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Michael A. Arnzen Honored with Professor of the Year at Seton Hill University

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Many Genres editor Michael A. Arnzen was chosen as the 2011 Professor of the Year at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Michael Arnzen (Ph.D., U Oregon) is an English professor by day and a horror/suspense writer by night. He holds four Bram Stoker Awards for his often funny, always disturbing fiction. His courses in the English program at Seton Hill run the gamut from expository and creative writing to literary criticism and film history, and he is an active teacher in the first year Seminar in Thinking and Writing. He has mentored novelists and led graduate writing workshops in SHU's unique MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction since 1999. He advised the campus literary magazine, Eye Contact , from 1999-2009. Dr. Arnzen began serving as Humanities Division Chair at Seton Hill in Fall 2009.

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Edward L. Cote

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? It's funny, I love to ask readers who their favorite character is, but I'm not so sure I have an answer myself. I think I have strong characters and I've done pretty well with them. I have tried to put new personalities on traditional archetypes and create characters who are unique yet instantly recognizable, in a word, "iconic". I can single out one character who demonstrates this process the most clearly, and that is Alexander Mar'Cathy. He IS the Charming Scoundrel, but he is not Han Solo or Jack Sparrow. His closest cousin is probably Mat Cauthon, but even there the differences are more than cosmetic. 2. Tell me about your travels. I do love to travel. I have to admit that one of the things I look forward to in the author's life is going to conventions, conferences, forums, and book signings, as well as being able to largely make my own schedule for recreational travels and vaca

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Kayleen Reusser

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Kayleen Resusser 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. I’ve been to Europe, Mexico, and most US states. My love for travel assists me in writing travel articles and my book, Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia . 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Milk, cappacino, Chai 4. What else can you do besides write? I work in a middle school library so I can recommend good reading material for that age group. 5. Who are you reading right now? Female mystery writers like Mary Higgins Clark 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? My inspirations are all around me in every person I meet. I love to interview people and believe every person has a story to tell. My goal as a reporter/author is to find the story and present it well. 9. Food you could eat everyday. Anything chocolate 10. Are you into sports or other physical activities? 11. Wha

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: William O'Brien

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Peter: A Darkened Fairytale 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I am fond of all the characters in some way, even the evil ones. If I was forced to choose… hmmm… the elf ‘Slip’ – she is sweet! 2. Tell me about your travels. My travels are generally through my own mind and into other dimensions. I love anywhere remote, quiet and rural. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee – black, no sugar. 4. What else can you do besides write? I have a strong scientific background, with a BSc (hons) in Geosciences, a PGCert in Occupational Health and Fitness, and an MSc in Science Communication. 5. Who are you reading right now? Ernest Hemingway - A Moveable Feast. 6. Pop culture or academia? Academia. 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? Peter: A Darkened Fairytale CH XIV – 402 – The middle to end sections. 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? To completely disassociate and wander – up into the ether! 9. Food you could eat

Workshop: Many Genres One Craft Pennwriters All-day Intensive

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Workshops PENNWRITERS ONE DAY INTENSIVE WORKSHOP Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction Who: Writers at any level interested in furthering their writing skills and business prowess What: Contributors to the new, comprehensive writing guide Many Genres, One Craft , based on the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program , will offer six workshops for craft and career. The three morning sessions focus on plotting with Victoria Thompson , character with Timons Esaias , and setting with Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller . In the afternoon, sessions focus on pursuing publication with Natalie Duvall and Matt Duvall , building a brand with Mary SanGiovanni , and investing in your writing with Michael A. Arnzen . When: Thursday, May 12, 2011 – 9 AM to 4 PM Instructors: Michael A. Arnzen is Chair of the Humanities Department at Seton Hill University, as well as a Bram Stoker Award winning author. His first novel Grave Markings

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jeff Young

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Jeff Young 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Right now I would say it is Kassandra Leyden, the spiritualist from the series of steampunk stories that I’ve written recently. She’s smart, observant and dangerous in a very common sense sort of way. In other words, she quickly evaluates a situation and plans ahead whereas most of her compatriots tend to charge right in. But favorite characters are like favorite music to me- it’s more of a du jour type thing. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I’ve done some acting as well as scriptwriting. Friends and I did a black and white short, The Space Stone, that was shown at Balticon and we’re working on the follow up. I’m also a teacher for a summer camp called Step Back in Time that prepares kids for their first time at the Renaissance Faire. Dreamwrights Youth and Family Theater calls on me occasionally for props and costuming. 5.

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Trisha J. Wooldridge

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Trisha J. Wooldridge 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee in the morning (with milk and/or creamer). Tea in the afternoon. Milk occasionally at night… with libation. (Bailey's Irish Cream, Disaronno Amaretto, Illy's coffee liquor…) 4. What else can you do besides write? I make arts and crafts… and play with animals! (More on the animals with question 10.) I drew my own logo for A Novel Friend Writing and Editing . It's my impression of my current housepets: Loki the Bunny (the very, very old bunny) and Nylis the Cat. I've also done cartoons for online courses and illustrated my own poetry chapbook. I hand-make most of the gifts I give, too: wood-burnt plaques and ornaments, decoupage cards, paintings, and decorated gift baskets. My art isn't good enough to make the comic I have mostly-written, unfortunately, but it definitely helps with the scripting

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Barbara Mountjoy

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Barbara Mountjoy 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I think my favorite is Jake Patrin, a recovering alcoholic in a book I have written, but have yet to publish. He’s caretaker at a conference/retreat facility in New Mexico, stays alone most of the time, works hard at his sobriety. He lost his family and his life to the drink. He’s working when a retreat-load of patent attorneys comes in for one of those "team-building" weekends, a freak snowstorm falls on the place in March, and a truckload of illegal Mexicans gets stuck in the snow and ends up in the conference center. He steps in to handle the situation in a flawed hero way that really warms my heart. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I have a three-quarter time family law practice, where I especially help victims of domestic violence and parents of abused children—kind of a contradiction. I love to cook all sorts of et

Many Genres One Craft Available for Pre-Order

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We have a new cover for Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction , and it is available for pre-order at Amazon , Barnes and Noble , Books A Million , Powell's , and other fine locations. From the back cover: Romance. Fantasy. Mystery. Science Fiction. Young Adult. Horror. Picture Books. Suspense. Many Genres, One Craft brings together award-winning authors, bestselling novelists, and hot new writers from all these genres to offer an amazing novel writing workshop in a book. Modeled on Seton Hill University's acclaimed MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction—where all of its sixty contributors have taught, studied, or been a special guest—this stunningly comprehensive guide for writers offers insights into crafting effective genre fiction of any kind, and provides an array of practical advice on selling novels in today's marketplace that you simply won't find anywhere, short of enrolling in graduate school. Learn everything from beating writer&

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Preston Black (Songwriter)

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So, here's where I'm supposed to talk about how I got my record deal and all that, right? Well, then that means I got to go back to that show at The Stink with Katy on Valentine's. It's an old skating rink that they turned into a brewery, and we played to a full house that night. They had kids jammed in all the way back to the bar. I was nervous, seeing as how it was the first time I ever played any of my own songs to an audience. But Katy looked good, and she was really confident, so that helped. Also, playing when your soul's at stake is pretty good motivation. Anyway, I played like I had hellhounds on my trail. For real. We squeezed blood out of that stage. Notes I never knew existed dropped out of the air like flies from a bug zapper. Some of those kids never even knew what hit them. After the show the label guys were all like, '...you've got a great look and backstory...' and I was like, "I'd like to think it had more to do wit