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HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Darren W. Pearce

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Darren W. Pearce 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? That's a good question. I've got quite a few, but the character that's really my favourite is in a yet unpublished novel that's sort of on hiatus. He turns up in the webcomic that I do with my wife, Kalon Rhadon, an Inquisitor for the Church of Progession in a fantasy/steampunk setting that's based around a Renaissance kind of theme. Kalon starts out as a very no-nonsense, trained all his life by the church kind of character but develops further along the way and becomes much more than the sum of his parts. He plays a major role in events as a bad guy but when the church turns on him, he decides enough is enough and steps away. You can find the comic here: http://hellionsart.com/Wyrden/ . It can get NOT SAFE FOR WORK, so there's a warning. 2. Tell me about your travels. I'm not as widely traveled as I would like to be: I have been to France, Germany, Austria, Vienn

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Robert E. Waters

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Robert E. Waters 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? My favorite character is my assassin Nalo Thoran. He appeared for the first time in "The Assassin's Retirement Party" ( Weird Tales #332 ). Since then, I've written several more stories of him, one of which has appeared in the online magazine, Nth Zine ("Heart of the Matter"), and another two which will appear later this year ("Thorns and Roses" in Hellfire Lounge 2, and "The People's Avenger" in Assassins). I'm also in discussions with a publisher about a full-length novel treatment of the character, which may appear as early as 2012. I like Nalo because I consider him my "homage" to Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser and Michael Moorcock's Elric. The setting is pure Sword and Sorcery, and Nalo comes to his life's work as a killer under duress, but he does his job with as much aplomb and courage as he can must

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Misty Massey

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Misty Massey 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? I'm a terrible coffee snob, and prefer coffees from Africa or Asia best. My favorite is an Arabian Sanani--it's rich and sweet, and reminds me of good black rum. But I'm also a lifelong fan of milk. Whole, skim, I love it all, In the last few months, my family has been drinking raw milk purchased locally. Raw milk is exactly what it sounds like--milk that goes from cow to me without all that chemical treatment in between. It isn't for everyone. If you're immuno-compromised, for example, you'd want to talk to your doctor first. But we love it! 4. What else can you do besides write? I dance! I've been studying Middle Eastern dance since 2003. At first, I was too shy to dance even a second in front of anyone, but in 2005 I screwed my courage to the sticking place and tried out for a local troupe, the Bel

Interview: Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller Take Five

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Jason and I were interviewed by Rosie Ugliuzza for her Take Five series on the Pennwriters Website . The interviews focus on teaching creative writing, our current projects , and the upcoming online writing course Writing with Authority . It's interesting to note that we answered the same questions separately. I didn't read Jason's responses until she posted them!

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Phoebe Wray

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Phoebe Wray 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? That would be Jemma, the heroine of JEMMA7729 , my sci fi novel from EDGE . I like her because she’s smart, careful, and fearless—all the while standing up to a deadly and overwhelming foe: her own government. Jemma is a loving person, but she’s willing to put herself at risk for the “greater good,” which in her case is to fight the despots who have taken over North America a couple of centuries hence. It’s not a romance, but Jemma is in love with a great guy and that’s part of her character. She has a cat named Fred. She refuses to give up her dreams, no matter what happens. I’d like to BE her. 2. Tell me about your travels. I’ve been all over the USA, and appreciate the wonder and beauty of this country. I love Eastern woodlands with water—the diversity and the birdsong and the loveliness of a slow-moving stream. I like to fish. Favorite other places: India! I was there for five weeks and spent

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: S. A. Bolich

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX S. A. Bolich 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Sometimes the secondary characters are as much or more fun than the protaganist, and sometimes they teach you more about writing. I have a novel upcoming, "The Mask of God," with a bodyguard named Grays who taught me a great deal about characterization. He is dangerous, utterly loyal, suspicious, funny, with a devil's grin and an in-your-face attitude toward death. Nobody budges him off his chosen mark, and when he loses the one person he has sworn to protect, he goes nearly mad, and what he does then is even more interesting. His interaction with one of the other main characters is complex, and between the two of them they add many layers of depth to the relationships swirling around the central figure. 2. Tell me about your travels. I won a first-class cruise from Los Angeles through the Panama Canal to Puerto Rico once, stopping at a dozen points along the way. That was fun. I'

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Kelly A. Harmon

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Kelly A. Harmon 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee in the morning while it’s still dark outside – perhaps until the sun creeps over the horizon – maybe a little longer in the winter when it’s cold. Anytime after that: a tall, sweating glass of iced tea, light on the sugar, double lemon. 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? I always read more than one book at a time. The current fiction lineup is: Jeri Smith-Ready ’s Bad to the Bone , the 2nd in a series about vampire Djs. I couldn’t put down Wicked Game, the first in the series. Bad to the Bone is just as good. Jane Langton ’s The Deserter , a murder mystery that takes place in Gettysburg. I enjoy reading anything about the Civil War: fiction and non-fiction. Ayn Rand’s classic Atlas Shrugged. I’m reading this hefty tome for my "Fill in the Blanks - Project 100" cha

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Hildy Silverman

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Hildy Silverman 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I'm pretty fond of Anthony DeLuca, the put-upon mall cop in my story "The Vampire Escalator of the Passaic Promenade" ( New Blood , Padwolf Press , 2011). He's just a regular guy who isn't thrown when the supernatural rears its head in a mundane setting; just steps up and does what's necessary. I like characters who take charge, even if they don't have any formal power or prestige. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Tea. Specifically tall, soy, no-water Chai tea lattes from Starbucks. I call them my crack, I'm so hooked on them! 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? An advanced copy of C.J. Henderson 's Central Park Knight . It's good to be a magazine publisher; you get to see the "goodies" early! 6. Pop culture or academia? Mostly pop culture, but a little academia thrown in. I

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: CJ Henderson

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX CJ Henderson 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Insanely difficult question. My problem is, I love them all when I'm working on them. I have to get caught up within their minds and souls, or I can't write them very well. Jack Hagee (hardboiled P.I., my first series character) is the character nearest to my soul. He is my voice. We believe all things equally. But, Teddy London, Piers Knight, Rocky and Noodles, the Monkey King, Lai Wan, the Domino Lady, Kolchak the Nightstalker, Batman ... there are so many I love to write. I had to tally all the characters, mine or those owned by others, that I have worked with, and the figure topped 100. Many, like the Spider, Wezleski, Inspector Legrasse, the Punisher, et cetera, that I dearly loved working with, I can still shove out of the top slot. But, those named above ... they all hold a special place in my heart because, I suppose, they all represent a different facet of my soul, mind, personality,

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jason Franks

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Jason Franks 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. I have lived in Africa, Australia and North America, I 'commuted' to Europe for about 15 months for work, and I've visited Asia several times. I have nightmares about airports now. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee. Black. No sugar if it's good. 4. What else can you do besides write? Ju jutsu. Also, computer programming and map folding. I'm a semi-competent illustrator and a terribly bad guitarist. 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? Everywhere. At work, on the road, in the newspaper, in scientific journals, guitar magazines and other people's books. Sometimes my stories come directly out of dreams. I wake up with a story in my head--not quite fully formed but probably 80%. Inspiration has never been a problem for m

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Allen Schatz

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Allen Schatz 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 'Marshall Connors' is my favorite. He is the "other" me I never was. That's probably why I decided to portray his scenes from a first person perspective (as opposed to the rest of the story which is in the eyes of the omniscient narrator). Marshall became a professional umpire, making it to the majors. That was something I once had on a list of possible career choices. Through him I get to be "in" the story. I find that fun. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I've been an accountant/financial professional for 25 years or so. What that means is I'm good at numbers and details. A few have noticed that latter item in my writing, as I try to put little bits and pieces into scenes. I can also umpire. I've been doing that on and off, more on, for 30 years or so. I love baseball, but like Marshall, c

Chat: Heidi Ruby Miller at Pennwriters Presents

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Chats I'm the guest writer at Pennwriters Presents today, so I'll be answering questions and participating in discussions at the Pennwriters Yahoo! Group ( http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Pennwriters ) - anyone is welcome, not just members of Pennwriters. Stop by and say Hi! Here's the press release: Our Guest Star will be Heidi Ruby Miller . She likes to read all types of stories, so it makes sense that she would be a mulit-genre author and co-edit a writing guide titled MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT: LESSONS IN WRITING POPULAR FICTION ( http://manygenres.blogspot.com ). Her novels AMBASADORA and ATOMIC ZION are due out in 2011. She is a Published Pennwriter and member of The Authors Guild and Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA). Some of her short stories can be found in Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy , Best of Every Day Fiction , and Eye Contact . She also co-authored a travel guide with her husband Jason Jack Miller . Heidi will appear at the Penn

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: L. Jagi Lamplighter

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX L. Jagi Lamplighter 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? My favorite character is Ladyhawk Demiurgae, a.k.a. Victoria Woods, who is the heroine of my current work. For years I refused to write a story with her as the main character because I was embarrassed. She is not only a character I made up, she is a character I played in a roleplaying game—who was based on me. This seemed extraordinarily vain to me. Then, about a year ago, I realized that I had played many roleplaying characters. I had even played four or five based on myself (i.e. in a game where you start out playing yourself in the modern world and then strange adventures happen to you.) Most of them did not stand out to me as preferable to any other character…just this one. So, I realized that it wasn’t just because this was my character that I liked her so much…she really was interesting and delightful. So, I caved and started writing about her, and the project, which I had been havi

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: John C. Wright

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Works by John C. Wright 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Unfortunately, my favorite character is not really mine. I was authorized by the estate of AE van Vogt to do a sequel to his seminal World of Null-A and Players of Null-A . The hero is an amnesiac superman with a double brain named Gilbert Gosseyn, who can bypass the illusionary restrictions of timespace, reincarnate from the dead (being an amnesiac, this comes as quite a surprise when this happens the first time) and he may well be the next step of human evolution. But his true power is his superior moral and mental outlook, a flexible system of multivalued logic called Non-Aristotelian philosophy or Null-A. This enables him to become aware of the unspoken assumptions and biases inherent in the way we perceive the universe through the filter of language: and since nearly everything in his environment is not what it seems, and nearly every one is not who he seems (including Gilbert Goss

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: John Grant

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX John Grant 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. My biggest adventure has been, after 50 years of living in my native UK (I'm originally a Scot), to come and live for the past 12 years or so in the US -- all the fault of my beloved American wife Pam. The most exciting bit of traveling we've done since then, aside from regular trips to see family and friends back in Blighty, was a few years ago, when the World SF Convention was held in San Jose. We decided it'd be fun, rather than fly there from home in NJ, to drive both ways -- live our own road movie, as it were, complete with the kind of motels that have malfunctioning neon signs outside them. The adventure was made even more special because, on hearing we were planning this, a very good friend of ours, the Slovakian artist Martina Pilcerova, asked if she could come along for the outward journey, since it had always been her dream to go by car across the