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HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Patricia Gulley

Pat Gulley HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Of course, I like my main character in my debut novel Downsized to Death , Prudence Peters, a bit of a workaholic, a traveler and someone who understands what it means to carry the load on her shoulders. She's a manager of a branch travel agency for a national travel company. But Harriet Merriwether, her top producing cruise specialist, is the hoot of the story. 'Buttoned up neck to knees in shortwaist dresses, a passion for odd little pins and glitzy gowns for formal night on cruises, she has an eyebrow that speaks volumes. 2. Tell me about your travels. Since I'm a retired airline and travel agency person, I think I've done a lot of traveling, but I also consider myself a novice compared to people I've worked with who have been around the world a few times. I'll list some foreign travels: London (several times and still planning-next to NYC they have the best theater); a few

Show: Wilco

Shows Wilco's album A.M. Jason and I saw Wilco recently with our friends Bruce and Becca at the Carnegie Music Hall in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh . What a magnificent (and I'm not overstating it) venue and what a memorable show. Carnegie Music Hall image from the website The lighting was exceptional with floor lamps and what I can only describe as electric candelabras that pulsated in time to the music. The soft lighting gave the elaborate marble and gold-leaf designs of the music hall a laid-back haunted mansion feel. The atmosphere was perfect for the sounds of Jeff Tweedy and company.

Film Festival: Banff Mountain Film Festival

Film Festivals Banff, Canada For the fourth time since the Banff Mountain Film Festival has come to Morgantown, West Virginia , we have attended. It is always an incredible experience with lots of friends and family (we take up an entire row in the theater!) that leaves us all uplifted, inspired, and motivated. The Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin Jason even won a copy of The Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin . The line-up this year seemed a bit better than last year with my favorites being Take a Seat Copyrighted photo and synopsis taken from the Banff Mountain site Special Jury Mention UK, 2009, 46 minutes Directed by Ed Stobart, Dominic Gill Produced by Lucy Wilcox View video Dominic Gill’s mission is to cycle the 32,000 kilometres from the northern coast of Alaska to the southern tip of South America, on a tandem bike, picking up random strangers on the way. A gripping tale of two years and two contin

Book: Shadow's Son by Jon Sprunk

Books Friend and fellow Fantasist Enterprises author Jon Sprunk has a new fantasy series debuting this year from Pyr , the Shadow Saga . The first novel Shadow's Son is due out in June 2010, but you can pre-order it now. Jon's story Sea of Madness was part of the Sails and Sorcery anthology along with my story The Islands of Hope . You can read his interview for HEIDI'S PICK SIX here: Jon is online at Facebook , Twitter , the official Jon Sprunk website , and his blog .

Good-byes and Birthdays: So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright and Happy Birthday Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.

Good-bye Today is the anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's death in 1959. It is commemorated by Simon and Garfunkle in the appropriately named "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright." Here is a link to a YouTube video with images of Mr. Wright's designs as the song plays in the background: Birthday For those Fallingwater fans out there, here's a bit of is also the day Edgar Kaufmann, jr. was born one hundred years ago in 1910.

Interview: Adele Cosgrove-Bray Interviews Heidi Ruby Miller

Interviews Adele Cosgrove-Bray interviewed me recently for her Hub Page Series : When she asked me about my writing philosophy, it really hit home because Jason and I often discuss how we feel about writing, how we feel about publishing, how sometimes those are very separate issues for us and just what that means. If you stop by the interview, please leave a comment there or here or both letting me know. Cheers, Heidi


Photo Courtesy of Andrea Pender Photography HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee. All coffee, all the time. I enjoy hot tea as well, but if I don't have coffee every morning, I have difficulty functioning like a normal human being. 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? I'm bouncing between a few books right now - re-reading the entire Kresley Cole Immortals After Dark series for the umpteenth time, reading Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (which is adorably fun), and a few other things. I'm in a bit of a reading slump, so I'm flipping through a lot of different books and rarely settling on one. 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? I don't know if I'm 'inspired' anymore as much as I'm 'driven' to write. If I don't