Showing posts from 2008

NEWS: Heidi Ruby Miller in The Writer Magazine

NEWS I'm in the January 2009 issue of The Writer - actually my face is. A couple of months ago I did a photo shoot for a new ad campaign at Seton Hill University for their Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program , and the ads are now making their way into magazines. If you're a member of RWA , there's a black and white version of the ad in this month's Romance Writers Report too.

Seton Hill Writers Update

I haven't done one of these in a while because I've been busy on a novel (of course), but here are a few updates I've recently heard about: #1: The Other in the Mirror , a collection of writings by Phillip Jose Farmer and edited by Christopher Paul Carey , is now available for pre-order. #2: Mary SanGiovanni was interviewed at Famous Monsters of Filmland about her latest novel Found You . #3: Kaye Dacus' Stand-In Groom received a four star review in Romantic Times BOOKreviews . This was her thesis novel for the WPF program . #4: Renae Johnson has a new trailer for her upcoming release Blessed Be . #5: The first two chapters of Anne Harris' second novel Accidental Creatures is up at Book View Cafe . #6: HALO: The Cole Protocol by Tobias S. Buckell hit the New York Times Bestseller list. Christopher Paul Carey , Heidi Ruby Miller , Mary SanGiovanni , Kaye Dacus , Renae Johnson , Tobias Buckell , Anne Harris , writing , Seton Hill Writers

Seton Hill Seeks Faculty for Writing Popular Fiction Program

Here are two postings put out by the university. One is for graduate level, the other for teaching undergrads. Thanks to Mike Arnzen for the heads up: FACULTY WANTED TO TEACH WRITING OF POPULAR FICTION Assistant Professor of English Location: Greensburg, PA Category: Faculty - Liberal Arts - English and Literature Posted: 11/10/2008 Application Due: Open Until Filled Type: Full Time Seton Hill University seeks published novelist of popular fiction (preferably mystery/suspense), to teach and to mentor novel-length theses in the graduate low-residency Writing Popular Fiction program (half-load), and to teach undergraduate courses in creative writing and first-year composition. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in English, MFA considered. Background in journalism, publishing, and/or editing a plus. Teaching experience/potential at undergraduate level desirable. Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, official transcripts, a statement of philosophy of teaching, a writing samp

Authors Guild Call to Buy Books

The following is an email sent from Roy Blount, Jr. , President of the Authors Guild and humor writer. I thought it merited repeating, even in these tough times, because I can say personally how much less our household has spent on books this year... "I've been talking to booksellers lately who report that times are hard. And local booksellers aren't known for vast reserves of capital, so a serious dip in sales can be devastating. Booksellers don't lose enough money, however, to receive congressional attention. A government bailout isn't in the cards. We don't want bookstores to die. Authors need them, and so do neighborhoods. So let's mount a book-buying splurge. Get your friends together, go to your local bookstore and have a book-buying party. Buy the rest of your Christmas presents, but that's just for starters. Clear out the mysteries, wrap up the histories, beam up the science fiction! Round up the westerns, go crazy for self-help, say yes to t

The Surrender in Best of Every Day Fiction 2008

The Best of Every Day Fiction 2008 Anthology is now available for order. Among the many wonderful stories included is my story The Surrender . The Surrender , Heidi Ruby Miller , Best of Every Day Fiction 2008 , writing , Seton Hill Writers

Mary SanGiovanni Signing

My Seton Hill critique partner and dear friend Mary SanGiovanni will be in my area ( Uniontown, PA , Greensburg, PA , and Morgantown, WV ) this weekend to sign her latest novel Found You . It is a sequel to her Bram Stoker-nominated debut novel The Hollower . Mary SanGiovanni , Heidi Ruby Miller , Found You , writing , author signing , Seton Hill Writers

Farewell: Steven Willows and Wanda Keesey

Farewells It is with great sadness that I report two recent departures from the writing world. I learned within days of one another that both Steven Willows and Wanda Keesey have passed. Below is a little about each of them. My thoughts are with their families. Wanda Keesey lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband and was a member of PennWriters Area 5. In 2006 she received the organization's Meritorious Service Award . For more insight into Wanda, you can read her HEIDI'S PICK SIX interview from May 10th of this year. It celebrated the release of her first novel Lost in the Mist . She was in the process of editing her second novel The Walk Home . Steven Willows was a Seton Hill Writer and a Rooney Scholar who lived in Hendersonville, North Carolina, with his wife. His novel The Fallen is still available from Amazon and other online sellers. To sign a guestbook and find out more about Steven, please visit his memorial site . Wanda Keesey , Steven Wi

Buckell Interview

Seton Hill mentor Tobias Buckell was interviewed by Jay Tomio at . Some of you may recognize the lady in the video. ;) Heidi Ruby Miller , Tobias Buckell , BookSpotCentral , Jay Tomio , writing , author interviews , Seton Hill Writers , Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Seton Hill Writers Update

#1: Mary SanGiovanni 's sequel to her Bram Stoker-nominated first novel The Hollwer is on shelves now. The follow up is called Found You . #2: The short story "Iron and Bronze" by Christopher Paul Carey and Win Scott Eckert is part of Tales of the Shadowmen: Volume 5 due out soon. #3: You can hear Michael A. Arnzen as part of the Writer's Talk series on WCBE Ohio's NPR through this link . Other Seton Hill Writers in the series include Gary Braunbeck and Lawrence Connolly . #4: Lynn Salsi 's debut YA novel Firefight on Vietnam Brown Water" is now available. This was Lynn 's thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Program . Mary SanGiovanni , Heidi Ruby Miller , Christopher Paul Carey , Michael A. Arnzen , Gary Braunbeck , Lawrence C. Connolly , Lynn Salsi , writing , Win Scott Eckert , Seton Hill Writers

NEWS: Seton Hill Writer Carmine Coco DeYoung on CBS Sunday Morning

NEWS Seton Hill Writer and alum Carmine Coco DeYoung will appear on a segment of the CBS Sunday Morning show on Sunday, September 21 (9:00 AM EST) . Bill Geist did a segment which features her as the 2008 Hobo Queen . Carmine is the award-winning author of the children's book A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt , which was recently translated into Korean.

Seton Hill Writers Interviews

#1: Laurie Alice Eakes interviewed Kim Moore , senior editor at Harvest House Publishers for Afictionado . Laurie was also interviewed herself as the featured author at . #2: Natalie Duvall and her husband Matt Duvall have their third author interview up at The Write Way . Tim Lebbon is featured. #3: Maria V. Snyder continues her author interviews on her MySpace blog . Her latest is with Cerridwen author Nancy Hunter . Heidi Ruby Miller , Laurie Alice Eakes , Natalie Duvall , Matt Duvall , Maria V. Snyder , writing , The Write Way , Seton Hill Writers

NEWSLETTER: Summer Field Notes from Heidi Ruby Miller

NEWSLETTERS The special tri-issue of my newsletter, Field Notes , went out this weekend with its new online format. The theme for summer is, of course, road tripping. Here's an excerpt: Despite the rise in gas prices, Jason and I managed to drive or ride over four thousand miles during these past three months. In Florida, we saw Storm Troopers and Jedis, celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary, and became lost in the magic of Disney World. In Maryland, I reunited with family members and basked in the nostalgia of my childhood. And, in the Outer Banks, we discovered the beauty and renewal of the shore and just why the Wright brothers spent so much time there. A little closer to home, we attended the 7th Annual WPF alumni retreat and writing conference at beloved Seton Hill University, where we reconnected with author pals, made many new acquaintances, and received our anticipated dose of motivation and inspiration. We are always lucky to share these experiences with fri


Paper, Scissors, Death by Joanna Campbell Slan My first published story detailed a disastrous sleigh ride culminating in having hungry wolves eat one of the passengers. But I won an award in our high school “literary” magazine, a poorly mimeographed collection of papers which were stapled together crookedly. Even so, the spark of possibility was lit within me. After that I wrote for my college magazine, aptly named “Weekend” because that’s when it came out. One of my first gigs was reporting on a gay bar and interviewing the drag queens. A photographer was assigned to accompany me. Probably, in part, to keep me safe since I wasn’t old enough to drink and the bar was in a rough part of town. Unfortunately, he wasn’t familiar with his camera. The resultant photo printed poorly. I was standing between two “singers” (lip-syncing was actually what they did), but the image of one of the men didn’t show up. Worse yet, the cutline was badly written. For the rest of my college career, folks

Elizabeth Coley Website

My good friend, sometimes critique partner, and YA writer Elizabeth Coley has a cool new website: Read Liz's PICK SIX here: Elizabeth Coley , Heidi Ruby Miller , Liz Coley , author websites , writing

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? This question is harder than I thought it would be, but I think it's got to be Harper Grace , the main character in the Seven Deadly Sins series. Harper is the first real character I ever created (at least the first one who ever got to star in her own book). Several years ago, back when I thought being a writer was just a ridiculous fantasy that I would eventually have to forget about, her name popped into my head, attached to a character: a spoiled, insecure girl who expects the world to give her what she deserves -- but deep down, isn't sure what that really is. The world of the Deadly Sins -- the setting, the other characters, the plot -- all unfurled from that one character. And that eventually became my first book series. So I guess I owe Harper Grace my career! 2. Tell me about your travels. Last May I spent a month (ie, best month of my life) in Paris . I rented an apartment on t

Conference: 2008 WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat and Seton Hill Residency

Conferences Almost There Panel at WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat and Conference from L to R: Heidi Ruby Miller , J. A. Konrath , Uwe Stender of TriadaUS Literary Agency , Jason Jack Miller , and K. J. Howe We had a full schedule of workshops and panels at the Seton Hill WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat and Conference, as well as thesis readings and graduation for the WPF Graduate Residency, which was running concurrently. I moderated the "Almost There" panel about those of us in the middle stages of the novel publishing process: after the classes have been taken, the books have been written, and the queries sent out, how do you keep up your momentum? Here are a few other photos from the residency and retreat. WPF attendees at Red Star WPF attendees at Red Star WPF mentor Timons Esaias at Adrienne Kapp 's thesis defense WPF graduate Adrienne Kapp at her thesis defense Seton Hill WPF graduate luncheon Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction graduate lu

Photo Series: 2008 WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat - The Booksigning

Heidi Ruby Miller and J.A. Konrath On Friday night we had a mass signing for participating authors of the Seton Hill WPF In Your Write Mind Conference and Retreat at the Greensburg Barnes and Noble . The Pittsburgh Tribune Review did an article about the signing . Penny Dawn , Alayne Adams , and Shelley Adina W. H. Horner and Gary Frank Sally Bosco , Maria V. Snyder , and Melanie Card Lawrence C. Connolly , Lee Allen Howard , and Chun Lee Matt and Natalie Duvall Jennifer Brisendine Ed Kellerman and Marge Burke Carmine Coco DeYoung and Tim Waggoner Seton Hill University , Heidi Ruby Miller , In Your Write Mind Conference , WPF , SHU , book signing , Writing Popular Fiction , writing , authors , Seton Hill Writers

Photo Series: 2008 WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat

Photo Series Heidi Ruby Miller and Michael A. Arnzen I finally have a bit of time to post some photos from the 2008 WPF In Your Write Mind Retreat sponsored by the Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction Alumni . Here is the first evening. Karen Lynn Williams and Leslie Davis Guccione Chris and Ron Edison and Timons Esaias Heidi Ruby Miller , Ginjer Buchanan , Kelly , and Maria V. Snyder Lawrence C. Connolly and Melanie Card Maria V. Snyder , Jason Jack Miller , and Michael Mehalek Penny Dawn and Albert Wendland Natalie Duvall and Marge Burke Michael Mehalek and Sabrina Naples Albert Wendland and Judy Fleming In Your Write Mind Retreat , Heidi Ruby Miller , WPF , Seton Hill University , Writing Popular Fiction , Jason Jack Miller , SHU , writing , authors , Seton Hill Writers

From The Authors Guild: Accounting Practices of F&W Publishing and Adams Media

I received this recently via email from The Authors Guild : "Internal e-mails, including an admission that Adams Media has "no system in place for tracking inbound Royalty Statements from translation rights deals," and a recent arbitrator's ruling in Massachusetts awarding $209,000 to an author raise serious questions about the accounting practices of F&W Publishing and Adams Media. Authors Guild member Sherry Argov brought an arbitration more than four years ago against F&W Publishing and its subsidiary Adams Media regarding the payment of royalties for her book "Why Men Love Bitches." The arbitrator found that F&W had purposefully withheld documents needed by Ms. Argov to complete the royalty audit to which she was contractually entitled. This amounted to an "unfair and deceptive practice" under Massachusetts law, leading the arbitrator to award $209,000 to Ms. Argov. The arbitrator's review of the work done by F&W's


Veins by Lawrence C. Connolly I started out as a reader, and I’m still convinced that reading is the best way for a writer to begin. If a person doesn’t like reading the stuff, why bother writing it? I read everything I could get my hands on: classic and contemporary sf novels, anthologies, and (most importantly) the magazines. When I got the notion to try writing for the magazines, I sat down and dissected some of my favorite stories, noting everything from placement of exposition and dialogue to the length of paragraphs and use of punctuation. Then I went to work, following Heinlein’s three step approach to writing success: I finished everything I wrote, submitted everything I finished, and kept submitting everything until it sold. I made my first sale to Amazing Stories and followed it up with three more to the same editor before moving on to Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone Magazines , Year’s Best Horror , and lots of others. A Hollywood production company optioned one of my

June 2008 Seton Hill WPF Grads Online

Here's where you can find some of the June 2008 Seton Hill WPF graduates : #1: Adrea Peters has her Summer 2008 newsletter at Artists Looking Ahead . Her guest interview this time is writer and adventurer Kira Salak . #2: Aubrey Curry has a new blog series about finding an agent. #3: Emilie Bishop has a brand new website at . #4: Monica Spence has a new blog at . Heidi Ruby Miller , Adrea Peters , writing , Aubrey Curry , Monica Spence , Emilie Bishop , Seton Hill Writers , Seton Hill University

Mary SanGiovanni Interview

Derek Clendening interviews Seton Hill alum and my wonderful critique partner Mary SanGiovanni at Dark Scribe about Found You , her follow up to Bram Stoker Award-nominated debut novel, The Hollower . Heidi Ruby Miller , Mary SanGiovanni , The Hollower , Found You , Dark Scribe , Derek Clendening , writing , author+interviews , Seton Hill Writers

EVENT: 2009 Pennwriters Conference Agent Update

EVENTS So far, the following agents will be at the 2009 Pennwriters Conference held in Pittsburgh during the weekend of May 15-17 : Uwe Stender from TriadaUS Literary Alyssa Eisner Henkin from Trident Media Group Lucienne Diver from Spectrum Literary Agency Paige Wheeler from Folio Literary Management The keynote speakers are Lisa Scottoline and Seton Hill Writer Timons Esaias . 2009 Pennwriters Conference , Heidi Ruby Miller , Lisa Scottoline , Timons Esaias , Uwe Stender , Lucienne Diver , Paige Wheeler , writing , Alyssa Eisner Henkin , Pennwriters , Seton Hill Writers


The Marathon Murders by Chester D. Campbell My path to publication as a novelist was as twisting as a snake. I wrote my first mystery while a journalism student during the day and a newspaper reporter at night. That was back in 1948. A publisher rejected it and I put it away. Before I tackled another novel, I worked for two newspapers, served as an Air Force intelligence officer in the Korean War, wrote non-fiction for magazines, worked in public relations, wrote speeches for a governor, and edited a local (Nashville) magazine. The second book spent about six months with an Avon editor before it was rejected. I worked as an advertising copywriter, did more PR, and managed a statewide trade association until retiring in 1989. That’s when I started writing novels in earnest. By 1998 I had written seven mysteries or thrillers and gone through four agents who sold nothing. I took a trip to the Holy Land that year and got the idea for Secret of the Scroll , a thriller involving a retire

Seton Hill Writers Book News

#1: Veins , the debut illustrated novel by Lawrence C. Connolly , is now available from Fantasist Enterprises. You can see and read more about it at the official Veins site. #2: The Song of Kwasin , a novel by Philip Jose Farmer and Seton Hill alum Christopher Paul Carey , was announced at Farmercon 90 . The novel is a direct sequel to Hadon of Ancient Opar and Flight to Opar . #3: Susan Mallery 's latest novel Sweet Talk is on shelves now. #4: Kimberley A. Opatka-Metzgar , Director of Public Relations for Saint Vincent Archabbey and Seminary and Seton Hill alum designed The Illustrated History of the Schickel Motorcycle written by Ken Anderson . #5: Nica Berry has a new e-book out from Torquere Press titled Hart and Soul . #6: Simply Romance Reviews gave Katherine Ivy's novel Dishonorable Intentions an A+ . You can read the entire review here. #7: Timons Esaias has only a few copies left of his poetry chapbook The Influence of Pigeons on Architecture ,

My Bibliophile in Farmerphile

The announcement about Farmercon 90 and Farmerphile 13 is up at The Official Jose Farmer Home Page . Issue thirteen contains my bibliophile on Farmer's novel The Tongues of the Moon . I wrote it from an anthropologist's perspective. Also featured in the issue is fellow Seton Hill Writer Christopher Paul Carey and fellow Magic River blogger Win Scott Eckert . More on The Magic River to come. Until then, it is syndicated here on Live Journal . Heidi Ruby Miller , Philip Jose Farmer , The Tongues of the Moon , Farmercon 90 , Farmerphile , The Magic River , writing , Christopher Paul Carey , Win Scott Eckert , Seton Hill Writers

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Maryann Miller

Maryann Miller HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Jenny from One Small Victory is right up there at the top of the list just because of the courage it took for her to overcome the darkness of grief and become proactive about the drug problems in her small town. With her, I was able to explore such a wide range of emotions, and often she would surprise me with a reaction to a situation. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I can make a mean blackberry pancake sauce. And last year I got brave enough to take a major role in a play and astounded myself and the audiences. Even my friends were surprised. They kept saying, “Gosh Maryann, I didn’t even know you could act.” I resisted the urge to say, “Maybe I’ve been acting all along.”  But, seriously, I love theatre and had always directed shows, tamping down that urge to step on stage. Now I wish I hadn’t waited so long. 5. Who are you readi


Final Justice by Marta Perry . Goodness, that was a long time ago! I always knew I wanted to write, but it seemed so impractical, so I trained as a teacher instead. But the desire never went away. I was teaching a Sunday school class for six-year-olds when I read the story in the take-home paper and thought, I could do that. I approached it very methodically, studying a lot of examples before trying my own story. When I thought I had something that had a success at selling, I searched through the Writer's Market in the library and made up a list of all the possible markets. The first place I sent it to returned it with a form rejection. The second sent a form rejection with a handwritten note of encouragement on the bottom. The third place bought it for the magnificent sum of $25 or so. I continued writing for those papers, eventually branching out into writing for teen and adult religious publications. Eventually I moved into mainstream magazines, both fiction and non-fiction,

Seton Hill Writers Poetry News

#1: My poem "Misplaced my keys" is in the March/April issue of Star*Line . Star*Line March/April 2008 Issue Also, in that same issue was Fairytale Graveyard , a gift booklet of horror poetry from the SFPA for World Horror Con 2008 . Among the contributors was Seton Hill 's own Michael A. Arnzen with his poem "The Fall Down the Stairs of the House of Usher." #2: In other SFPA news, K. Ceres Wright 's poem "Doomed" was nominated for a 2008 Rhysling Award and is part of The 2008 Rhysling Anthology . #3: Rachael Pruitt 's poem "Merlin" is in Issue 12 of Paradox: The Magazine of Historical and Speculative Fiction . Heidi Ruby Miller , SFPA , The 2008 Rhysling Anthology , Paradox , Misplaced my keys , writing , Michael A. Arnzen , K. Ceres Wright , Rachael Pruitt , poetry , Star*Line , Seton Hill Writers

May Field Notes from Heidi Ruby Miller

I sent out the May issue of Field Notes and am happy to report that I've gained subscribers since launching the new format last month. Here's an excerpt from the Research section: After my husband and I got married in 1998, we had to decide if we would apply to the anthropology graduate program at the University of Pittsburgh or move to Orlando to work at Walt Disney World . We had an intense interest in Mayan archaeology, and the faculty at Pitt aligned with our interests. But in the end, "the mouse" won, and we enjoyed an extended honeymoon at the happiest place on Earth. However, we remain avid Mayaphiles and keep up with the current research in the field. Our fascination with this culture has served us well and provided a backdrop for a novel a piece. Most recently, I have gone back through our collection of Mayan-related books to write a SAT passage about epigraphy, the science of translating ancient hieroglyphics. The artistry is breathtaking, but the co


Ed Lynskey HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? P.I Frank Johnson is the only protagonist I’ve yet to hustle into print. I guess he’s my favorite, if not by default. Does life imitate art? Is Frank like me? I don’t really know. In fact, I’d be hard pressed to offer a real physical description of him. The way I want for him to come across to readers is as a good guy, maybe a little rough around the edges, someone to sit down with and share a drink or conversation. For my detective series, I cling to the old-fashioned notion that readers really want a fresh lead character they like and can root for over the three hundred pages to a novel. Critics have compared Frank to his counterparts in books by Loren Estleman , James Lee Burke , Daniel Woodrell , Walter Mosley , William Caunitz , Dennis Lehane , Bill Pronzini , and Robert Crais . So, I guess Frank stands in good company. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee, hands down. 4