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HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Thomas F. Monteleone

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Thomas F. Monteleone

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
every state except Alaska, Hawaii, and Oregon
Peru, Argentina, Paraguay, France, England, Italy-Sicily, and deep inside my own mind


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
sour mash bourbon


4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
Gary Braunbeck, Lee Child


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 everyday.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
I walk 2 miles a days, some softball and racquetball


11. What kind of music speaks to you?
jazz


12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I roughly figure out where I want a novel to end up; short stories, never.


13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?

15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Futurama


Tom Monteleone has been a professional writer since 1972, and …

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Sandy Lender

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Sandy Lender

HEIDI'S PICK SIX
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
Any fellow Duranies reading this one will laugh because all of my travels—much like theirs—the past 10 or so years, have centered around Duran Duran concerts. Going back in time, I've been to Miami, New Orleans, Manchester and Brum, England, Orlando, Kansas City, St. Louis, Tampa, Sunrise, (and here's where the timeline gets fuzzy) Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Denver. And most of those have been multiple hits. I had one trip that I won to see Sting over in Paris. That was tres cool. (No, I don't speak French, but a friend coached me on enough phrases to get me through the whirlwind mini-vacation.) Then there were travels for Duran parties, not shows. Those are always fun. The point here is that I have crazed friends in a lot of cities now because of this band that we enjoy seeing. I'll be flying up to New York to see them on my birthday this year. How…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 20

Readings: Seton Hill WPF Thesis Readings

Readings

Tonight four of the graduating students from Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Program will be defending their thesis novels in public readings on campus in Greensburg, PA.

Here is the schedule:
5:00 - Rachael Pruitt
6:00 - K. Ceres Wright
7:00 - Jason Jack Miller
8:00 - Johanna L. Gribble

Good luck!


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HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Alexa Grave

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Alexa Grave

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
This is a difficult question, and that's why I decided to answer it. I like a challenge at times, as long as it's mental and not physical. So, really, my favorite characters I write challenge me and present me with stuff that I had no clue was coming, or are more complex than I ever thought they would be. To pick one is tough, since I have so many of their voices yammering in my head. Since I am focused on my current novel rough draft, I'd have to pick one from there. Lazarus - he is a drunk, a lecher, a spirit seeker (one who puts the souls of the dead to rest), yet when he feels something is wrong, he wants to make it right, and he's willing to help after some cajoling (and being taken down a couple rungs), even with his not-so-appealing personality. The thing that makes him the most interesting to me, is the drinking and sleeping around are merely a way for him to seek the warmth from …

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Darren Moore

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Darren Moore

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
Gosh, just about everywhere (though Ireland and Scotland are high on my to-go-to list now, oh and India)


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Would have to be milk... I've never enjoyed hot drinks (an unfortunate mouth-burning accident in my youth, I'm guessing).


4. What else can you do besides write?
Wow, big assumption there... turns out I've never been really good at anything. BUT I've always had some success--after tremendous pain, sufferance, and especially hard work.


5. Who are you reading right now?
Lois McMaster Bujold's The Hallowed Hunt and Philip K. Dick, The Man In The High Castle


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 everyday.
Chicken and Rice (In fact, I do eat that almost everyday.)


10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speak…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 19

Here is the line up for HEIDI'S PICK SIX for Week 19. And in honor of the Seton Hill residency and alumni retreat happening in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, this week, all of the participants are up and coming writers from the WPF program:

Monday - Darren Moore - Fantasy

Wednesday - Alexa Grave - Fantasy

Friday - Amanda Sablak - Horror


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NEWS: Green Hills of Earth Poetry Readings

NEWS

The Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) has a small write up about the Green Hills of Earth Poetry Reading during the Pittsburgh Arts Festival, which included readings by me and other Seton Hill Writers Michael A. Arnzen and Timons Esaias

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Steve Nagy

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Steve Nagy

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Right now, it's a character dedicated to my late nephew from my current WIP. I named the character after him as a way to honor his memory. He died several years ago from Hodgkin's Disease. Too young to go, but taken anyway.


2. Tell me about your travels.
Best vacation so far was to Scotland two years back, when we went to Worldcon and stayed over to see the sites in Edinburgh. Saw the military tattoo, took a boat out on Loch Ness, and crawled through the siege tunnels in the castle outside St. Andrews.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Both. Tea in the morning and evening when I make it for my wife and daughters before heading off to work. Coffee at work, because it's there and I don't have to make it. Never milk. Unless it's in cereal. Had a bad experience as a kid once where I accidentally tried butter milk on corn flakes. Didn't put me off cereal, but it killed milk drinking for me. I find it hard…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Charles Coleman Finlay

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Charles Coleman Finlay

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

Usually the one I'm currently writing. Maggot, the title character of The Prodigal Troll and some stories in F&SF, is so much fun to write because he's such a fish out of water, neither man nor troll, and never really understanding other culture. People see him and think Tarzan, but the whole point of Tarzan is that he fits in everywhere, learns everything, masters every environment. Maggot's much more confused and dysfunctional than that, and in his shock at war or his reluctance to kill, he's more heroic to me than many other heros.
The Prodigal Troll

Then there's Proctor Brown, the Massachusetts minuteman who discovers he's a witch. He's in a story coming out in F&SF and is the main character in a current novel project. I like him because I like the Revolutionary period, the real bravery and sacrifice that was involved, and here is a character who embodies a…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Robert J. Sawyer

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Robert J. Sawyer

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Ponter Boddit. He's a modern-day Neanderthal quantum-computing specialist in my Neanderthal Parallax trilogy. I never start with a character; I'm a thematic writer, and I start by figuring out what I want to say on a high level, then construct the characters that let me get at that. Well, in Hominids, Humans, and Hybrids -- the three books of the trilogy -- I wanted to demonstrate two things: that being powerfully male wasn't at odds with being a pacifist, and being an atheist wasn't at odds with being moral. Ponter embodies both of those things; he's the kind of friend I think most people would like to have.


2. Tell me about your travels.
Well, as I write this, I've just left Orlando, Florida, where I was guest of honor at the science-fiction convention Oasis 20; and I'm now in Sudbury, Ontario, where I was given an honorary doctorate by Laurentian University -- which was on…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 18

And here is the line up for this week at HEIDI'S PICK SIX:

Monday - Robert J. Sawyer / Science Fiction

Wednesday - Charles Coleman Finlay / Fantasy

Friday - Steve Nagy / Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction


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HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Sherry Peters

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Sherry Peters

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
All of them. Most recently it would have to be Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf. I understand her, and she makes me laugh.


2. Tell me about your travels.
I’ve had the travel bug every since I was a kid. My Dad was a teacher so we went camping every summer, traveling all over Canada and the U.S. My roommates in High School were from Hong Kong so in 1997 I spent 6 weeks traveling Asia with my friends and staying with their families. I was privileged to be there during the handover of Hong Kong to China, witnessing the fireworks from a barge in the Hong Kong Harbour one night, and from a skyscraper along the Harbour the next night. Most recently I spent a year living and working in Northern Ireland which in and of itself is a travel adventure. With my holiday time I had a mini-break in Venice one weekend, Paris over Christmas, and mini-breaks in London, Manchester, and week at the Edinburgh International Book Fest…

Reading: Green Hills of Earth Poetry Reading

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Readings

On June 2, The Three Rivers Arts Festival and PARSEC hosted Green Hills of Earth, readings that carry on the tradition of science fiction, fantasy, and macabre poetry. Reading from their own works and those of the masters were Chris Ferrier, Eric Leif Davin, Ziggy Edwards, and Seton Hill writers Michael A. Arnzen, Timons Esaias, and Heidi Ruby Miller.

Musical selections which played before the event and during the intermission were from Mike Arnzen's newest CD Audiovile and the motion picture Forbidden Planet by Louis and Bebe Barron.

The event was produced by Dave Brody and Timons Esaias.
Dave Brody

Michael A. Arnzen

Heidi Ruby Miller

Eric Leif Davin

Ziggy Edwards

Chris Ferrier

Timons Esaias


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HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Shannon Esposito

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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?
I can immediately imagine the worst case scenario in any given situation. (Good for putting my characters in peril, bad for my family’s blood pressure.) Oh, and I can blow spit bubbles off my tongue. As far as anything semi-useful, I had a wedding photography business for a while, until my sixteen month old twins arrived. Now I’m pretty good at chasing babies in two different directions.


5. Who are you reading right now?
Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (enjoying so far), Michael Crichton’s Next (not enjoying so much), and Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves (brilliant and scaring the crap out of me). Oh, I also have Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day on my nightstand, but can’t seem to get through a few pages of it before my brain gets tied in knots.


6. Pop culture or academia?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
That would probably …

AUDIOBOOK: Audiovile by Michael A. Arnzen

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AUDIOBOOKS

Michael A. Arnzen's debut audiobook released through Raw Dog Screaming Press is aptly called Audiovile and features the musical talents of Jason Jack Miller on "Dreamachinery."

The CD Release Party will be at Horrorfind Weekend in August. Maybe even a live performance?

Here is a list of the tracks:
* Psycho Hunter (3:37)
* Obictionary (2:14)
* In the Middle (2:57)
* Stress Toy (2:17)
* Dreamachinery (3:40)
* Stabbing for Dummies (7:55)
* Why Zombies Lumber (1:46)
* The Cow Café (5:55)
* Brain Candy (1:57)
* Driving the Sick Elephant (4:03)
* Take Out (1:43)
* The Seven-Headed Beast (3:51)
* Little Stocking Stuffers (1:52)
* Six Short Films About Chauncy the Serial Killer (2:19)
* A Donation (4:33)
* Not the Reaper (2:27)

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Geoffrey A. Landis

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Geoffrey Landis Photo by Barbara Sprungman

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
At the moment, Leah Hamakawa, since right now I'm writing another story that features her (she's been in a couple of my stories before).


2. Tell me about your travels.
How much time do you have?


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?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
When I'm writing, it has to be music that doesn't have words, so I tend to go with jazz, or else world music in some language I can't understand-- Afro-Brazillian, maybe, or African drumming. When it's just for pleasure, I'd listen to the same music I listened to when I was in college, which is old art-rock: Yes, possibly a little K…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 17

Here is the line up for this week at HEIDI'S PICK SIX:

Monday - Geoffrey Landis / Science Fiction and Poetry

Wednesday - Shannon Esposito / Science Fiction

Friday - Sherry Peters / Fantasy


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HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Lawrence C. Connolly

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Lawrence C. Connolly

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Cara Gamma from Daughters of Prime (a novelet forthcoming from F&SF). She’s a fieldworker on a distant planet who finds herself studying an agrarian village, the residents of which already seem to know everything about her.


2. Tell me about your travels.
I went to Germany in the early seventies, refurbished a van with some friends and drove through the countryside, wound up in the Netherlands. Spent time in the Soviet Union right before the fall of Communism, adventures there inspired a string of stories (The Soothsayer, The Break-In Artist, Smuggling the Dead, and others. Went back to Europe in 98, rented an apartment in Florence and then headed north through France and England. Finally ended up on Ireland’s west coast. Revisited England in 2001, visiting filmmakers Charly Cantor, David Chapman, and David Slade. And, I attended World Horror in March.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you…