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HEIDI'S PICK SIX: April Grey

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX April Grey 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? My favorites have to be from the novel, Chasing The Trickster, which is coming out this fall from Eternal Press. Although I've written a lot of short stories and several novels, these characters were the ones who kept grabbing me and bringing me back to working on their story. I have a couple of other characters who do that, but Nina, Pascal and Joe have been incredibly forceful. Not to sound like a total nut, but sometimes I think I see one or another of them on the street or in the subway. They just don't give up on me. 2. Tell me about your travels. Stratford, Montreal, Quebec and the Ile d'Orleans in Canada. I've been to Nantucket, all over Cape Cod, Boston, Salem, and Plymouth, Mass. I grew up in NYS so have been to places all over there as well as CT and NJ. (I love Cape May!) And we go to the Catskills every summer. I've been up and down the Eastern seaboard all the way

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jacob Henry Orloff

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Jacob Henry Orloff 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. I’ve had the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful locations on this planet. Wales was especially lovely and definitely my favorite place to vacation. (Hello Tracy, Mez, Dot, Richard). Recently, I took a trip to Oregon with my girlfriend, Kayla. We stayed mostly in the Portland area, and it was absolutely wonderful. I was highly impressed by the thriving arts community there and I could get lost in Powell’s Books for hours. The scenery was breathtaking. Aside from that, I’ve been to Vegas twice, Texas, Colorado, Utah, and all the states in between. I’m hoping to visit the East Coast more, namely Florida. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee is most certainly my morning drink on those rare occasions that I’m actually awake before noon. I don’t drink it very often during the summer. It’s mostly an autumn and winter drink for me. Tea is good all year. Curren

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Patti Roberts

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Patti Roberts 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Oh my god, that is impossible. That is like asking a mother to chose a favourite. I can’t do it. But I will say that I like writing for Angela and Abaddon.A 2. Tell me about your travels. I travel a lot through Malaysia with my family when I was younger. I love Singapore and Penang. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Weak black tea, no sugar or milk. Coffee with milk no sugar. 4. What else can you do besides write? Sing, dance, act, skydive and sailing. Well actually no. But I did go sailing every weekend when I was a kid. I sing in the shower. Dance in my dreams. Act-up every opportunity I get. Skydive, not a chance. I like the taking off and the landing part way to much to jump out of a perfectly good aircraft. 5. Who are you reading right now? Justin Cronin – The Passage. 6. Pop culture or academia? Pop 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? None of them a tough. So

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Trent Zelazny

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Trent Zelazny 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? I drink way too much coffee and have an odd fascination with milk. Being a recovering alcoholic, I’ve found insane amounts of caffeine have taken the place of liquor, and that’s just fine with me. I’d rather drink a pot of coffee than a fifth or handle of what I used to drink. Don’t ask about the milk. I really don’t know what that’s all about. 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? My life, mostly. Flannery O’Connor said, "Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days." Very true, I think. Sadly, I’ve had many experiences since childhood, and many of them have not been good. Anything can inspire. An en

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Nathan Everett

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Nathan Everett 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I listened to author Mary Doria Russell (The Sparrow, Doc) speak recently about how she fell in love with her characters. But she is a serial monogamist. Once she is through with a character, she moves on and falls in love with the next one. I understand that, but there are threads that keep calling me back to certain characters (some from works I wrote long ago and never published). I love the two leads in my upcoming book The Gutenberg Rubric, but I’ve already returned to my computer forensics detective Dag Hamar from For Blood or Money and am working on a prequel that features him as a much younger man. There is something about Dag that continues to draw me to him. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Hot, strong, and black. I am a coffee drinker. I inherited the trait from both sides of my family and have often used family stories about coffee in my books. Dag Hamar, eve

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Valentine Brkich

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Back in 2003 I decided to go with a vanity press to publish my first book, Cageball, Poker, and the Atomic Wedgie. Bad idea. Not only was it expensive, the company never followed through with any of its promises to help market the book. Plus, the printing costs made it impossible for me to sell the book at a reasonable price. Although I sold over 3,000 copies of the book, I learned my lesson and I knew I’d never trust a vanity press again. When I was writing my next book, Bridgewater: A Narrative History of a Pennsylvania River Town, I researched starting my own publishing company. Then, at a writer’s conference, I met Dave Lieber, author of The Dog of My Nightmares. Dave published his book through his own company, Yankee Cowboy Press, and he convinced me that I could do the same. So, when it came time to publish Bridgewater…, that’s just what I did. I started Bridge Street Books and used selfpublishing.com to help me get a good print quote. I ended up going with a company out of N

ASK THE REVIEWER: Magic of Reading

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Magic of Reading This is the first in a series I'm hosting where I talk with reviewers who have reviewed my books. Today I welcome Leanne Bell from Magic of Reading ! She was kind enough to take time out of her reading and blogging schedule to answer some fun questions about herself, her blog, and about my novel Ambasadora . To read Magic of Reading 's full review of Ambasadora visit: http://magicofreading.blogspot.com/2011/07/ambasadora-by-heidi-ruby-miller.html ABOUT THE REVIEWER 1. What types of books do you review most often? I will read anything, but usually I tend to review Young Adults, fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction and romance as I’m usually looking for some escapism when I read. 2. Are there any types of books you won’t review? Not really since I like to expand my comfort zone all the time and I love to read new books. The way I see it I may as well try a book and if I don’t like it, then at least I tried. :) 3. Do you review more books you'

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Jon Sprunk

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The Shadow Saga by Jon Sprunk I had been writing for several years, piling up three full novel manuscripts, a dozen shorts, plus countless false starts, but I felt defeated by the mountain of rejection slips I'd accumulated. When I got the idea for a new book about a lonewolf assassin pitted against an entire country, I worked feverishly to get it down on paper. Well, computer drive. When the manuscript was complete and polished to the best of my ability, I considered where I should submit it. I had just finished the First Law series by Joe Abercrombie, and was struck by some of the similarities in theme and execution between Joe's books and mine. So I wrote an email to the U.S. editor, Lou Anders of Pyr Books, to say how much I'd enjoyed the books, and also to inquire whether he would like to see my new book. Lo and behold, he agreed to read a sample. When Lou came back with a request to see the rest of the book, I was on Cloud Nine. The next few days were the lon

Event: WPF In Your Write Mind at Seton Hill - Day 4 Photos

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Events From the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction MFA Graduation :