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HEIDI'S PICK SIX - K. J. Howe

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K. J. Howe HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. Traveling has been part of my life since I can remember. My dad worked in telecommunications and we moved every couple of years to different locales— including Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Austria, Switzerland, and Puerto Rico. I still have the travel bug, so I set all of my books in places where I’d like to visit! I’m fascinated with exploring foreign places, cultures, and languages. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I love trying new things, especially when they involve a thrill or speed! Flying small planes, hot air ballooning, motorcycling, rafting—you name it, I’ll try it unless it involves heights! Scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, water skiing, and anything else that involves warm water also rate high on my list. I’m convinced I was switched at birth with someone who is now residing in the Virgin Islands. 5. Who are you reading

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - MIKE RESNICK

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Mike Resnick 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Lucifer Jones has been my favorite since the moment I created him back in the early 1980s. He’s appeared in 3 books so far – Adventures , Exploits , and Encounters – and is currently working his way through a 4th book, HAZARDS, in the pages of Argosy , ADVENTURE, and Subterranean. His titles tell it all: “The Clubfoot of Notre Dame”, “The Insidious Oriental Dentist”, “The Island of Annoyed Souls”, and so on. 2. Tell me about your travels. We love Africa, and have been to Kenya 4 times, and Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Egypt once each. We’ve been to England and France a number of times, to Canada a few times, Mexico a couple of times, and have been on a number of Caribbean islands, of which our favorites are Jamaica, and probably Barbados and Petit St. Vincent. And I got to spend a week in Slovakia when I was a guest at a con there that Carol was unable to attend. I still want t

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 3

Here is the line up for this week over at ambasadora : MONDAY - Mike Resnick / Science Fiction WEDNESDAY - K. J. Howe / Romantic Suspense FRIDAY - Anne Harris / Fantasy and Manga HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Mike Resnick , K. J. Howe , Anne Harris , writing , author interviews ,

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Nancy Kress

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Nancy Kress HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? My favorite character is Robert Cavanaugh, from two books, out-of-genre thrillers, that were not great successes except with me. Cavanaugh is an FBI agent. He's a wonky agent (my editor thought I should make him "tougher, more masculine;" I didn't) who faxes weird cartoons to women he's trying to court. He's funny, dogged, honorable, and terrible at courting. Strange people attach themselves to him. I fell in love with Robert Cavanaugh but, as Mia Farrow points out in THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, this lovable man "is fictional, but you can't have everything." Cavanaugh lives in my novels Oaths and Miracles and Stinger but, alas, nowhere else. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I can play chess, badly but a lot. I can cook, not too badly but definitely not gourmet. However, my meatloaf is a con

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Joshua Palmatier

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Joshua Palmatier HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I'd have to say Varis, which isn't a surprise since the first three books revolve around her. In The Skewed Throne, not too many characters survive the book, let alone the chapter in which they appear. That cuts down on choices. But I like Varis because she isn't "good" and she isn't "bad," she's just a person. She's practical, and is willing to do what needs to be done in order for things to change. Not at first. A lot of the first book is getting her to realize that she needs to change the situation herself, and her finding the strength to do that. She's faced with morally ambiguous questions at points, ones that don't have good or perfect solutions, but she makes the best she can of the situation. I think people can relate to that. In the end, I'm hoping she comes across as a strong but vulnerable person, one who can be hurt and has

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Shelley Bates

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Shelley Bates Photo by Robin Ruth HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Julia McNeill, the heroine of 'Grounds to Believe.' She just walked into my head fully formed and named, which hardly ever happens. Usually a character starts out as a nebulous fog, or a body without a head, a head without a body, or just a trait, and I build them from there. But Julia was complete. I participated in a booksigning recently outside of San Francisco, where two actors were doing staged readings of scenes from our books. Actress Melanee Nelson portrayed Julia--and absolutely nailed her. It was amazing to see someone I'd never met before bring to life a person who had been living in my head for years. 2. Tell me about your travels. I'm from Canada. I live in California. I turned 21 in Paris. Doesn't that sound romantic? My best friend and I backpacked across Europe 25 years ago. We saw 22 countries, I think. I've traveled to Europe three times s

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 2

Here is this week's line up over at ambasadora : MONDAY - Shelley Bates / Women's Fiction and Inspirational Romance WEDNESDAY - Joshua Palmatier / Fantasy FRIDAY - Nancy Kress / Science Fiction HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Shelley Bates , Joshua Palmatier , Nancy Kress

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Penny Dawn

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Penny Dawn HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I have a soft spot for Lucas K. Jackson of Rolling In Clover . He's a decent, hard-working guy, who doesn't always make the best decisions. He's a Gulf War veteran, father of two, and he wears a tool belt every day. He isn't a great husband, but he wants to be. His potential for growth is amazing, and he's determined to reach his goals. Luke is all the wonderful things about my daddy, and for that reason, his middle initial is a tribute to my father, Ken. 2. Tell me about your travels. I regularly vacation in the Caribbean, but I can't say I enjoy much more than the hot sun there. I've never been to Europe, but I plan to go, once I've combed over the U.S. a few hundred times. I'm a big believer in knowing one's homeland, so I prefer to stick within our borders. I have a crush on the United States of America, and I adore the east coast, Virginia, in particular. When

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Scott A. Johnson

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Scott A. Johnson HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. I recently discovered that a person can achieve "caffeine poisoning," and that it is quite dangerous, so I've been attempting to cut down my coffee intake. As things stand now, I drink coffee starting at 6 a.m. and continue throughout the day until about midnight. If I'm still writing at midnight, I'm still drinking coffee. That might explain the manic expression, the buggy eyes and the jumpiness. 4. What else can you do besides write? I've had a very strange life, meaning I can do quite a few things. I was trained to sing operatic tenor (yes, I was once an opera singer in training), I play guitar (blues style), I was once a stand-up comic and, believe it or not, a professional model. You should see the photos from that last one. You wouldn't believe it was me and I only

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Nalo Hopkinson

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Nalo Hopkinson Photo by David Findlay HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? If I had children, I wouldn't tell you which of them was my favourite, either. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? None of the above. (Caffeine-sensitive and lactose intolerant.) 4. What else can you do besides write? I make weird-ass mashups of creepy mass market kids' toys. I speak so-so French and bits of Russian and German. I edit fiction anthologies. I cook. (I mostly don't clean.) I sew. I do altered art and collage art. I do arts consulting. I know how to facilitate a meeting. I dance. I sing. I have power tools and I know how to use them, or I'm learning. I teach creative writing. I once taught aerobics, and probably could again if I had to. I know First Aid and basic CPR. I'm good at research. I know very basic silversmithing. I can drive a car. I know how to pump iron. I can accessorize. 5. Who are you

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

Tomorrow begins the HEIDI'S PICK SIX blog series over at ambasadora where I present fifteen questions or prompts to dozens of authors, but they can only respond to six. You'll get to see which questions they answered and what they had to say. Here's the line up for this week: MONDAY - Nalo Hopkinson / SF WEDNESDAY - Scott A. Johnson / Horror FRIDAY - Penny Dawn / Romance and Erotica Tell your friends! ;) Heidi Ruby Miller , HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Nalo Hopkinson , Scott A. Johnson , Penny Dawn

EVENT: Joshua Palmatier at PARSEC

Jason and I went to our first PARSEC meeting tonight at the Squirrel Hill Library thanks to nudging from Diane Turnshek . Along with some familiar faces (Anne and Kevin) were some new people full of great conversation, interesting stories, and warm welcomes. The guest speaker was Joshua Palmatier , author of The Skewed Throne and The Cracked Throne . He did a nice reading from his second novel and answered lots of questions from the crowd, then joined us all for dinner afterward. It was an inspiring evening. PARSEC , Diane Turnshek , Joshua Palmatier , The Skewed Throne , The Cracked Throne

NEWS: Avalon Travel Publishing to Merge with Perseus

NEWS Perseus Books Group is planning to take on our travel guide publisher Avalon Travel Publishing. Here's part of the press release they sent us: "Perseus and Avalon share a similar history, both being built through a series of acquisitions and having strengths in general fiction and non-fiction, and the wellness category. Avalon is also the largest independent travel publisher based in the U.S., with the Moon and Rick Steves series of travel guides." Because Jason and I have a contract with Avalon which calls for us to revise our guidebook Moon Pennsylvania Camping for redistribution every three years, we're watching this closely to see what happens.

Scifaikuest #15

I have a joined scifaiku titled Five Parsecs Away in the February 2007 print edition of Scifaikuest edited by Teri Santitoro. The featured poet in this issue is Deborah J. Kolodji. This was my first published poem. :) Heidi Ruby Miller , Five Parsecs Away , Scifaikuest , Teri Santitoro , Deborah J. Kolodji