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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