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HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Jeremy C. Shipp

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Jeremy C. Shipp

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?
Sing, play guitar and piano, paint (walls and such), tile floors, perform psychokinesis on plastic straws, juggle, cartwheel, make funny faces. I can also transform into a flying hippo--I just choose not to.


5. Who are you reading right now?
JK Rowling, Jesse Gordon, Aimee Bender, HG Wells


6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
People who fill me with love, and systems that fill me with horror.


9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
When writing a story, I do occasionally jot down ideas to use later, but I don’t work well with extensive outlines. They tend to turn on me when I least ex…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Linnea Sinclair

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX

Linnea Sinclair
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Hmm, that really depends on the mood I’m in. Chaz (Gabriel’s Ghost) Bergren is one I enjoy playing with a lot but that might be because the book is written in first person POV so it’s a more intimate experience for the writer. I’m looking forward to getting back to her in CHASIDAH’S CHOICE (Bantam, 2008). But I’m really enjoying Detective Sergeant Theo Petrakos, because I’ve placed him in such an untenable situation in The Down Home Zombie Blues (November 2007 from Bantam). He’s a Florida homicide cop who suddenly finds himself the partner—and prisoner—of an intergalactic zombie hunter, who also happens to be one hot space-babe. And then there’s Sass—Captan Tasha Sebastian in Games of Command. She has attitude. I can relate to that.


2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Coffee. Gevalia, any dark roast. Black with one Splenda. Café Cubano is my all time favorite though. Rocket fuel.


4. What e…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 11

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Robert Tinnell

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Robert Tinnell

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Wow, that's tough. I really love Cotton Coleridge from The Wicked West books because he's this educated man who is also at home in nature and in these incredibly tough situations and in spite of the living hell he goes through he never loses his basic decency and humanity. I'm also quite partial to Terry Sharp - the Brit movie director by day who fights supernatural forces by night. I love the notion of a fellow who generally works "in his head" having this whole action side. Plus I get to play around in the world once populated by Hammer Films so - what's not to like?

Of course, there are several characters I'm crazy about in Feast of the Seven Fishes, but they're based on real-life family members so I guess they don't count. Ditto The Chelation Kid which deals with my son's autism.


2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Tom Piccirilli

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Tom Piccirilli and Lord Byron

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?
5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
It's one I've actually written several times over. It concerns the death of my mother during a short illness and stay in the hospital. Quite possibly the worst night of my life, and I was in such a raw place and my senses were so flayed that the details have stuck with me like almost nothing else. In an effort to purge myself of the burden of that experience, and to try to make it all bearable, I've written about that night several times in short stories and most notably in my novel Headstone City.


8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
It's easier to ask where it doesn't come from. Everything inspires in its own way, I never know what might cause the kernel of an id…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Patricia Bray

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Patricia Bray

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
Every year I go on a biking trip. So far I've been to Maryland's Eastern Shore, Ireland (Kerry), Vermont, Nantucket, Maine, Nova Scotia, Blue Ridge Mountains, New York's Finger Lakes, Bryce/Zion in Utah, Quebec province and the Canadian Rockies. This year I'll be going to Crater Lake, Oregon. It's a chance to get away from everything (including the internet), and recharge myself.

None of these locations has been directly featured in my stories, but the way you interact with the landscape when you're out in all kinds of weather, traveling under your own power is something that informs how I write about my characters' own journeys.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Yes, yes, yes.


4. What else can you do besides write?
Before writing consumed my time and creative energy, I was a quilter. My quilting had much in common with my writing style—periods of inactivity fo…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 10

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Leslie Davis Guccione

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Leslie Davis Guccione

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Hands down my 6 hard scrabble cranberry growing Branigan brothers. The most fun a girl can have on paper.


2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
Edit. I love helping the next generation of writers and as a mentor and via my occasional freelance manuscript critiques WORDS@WORK, I’ve discovered it’s far more fun to work on and criticize other people’s work.


5. Who are you reading right now?
I’m revisiting the work of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Cross Creek; The Yearling) and Scott Berg’s bio of her renowned editor–of-all-editors Maxwell Perkins. My photo was taken at her FL homestead next to the famed Remington typewriter on the porch. A recent pilgrimage.


6. Pop culture or academia?
I studied painting with Carolyn Wyeth for my degree in studio art and my books, Silhouette romances, are fun reads for young readers. Pop culture all the way.


7. What is the t…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Timons Esaias

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Timons Esaias

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
I've been around most of the contiguous 48 and into parts of Canada, and did a lot of that as a teen and in my 20's. But real out-of-my-culture overseas travel? I put that off far too long. My first overseas trip (I was 34) was 3 months in Turkey plus a two-week side-trip into Greece to see Delphi. A wonderful experience (except for being stuck on Chios for a week), and it put the travel bug into my system. Since then I've been to Japan, Hungary, Carpathian Rumania, Iceland, and three times to the UK. And I guess I've been to Germany four times, though I've never been outside the Frankfort airport.

Travel is wonderful; travel is massively educational; travel turns abstract concepts into realities and memories; travel is IT; and dammit, I can't afford to travel these days. Sigh.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
I can hand…

NEWS: Seton Hill Writers April 2007

NEWS

#1: Congratulations to Gary Braunbeck on winning his third Stoker for his collection Destinations Unknown.

#2: Steven Harper's novel Battle Star Gallactica: Unity is out this month. You can also read an interview with him by John Joseph Adams at SciFi.com.

#3: Anne Harris' short story Still Life with Boobs is featured in the Nebula Awards Showcase 2007.

#4: Anita of The Romance Studio has a review of Penny Dawn's latest, The Carman Chronicle, Book I: The Satin Slippers.


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HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Sean Williams

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Sean Williams Photo by Beth Gwinn

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Skender Van Haasteren X from the Books of the Change/Cataclysm. He's me as I was when I was a teenager: smart but at the same time terribly dense, and hopeless with girls. He's a geek dropped into a fantasy setting, and I have a great time writing him. I've used him in six books so far, and while I have no plans for any more at the moment, I won't rule anything out. He's so much fun to torture.


2. Tell me about your travels.
Most of it is for work. I come to the US at least once a year for the Writers of the Future presentation ceremony, and I try also to get to a WorldCon or World Fantasy every couple of years. Work takes me around Australia pretty regularly. I've been to several places in Asia, and New Zealand, but apart from a short stop in London I've never been to Europe. That, partly, is why I can't write fantasy in the Tolkein vein. Snow? Never se…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 9

This week at HEIDI'S PICK SIX:

Monday - Sean Williams / Science Fiction and Fantasy

Wednesday - Timons Esaias / Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Poetry

Friday - Leslie Davis Guccione / Women's Fiction and Romance


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HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Jeremy Yoder

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Jeremy Yoder

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
Actually, I'm a big homebody. I've lived in Iowa, Minnesota, and now South Dakota, so all I do is hop borders every few years. However, I met my wife through a missions trip to Russia, and I've been to England and Holland, but other than driving through a few states during vacations, that's about it.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
None of the above. Much to my annoyance, soda pop is my bane, and I have the cavities to prove it. I have a love-hate relationship with Mountain Dew similar to Gollum's relationship with the One Ring. *Precious yellow liquid... how we hates it.*


4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
Watership Down by Richard Adams, then maybe Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. (If Neil Gaiman gives the latter such high praise, it must be worth putting on my radar.)


6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the to…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Susan Sielinski

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Susan Sielinski

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
My husband was a field engineer for General Electric for the first ten years of our marriage, and we traveled for most of that time. So, we've been to China, Hong Kong, Bali, Cebu, Singapore, Brazil, Canada, Buenos Aries, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, and (the strangest of all) Indiana. During this long spate of globe trotting, I learned that the true definition of "adventure" is "cold, tired, hungry, wet, and why is everyone running the other way?" Actually, I learned that in the first day. We kept at it anyway, and it's the best education I could ever have had for writing.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Tea. Great rivers of Twinings Lady Grey tea. Sometimes with frothy milk, always with cat hair.


4. What else can you do besides write?
I crochet like someone with OCD. I sing with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Chorus. I love to cook and bake. I…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - A. G. Devitt

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A. G. Devitt

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

"I am rather cautious about which six to pick…it seems a bit revealing, as if which questions I choose to answer says more about me than my actual answers ever could…
So I will choose at random."


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
This is a tough question to answer, since all of my characters contain elements of myself. I method write just as one method acts. I have to make myself feel what each character feels in order to write from their point of view. My current favorite character to write is Fender, the protagonist of my upcoming comic book series, Channels. I think emotionally, he and I are on the same wavelength. I understand him and his motivations more than any character I have ever written. I know what drives him. It’s a natural performance for me to be in his head.


2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
Your mother.

Seriously though, I can fight. In fact, my fighting influ…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Eugie Foster

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Eugie Foster

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Yes! Coffee with plenty of sweetener and milk, although I've been trying to kick the java habit on and off for years. Loose leaf tea--green, white, or herbal--never bagged; I'm an utter tea snob. And milk with cookies. Or cake. Or pie.


4. What else can you do besides write?
Well, I can edit, but I'm not sure if that counts as "besides write." Um, I can also program in COBOL, sew stuffed animals, and run experiments on children. That last one is less "mwa ha ha haa" and more to do with my MA in Developmental Psychology than it sounds. Really. And I can also give well-informed advice on how to raise a pet skunk.


5. Who are you reading right now?
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, House Bill 227 of the Georgia General Assembly (for my day job, I'm a legal editor for the GGA), and slush for The Town Drunk.


6. Pop culture or a…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Mike Brendan

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Michael Brendan

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Tea. Definitely tea. However that don't cut if I got some of my Mom's chocolate chip cookies.


4. What else can you do besides write?
I've studied martial arts and fencing for a total of nine years before a knee injury last October left me on the sidelines. I can safely say that after that long a study there's a lot there I don't know. I also paint miniatures when I have the time, and in 2007 I'll be trying my hand as a pewtersmith making them.


5. Who are you reading right now?
I'm reading Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity. The theme of finding one's identity/purpose is part of what I'm doing with my current project (an SF/Mystery novel) but the writing itself has been falling flat.


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…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - W. H. Horner

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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?

5. Who are you reading right now?
I'm always reading several things at once. A great deal of my reading time is taken up by submissions, either short stories for anthologies or novels or comic book pitches that I've requested from authors I know. I'm an avid reader of comic books, so every week I have new issues of my favorites that I have to read. I'm a fan of Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, and Neil Gaiman, so whatever comic they have out, I'm usually following it. And, right now, I'm also reading Sabriel
by Garth Nix. It's been on my bookshelf for years and a friend of mine who is a non-fantasy reader just devoured the series, so I thought it was time to read it.

6. Pop culture or academia?
Mostly pop culture, but I do tend to head towards academia and literary fiction from time to time. For instance, I…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 8 - BASH DOWN THE DOOR

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This week HEIDI'S PICK SIX will feature six interviews instead of the usual three.

You will get to meet some of the contributors to Fantasist Enterprises' latest anthology Bash Down the Door and Slice Open the Badguy.


Here is the line up:
Monday - W. H. Horner / editor
Tuesday - Michael Brendan / Science Fiction and Fantasy
Wednesday - Eugie Foster / Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction
Thursday - A. G. Devitt / Fantasy
Friday - Susan Sielinski / Fantasy
Saturday - Jeremy Yoder / Fantasy


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NEWS: The Islands of Hope by Heidi Ruby Miller in Sails and Sorcery

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NEWS



I'm excited to announce that my short story "The Islands of Hope" will be part of the anthology Sails & Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy, published by Fantasist Enterprises and edited by W. H. Horner.

Cover and interior artist is Julie Dillon.