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Conference: 2010 Pennwriters Conference


The 2010 Pennwriters Conference was the first conference or convention that Jason and I have attended since 2008, and I didn't realize how much we needed to immerse ourselves in the writing world again. The hiatus was by choice because we both needed to finish our third novels. It was a good choice, a therapeutic choice, and allowed us to appreciate the creative energy that comes from a group of writers converging at a single location.

Jason Jack Miller and Heidi Ruby Miller
Photo by Mike Mehalek

We caught up with old friends, some from Seton Hill...

Timons Esaias, Heidi Ruby Miller, and Maria V. Snyder
Photo by Jason Jack Miller

and some (well, one - Jon) that I shared an anthology (Sails and Sorcery) with...

Heidi Ruby Miller and Jon Sprunk
Photo by Jason Jack Miller

and made some new ones...

Ruth G. Zavitsanos, Elizabeth Kelley, Timons Esaias, Maria V. Snyder, and Meghan Schuessler
photo by Heidi Ruby Miller

had some wonderful books signed, including Maria V. Snyder…



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HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Dwayne Kavanagh

Dwayne Kavanagh

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
If we’re talking about A Child’s Wound, and I’ll assume we are, then the answer to that question will be the easiest of the bunch—Tim Hadler, the main character of the book. He’s the one that kept me up until 5:00 A.M. most mornings. Mostly, because I thought he was a liar. It took a long time and many re-writes to start to believe him. It was Tim that motivated me to write the book. I asked myself, “Could a serial killer be empathetic?” and “Could he be the main character?” That latter question was the tough one. I wanted to write the story from Tim’s POV. Yet, he was supposed to be the bad guy. In the end, it worked itself out. I’m writing a sequel to A Child’s Wound because readers liked that particular character so much. In fact, one reader said to me, in an email, that six months later she was still thinking about him. I have to admit, that really made my year!

2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee…

Poem: Starship Stowaways in Beyond Centauri


I was so busy last month that I never had a chance to post this. My poem Starship Stowaways was in the April 2010 issue of Beyond Centauri.


E. B. Loan

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
My favorite character by far is Lizzie Hogan. She is one tough nut—older, wise, and not afraid to spout off to anyone close enough to hear. She follows her gut and isn’t afraid to try something new. She is delicious.

2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Coffee! I never touched the stuff until I married my hubby. He is an addict—completely and totally addicted. It wasn’t long before he had me hooked and I was doing the java jive. (Does everyone pick this question? I feel like everyone is drawn to it for one reason or another…)

4. What else can you do besides write?
I’m a fabulous cook, I can train anyone’s dog—no matter how unruly (or kids for that matter), and given enough time I can usually find a solution to any problem. Seriously, world peace? Call me, I got it all figured out…

5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where …