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HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Jonathan Maberry

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Jonathan Maberry HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I have favorite characters in each book and one favorite character overall. In Ghost Road Blues and its two sequels - Dead Man’s Song and Bad Moon Rising (to be released May 8, 2008), my favorite character to write was the teenager, Mike Sweeney. He’s damaged, misunderstood, tragic, and moody and at the same time he’s capable of being loving and funny. He’s also the character that undergoes the greatest process of change. When we meet him he’s a badly abused teenager who doesn’t think he’ll live long enough to see his next birthday. A lot happens to him over the course of the three books. Dead Man's Song 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I’m a writing teacher and motivational speaker. I’m co-founder of the Writers Corner USA , a writers education center in Doylestown, PA. I give classes and workshops all over the place, most

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Daryl Gregory

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Daryl Gregory HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? The level of my coffee addiction is a bit frightening. I hope I never have to quit, because I do most of my writing in coffee shops, and I'm no longer sure I can finish a paragraph without a cup of joe. 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? In undergrad I was an English/theatre double major and worked my way through a lot of the canon, but it didn't take. My super power, shared by many guys my age, is to instantly relate any real-life situation to a Simpson's episode, Saturday Night Live sketch, or comic book issue. 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? 9. Food you could eat everyday. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It's ridiculous how many of those I've eaten. 10. Are you into sports or other phys

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 35

HEIDI'S PICK SIX is back this week with: Monday - Daryl Gregory - Fantasy and Science Fiction Wednesday - Jonathan Maberry - Horror Friday - Geoffrey Girard - Horror HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Daryl Gregory , Jonathan Maberry , Geoffrey Girard , writing , author interviews

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - K. Ceres Wright

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX K. Ceres Wright 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Thia Wayan. She's a government agent who kicks butt and takes no prisoners. She says what's on her mind, and has an intensity that borders on mania. 2. Tell me about your travels. I was born in Alaska, moved to Chi-Town when I was 1, then onto Germany for preschool through first grade (and my mother dragged me to every castle in Germany, France, and Italy [or so it seemed]). Then we moved to Baltimore, Maryland, for second and third grade, then to Korea for fourth and half of fifth grade. When I got married, I moved to the DC metropolitan area and have been there ever since. I've also traveled to Montreal and several states (U.S. and mental). 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Tea, if I had to choose. I love Tazo Chai. 4. What else can you do besides write? I can instill fear and guilt in my children faster than a speeding bullet. And surf the Web (is that a skill?) 5. Who are you

Seton Hill Horror Writers Update

#1: Mary SanGiovanni will be chatting live on October 28 at The Writers Chatroom 7-9 PM EST. She'll be discussing her new novel The Hollower . #2: The film adaptation of Michael Arnzen's poem "The Scab" won Jim Minton the 2007 Tabloid Witch Award for Best Animated Short Film . Part of the film Exquisite Corpse , "The Scab" was originally published in the book Freakcidents . #3: Jason Ridler interviews Gary Braunbeck at Fearzone about Gary's latest novel Mr. Hands . #4: Raw Dog Screaming Press has some of my photos up from Context 20 . You can check them out here . #5: Guests for The It's Alive! 2007 Zombie Fest taking place October 27-28 at the Pittsburgh Expo Mart in Monroeville, PA, include Michael Arnzen , Gary Braunbeck , and Scott Johnson , all mentors in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program. #6: To find more books by Seton Hill Horror Writers, you can check out my Amazon Listmania List. Seto

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Amy Grech

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Amy Grech HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? All of the above! I drink lots of iced coffee in the summer—I’m addicted to Dunkin’ Doughnuts’ French Vanilla! Now that the days are cooler in NYC, I’ve switched to hot coffee. When I’ve had too much coffee, I’ll drink Earl Grey Tea. Sometimes I’ll have cookies and milk—the best comfort food there is! 4. What else can you do besides write? I can drink from a can of soda without a straw while walking without spilling a drop! I also design killer Web sites, like the Unofficial Web site for James Gandolfini. During the day I’m an Online Editor for an eyecare industry Web site. 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? Definitely the murder scene in my story, “Apple of My Eye” that appears in my collection by the same name ; the scene is violent and visceral…I still shiver when I

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Win Scott Eckert

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Win Scott Eckert HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee. Definitely coffee. I never used to be much of a coffee drinker until I met my wife. Now the morning drip is an absolute necessity. Preferably intravenous. Thanks Lisa. There’s nothing like a mug of thick chicory Café Du Monde. I take that back. There’s nothing like drinking a mug of thick chicory coffee and munching on beignets on the patio of the Café Du Monde shop in the French Quarter at 10 o’clock in the evening. I live in Denver, so I don’t get to do that too often. 4. What else can you do besides write? Juggle, read, sing, and lay in the sun. I’m quite effective at the latter. I used to play the violin. I have a law degree and a license to practice. I’m not currently practicing law, but I am using my legal background in my current job in the corporate world. 5. Who are you reading right now? Escape from Loki: Doc Savage’

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 34

This week on HEIDI'S PICK SIX I interview: Monday - Win Scott Eckert / Editor and Science Fiction Writer Wednesday - Amy Grech / Horror Friday - K. Ceres Wright / Science Fiction and Technical Writer and Editor HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Win Scott Eckert , Amy Grech , K. Ceres Wright , editor , science fiction , writing , author interviews , Seton Hill University

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - CJ West

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CJ West HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I enjoyed writing Randy Black's character so much that I'm bringing him back in my next book. He has everything. He's smart, sexy and gifted with weapons and machines. On top of that, he transformed himself in Sin and Vengeance into someone who could say anything and do anything at any time. It's very liberating to write a character who allows you to explore things you'd never do in life. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? When I was younger, my dad thought it was important to teach my brother and me to survive. With enough bullets and a few tools, I think I'd be ok in the woods for a month or so, smelly, but well fed. Learning to sustain myself gave me an awareness of the world around me that I think most people are robbed of today. I'm not squeamish, so I can analyze things in my work that might make others rush off

More Context 20 Photos

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Jason and Heidi Miller I realized I never mentioned the panels I moderated and the people who were on them. The Academics of Popular Fiction had Michael Arnzen , Jason Jack Miller , Karen Nagle, and Joseph Martino discussing what the industry and academia mean by the term 'popular fiction' and how (or if) it differs from literature. Mike Arnzen and Jason Schmetzer Mike Resnick , Timons Esaias , and Jason Jack Miller shared stories of travel in How Traveling and Travel Writing Affect Our Fiction . Also, hello to sister poets stillnotbored and Catherine A. Callaghan. After the poetry reading I bought Cathy's book Other Worlds: Poems on Prints by M. C. Escher . Catherine Callaghan Jason Schmetzer and Al Wendland Mike Arnzen and Gary Braunbeck Not only did Chun not call ahead, but he wasn't allowed to curse about it when he got there. Chun Lee Heidi Ruby Miller and Donna Munro Ferrett Steinmetz The Jasons thought they could share business cards, even though

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Bruce Hale

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Bruce Hale HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? It's Chet Gecko, hands down. His smart-aleck, film-noirish voice comes naturally to me, and I love his outlook on life. (Even if I do have a much higher opinion of "dames" than he does.) His latest adventure is in Hiss Me Deadly . 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I'm a pretty decent jazz singer, a half-assed guitarist, a cartoonist, an actor, and a terror on the dance floor. 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? Pop culture every time. I find much to love there (in amongst the crass and lowbrow stuff). Academia is too cerebral, not visceral enough for me -- puts me to sleep every time. Where's the juice? It's in pop culture. 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? 9. Food you could eat everyday. Sushi. Chocolate chip cookies. T

Context 20 Recap

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As usual, Context was full of wonderful experiences and more importantly, wonderful people. Context 20 in Columbus, OH Below you can see who was there, view lots of photos, and learn about each of these convention moments: 1. Raffling off dragons, pirates, and wookies 2. "You're the gloom cookie I was looking for!" 3. Installing LINUX on a Dead Badger 4. Driving a Sick Elephant - Braunbeck interviews Arnzen 5. Naked women on the ceiling 6. "By the way, your dog is going to die, too." The Seton Hill contingency was out in full force with Horror Guest of Honor Michael Arnzen , Albert Wendland , Jason Jack Miller , Timons Esaias , Chun Lee , Anne Harris , Donna Munro, Jason Schmetzer , Tobias Buckell , Tim Waggoner , Diana Botsford , Gary Braunbeck , Mike Brendan , and me . Mike Brendan, Chun Lee, Diana Botsford, and Al Wendland Jason Jack Miller and Donna Munro Tim Esaias, Jason Jack Miller, Jason Schmetzer, and Mike Arnzen I saw old friends like Liz Coley, Mik

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Week 33

This week on HEIDI'S PICK SIX , I'm interviewing: WEDNESDAY - Bruce Hale / Middle Grade and Young Adult Mystery FRIDAY - CJ West / Thriller HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Bruce Hale , CJ West , writing , author interviews