Showing posts from July, 2007

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Lindsey Duncan

Lindsey Duncan HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? The answer to this question is almost invariably, “One of the ones I’m writing now.” I’m currently working on editing a novel project, but it’s almost as hard to pick between the three principals as it would be to choose between children. I’m particularly attached to Kit because I enjoy capable adolescent characters – a young person who isn’t a “whiny teen” or a “wise child,” competent and grounded while still being, yes, a kid – and I like to think she fits the bill. At fifteen, Kit is the central protagonist in a (more or less) contemporary world, and it is her search for her mother’s killer that draws in the other two characters. She is hyper-emotional, sarcastic and less cynical than she thinks she is, but she’s also resourceful, loyal and unusually grounded. This being a supernatural story, the otherwise modern teen gets a crash-course in the mystical from water-witch Chailyn – who has the sma

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Angeline Hawkes

Angeline Hawkes HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? My favorite character so far, is Kabar of El Hazzar. That's probably why I now have an entire series about him. He's fun to write. So many adventures and monsters to be slain! He's this brawny, hulking barbarian who can kill bad things and do things I can never do. Exotic locations, mythological beasts, awesome weapons! He always has so much fun! I love living through Kabar! 2. Tell me about your travels. Hmmm, I've been to Canada, Mexico, England, and through most of the United States, with the exception of the very deep South. I wish I was on the beach in Cancun, Mexico right now! 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I'm an avid seamstress. I quilt..a lot. I also enjoy sewing doll clothes and sell them on ebay occasionally. 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? I don't bel


To celebrate the release of Fantasist Enterprises' latest illustrated anthology Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy , HEIDI'S PICK SIX will spend the entire month of August bringing you interviews from the contributors. The book, edited by W. H. Horner , has work from veterans and new talent alike, twenty-eight stories total. Sails and Sorcery:Tales of Nautical Fantasy This week's line up includes: Monday - Angeline Hawkes Tuesday - Lindsey Duncan Wednesday - Jens Rushing Friday - Robert E. Vardeman HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy , W. H. Horner , Fantasist Enterprises , fantasy , writing , author interviews , Seton Hill University

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Catherine Mulvany

Catherine Mulvany HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Hands down it's Ian MacPherson from Run No More. A) He's a Scot. B) He's a cat burglar. C) He looks great in a tux. And D) Did I mention that he's a Scot? Think a young Sean Connery. Same voice. Same eyebrows. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Diet Pepsi or water. 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? Jim Butcher. My daughter sent me Storm Front, Book One of The Dresden Files. 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? I sweated blood over the final scene of Something Wicked, the vampire book that comes out at the end of July. I rewrote it--totally rewrote as in completely different scenes--four times. The problem was, I needed to do the happily-ever-after thing plus have closing circle back to the themes and imagery of the opening. The first three attempts did that, but they were pre

Seton Hill June 2007 Residency Series - The Graduation

The Graduation Congratulations! Sabrina Naples, Melissa Doll, K. Ceres Wright, Rachael Pruitt, Johanna L. Gribble, and Jason Jack Miller There are lots and lots of photos to follow. Dr. Lee Tobin McClain Melissa Doll gives the prayer. Jason Jack Miller delivers the commencement speech. K. Ceres Wright receives her hood from Dr. Michael A. Arnzen and Dr. Albert Wendland Johanna L. Gribble Jason Jack Miller Rachael Pruitt Mike Mehalek and Michael Arnzen Sabrina Naples and Jason Jack Miller Rachael Pruitt and Timons Esaias Sabrina Naples and family Jason Jack Miller and Kristi Gutknecht Johanna L. Gribble and sister Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller Michael A. Arnzen, Jason Jack Miller, and Chun Lee Jason Jack Miller and Timons Esaias Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, and Johanna L. Gribble Jason Jack Miller and the Miller family Jason Jack Miller and the Ruby family BACK - Lee Tobin McClain; NEXT - Timons Esaias, Johanna L. Gribble, and Rachael Pr

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Adele Cosgrove-Bray

Adele Cosgrove-Bray HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? At the moment, that would have to be Rowan. He’s attending college right now, and is living with his Aunt Lydia. You can meet them both in "Seagull Inn," a ghost story which will appear in Ruins, an anthology due to be published this summer by Hadley Rille Books. He also appears anonymously in a very short story, "Shell Boy," which isn’t available anywhere yet, and is the main character in my next novel. Rowan is typical of many young adults in that he’s not quite sure what he wants to do with his life. He’s known some awful times but, thanks to Lydia, his life is stable right now. That’s bound to change in the novel, of course – but I won’t give anything away. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? Photography is a big interest. It’s due to this interest that I met my husband, Richard. We were working as pho

Seton Hill June 2007 Residency Series - The Retreat

Since I graduated from Seton Hill this past January, this was my first official WPF Alumni Retreat. It was wonderful. Deanna Lepsch IN YOUR RIGHT MIND - JUNE 22-24, 2007 Guest Speaker - Michael Bracken Guest Agent - Jennifer Jackson of Donald Maass Agency Friday: Registration and Pitch Sessions Elaine Ervin - Website Building and Blogging for Writers Peer Critique Sessions Ron Edison - Hearing with Your Ears Carmine DeYoung - Techniques for a Successful Author Visit Ron Edison and Rhonda Mason Saturday: Jennifer Jackson - Recipe for a Five Star Agent Heidi Ruby Miller - Viral Networking Michael Bracken - The Three Keys to Getting Published Patrick Picciarelli - How to Write a Book Proposal Roundtable Discussion - Shelley Bates, Sally Bosco, Michael Bracken, Diana Dru Botsford, Carmine DeYoung, Ron Edison, Elaine Ervin, Jennifer Jackson, Heidi Ruby Miller, Patrick Picciarelli Catherine Asaro Presentation Heidi Ruby Miller, Mary SanGiovanni, and Adam SanGiovanni Sunday: S

EVENT: Seton Hill June 2007 Residency Series - The Booksigning

EVENTS This post is the shortest of the series and is called The Booksigning. Every June when the Seton Hill WPF summer residency coincides with the WPF Alumni Retreat, we have more than one hundred authors on that beautiful campus. So of course, there is always a massive booksigning on the weekend at the Barnes and Noble in Greensburg, PA. The signing this year included authors like Michael A. Arnzen , Shelley Bates , Sally Bosco , Mike Brendan , Tobias Buckell , Christe M. Callabro , Lawrence C. Connolly , A. G. Devitt , Alexa Grave , Anne Harris , , W. H. Horner , Scott A. Johnson , Lee Tobin McClain , Rhonda Mason , Heidi Ruby Miller , Jason Jack Miller , Donna Munroe , and Patrick Picciarelli. Many apologies if I forgot anyone. W. H. Horner brought some great promotional pins (like the one I'm wearing in the previous picture) for the Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy anthology coming out next month and the debut of FE Comics in December with The Fract


This week's line up at ambasadora includes: Wednesday - Adele Cosgrove-Bray / Dark Fantasy Friday - Catherine Mulvany / Romantic Suspense and Paranormal Romance HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Adele Cosgrove Bray , Catherine Mulvany , dark fantasy , romantic suspense , writing , author interviews , Seton Hill University

CHALLENGE: 100th Submission

CHALLENGES I just sent in my 100th submission for the year. This one was a SF poem titled "Misplaced my keys." It went out via email to Aberrant Dreams . I don't normally post my submissions, but I thought this was a great milestone. I have my former Seton Hill mentor, Tobias Buckell , to thank for my submission frenzy. He submits at least 150 works each year. I'm going for 151, Toby!

EVENT: Seton Hill June 2007 Residency Series - The Residency

EVENTS This series is The Residency . It has more photos than thoughts, but it's no less entertaining. After five of my own residencies as a Seton Hill WPF student, I was able to observe the process as a grad this June. It was still just as incredible. Mike Mehalek Dr. Lee McClain at a thesis defense During the day the 80 plus graduate students attend two sets of three hour modules which not only discuss craft, but also offer insights into the business aspect of publishing to better prepare graduates for a writing life after Seton Hill. At any one time there are four simultaneous sessions happening at once. Choosing can sometimes be heart-breaking. Matt Donahue and Heidi Ruby Miller The mentors come from diverse writing backgrounds and genres. I believe this diversity is one of the strengths of the WPF Program because though I chose the SF track, I learned so much from and welcomed the perspective of those teaching about and writing Romance, Mystery, YA, Children's