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HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Jeff Houser

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Jeff Houser HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? (I'm assuming this means from "Rum Runners" my Sails & Sorcery story?) The totem. Which is to say, "the rum". Sails and Sorcery:Tales of Nautical Fantasy 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? What else can I do well that's reasonably interesting to others? Hmm. Well, besides a lot of reading (which is probably a given for even a hack writer to say), I've been a graphic designer for over a decade, so I can manhandle a Mac and draw reasonably well. I'm a big fat game freak; strategy games, board games, dice and card games, word games, mind games, drinking games, you name it. I got pretty wrapped up in playing Texas Hold 'Em in the local pub circuit last year and made it to a regional championship game where I came in 14th out of 400 people, but I've been lax in that area in 2007. On the weekends I us

BOOKS: Seton Hill Writers Newest Releases

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BOOKS #1: Mary SanGiovanni 's debut novel The Hollower , which was also her Master's thesis for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Program , comes out this week. The Hollower You can read an interview with Mary on Maria V. Snyder's blog. #2: The Naked Truth , a Harlequin Blaze by alum Shannon Hollis is released this Saturday. #3: Alum Maria V. Snyder's second novel of the popular Study series Magic Study was just released in trade paperback with a new cover. #4: Seton Hill mentor Timons Esaias' short story "Norbert and the System" is part of the new textbook Philosophy Through Science Fiction.

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - J. C. Hay

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J. C. Hay HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. I spent two weeks in rural Guatemala and El Salvador as part of a human rights group traveling mostly among various Mayan groups. It was my first real trip outside the United States, and it was an eye-opener both to how we are perceived and how we export our culture as a country. I also learned that amoebic dysentery is a great weight-loss plan, but that's more than most people want to hear. For a budding writer, there are few things that compare to standing in El Mozote in 1996 (look it up) and listening to a survivor tell her tale. Other than that, well, I try to get up to Canada when I have time and money – It's a wonderful place to visit, and I have a lot of fond memories there. I've seen a lot of Bavaria, courtesy of a boat-trip along the Rhine-Main-Donau from Nurnberg to Buda-Pesht. There's a lot of the world I'd still love to see. 3. Coffee, t

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Chris Stout

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Chris Stout HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Single-malt Scotch. In lieu of that, I’ll take Earl Grey. 4. What else can you do besides write? Tie my own shoes and dress myself (usually). I can mix a pretty decent martini. I’m also working towards becoming a Reiki Master (at the time of this writing I’m a Reiki II). 5. Who are you reading right now? I just finished a couple of novels by Andrew Vachss ( False Allegations and Mask Market ). And the last two Punisher compilations ( Barracuda and Man of Stone ). Next up will probably be Lee Child and David Morrell, with a couple of anthologies of short fiction thrown in for good measure. 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? If I really knew the answer to that, I’d probably write a hell of a lot more. Images and scenes just sort of pop into my head, usuall

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Paul S. Kemp

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Paul S. Kemp and his twins HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I have several but if I must pick only one, I’ll go with Erevis Cale , my signature character in the Forgotten Realms (a shared-world, sword and sorcery setting from Wizards of the Coast ). Cale is very much the anti-hero -- a one-time professional assassin who struggles throughout the books to leave behind his past, create himself anew, and chart a different course. But the past proves quite an anchor. Through the course of his stories, Cale starts to peel away from his past (or at least put it to good use) and accept who he is, even while he undergoes profound emotional, physical, and spiritual transformations. Cale’s story has been a lot of fun to write and seems to resonate with the readers. You do not need to be immersed in the Forgotten Realms setting to enjoy the stories (or so I think, anyway). 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee. And I should

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 28 SAILS AND SORCERY

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The special Sails and Sorcery month on HEIDI'S PICK SIX comes to a close this week with four talented guys: Monday - Paul S. Kemp Tuesday - Chris Stout Wednesday - J. C. Hay Friday - Jeff Houser Sails and Sorcery:Tales of Nautical Fantasy 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 - Jon Sprunk

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Jon Sprunk HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Oh, that’s a tough one. I’m going to hedge my answer and say all of them, because every character is my favorite when I’m in the process of writing about them. But if I had to choose, I’d probably say Astaroth, the fallen angel from my yet-to-be-published novel, ACTS OF CONTRITION. He’s the main antagonist and villains are always so much fun to depict. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? Not much! Well, I have a day job so I’m not completely useless to society. I work in a juvenile detention center, which is pretty much like a jail for children. Besides that, I try to be handy around the house. I’d like to believe my best skills involve being a good husband and friend. 5. Who are you reading right now? I’m always reading something. Right now it’s The Word and the Void by Terry Brooks and George J.J. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga. Some

Context 20 - The Writers' Con

The programming schedule is up for Context 20 (Columbus, OH - September 28-30). If you're thinking that just because the writing workshops are mostly filled there isn't a reason to go, just check out the awesome panels on writing and science. Saturday, September 29, 2007 The Academics of Popular Fiction 1 pm Dayton With more university writing programs taking an interest in the popular side of fiction, what does it means to be a genre or literary writer in today's publishing market, and can you be both? Panelists: Michael Arnzen* - Horror Guest of Honor ( Read his PICK SIX! ), Joseph Martino , D. Harlan Wilson ( Read his PICK SIX! ), Karen Nagel , Heidi Ruby Miller* , Jason Jack Miller* Poetry Reading 8:30 pm Board Room 1 Poetry readings by some of our panelists, followed by open reading. Poetry people, bring your poems from the poetry workshop or any of your original work. Readers: Michael Arnzen , Lucy Snyder ( Read her PICK SIX! ), Heidi Ruby Mi

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Danielle Ackley-McPhail

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Danielle Ackley-McPhail HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I have to say my sprite, Beag Scath, from my novel Yesterday's Dreams ( Mundania Press ). He is one of the ones that crept in when I wasn't looking and just made the universe his own. He's quirky and wise in an instinctual way, fierce and fun and definitely fae. You can't help but love him. He is so simple and accepting one moment and quite profound the next, and it all works. Amazing considering he never says more than about one line in the whole book. He likes to spend much of his time in the seeming of a cat, which wins him points in my book right there ;) 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? Oh my! How much time do you have? I enjoy just about every creative endeavor. I don't do all of them with the same level of skill, but if it is making something I am happy. What I do most when I'm not writing is eith

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Gerard Houarner

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Gerard Houarner HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee, black, no sugar. Like life. 4. What else can you do besides write? I practice tai chi (poorly), mental health counseling (professionally - licensed and certified, supervising in a psychiatric facility), basketball (running after all those misses sure is aerobic -- don't know if this is actually a "do," perhaps more of a "try"), cooking (as the son of a French chef, I have, alas, failed in carrying on any kind of tradition in that area, but I'm not afraid of fire or cooking utensils), and survive in NYC. That last one may be my greatest accomplishment. 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? In people, their desires, hopes, destructiveness, love and hate -- that whole shebang. I'm fond

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 27 SAILS AND SORCERY

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The special Sails and Sorcery month on HEIDI'S PICK SIX continues this week with: Monday - Gerard Houarner Wednesday - Danielle Ackley-McPhail Friday - Jon Sprunk Sails and Sorcery:Tales of Nautical Fantasy HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy , W. H. Horner , Fantasist Enterprises , fantasy , writing , author interviews

NEWS: Poetry Updates

NEWS #1: I sold my poem "Misplaced my keys" to Star*Line . #2: Michael A. Arnzen still has a few spots open for his "Writing SF/F/H Poetry" workshop held at Context 20 on Friday, September 28, 2007 at the Midwest Hotel and Conference Center . #3: Poetry readings will take place at Context on Saturday, September 29, 2007, from 9 to 11 PM. So far among the poets presenting are Horror Guest of Honor, Michael Arnzen , Timons Esaias , and Heidi Ruby Miller .

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Patrick Thomas

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Patrick Thomas HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? That’s kind of like asking which of your children is your favorite. (I of course love both my kids equally.) With the characters it is a bit easier. John Murphy, the bartender at Bulfinche’s Pub is somewhat close to my heart as he’s brought me the most success. I'm also rather partial to Terrorbelle (featured in Sails & Sorcery ) and Agent Karver of the DMA, both of whom will be having their own collections in the not terribly distant future. (Not too shameless a plug I hope.) 2. Tell me about your travels. I've managed to live all over the county thanks to a job I once held. I've made my home in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Tucson, near LA, San Francisco and New Orleans, not to mention on the beach in South Carolina among other places. It was a great time, made even better by the fact that my employer was paying my rent including some time in Europe. Gives me a lot of settings

Chun Lee's New Marketing Plan

Chun Lee has a humorous, very tongue-in-cheek plan up about how he could promote Sails and Sorcery . If you've ever met Chun personally, you know just how tongue-in-cheek this is. His story "Stillworld: Sailing to Noon" and my story "The Islands of Hope" are just two of twenty-eight great stories found in this anthology. Heidi Ruby Miller , Chun Lee , Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy , Fantasist Enterprises , fantasy , pirates , Stillworld: Sailing to Noon , The Islands of Hope , Seton Hill University

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Jordan Lapp

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Jordan Lapp HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? The character in my latest story of course. I mainly write near-term science fiction, so I don't have as many recurring characters as, say, a fantasy author might have. My characters inevitably get crushed under the weight of technology. No, I'm serious, terrible things happen to my characters. I wouldn't want to be any of them. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? Um, I can balance a pencil on my nose, point first? In my day job, I'm a computer programmer, so robots and artificial intelligence feature in a lot of my fiction. It's my sincere fear that one day our robot creations will eventually assume the mantle of master and we will be relegated to the doghouse, or a small place in front of the hearth. I use my fiction to try and figure out a way where we can co-exist with robot to come. I haven't found one yet. 5. Wh

Every Day Fiction - September Schedule Is Up

My flash story "The Surrender" will be appearing at Every Day Fiction on September 12 . The entire September schedule is now available. Every Day Fiction is a project of Jordan Lapp , Camille Gooderham Campbell , and Steven Smethurst . Every Day Fiction , Heidi Ruby Miller , September 2007 , The Surrender , Jordan Lapp , Camille Gooderham Campbell , Steven Smethurst , writing

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Gerri Leen

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Gerri Leen 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 reading Elizabeth Von Armin's The Enchanted April, the book that the movie Enchanted April was based on, and since the movie's not out on DVD yet, this seemed the next best thing to reliving the VHS. The book was written in 1921, so it's interesting to see how some things have changed in terms of craft but how the basic storytelling concept has not. I also just finished The Foretelling , a young adult book by Alice Hoffman, Moon Called , a contemporary fantasy by Patricia Briggs, and Donorboy, an absolutely stupendous literary outing by Brendan Halpin. 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? I've been told by those who know me that I have certain themes I hit repeat

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 26 SAILS AND SORCERY

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The special Sails and Sorcery month on HEIDI'S PICK SIX continues this week with: Monday - Gerri Leen Wednesday - Jordan Lapp Friday - Patrick Thomas Sails and Sorcery:Tales of Nautical Fantasy 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

Guest Blogger

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I was a guest blogger on sister Seton Hill alum Maria V. Snyder's MySpace blog today. She asked me to talk about the inspirations behind my story "The Islands of Hope" found in the Fantasist Enterprises' anthology Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy . Sails and Sorcery:Tales of Nautical Fantasy Heidi Ruby Miller , Maria V. Snyder , Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy , Fantasist Enterprises , fantasy , pirates , writing , Seton Hill University , The Islands of Hope

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Jaleigh Johnson

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Jaleigh Johnson HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Tall Cafe Mocha with whipped cream and a shot of raspberry. It's not really coffee, but I still like to pretend. I also love Darjeeling tea, the stronger the better. 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? I'm reading Jorge Borges and Gabrial Garcia Marquez for a class on non-western literature, and I'm reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at night before I go to bed. 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? My first sex scene in a novel. I kept looking over my shoulder to see if my mother (who lives forty miles away) was going to pop into my room and say "oh, horror!" 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? Music, movies, books, paintings, cities...it's a big list. I get so many good experiences from different art forms that

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Chun Lee

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Chun Lee 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? Dracula. I never read it and I thought it was about time. It’s full of sex like crazy which is funny since Stoker was one of those guys that advocated censorship. But do you know what surprised me the most about the book? Dracula sports a moustache. Bela Legosi cemented the look of Dracula so much that no one even knows that the guy in the book liked to grow the old lip caterpillar. I’m also reading The Idiot’s Guide to Graphic Novels. It’s useful because it teaches me about aspects of comic book making that I am not aware of and I think it’ll help when working with artists if I know what exactly they are doing. 6. Pop culture or academia? Does it have to be one or the other? Somewhere along the way people found that talking about art was just as important as the art itself,

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Renee Stern

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Renee Stern HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. We're Northeast transplants to the Pacific Northwest; our domestic travels have focused on the edges of the U.S. and Canada. We're nibbling away at the interior, such as last summer's road trip through Salt Lake City and Moab into Colorado as far as the Continental Divide. We landed here on the West Coast after four years in Germany, where we sampled some of the surrounding parts of Europe as well: London, Florence, Switzerland, Austria, Normandy and Brittany in France, Scotland, Ireland, Luxemburg. We were in-country when the Berlin Wall came down, and had the opportunity to see the city before and after. The intersection that was Checkpoint Charlie turned into a shrine to capitalism! Surreal. But my husband, Mike, wins hands down for globe-trotting, touching down on all seven continents. Yes, Antarctica too. He worked a summer season at the South Pole

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Murray J. D. Leeder

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Murray J. D. Leeder HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Hope this doesn't sound too pretentious but I'd like to make this a "watch this space." I have every hope that the characters I'll create in the future will go far beyond any I have so far. For the moment, the trio of leads in my unpublished ghost novel, Will Bowyer, Cassie Pontifex and Jason Pynchon probably take the lead. Not one but all of them; they cannot be separated. 2. Tell me about your travels. As it happens, I'm abroad at present, at my sister's in Bournemouth, Dorset. I've come over to England for a few months' change of scene, and then it's back to Ottawa for a month spend preparing for what should prove the most intense exam I've ever written. But first it's off to London for a week of fun. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? I'm reading Infinite Thought by Alain