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HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Dana Marton

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Dana Marton HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Usually the one I'm currently working on. Right now, I'd love to go out to dinner with Carly and Nick from Secret Contract and hear of their latest escapades. They are both pretty tough people who carry around a lot of their past but never let it slow them down. They are a very good match, bring out the best in each other. Neither is the trusting kind so that they can live and work together is no small miracle. I like to write characters that I wouldn't mind being friends with. 2. Tell me about your travels. I write a lot of international suspense so I tend to do a lot of international travel to scope out locations. One of my favorite trips had been to Curacao, a small island about twenty miles off the coast of Venezuela. I hope to set a series of mysteries there. The most recent trip was to Cyprus (I love islands). I have a suspense/thriller planned for that location, utilizing the early

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - M. D. Benoit

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M. D. Benoit HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Definitely coffee. I drink it black, except for my cup of latte first thing in the morning. I used to have a really stressful job and I'd drink 15 cups a day of usually pretty bad coffee. Now I'm down to two a day, except when I revert to a stressful event (like planning a reading) then I revert to my coffee-addict days. If I drink tea, I prefer Oolong or Lapsang Sou Chong. 4. What else can you do besides write? I cross-stitch, paint canvas rugs, cross-country ski, do yoga, cook (even though I hate it). I can do crossword puzzles, shovel snow, eat chocolate, talk on the phone, stretch a dollar. I can swim, helm a sailboat, trim sails, water ski, and, favorite of all, I can do nothing. 5. Who are you reading right now? Tanya Tuft, and laughing all the way. Next is The Cracked Throne by Joshua Palmetier , and Relative Danger by Charles B

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Alan Dean Foster

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Alan Dean Foster HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I'm very fond of Truzenzuzex. Having always felt a bit of an outsider myself, the fact that he is an alien doesn't compromise my affection for him at all. He's tolerant of others, always interested in helping, and values knowledge above just about anything else. I'd like to think I'm a little bit like him. 2. Tell me about your travels. As you can see from my website, I've spent time in 85 countries. All I ever really wanted to do was travel. In my fiction, I get to visit other worlds. In real life, I'm stuck on this one, so I'm trying to see as much of it as possible before I die. I've pretty much hit the highlights and now I'm filling in the gaps. Alan Dean Foster Goroka sing sing, Papua New Guinea 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I can play a little taiko (Japanese drums)and if I had the time, I'd compose classi

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 7

Here's the line up at ambasadora for this week: Monday - Alan Dean Foster / Science Fiction and Fantasy Wednesday - M. D. Benoit / Science Fiction Friday - Dana Marton / Romantic Suspense HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Alan Dean Foster , M. D. Benoit , Dana Marton , writing , author interviews

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Gary Frank

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Gary Frank Photo by Erin Schwartz HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. I’ve either stayed in or visited 26 states, Canada, The Bahamas and Bermuda. Once upon a time, these vacations used to be about having fun and relaxing. Now they’re planned around writing conferences. So I don’t have as many relaxing vacations as I’d like. But as soon as the movie deal works out, that’ll change! 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I’m a guitarist/singer/songwriter and I’m into photography. I can watch movies real well, too. 5. Who are you reading right now? The Planets by Dava Sobel, a creative look at the planets that make up our solar system, also a variety of genre novels, trying to find something fresh and different. 6. Pop culture or academia? Pop Culture. Godzilla and Speed Racer take up an amount of space in my brain that may have been for important information. But I’m much happier wi

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - D. Harlan Wilson

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D. Harlan Wilson HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? All of the above. Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon and evening, and (skim) milk in every cup. 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? Both. And neither. My latest novel, Dr. Identity, or, Farewell to Plaquedemia, is an affirmation/critique of pop cultural and academic lifestyles and aesthetics. 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? Dreams, films and literature. Above all, though—Headline News, which, for me, consistently reifies the notion that reality is better than fiction. 9. Food you could eat everyday. 10. Are you into sports or other physical activities? I used to play basketball a lot. Not anymore. I still exercise every day, though, alternating between elliptical machines and free weights. I

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Jack Skillingstead

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Jack Skillingstead 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? Evidently, not much. I'm not a scientist, I don't have a tech career or any of that. Oh, I can play the guitar a little. And juggle. Once I hypnotized a gopher and made it believe it was a chicken.... 5. Who are you reading right now? The Korean poet Ko Un, an old Colin Wilson novel called The Sex Diary Of Gerard Sorme and a Phillip K. Dick novel: We Can Build You. 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? The one that broke my heart because I realized I was writing about something painfully personal. And no, I'm not telling you where to look. Ha! 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? It must be that blank spot on the wall behind my laptop, since I spend so much time staring at it. 9. Food you could eat everyday. 10. Are you into sports or

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 6

This week's line up at ambasadora : MONDAY - Jack Skillingstead / Science Fiction and Fantasy WEDNESDAY - D. Harlan Wilson / Horror FRIDAY - Gary Frank / Horror HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Jack Skillingstead , D. Harlan Wilson , Gary Frank , writing , author interviews

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Patrick Picciarelli

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Patrick Picciarelli 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? Absolutely nothing. Wait, hold it a second…..I can pick locks. I collaborated on a book once with a former jewel thief. The project went nowhere, but I learned how to pick locks and got quite good at it. I still practice a lot. I figure if the book-writing thing goes belly up I can always be a burglar. 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? Anything having to do with kids in a bad stuation. A scene in my SHU thesis involved my protagonist rescuing a kidnapped little boy. I chose to read the scene as part of my thesis presentation and had to practice it for hours before I was able to get through it without choking up. Happens every time I place a kid in jeopardy, probably because I have two of my own. 8. Where do you find your ins

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Lee Allen Howard

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Lee Allen Howard 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? Not much, actually! Well, I can also read... I like to sing. Although I can't cook, I keep a clean apartment. I'm fairly good at exterior and interior house painting, but if I painted for a living, I would be way to expensive at an hourly rate because I'm slow and meticulous. I can keep plants alive. There are a few other things I'm good at that contribute to domestic bliss that would be better left unmentioned... 5. Who are you reading right now? I've been fighting my way through John Brunner's The Sheep Look Up. I've never been a fan of SF, but heard this was a classic, so I'm slogging through it for my own literary good. Prior to that, I enjoyed Lewis DeSimone's Chemistry. On my shelves you will find favorite authors such as Patrick McGrath, Chuck Palahniu

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Steven Piziks (Steven Harper)

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Steven Piziks (Steven Harper) HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? At the moment? Probably Ben Rymar from my Silent Empire science fiction books ( Dreamer , Nightmare , Trickster , and Offspring ). He's such a nice guy, and fun to write about. I realized I was in danger of letting him take over the series as a protagonist, but Ben isn't protagonist material. I had to watch myself so he'd stay in the background. Ask me next year, and I'll probably give you a different answer. 2. Tell me about your travels. The most recent "big" trip came the summer of 2005 when my wife and I went to Ukraine to adopt two children. We spent almost four weeks there, mostly in Kyiv, and got to see both the tourist stuff and the "real" Ukraine. We refused to eat at McDonald's, the food everywhere was really good, and Eastern Europeans are friendlier than their reputation. We did run into two con artists, but we walked away fr

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 5

Here is the line up for this week over at ambasadora : MONDAY - Steven Piziks (Steven Harper) / Fantasy and Science Fiction WEDNESDAY - Lee Allen Howard / Horror (Editor) FRIDAY - Patrick Picciarelli / Mystery and Creative Non-fiction HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Steven Piziks , Steven Harper , Lee Allen Howard , Patrick Picciarelli , writing , author interviews , Seton Hill University

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Susan Crandall

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Susan Crandall HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Whenever I’m writing a book, those characters are my current favorites. I think it’s because I crawl so deeply beneath their skin. I feel like they’re family -- and family is always closest to the heart. I have a couple who stand out long after I’ve closed my file for the last time, however. I’m not sure what it says about my mental state, but one of them is a dog. Rufus, the bloodhound from Magnolia Sky , will live always in my heart. I will forever be in love with Will Scott, my hero from my first published book, Back Roads . I have a soft spot for a couple of secondary characters too, Hattie Grissom from Back Roads and Promises to Keep ; and Granny Tula from On Blue Falls Pond . Humm, sounds like I’d better stop, or I’ll have all of my characters listed! 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Diet Coke. 4. What else can you do besides write? I used to be a dental hygi

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Maria V. Snyder

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Maria V. Snyder Photo by Michael Frost Studio NYC HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? This is like asking a mother which of her children is her favorite - they're all my favorites......Okay now the obligatory answer is done - I'll admit I really enjoy writing about Valek. He has all the great sarcastic lines and gets to do all the cool assassin stuff. Plus he's an artist. Gotto love that. 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? 6. Pop culture or academia? Pop culture all the way! Hardest thing to write in the last 2 years was my academic graduate essay. I use non-fiction kids books with big color pictures to do my research for writing. "Inside a Medieval Castle" was very helpful for designing the Commander's castle. I avoid anything scholarly. 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 4

Here's the line up this week over at ambasadora : MONDAY - Maria V. Snyder / Fantasy and Science Fiction WEDNESDAY - Gary Frank / Horror FRIDAY - Susan Crandall / Romance HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Maria V. Snyder , Gary Frank , Susan Crandall , writing , author interviews

HEIDI'S PICK SIX- Anne Harris

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Anne Harris HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Nalo makes a good point, about not playing favorites, but I guess I'm a bad mom. My favorite character is Harry, from my new novel All the Colors of Love . I think it's because even though he's pretty fucked up, and does some pretty fucked up stuff sometimes, he really wants to be a good person. And despite everything that life has taught him about not trusting others, he still takes a chance when love presents itself. He has the strength to make that leap of faith that there can be a better way of life. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee and milk, in equal measure and at the same time. 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? Gorgeous Carat, a boys love manga by You Higuri. This one is a good example of the kind of bl story I love. The two main characters take turns rescuing each other from peril -- I love role reversal