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HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Jeri Smith-Ready

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Jeri Smith-Ready (2006 Szemere Photography) HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Definitely Ciara Griffin, the heroine of my upcoming vampire novel, Wicked Game . She’s your typical con artist in many ways—clever, confident, and morally flexible—but she’s not completely nihilistic. Ciara’s on an unusual redemption quest: saving a vampire radio station from corporate takeover, a mission that becomes a matter of life and un-death. It’s terrific fun to be in Ciara’s head, because I get to say and do things I could never get away with in my own life. My other favorite character, Lucifer from Requiem for the Devil , appeals to me for the same reason. I suppose I gravitate most strongly to my “bad” protagonists. Maybe I enjoy the challenge of making them sympathetic, or maybe I just relate to them better (let’s not look too hard at that second possibility, shall we?). 2. Tell me about your travels. In college I backpacked across Europe, where I lived o

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Deidre Knight

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Deidre Knight HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? What else “can” I do—or do I want to do? LOL! You’re too funny! Well, I have this new, wannabe emerging hobby and that’s learning to make clothes. My nine-year-old and I are PROJECT RUNWAY addicts, but our interest in sewing together predates that. Growing up, my amazing stepmother was into every possible type of needlework—needlepoint, cross stitch, knitting, crochet, sewing. You name it. I grew up learning all of these skills, at least nominally or touching on them, with her. Well, except crochet which I learned last year from then Knight Agency employee Julie Ramsey. Anyway, my daughter constantly tells me she wants to be a fashion designer, so I finally dusted off my stepmother’s sewing machine—she passed away four years ago. I think she’d love knowing that her sewing machine is inspiring a new gen

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - LAST WEEK

Here's the line up for the last official week of HEIDI'S PICK SIX : Monday - Deidre Knight / Romance Wednesday - Jeri Smith-Ready / Dark Fantasy HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Deidre Knight , Jeri Smith-Ready , romance , dark fantasy , writing , author interviews

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Alistair Langston

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Alistair Langston HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I guess Saul from Aspects of a Psychopath has been one of my favourite characters simply because he is so different. He is he type of bloke you just don't want to get on the wrong side of. Not because of his physical presence but more for his unpredictability. He is as likely to slit your throat as he is to buy you a beer. He is the antihero that the reader can't wait to see the demise of but whatever situation Saul finds himself in he will find a way out. As a result he was a great character to write about because there are many routes that his path can take. with a bit of luck he will be returning in the not too distant future in a sequel to Aspects of a Psychopath . 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee, tea or milk... where's the wine? Okay if I can't have wine I guess it will have to be tea. It's a great refreshing drink - taken with a little milk

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Joel A. Sutherland

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Without a doubt, hands down, this has got to be Clayton, the teenage boy in my short story “Something Fishy This Way Comes” , which was published in Permuted Press’ The Undead: Skin and Bones . Clayton is a big mish-mash of my high school friends (and maybe some of me thrown in for good measure). Many of the idiotic things that Clayton does in the course of the story are based on real events. Not the zombie gold fish, mind you, but you get the picture. (And yes, mish-mash is the technical term.) 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I can edit! Graveside Tales just published my first book as an editor, Fried! Fast Food, Slow Deaths , an anthology of deep-fried horror stories. It comes endorsed by some big-name horror authors, such as Jeff Strand, Kim Paffenroth and Fran Friel, and I’ve just found out that it’s been recommended for a Bram Stoker Award , a

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Rhonda Mason

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Rhonda Mason HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Without a doubt that would be Tae, the main character of my thesis novel Sworn Sword . She is so tough and driven. She seems strong to everyone else, and she is, but on the inside she is hurting and lost. She's a complex character who you can't help but feel empathy for ... and it doesn't hurt that she can beat just about anyone in a sword fight. She's the reason I became a writer, to tell her story. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? All three!! I have a dire weakness for whole milk, though I try to drink 2% at least. I like coffee with tons of sugar, and any kind of stout British tea. No herbal tea for me. 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? My Critique partner Jen Brooks. Her new novel Wishstone is so fabulously painful, wait until you read it! It's full of bitter regrets, tentative hopes and very grey moral cho

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Matthew Cook

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Matthew Cook HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Well, Kirin from the Blood Magic series was the hardest to write, seeing as how she’s a troubled woman, a childless wife in an unhappy, abusive marriage, as well as a necromancer, further complicated by the fact that she speaks to the reader in first person. Given the kind words so many female readers have given me about how well they thought I captured her voice, though, she will always have a place in my heart. If we’re talking about pure favorites, though, it has to be Perry, the protagonist from my forthcoming urban fantasy series. Perry is in many ways a guy just like me – an artist living in Chicago, struggling just to make a living (write what you know, right?). In his case, however, he gets thrust into the middle of a faerie war when he’s fingered as the “prophesied hero” that’s central to the struggle. Through the book, he’s just so lost, struggling to understand the things that are happeni

Book Review: The Fix Reviews SAILS AND SORCERY

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Book Reviews Here's what Kimberly Lundstrom at The Fix had to say about my story "The Islands of Hope" in the Fantasist Enterprises' anthology Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy : "Miller’s prose is clear, bold, and direct. She introduces us to a realistic, interesting, sympathetic character in Julian, whose motivations are believable and clearly communicated in a tale that arcs gracefully through conflict and complications, and comes to its inevitable, but still unexpected conclusion." Thank you, Kimberly. This is the first time my story has been mentioned in one of the reviews. Thanks to Paul S. Kemp , who also received praise for his story "The Spinner" , for finding this review. Heidi Ruby Miller , The Islands of Hope , Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy , Fantasist Enterprises , fantasy , pirates , writing , The Fix , Kimberly Lundstrom , Seton Hill Writers

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Tim Powers

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Tim Powers Photo by Beth Gwinn HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I think Archimedes (Arky) Mavranos, from Last Call and Earthquake Weather -- he's a type of person I like, competent, humorous, loyal, and generally drunk. 2. Tell me about your travels. We just about exclusively travel to attend science fiction conventions! But those have taken us to Norway, France, Germany, Spain, Australia and Israel. And we always take a week or two so we can look around a bit. So far our favorite places -- aside from Los Angeles! -- are Tel Aviv and Leipzig. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? Not much! I've always figured that the best way to become a writer is to make yourself unfit for all other employment. I do teach two days a week, but that's just explaining how I write, so really it's not all that different. 5. Who are you reading right now? Right now I'm reading -- re-reading, I should say -- a bunch

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 42

This week on HEIDI'S PICK SIX : Monday - Tim Powers - Speculative Fiction Wednesday - Matthew Cook - Urban Fantasy Thursday - Seton Hill alum Rhonda Mason - Fantasy and Romance Friday - Joel A. Sutherland - Speculative Fiction HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Tim Powers , Matt Cook , Rhonda Mason , Joel Sutherland , speculative fiction , writing , author interviews , Seton Hill University

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - James T. Durkin

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James T. Durkin HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Robert Hamlin, main character from my first novel In My Dreams . He epitomizes what is best in all of us. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? That's easy, milk. Have only had one cup of coffee in my entire life. Thought it tasted horrible. Wish I said that about beer when I was in college. 4. What else can you do besides write? Numerous things. Work full-time as an investigator. Teach American Politics, part-time, at two local community colleges, now for fifteen years. Try to be the best father I can. Am currently training to try and set the world record for walking on a treadmill. Event will correspond with the release of my second novel, The Call of Angels in September of 2008. 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? 9. Food you could eat ever

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Elizabeth Coley

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Elizabeth Coley HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? That's like asking which of your kids is your favorite. You've done it right if each of them secretly thinks he or she is your favorite. You love the first one so much, because it's just the two of you spending all your time together and everything is a discovery. And you adore your second, because this time you actually know what you're doing and you can enjoy each other in a more relaxed way. And the next one is treasured because she fills a role and a place in your heart the other two left vacant, and she fairly explodes with personality. Wait, are we talking about my characters or my kids? 2. Tell me about your travels. This is a great question because it gives me a chance to tell you how Rick Steves changed our lives the day I re-upped our NPR pledge and got his travel guide as the thank you premium. (I hope it's ok to plug him here because Heidi covers domestic travel

21st Annual Pennwriters Conference

Joyce Carol Oates will be the keynote speaker for the 21st Annual Pennwriters Conference at the Host Resort in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Tickets for the May 16-18, 2008 event go on sale January 2, 2008 , at www.pennwriters.org or by e-mailing the conference coordinator at conferenceco1@pennwriters.org for a registration form. Three-day conference packages start at $199 for members and $249 for nonmembers. After March 2, 2008, dinner tickets with Joyce Carol Oates will be sold separately from the conference at $65 for Pennwriters members and $99 for nonmembers.. Oates, who has been writing since age 14 and is now a creative writing professor at Princeton University, released her 36th book, The Gravedigger's Daughter , this year. Her dinner presentation on Friday evening, May 16, will include commentary on her books and the writing process as well as a question and answer session and a book signing. Oates' presentation is one of many events during the three-day conferenc

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Christopher Paul Carey

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Christopher Paul Carey HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I won’t name an absolute favorite character because the other characters might get jealous. One of my favorites is Aleste, one of two protagonists from my thesis novel which I wrote while getting my Master’s degree at Seton Hill . Originally meant to be a tertiary character, Aleste quickly asserted her spunky will and pushed the other characters off the page. I like her for the way she matured in response to the terrible things that confronted her but yet in other ways remained the same stubborn-minded character as ever. She learned who she was, and what she needed to do. And she did it. There can be no better definition of hero. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? I just finished Caesar’s Column , an early work of science fiction dystopia by Ignatius Donnelly. Donnelly was a U.S. Congressman

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 41

This week on HEIDI'S PICKS SIX : Monday - Christopher Paul Carey / Science Fiction Writer and Editor Wednesday - Elizabeth Coley / Science Fiction and Young Adult Friday - James T. Durkin / Mainstream Fiction HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Christopher Paul Carey , Elizabeth Coley , James T. Durkin , science fiction , fiction , writing , author interviews , Seton Hill University

An Interview with Heidi Ruby Miller

I am K. Ceres Wright's Subject Matter Expert today on her blog . I talk about my experiences as a freelance travel writer. Thanks for the opportunity, Ceres. Heidi Ruby Miller , K. Ceres Wright , dohlman , freelance writing , travel writing , writing , author interviews , Seton Hill University

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Michelle Klein

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Michelle Klein HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? My favorite of my characters currently is my version of Cain. I am writing a retelling of Cain and Abel called If Flesh Is Better . Villains and their motivations fascinate me, and my Cain is very different than the traditional image of the character, even though the major events in the story don't conflict with the account in the Bible. For example, since Cain is a farmer and not a herdsman, he's also a vegetarian and is very opposed to the slaughter of animals. 2. Tell me about your travels. I have been to England, France, Greece, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, and a number of U. S. States. My family and I are about to go back to the Caribbean on a cruise, during which my son, the world's tiniest pirate, will attempt to stage a mutiny on the cruise ship and fly his own Jolly Roger. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Right now, Starbucks' Gingerbread Lattes. They're spicy, warm, a

Review for SAILS AND SORCERY

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Grasping for the Wind has a review of Sails and Sorcery . This anthology published by Fantasist Enterprises includes my short story "The Islands of Hope." Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy Heidi Ruby Miller , The Islands of Hope , Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy , Fantasist Enterprises , fantasy , pirates , writing , book reviews

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Jason Schmetzer

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Jason Schmetzer HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. What, like to work and back? 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Hot chocolate. 4. What else can you do besides write? Oh, you mean in my free time? Wait, free time… what is that again? These days when I’m not writing, I’m either at the day job (print shop) or the night job (college English teacher) or the other night job (digital layout & editing) or just simply being Daddy to my five-year-old. I’ve a whole list of things I’d like to be doing, but so far all I’ve managed to cross off is travel a bit more and get to a con or two. 5. Who are you reading right now? Wraith , Phaedra Weldon The Mist , Stephen King I am Legend , Richard Matheson You’re Not Fooling Anyone When you Take your Laptop to the Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing , John Scalzi Vorpal Blade , John Ringo Some Golden Harbor , David Drake …and lots, lots more… 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the t

Seton Hill Writers News

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#1: Venus on the Half Shell , the Philip Jose Farmer anthology edited by Seton Hill alum Christopher Paul Carey received a starred review from Publishers Weekly . The publisher Subterranean Press expects the book to sell out "by or shortly after publication." You can reserve a copy here . Venus on the Half Shell #2: A special serial story for the holidays is in swing at Home by Christmas . This European historical tale is being told by twelve authors, including Seton Hill alum Laurie Alice Eakes . #3: Seton Hill alum Mary SanGiovanni's debut novel The Hollower received a good review at Dread Central . #4: Several Seton Hill writers will be teaching workshops at the Pennwriters 21st Annual Conference , including Timons Esaias , Maria V. Snyder , and Victoria Thompson . The conference is being held at Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center in Lancaster, PA, from May 16 - 18, 2008. Keynote speaker will be Joyce Carol Oates . #5: Proverbs for Monsters , th

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Michael Swanwick

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Michael Swanwick Photo by Beth Gwinn HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Tough call. Johannes Faust in my criminally-underappreciated Jack Faust was my single best-drawn character, though a loathsome human being. Darger and Surplus, the Postutopian con men who appear in a number of short stories and in a novel I’ve just begun, are certainly the most lovable. And Esme, the demon-child in my forthcoming novel, The Dragons of Babel , despite being a supporting character, pretty much steals the show. But pride of place has to go to Jane Alderberry, the girl who was stolen by the fairies and forced to work in a factory building dragons in The Iron Dragon’s Daughter . She was so brave and so resilient. Every time life slapped her down (and when you’re in one of my novels, that happens a lot), she got right back up and tried something new. She was practical and level-headed in a way that I’m not, and over the course of the novel I had the privilege of