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HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Meg Mims

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Meg Mims 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. I am pretty much a homebody, but have traveled many times to Mackinac Island, Michigan (nearly every year) and once to England before my daughter was born. So when my now 24-year-old was slated to attend a conference in Vienna, Austria, I jumped at the chance to tag along. We had a wonderful time, exploring the city, seeing the sights, touring Salzburg (no, we did not take the Sound of Music cheesy tour, lol) and eating sachertorte! We loved taking the Underground, loved Stephensplatz, loved shopping and eating in outdoor cafes. I found the architecture and history just as fascinating as England's castles and manor houses. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice in the morning--my huge mug--and the decaf version at night. Mmmmmmmmmmmm. 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? Dana Marton's Guardian Ag

Event: Confluence 2011

Events This weekend I will be a guest at Confluence 2011 , The 23rd Annual Literary Sci-Fi Convention in Pittsburgh. July 22nd - 24th, 2011 Doubletree Hotel Pittsburgh Airport Heidi Ruby Miller's Schedule of Appearances: Friday - 6pm Jr Suite Lit Beer Heidi Ruby Miller Michael Arnzen Saturday 10AM Salon A Who is writing the New Tropes Heidi Ruby Miller (M) Timons Esaias Geoffrey Landis David Hartwell Saturday 12:00 Noon Salon A Social Networking - Open Doors or Anathema Lawrence Connolly (M) Robert J Sawyer Jon Sprunk Heidi Ruby Miller Saturday 2:30PM Jr Suite Reading for Ambasadora Heidi Ruby Miller Saturday 7:00PM MF Autographing/Book Signing for Many Genres Michael Arnzen Heidi Ruby Miller I hope to see some of you there!

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: G. Paul Grondin

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX G. Paul Grondin 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I enjoy all my characters including the way the receptionist smiles when you check-in to your hotel room. But, I’ve written the most about Dr. Sydney Taylor Caldwell, the protagonist in Never Regret Tomorrow . Being a straight guy, it’s interesting to live a vicarious life through the thoughts, words, feelings, perceptions and actions of the female psyche. (This is not about sex...sorry.) We can not truly understand someone, male or female, unless we walk in their shoes. This must be the reason writers have a silent compassion for the other person. 2. Tell me about your travels. I was born in 1949, so I have a unique slant on traveling. At 14, I stepped onto the side of the road, stuck out my thumb and the first car stopped. I met this great couple. Twenty miles later they dropped me off in a downtown city of 200,000 people. I looked around, stuck out my thumb and I was back home within forty-fi

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Ron Gavalik

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Ron Gavalik 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Dillon Galway in Grit City is my favorite character to date. He’s a freelance journalist that kind of thumbs his nose at society’s idea of what a twenty-something, college educated man should be doing with his life. I started my writing career in freelance journalism. In many ways, Dillon is my persona from ten-years-ago. Much like me, he abandoned money for idealistic pursuits. He also embodies a simple innocence that I never really possessed. I draw that character trait from my son, Nick. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I spent a long career trying my hand in several careers. In high school I went to a local vocational school part-time to learn carpentry. I hung dry wall for a few years and then taught carpentry at the same school. I have a degree in engineering design and followed that path for ten years. I’ve also worked as a tec

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Liz Coley

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PATHS TO PUBLICATION Wake up and Smell 2011 One of the things I like about reading other writes' tales of their paths to publication is that they speak to persistence in the face of disappointment, optimism in the face of rejection, and a sheer cussed refusal to quit. And then, without rhyme, reason, or warning it happens, and they find themselves with the three-book deal or the Hugo award or a movie option. The writer takes the hero's journey down to the nadir of despair and rises to the heights of joy, carrying away a boon, in the form of a contract, galleys, cover art, an ISBN-13. The moral is--it can happen, and does, even to people we know. So when is it our turn? I passed age forty before I realized I wanted to be an author, or at least to give it a darned good try so I'd have no regrets as I drew my last breath. I set a simple goal in 2003--write one novel--science fiction, because I love it--for teenaged boys, because I had two. And if I was going to be seri

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jaleta Clegg

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Jaleta Clegg 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? That's like asking who my favorite child is. I love them all, except the villains. They creep me out. I had the most fun in Nexus Point writing scenes with Will Scarlet and Roland the monk of the Order of Myrln. Will is a linguist undercover on the planet although he hints at working for a secret organization. That mystery will be cleared up in several short stories that will hopefully be published before too long. I can always post them on my website for free. Roland is a sweet person. He's got a bright future, but you'll have to wait a few books before you meet him again. I'm still half in love with Tayvis. Scratch that. If he showed up on my doorstep and I were twenty years younger, I'd run away with him in a heartbeat. Except he wouldn't break up a family. He's not that kind of guy. Some days I almost envy Dace. She gets the hot guy eventually. But I don't envy her

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Bryan R. Dennis

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Bryan R. Dennis 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Rosa Santana. Her conservationist ethic resonates with me. She is a free spirit, an untamed enigma like Mother Nature herself. When I tried shaping her into a more conventional character, she rebelled and told me to go eat a sandwich. I never knew what form she’d appear in from one scene to the next. I like how askew her perspective is on things. She’s philosophical and passionate about her convictions. She sees magic in things and possesses magic within herself. And she’s strong. She kicked my butt. 2. Tell me about your travels. The Army took me to Europe. Boredom took me back and forth across America. My wife took me to Japan. Where I go next, and what takes me there this time, is anyone’s guess. 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? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Brenda Cooper

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Brenda Cooper 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. I love southern Mexico. I’ve been to Palenque and the Yucatan Peninsula, and I am totally enchanted with the people, the history, and the natural world there. So enchanted I’ve set two short stories there and my next novel: Mayan December. It’s a beautiful world with underwater caves, stunning coral reefs, mysterious ruins, and very friendly people. I gained a new favorite this year when I spent six days in Thailand (some business). I think Thailand was so fascinating because of the same things: The people were friendly and happy, and very different from us in the most part. The land is beautiful, and Thailand also has an interesting historical and current culture. The Thai King is the longest-seated monarch in the world right now, and there are pictures of him everywhere in Thailand. I also love the contradictions: I walked down one street in Bangkok and p

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Anita Clenney

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HEIDI’S PICK SIX Anita Clenney 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Faelan is my favorite character. He lost everything he knew and loved and woke in a time he knows nothing about. He’s grieving over his family, his brothers and sister, and trying to figure out who this woman is who woke him. If she’s a demon or a prostitute or just an innocent soul who has opened the gates of hell in her backyard. He carries the responsibility of all the deaths that occurred because he didn’t destroy the demon in 1860, and now he can’t fail again or the entire world will be doomed. And he has these intense feelings for Bree that he has no idea what to do with because the basis of them seems impossible to him. 2. Tell me about your travels. I haven’t traveled much. I had some fun times traveling with a group of Aztec Fire Dancers, but it was here in the US. I’ve never been outside the country. I would love to travel to Scotland. After the kids are grown, my husband and I plan to do mo

Event: WPF In Your Write Mind at Seton Hill - Day 3 Photos

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Some of these are actually from different days during the residency/retreat, but it's my third day of posting them here, so...