Showing posts from February, 2011

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Rodney Robbins

HEIDI'S PICK SIX Rodney Robbins 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I really like Kiki MacConnach from my short story "Kiki--Naked in the Moonlight." Imagine Audrey Hepburn playing an elf princess in a studded leather mini-skirt, and you’ll see my Kiki. She never goes looking for trouble, but somehow it always finds her. That’s what happens when you’re the favorite plaything of the Unseelie Lord, and the court is ruled by the Unseelie Queen. I keep calling for a novel to put her in, but so far, no luck. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? I would probably enjoy teaching a college writing class. I’d have everyone go out for a drink at a burlesque club then write about what happened. My problem with academia is that I don’t want to keep score by how many esoteric papers I write. I want to keep score by how many people read my books

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: M. Stephen Lukac

HEIDI’S PICK SIX M. Stephen Lukac 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Philip Ducalion, the ex-cop from Oogie Boogie Central & Oogie Boogie Bounce (and the hopefully soon-to-come solo adventure - Legerdemain). He's the closest thing to an I-Guy in my repertoire. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee, coffee, COFFEE!!!!!! 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? 9. Food you could eat everyday. The edible kind. 10. Are you into sports or other physical activities? 11. What kind of music speaks to you? 12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride? I'm just a hitchhiker taking notes, although I do tend to outline in my head before jumping in the shotgun seat. 13. Celebrity crush. It used to be Teri Hatcher but now I find myself me

WORKSHOP: Writing with Authority - How Does It Work?

Workshops I've had some recent questions about how our Pennwriters Online course will be conducted. See if this helps to explain it a bit better: 1. When you sign up for the class, you'll receive access to a Yahoo group. Follow this link to an example of one: 2. Once you sign up and are invited (by the Pennwriters moderator) to our Yahoo group, you'll be able to see an area for MESSAGES and FILES. 3. On Friday, April 1, 2011, we'll post a welcome and introduction in the MESSAGES. This will include details on how to select your writing project (novel beginning, short story, article) for the course. 4. Every Sunday, you can email your revised project (revised based on information from the new lesson) to so we know you're on the right track and to see if there's any individualized help we can offer. If you can't get your assignments to us right away, no problem. Th

Books: Caesar's Children: A Tale of Pluritopia by Christopher Paul Carey

Books Christopher Paul Carey 's novelette Caesar's Children: A Tale of Pluritopia is now available at the Amazon Kindle store. Here's a synopsis: What if there were a world where all the utopias from nineteenth-century literature coexisted? And what if the nations of that world were divided into two types of utopias—the Aspirants, who seek the create the best of all possible worlds for themselves, and the Gildeds, who also seek the perfect world but long to force their own ideals on the other utopias? On the Pluritopia World, the citizens glide through the heavens in the bellies of fish-shaped airships and learn about the exotic goings-on of the sundry utopias by means of aether-powered telephonoscopes. But when a mysterious woman from the Earth’s center appears suddenly in the tranquil Pacific Northwest paradise of France-Ville, the ideal world finds itself on the brink of the unimaginable—a great conflagration that threatens to scorch the Pluritopia World to cind

News: Open Call for Virtual Book Tour Stops

News To celebrate the release of the new writing guide Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction , we are scouting for stops in our three-month mega virtual book tour (VBT) during April, May, and June. Do you… …have an author interview series? We have contributors ready to be interviewed. …review books on your site? We can offer you pdf copies of our book for review. …provide contests and giveaways? We have swag to give away. …do something special? We can provide that special something. All VBT participants will be listed with a link and description on a VBT page on the Many Genres, One Craft site: as well as announced and promoted during the day/s of your stop. Contact me at for further inquiries and to schedule your stop today. I will also be glad to interview you for my two author series: HEIDI'S PICK SIX and PATHS TO PUBLICATION as a thank you!

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Vincent Zandri

HEIDI'S PICK SIX Vincent Zandri 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Richard “Dick” Moonlight, of my Moonlight series ( Moonlight Falls ). He survived his own suicide attempt, and now, with a piece of .22 caliber hollow-point lodged up against his cerebral cortex, he often has trouble making the correct decisions and on occasion he loses his memory. But more importantly, that little piece of bullet could shift and he could fall into stroke, coma, or just simply drop dead at any time. Now as a private detective, he often finds himself going after the absolute truth behind a case, even if it means breaking the law to find it. He’s also unlucky in love and a total train-wreck when it comes to relationships. The fruit in this case doesn’t fall far from the author’s tree. 2. Tell me about your travels. I spend a good part of the year in Florence, Italy. Sometimes I’m there strictly as a fiction writer, but more often than not, I’ll be there on assignment for RT (Russi