday, February 1, 2020.

Many thanks to my readers and fans who keep coming back after all these years and to those new to my little part of the universe (known around here as the Ambasadora-verse). There is lots to come in 2020, including new publications, appearances, and blog posts!

Now to revisit:


ARTICLE: New Pulp by Heidi Ruby Miller in The Writer

My article "New Pulp" is in the July 2019 issue of The Writer magazine. It is based on a class I taught in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program and features quotes from Matt Betts, Maurice Broaddus, Christopher Paul Carey, Mike Chomko, John Edward Lawson, and Lee Murray about the resurgence of this popular fiction genre.

Here's an excerpt:
Pulp fiction is having a moment. And I don’t mean the Tarantino movie from the ‘90s – that was having a moment since Jules gave away his wallet. I’m talking about the adventure stories of old with those provocative covers and dime-store price tags that are enjoying a renaissance thanks to the subgenre “new pulp.”

READ MORE IN THE ISSUE!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

CELEBRATION: 1 Million Views on Heidi Ruby Miller - Revisiting Ambasadora Lettered Edition

CELEBRATIONS


To celebrate 1,000,000 views and counting at www.heidirubymiller.com, I'm revisiting my most visited posts last year and...




...making my novel GREENSHIFT (From the World of Ambasadora) free on Amazon from Tuesday, January 28, 2020 until Saturday, February 1, 2020.

Many thanks to my readers and fans who keep coming back after all these years and to those new to my little part of the universe (known around here as the Ambasadora-verse). There is lots to come in 2020, including new publications, appearances, and blog posts!

Now to revisit:


PUBLICATION: AMBASADORA: Marked by Light Lettered Edition

I am so excited to share this special lettered hardcover edition of AMBASADORA: Marked By Light from Dog Star Books. They are signed by myself and interior artist Amy Gartley. The cover design is still the lovely one from Brad Sharp.

[UPDATE: THERE ARE STILL A FEW COPIES LEFT AT $45 each from Dog Star Books.]


READ MORE AT THE ORIGINAL POST.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

CELEBRATION: 1 Million Views on Heidi Ruby Miller - Revisiting Visible Documentary

CELEBRATIONS


To celebrate 1,000,000 views and counting at www.heidirubymiller.com, I'm revisiting my most visited posts last year and...




...making my novel GREENSHIFT (From the World of Ambasadora) free on Amazon from Tuesday, January 28, 2020 until Saturday, February 1, 2020.

Many thanks to my readers and fans who keep coming back after all these years and to those new to my little part of the universe (known around here as the Ambasadora-verse). There is lots to come in 2020, including new publications, appearances, and blog posts!

Now to revisit:


DOCUMENTARY: Visible on WQED Pittsburgh

I was honored to discuss pulp artist Gloria Stoll Karn on the documentary VISIBLE produced by Pittsburgh's PBS station WQED. Below are a few photos from the filming and video of the clip about Gloria and the entire documentary, which highlights the stories of five women artists in Pittsburgh. Thanks to Mike Chomko, Director of PulpFest and producers Anne Casper and Andrew Holman for this opportunity to contribute to such a lovely project. You'll notice my segment was filmed at Seton Hill University, of course.

GLORIA STOLL KARN CLIP


READ MORE AT THE ORIGINAL POST.

Monday, January 27, 2020

NEWSLETTER: Small Space Big Life Winter 2020

NEWSLETTERS


The fourth edition of our combined newsletter Small Space Big Life, the same name as our YouTube channel, is in in-boxes now. In case you missed the other editions, you can find them here:
OCTOBER 2019
JUNE 2019
JANUARY 2019

We're celebrating 1M hits on my website with a big giveaway, recapping our end of the year, and talking about some of the big stuff that's to come in 2020. There will be lots of events. We would love to see you there!

READ THE REST HERE.

AND SUBSCRIBE HERE.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

ARTICLE: The In-Betweeners by Heidi Ruby Miller in The Writer

ARTICLES

My article "The In-Betweeners: Bridging the Gap Between Middle Grade and YA" is in the January 2020 issue of The Writer magazine. It is based on a class I taught in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program and features quotes from Kathryn Miller Haines, Dr. Uwe Stender of TriadaUS Literary Agency, Nick Courage, and Stephanie Keyes.

Here's an excerpt:
Two years ago during the Writing Popular Fiction MFA winter residency at Seton Hill University, a discussion broke out amongst my students in a critique workshop geared toward young adult (YA) writers. They didn't think YA novels were really written for teens anymore, or at least early teens, yet most middle grade (MG) fiction felt as though it belonged more in the chapter book and younger reader category. Much of this concern was prompted by the idea that more adults wee now reading YA than teens were. Just look at the most recent Nielsen studies, which show that at least 80% of worldwide sales for YA novels are by adults for adults.

It was understandable that many of my students are now worried that what they were writing wasn't edgy enough for this new YA trend toward mature readers and wondered if truly age-appropriate fiction, where there was a younger teen protagonist, should actually be geared toward the MG audience. They weren't the only ones concerned.


READ MORE IN THE ISSUE -- IN BOOKSTORES NOW!

Monday, December 02, 2019

BOOK DEAL: Heidi Ruby Miller to Write for Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe

BOOK DEALS


During the Burroughs panel last month at PulpFest in Pittsburgh, ERB Director of Publishing Christopher Paul Carey announced that I will be heading the second wave of the brand new Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe (ERBU) which is bringing together all of Burroughs's vast properties (including Tarzan and John Carter) like Marvel did with its characters and worlds in the MCU. Specifics about which character I will be taking over are still heavily under wraps but will be revealed when I am introduced to fans on a panel at San Diego Comic Con 2020. I couldn't be more thrilled and honored. Updates to come.


Tuesday, October 01, 2019

NEWSLETTER: Small Space Big Life Autumn 2019

NEWSLETTERS


The third edition of our combined newsletter Small Space Big Life, the same name as our YouTube channel, is in in-boxes now. In case you missed the other editions, you can find them here:
WINTER 2019
SUMMER 2019

We had a busy but happy summer that has brought us lots of good news going into autumn and all the way through next year. Find out about Heidi's big book deal announcement and Jason's readings from PulpFest 2019, as well as our new publications and travels. We'll also announce the winner of our last giveaway and tell you about another one. Plus we still have some events coming up. We would love to see you there!

READ THE REST HERE.

AND SUBSCRIBE HERE.




Sunday, September 01, 2019

ARTICLE: Pick Your Punk by Heidi Ruby Miller in The Writer

ARTICLES


My article "Pick Your Punk" is in the October 2019 issue of The Writer magazine. It is based on a class I taught in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program and features quotes from K. Ceres Wright and Shelley Adina about the qualities that make each punk special.

Here's an excerpt:
It all started when Greg Shaw used the term punk in the April 1971 issue of Rolling Stone. The movement may have been already building, but now it was a word, and as all writers know, words are power.

Less than 10 years later, Bruce Bethke introduced a new version of that word to the literary scene with his 1980 short story "Cyberpunk." Said Bethke in the foreword to his story on the British website
infinity plus, "In calling it that, I was actively trying to invent a new term that grokked the juxtaposition of punk attitudes and high technology. My reasons for doing so were purely selfish and market-driven: I wanted to give my story a snappy, one-word title that editors would remember."

READ MORE IN THE ISSUE -- IN BOOKSTORES NOW!

Saturday, August 03, 2019

PUBLICATION: AMBASADORA Marked By Light Lettered Edition

PUBLICATIONS

I am so excited to share this special lettered hardcover edition of AMBASADORA: Marked By Light from Dog Star Books. There are only 26 copies available at $40 each, and they are signed by myself and interior artist Amy Gartley. The cover design is still the lovely one from Brad Sharp.


There are also 8 of those books available in a package with a beautiful and original block print signed by Amy for $50.


You can purchase the books or packages at PulpFest in Pittsburgh August 15-18, 2019, where they will also be signed by Jennifer Barnes who wrote the foreword, or by ordering through me directly at heidirubymiller AT gmail. Below is the unboxing and signing video featuring me, Amy, and two curious cats.



ABOUT AMBASADORA: MARKED BY LIGHT
If everyone told you love wasn’t real, would you still be willing to die for it?

Sara Mendoza and Sean Cryer are.

In their multi-partner, caste-ruled society, love and jealousy are considered emotional fallacies, nothing more than fleeting moods and sentiments biased by hormones. Relationships and conceptions in this world obsessed with celebrity, beauty, and power are based on DNA and lineages…or should be. But not everyone believes in the ruling traditions of the all-powerful Embassy. A quiet rebellion prowls the dark underground of this shiny world where techno-militants calling themselves fraggers grow in numbers and bravado. The Embassy intends to silence the fragger movement before the heresy of equality spreads throughout the system.

Sara Mendoza is part of the Embassy’s plan. Captured, tortured, and falsely accused of treason, she is given a chance to win back her freedom. She only needs to charm information from one of the fragger leaders, then kill him. But by the time she figures out the Embassy’s intel is flawed and that Sean Cryer is her true mark, she’s already in love with him.

Sean knows why Sara is on his ship from the start, but as a lonely, anti-social doser, he doesn’t value his life, only his ideology within the fragger organization. Against his better judgment, he becomes her protector, each day caring more about a future he was always afraid to hope for.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT AMBASADORA: MARKED BY LIGHT
Ambasadora has a lot to say about the human spirit and it says it well.”
—Mike Resnick, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author

“With an anthropologist’s eye for world building and an engaging fast-paced style, Heidi Ruby Miller hurtles her characters through a dystopian labyrinth in which hollow beauty is revered and love a virtual crime.”
—Christopher Paul Carey, Director of Publishing at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and author of Swords Against the Moon Men

"Talk about an outlaw hero that is larger than life. Talk about a hero who changes worlds."
—Jenna Bennet, NYT Bestselling Author of The Fortune series

“Beautifully vibrant and intricately textured, Heidi Ruby Miller’s Ambasadora explores the value of true humanity, the limitless power of desire and the triumph of the individual soul. Amidst edge-of-the-seat action, Miller effortlessly incorporates the conflicts of the modern woman inherent in upholding feminist sensibility. Ambasadora is a banquet of sumptuous words, a truly exciting adventure that fans of science fiction are sure to enjoy.”
—Mary SanGiovanni, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of The Hollower series

"Complex world building, complex societal structure, complex technology."
—Jennifer Foehner Wells, author of Fluency

Thursday, June 20, 2019

NEWSLETTER: Small Space Big Life Summer 2019

NEWSLETTER


The second edition of our combined newsletter Small Space Big Life, the same name as our YouTube channel, is in in-boxes now. In case you missed the first edition, you can find it here:
https://mailchi.mp/a94cd3a7b991/small-space-big-life-winter-2019

We were so busy this spring that we had to skip over that edition so here's everything from over the past few months all at once. Find out how Jason's keynote went at the Pennwriter's Conference, about Heidi's interview on a PBS documentary and her new contracts, as well as where our most recent travels took us. And, as always, check out what we've been reading, a giveaway, and our upcoming events. We'd love to see you at some! There is also a poem from me and a flash piece from Jason. Enjoy.

READ THE REST HERE.

AND SUBSCRIBE HERE.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

ARTICLE: New Pulp by Heidi Ruby Miller in The Writer

ARTICLES

My article "New Pulp" is in the July 2019 issue of The Writer magazine. It is based on a class I taught in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program and features quotes from Matt Betts, Maurice Broaddus, Christopher Paul Carey, Mike Chomko, John Edward Lawson, and Lee Murray about the resurgence of this popular fiction genre.

Here's an excerpt:
Pulp fiction is having a moment. And I don’t mean the Tarantino movie from the ‘90s – that was having a moment since Jules gave away his wallet. I’m talking about the adventure stories of old with those provocative covers and dime-store price tags that are enjoying a renaissance thanks to the subgenre “new pulp.”

It’s clear that to understand new pulp, we need to know a little about “old” pulp. The term comes from the paper it was printed on – that cheap, thin stuff that began to disintegrate as soon as you cracked open the cover. Pulp was popular as magazines, novels, and novellas during the first half of the 20th century because it was escapist fiction with high drama, exaggerated villains and heroes, and punchy, super-vivid covers. These exploits served as a distraction during world wars, national economic hardships, and the growing pains of settling into a more industrialized world.


READ MORE IN THE ISSUE -- IN BOOKSTORES NOW!

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

EVENT: RDSP TO CELEBRATE SWEET SIXTEEN AT PULPFEST 2019

EVENTS

FROM THE PULPFEST WEBSITE BY WILLIAM PATRICK MAYNARD:

PulpFest is proud that over 30 popular fiction writers will be attending our 2019 convention. “Back in the day,” the authors who labored for the rough paper industry liked to call themselves scribes, word-slingers, penny-a-worders, and, perhaps the most favored term of all, fictioneers. Join PulpFest as we celebrate today’s fictioneers — the authors writing today’s pulp fiction!
On Friday, August 16, at 11 AM, join five writers from Raw Dog Screaming Press for a Rapid-Fire Read and Sweet Sixteen Celebration. It will be hosted by publisher Jennifer Barnes. Raw Dog Screaming Press has carved a niche for themselves as the specialty house for offbeat, dark, deviant, thought-provoking fiction. They were the recipient of the 2018 Horror Writers Association Specialty Press Award for outstanding horror, dark fantasy, and weird fiction. Their critically acclaimed publications are attracting mainstream attention with Ridley Scott recently optioning one of their titles as a major motion picture for Twentieth Century Fox.
Readings on Friday morning will be given by author/poet Michael A. Arnzen (four-time winner of The Bram Stoker Award); fantasy and science fiction author Carrie Gessner; author and founding editor of Raw Dog Screaming Press John Edward Lawson; novelist and journalist Jason Jack Miller; and Bram Stoker Award-winning poet and novelist Stephanie Wytovich.


On Saturday, August 17, at 11 AM, join six writers from Dog Star Books for a second Rapid-Fire Read for PulpFest. It will be hosted by publisher John Edward Lawson. Dog Star Books is the new Raw Dog Screaming Press imprint for Science Fiction Adventure titles. It is the specialty house for edgy, evocative, thought-provoking sci-fi and adventure fiction from new and established authors who shine among the best in their field today.
Readings on Saturday morning will be given by author and poet Matt Betts; editor and author J. L. Gribble; Dog Star Books founder/managing editor and science fiction and thriller author Heidi Ruby Miller; science fiction and urban fantasy author K. W. Taylor; science fiction author and poet Albert Wendland; and science fiction author, editor, and poet K. Ceres Wright.
We’ll also be showcasing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill prior to the Dog Star Celebration. Join Dog Star Books founder and author Heidi Ruby Miller and three writers from Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction Master’s Program at 10 AM Saturday morning, August 17th at PulpFest in the convention’s programming hall. Horror and fantasy author Jeremiah Dylan Cook; author and screenwriter E. C. Skowronski,; and horror author, poet, and editor Sara Tantlinger will be reading from their work.
Coffee, tea, and sweets — celebrating sixteen years of high quality Raw Dog fiction — will also be available both days, compliments of the publisher.
PulpFest 2019 will begin on Thursday, August 15, and run through Sunday, August 18.  Join PulpFest at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” of Pittsburgh. We’ll be celebrating “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories” at this year’s gathering. Click our Programming button below our homepage banner to get a preview of all the great presentations at this year’s event.
To join PulpFest 2019, click the Register button below our homepage banner. To book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton — our host hotel — click the Book a Room button, also found on our homepage.

(Raw Dog Screaming Press and Dog Star Books banners and logos designed by Jennifer Barnes.)



Monday, May 06, 2019

DOCUMENTARY: Visible on WQED Pittsburgh

DOCUMENTARIES

I was honored to discuss pulp artist Gloria Stoll Karn on the documentary VISIBLE produced by Pittsburgh's PBS station WQED. Below are a few photos from the filming and video of the clip about Gloria and the entire documentary, which highlights the stories of five women artists in Pittsburgh. Thanks to Mike Chomko, Director of PulpFest and producers Anne Casper and Andrew Holman for this opportunity to contribute to such a lovely project. You'll notice my segment was filmed at Seton Hill University, of course.




GLORIA STOLL KARN CLIP



FULL DOCUMENTARY

Friday, March 22, 2019

EVENT: Pennwriters 2019 Conference Registration Is Open

EVENTS


Registration for the 32nd Annual Pennwriters Conference in Pittsburgh is now open: http://bit.ly/pennwriters2019.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
JESSICA STRAWSER AND JASON JACK MILLER

Thursday Pre-Conference Intensive Faculty
Timons Esaias - The Crafts of Fiction: The Nuts, the Bolts, and Hoisting the Girders into Place
Deborah Riley-Magnus - Author Marketing Master Class
Coroner Lyell P. Cook - Coroners: Their history, What they do, What they see

Friday Networking Luncheon Speaker
JD Dunbar - Listen for the Lyrics

Friday Published Penns Luncheon Speaker
Siobhan Vivian - Your Next Big Idea: Developing and Heightening the Plot of Your WIP

Agents, Editors, Publisher
Kaitlyn Johnson, agent, Corvisiero Literacy Agency
Amy Bishop, Agent – Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC
Bibi Lewis, Agent – Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
Danielle Dieterich, Editor – G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Random House
Rhonda Penders – The Wild Rose Press

32nd Annual Pennwriters Conference
Friday, May 17, 2019 9:00 AM - Sunday, May 19, 2019 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)


Pittsburgh Airport Marriott
777 Aten Road
Coraopolis, Pennsylvania 15108
United States
412-788-8800
EVENT DETAILS

Conference Coordinators: Pauline Drozeski & Hilary Hauck, ConferenceCoordinator@pennwriters.org

Registration Coordinator: Cathy Seckman, ConferenceRegistration@pennwriters.org

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

NEWSLETTER: Small Space Big Life Winter 2019

NEWSLETTER


Jason and I recently sent out the Winter 2019 edition of our new newsletter because it was time that two became one under Small Space Big Life, the same name as our YouTube channel. Why? Because who needs double the email to read and because we're co-authoring two new series. It's best we get used to sharing the byline.

We can't say much about those series right now, except that we're excited and busy. In the meantime, find out about Jason's big honor this May, Heidi's new vlog series, and what we've been reading when we're not writing. And check out our events. We'd love to see you some time!

READ THE REST HERE.

AND SUBSCRIBE HERE.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

EVENT: Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller Lecture and Reading at Brazosport College

EVENTS

If you're in the Lake Jackson area of Texas on April 1, come and visit us at the Brazosport College Library. We'll be discussing what it's like to collaborate as authors and also reading from our work.
Note: This is not an April Fool's Day joke! :D




Wednesday, February 06, 2019

NEWS: Christopher Paul Carey New Director of Publishing at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

NEWS

Congratulations to my dear friend, fellow Seton Hill alum, and exceptional author, Christopher Paul Carey, on his dream position at ERB, Inc. Can't wait to see what new marvels he's going to show us!



Tarzana, CA (February 5, 2019) — Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the company that manages and licenses the creative works of novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs, including TARZAN OF THE APES® and JOHN CARTER OF MARS®, is pleased to announce the addition of Christopher Paul Carey to its executive staff in the role of Director of Publishing, effective February 4, 2019.

Christopher Paul Carey, as the new Director of Publishing, will work closely with Jim Sullos, President, and Cathy Wilbanks, Vice President of Operations, on all aspects of the company’s publishing division, including exciting new initiatives to be announced in the future.

Read more here.