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HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Ken Rand

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Ken Rand HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Tom Dooley (at yer service) is my favorite character. He’s the narrator of the Lucky Nickel Saloon stories ( Tales of the Lucky Nickel Saloon , Fairy BrewHaHa at the Lucky Nickel Saloon , and Dadgum Martians Invade the Lucky Nickel Saloon ). First person, of course, but he’d probably say “first feller.” Tom is an unreliable narrator, not as smart as he thinks, or as pleasant smelling. Hangs out in a saloon, drinks and spits. Cheats at cards. No job. A regular guy. Reason I like him is because while he’s a dang liar, he tells true lies, if you get my drift. Nothing fancy in his tone, though he often likes to try on pompous phraseology. Western, of course. I like his range and his honesty. I can do more with him than I can with other characters. Hell, I think he’s me. 2. Tell me about your travels. I used to travel with an auto daredevil thrill show. “Wow, I’ve never done that before!” became a running joke

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Kristopher Reisz

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Kristopher Reisz HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. Once, I flew into Edinburgh the day of this huge soccer match. Some people I'd met there were going out bar-hopping, and I decided to tag along. It was insane. Every bar was full and every street was crammed with people waving red-and-white scarves. After one too many beers, I fell down some concrete stairs. My new friends were kind enough to put me in an ambulance before moving on to the next pub. So, within twenty-four hours of my plane touching down, I was in an E.R. with a mild concussion and five universal healthcare stitches in the back of my head. That's an exciting city. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee. Black. 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? The toughest types of scenes are humorous ones. I'm not a funny guy, and nothing jams me

Sails and Sorcery Reviews

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I've run across two reviews for Sails and Sorcery so far: at The Fantasy Review and at Amazon Sails and Sorcery:Tales of Nautical Fantasy Heidi Ruby Miller , book review , Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy , Fantasist Enterprises , fantasy , pirates

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Karen Lynn Williams

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Karen Lynn Williams HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? That’s like asking which of my four children is my favorite. The pat answer is they are all special for different reasons. Some have given me more head aches than others. Kondi from Galimoto is still selling best. 2. Tell me about your travels. I have backpacked around Europe twice, so long ago that hitch-hiking was still safe and the cheapest way to go. Since then I have lived in Malawi, Africa for 4 and a half years where my husband delivered my son, Christopher while the nurse brushed giant flying ants off my belly. I have also lived for 3 years in Haiti, traveled overland from there to the Dominican Republic. I have returned to Europe several times in recent years, sadly not backpacking but mostly visiting friends in Germany, Holland, Austria, France, Ireland, and Scotland. Most recently I traveled to Calabria, Italy. I highly recommend this little visited parted of the world. We did

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 32

Here's the line up for week 32 on HEIDI'S PICK SIX : Monday - Karen Lynn Williams / Young Adult Wednesday - Kristopher Reisz / Urban Fantasy Friday - Ken Rand / Speculative Fiction and Non-fiction HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Karen Lynn Williams , Kristopher Reisz , Ken Rand , writing , author interviews , Seton Hill University

Congratulations Tom and Julie!

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Tom and Julie Ruby On September 15, 2007, my brother Tom married Julie Nitkiewicz. It was a Disney Cinderella wedding, complete with a coach made by Tom and my Dad and Mickey and Minnie topiaries. Appropriate seeing as how he proposed on the beach at Disney's Polynesian Resort with fireworks flying high over the Magic Kingdom castle in the background. Welcome to the family, Jules!! We love you two!

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Ana Quinn

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Ana Quinn HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. After my first international trip to Portugal at age 17 I was hooked. Stuck by an extreme case of wanderlust I try to travel whenever work allows. That said I am up for going anywhere at any second. I can plan an international trip in days- which is usually the way I travel. While I’ve been to many destinations, all of which I have loved, I think my top three trips were to Iceland, Rome, and Phuket (Thailand). Iceland for it’s amazing arctic beauty and different experiences I could have nowhere else (even with only four hours of daylight); Rome for it’s lovely people, clearly it’s history and amazing food; and Phuket because I think it’s as close as one may come to experiencing utopia. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? Besides writing I spend most of my time either working in the thoroughbred racing industry or at the farm delivering baby hors

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Valentine Brkich

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Valentine Brkich Valentine Brkich HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee. No contest. My grandparents started me on coffee with Cremora when I was a kid and I've been addicted ever since. I plan my day around coffee. I've become so immune to the caffeine that coffee actually relaxes me and makes me tired. Nothing helps me sleep better than a piping hot cup right before bed. Can you tell I'm wired? 4. What else can you do besides write? Nothing really. I've had 14 (yes, 14) jobs since graduating from college in 1997. It took me 14 jobs to realize that the only thing I can do is write. Oh, and I can sing all 5 voices in The Temptations' "I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU." 5. Who are you reading right now? Right now I'm reading Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus. Since I'm a humorist, I consider it research, and I write off my reading time as a tax deduction (

Seton Hill Writers Win Scholarships

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Congratulations to Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction graduate students Kathryn Martin and Emilie Bishop on their recent writing awards. Fantasy writer Kathryn Martin was the recipient of the first KJ Howe Scholarship . The scholarship, given by Seton Hill Alum and romantic suspense writer K. J. Howe , goes to the student with the most dynamic action scene. Along with a monetary prize, the winner also receives a three-chapter critique from two award-winning authors. Kathryn Martin Young Adult writer Emilie Bishop won the annual McLaughlin Scholarship for a monetary prize. The scholarship goes to the student whose thesis novel has the best opening hook. Emilie Bishop Heidi Ruby Miller , Kathryn Martin , K. J. Howe Scholarship , Emilie Bishop , McLaughlin Scholarship , writing , Seton Hill University

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Brian Butko

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Sarah and Brian Butko HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. We only took short trips when I was young, but for some reason, I thought that when I grew up, that’s what I’d get to do all the time. When I did grow up (well, got older), I was disillusioned, so I think writing about travel is my way of attaining that lost dream. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee with cream. 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? That’s a tough one – I edit an academic mag but try to give it broad appeal through good storytelling. Same with my writing, I want it to be a good resource but also want it to be enjoyable. Not an easy mix, and one that I learn more about every day. 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? 9. Food you could eat everyday. Macaroni & cheese. Friends laugh that no matter what I have, it’s some form

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Non-fiction Week

This week I have three non-fiction authors to mix things up. Monday - Brian Butko Wednesday - Valentine Brkich Friday - Ana Quinn HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Ana Quinn , Brian Butko , Valentine Brkich , non-fiction , writing , author interviews , Seton Hill University

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Rae Dawn Carson

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Rae Dawn Carson HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I loved writing about Princess Lucero-Elisa in my novel Elisa's Belly . She's a complete failure as a princess--overweight and lazy, indifferent to court politics. When she was an infant, God chose her for an act of heroism by placing his living Godstone in her navel. She figures it must have been a divine practical joke, because she'd rather eat a cream puff than wield a sword. I really relate to Elisa. Like most women, I have an Inner Fat Chick who lies in wait for that perfect moment of vulnerability to whisper in my ear about how unlovely I am. I think it's necessary for women to find a source of self-worth that's entirely personal and internal, and Elisa does just that. Her character arc from wimp to hero, from hesitant to powerful, inspires me. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee, and lots of it, thanks. 4. What else can you do besides write?

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Mary SanGiovanni

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Mary SanGiovanni HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? I am definitely a tea person. I love tea. Nothing soothes quite like it. But I like milk in my tea, so I guess that makes two of them. Heh heh. 4. What else can you do besides write? I can pencil-draw a decent picture, I can kind of sing, I like to dance, I can do a fair amount of martial arts, and I can speak a barely passable amount of French. 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? In my other novel, the one not yet published, there is a scene detailing the person-by person loss of one man's entire family. That was difficult, but the loss of his granddaughter took me about two months to write, because it just filled me with such an oppressive gloom. I got it done a bit at a time, and cried when I was finished. 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?

The Surrender at Every Day Fiction

My flash story "The Surrender" is up today at Every Day Fiction . There's a spot for comments, if you're so inclined. I'll be checking back occasionally to respond to any. Heidi Ruby Miller , The Surrender , Every Day Fiction , science fiction , flash fiction , writing , Seton Hill University

HEIDI'S PICK SIX -Alma Alexander

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Alma Alexander HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. That really WOULD take too long... [grin] 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Oh, coffee. Ask anyone, I'm addicted to the stuff. You get between me and my coffee (especially first thing in the morning), you may not live to tell the tale. Or at least not in one piece. What runs in my veins is apparently a potent mixture of ink and coffee, with just enough red blood cells to keep the actual wetware functioning at a nominally normal rate. (You think I'm kidding. At the Glasgow World Con a few years ago, when the busy hotel carpet started going "3-D" on me, with its bright triangles assuming physical form and poking me in the eye while I was in the throes of a blistering headache... you know what cured me? Three cups of coffee. In quick succession. Caffeine rocks...) 4. What else can you do besides write? Sing. Crochet. Embroider. Talk to people. Be able to obse

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 30

Here is the line up for this week on HEIDI'S PICK SIX : Monday - Alma Alexander / Fantasy, Memoir, and Poetry Wednesday - Mary SanGiovanni / Horror and Science Fiction Friday - Rae Dawn Carson / Fantasy HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Alma Alexander , Mary SanGiovanni , Rae Dawn Carson , writing , author interviews , Seton Hill University

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Barbara O'Connor

HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? One of my favorites is Althea in Taking Care of Moses because she was so bratty. It was fun to crawl inside her and be bratty, too. I'm also quite fond of Bird in Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia. I like her spunk and drive. I like that she appreciates a good person when she sees one (her friend, Miss Delphine) and I like that she wouldn't give up on her friend, Harlem. AND (I hope I wasn't supposed to have only ONE favorite!) I really love one of the characters in my upcoming novel, Greetings from Nowhere (Spring 2008). Her name is Loretta. She's very upbeat and cheery and sunshiny, always skipping and singing...the kind of kid you want to hug. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I do a lot of school visits - doing author presentations and conducting writing workshops in elementary schools. I love kids and so enjoy being able t

EVERY DAY FICTION

This month saw the debut of Every Day Fiction , an online magazine "that specializes in bringing you fine fiction in bite-size doses." Every day at 7:30am EST (4:30am PST), they publish a new short story of 1000 words or fewer that can be read during your lunch hour, on transit, or even over breakfast. You can read them from the site or have the stories sent directly to your email. All of the stories are archived, so if you missed one, you can still read it. And, they are organized by category ( fantasy, literary, science fiction, surreal ). My story "The Surrender" will be available on Wednesday, September 12. Every Day Fiction is edited by Jordan Lapp and Camille Gooderham Campbell . Webmaster is Steven Smethurst . Every Day Fiction , Heidi Ruby Miller , The Surrender , Jordan Lapp , Camille Gooderham Campbell , Steven Smethurst , writing , Seton Hill University

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Barry Lyga

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Barry Lyga HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I go back and forth about this a lot, but I almost always come back to one of two: either Kyra Sellers (from The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl ) or Eve Sherman (from Boy Toy ). Two very different characters -- I'm more than a little bit in love with Kyra, and Eve is just so twisted and damaged...but I had to get into her head and now I can't stop thinking about her. 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 currently re-reading my friend Robin Brande's debut novel -- Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature. I read it a couple of years ago in manuscript form, and it's really amazing to see how it not only holds up, but has actually improved with time. 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? 9

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 29

This week on HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Wednesday - Barry Lyga / Young Adult and Comics Friday - Barbara O'Connor / Children's HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Barry Lyga , Barbara O'Connor , writing , author interviews , Seton Hill University

PUBLICATION: Sails and Sorcery Promo Wrap Up

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PUBLICATIONS It has been an awesome month for me because I got to know my fellow Sails and Sorcery authors so well. I'll be meeting a bunch of them in person at Context and World Fantasy. Hope to some of you there, too. I did earlier interviews with contributor Elaine Cunningham ( READ HER PICK SIX HERE ) and editor W. H. Horner ( READ HIS PICK SIX HERE ). And, don't forget that some story excerpts are available on the Fantasist Enterprises site. Just click on TABLE OF CONTENTS. The blue story titles are linked to excerpts. But to read my story "The Islands of Hope" , you'll have to get your hands on a book. ;) Until then, you can read about my inspirations for the story on Maria V. Snyder's blog .