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HEIDI'S PICK SIX: M. A. Leslie

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX



Amy and Mike Leslie (M. A. Leslie)

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
A - Charlie from Liberty, not because of his role in the first Liberty, but in the process of writing a second story containing him, he is really coming to life for me. It is almost like I can see him. Not that all of the other characters in our books aren’t special, but he is kind of taking a life of his own.

M- Libbi from our book Liberty. I know that Libbi is a girl and for that reason we are very different, but there are many similarities to her upbringing that are similar to my own. She is feisty like my wife and has seen more than any person of her age should have. I respect her and feel like I can see through her eyes sometimes.


2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
A – If I could insert an IV of coffee in my arm and walk around all day, I would be the happiest person alive. Please just add the French vanilla creamer.

M – I am going to have to go with coffee …

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Gary Vanucci

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX



Gary Vanucci

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
I don’t really have a favorite on my own, though I do enjoy writing the goblin Barguth especially. All of my main characters have very unique personalities and motivations that set them apart and make them special. That is enjoyable for me as a writer. Most of the time, I put myself in the place of them and then have at it! From a character standpoint, I think that you need to have strong characters that people care about or else you will lose your audience quickly.


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?
Right now I am reading Erik Scott De Bie’s Downshadow and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. What can I say, I enjoy fantasy!


6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
I am inspired by reading novels, watching good television and comics I…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Sabrina Benulis

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX



Sabrina Benulis

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
This is a very difficult question, but if I could choose only one, then my favorite character from my novel ARCHON is Angela, my main protagonist. I love all of my characters, but Angela's vulnerability and growing integrity have really stuck with me and the more that I see what she is destined to become, the more excited I get. Angela is a very real person. She has a lot of flaws, and comes from a past that has been extremely unforgiving and harsh, but that past has also molded her into someone who is so honest and straightforward with herself that she ends up making a stark contrast to the other characters, who only know how to hide their true selves behind a proverbial mask. I wanted to write Angela as a person who you would want in your corner, that you could see yourself being friends with, but who also grows and grows from someone who doesn't make the best choices, to someone very admirab…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Tracy Falbe

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
I write epics that have many characters, so it is hard for me to pick just one because I’m rather fond of several of them. Even so I am tremendously in love with Amar from my recent release Rys Rising: Book I. He’s supposed to be the bad guy but my husband insists Amar is the hero, but regardless of those opinions, he is definitely a great way for a teenage princess to get back at daddy. He’s a notorious killer and does not care if he lives or dies. This does not mean that he acts without purpose. He is the devoted servant of the rys Onja, whose magic supports his warlordism. Amar quickly earns the name among the peasants of dro-shalum, which means curse demon. Women are attracted to his burgeoning power, but he ignores them until of course he meets the right lady. I like so many things about Amar. He’s audacious, daring, sneaky, provocative, and literally gets away with murder. He offers an interesting look at a life un…

Event: Western Maryland Small and Regional Press Festival 2011

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jemiah Jefferson

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX



Jemiah Jefferson
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
I cannot choose. I really can't. Generally speaking, my favorite character is whoever I'm writing about at the moment. Currently, I am writing a novel with three protagonists, so whoever's point of view I'm concentrating on at any given time is my favorite.

2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Coffee or tea WITH milk.

4. What else can you do besides write?
I'm a pretty good cook - I've been cooking since I was a little kid--though I do still sometimes make mistakes. Also I have a pleasing voice that to me seems tailor-made for being a jazz radio DJ; I've been meaning to put together a podcast to prove it, since there's no such thing as a paying job as a jazz terrestrial radio DJ. Also I don't know all that much about jazz, but I do love to talk about it, and I do love radio.

5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toug…

Event: Western Maryland Small Press Festival

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Events

This Saturday, October 15, 2011, contributors to Many Genres, One Craft (Michael A. Arnzen, Heidi Ruby Miller, and Jason Jack Miller) will be guests at the Western Maryland Small Press Festival, sponsored by Frostburg University.

Here are our schedules:
Publishing Basics - 11:30 AM
Michael A. Arnzen, Donna Long, and Heidi Ruby Miller

Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror - 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM
Michael A. Arnzen, Eric Beebe, Jessica McHugh, and Jason Jack Miller

Self Promotion 101 - 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM
Heidi Ruby Miller and John Edward Lawson

DIY & Self Publishing - 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Heidi Ruby Miller, Bill Olver, and Alan C Reese

Writing Local - 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Jeff Grieneisen and Jason Jack Miller

ASK THE REVIEWER: Live to Read

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Live to Read

This is the sixth in a series I'm hosting where I talk with reviewers who have reviewed my books. Today I welcome Krystal Larson from Live to Read! 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 Krystal's full review of Ambasadora visit: http://livetoread-krystal.blogspot.com/2011/08/ambasadora-by-heidi-ruby-miller.html

ABOUT THE REVIEWER

1. What types of books do you review most often?
I tend to review Young Adult or romance the most.

2. Are there any types of books you won’t review?
I wouldn't say won't, but I prefer not to review LGBT, self-help books, some nonfiction-I have to do enough in school!-, middle grade books, poetry.

3. Do you review more books you've come to on your own or those from authors/publishers?
I definitely tend to review the latter much more, I get approximately 4-20 in the mail daily.

4. How long does it usually t…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Gary Starta

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX



Gary Starta
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Caitlin Diggs, my paranormally-tweaked FBI agent, would be my favorite. She is currently responsible for four novels and has brief cameos in another series I started. Since becoming affected by a mysterious crystal, Caitlin is experiencing supernatural abilities. But she doesn’t quite have a handle on them or the reason why she received them. Answers will be coming in two forthcoming novels, one set for June 2012, called Demon Inhibitions. Eventually, Caitlin may come to find the universe is a lot more connected than she once believed.


2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Tea – mostly green. It’s a healthy antioxidant. I have to get my characters to drink more of it. It helps beat oxidative stress which seems to be prevalent in both the fictional and non-fictional world.


4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
David Wilcox’s book, The Source Field Investigations…

Versatile Blogger Award

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Thank you Ellie Great at Path to Happiness for the Versatile Blogger Award!

You can check out Ellie's book Unforgettable Night, only $2.99 on Amazon.

Publication: Heidi Ruby Miller in Twisted Tales in 66 Words

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PUBLICATIONS


Twisted Tales in 66 Words

My flash fiction story "Page Thirty Three" (originally titled "Page Three Thirty") is part of a new collection by editor Kimberly Raiser.

You can buy the e-book for $.99 at Amazon or a paperback for $5.95 at Lulu.

To read another flash piece of mine "The Surrender" which was picked for the collection The Best of Every Day Fiction 2008, visit Every Day Fiction. If you like it, please don't forget to rate it!