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HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Sandra Sookoo

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Sandra Sookoo

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
Hmm, well, I travelled to the tiny Caribbean island of Trinidad to meet my husband. The only place west of the Mississippi I’ve been is St. Louis. And my favorite place of all time to vacation is Walt Disney World.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Tea. Though I love brewing coffee just for the wonderful aroma, I’m a tea girl—iced or hot it doesn’t matter. As for milk, I don’t take it in my tea either, and don’t drink it. It makes me shiver—and not in a good way. Chalk it up to bad memories from growing up when my siblings and I had to drink powdered milk.


4. What else can you do besides write?
I’m a baker. I always joke that if I get stuck or stalled with a particular scene in writing, I pop into the kitchen and bake. There’s something about engaging my brain while cooking that allows it to work out the problems in the writing.


5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or ac…

SFFS: Snippet from GREENSHIFT #6

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A TALE FROM THE AMBASADORA-VERSE: GREENSHIFT

Greenshift is a novel set in the Ambasadora-verse one month before Ambasadora begins.

DESCRIPTION: David Anlow, a fleet captain forced into early retirement and jaded by an ex-lover, now spends his lonely days shuttling around a group of scientists for hire.

Boston Maribu, Mari to her friends, is one of his passengers, a young botanist who is as beautiful as she is naïve and innocent. When Mari asks David to teach her about more than just piloting the Bard, nights on their ship heat up and their feelings for each other mature into a relationship neither expects. But a suspicious new client shows up with wicked plans for Mari, and the soldier inside David comes alive, ready to fight for the young woman who stole his heart.

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SNIPPET #5
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"I'm not the flirting type," Sean mumbled.

"No kidding."

Even after they kissed that time he hadn't made any advances toward her…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Mark Radford

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Mark Radford

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
It has to be Midnight from Early Memory – a strong feisty woman with a troubled background who can be expanded into further books, starting with its sequel due for release in April/May.


2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
I can use sign language quite well when in the company of the deaf community but generally I use spoken English as my main communication method – the best of both worlds.


5. Who are you reading right now?
The Timekeepers by Charles Moore – a Sci-Fi adventure.


6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?

9. Food you could eat everyday.
My biggest vice is Chocolate! – gradually cutting down on it.


10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I g…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Judah Lee Davis

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Judah Lee Davis

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
My favorite character is Madison because she’s just SO BAD. To help me get familiar with her character, I painted my fingernails black and danced around in stilettos to Beyonce songs for quite some time.

I also enjoy the way that Madison sees everything in such a negative and raunchy light. She can take the most lovely idea and twist it into something perverse. It’s almost a talent. Watching her attempted transformation from bull frog to flower is as funny for the writer as it is for the reader. I never know what she’ll get into next.


2. Tell me about your travels.
I stayed in Quito, Ecuador for two weeks with my best friend who was studying Spanish. We took a cruise to the Galapagos and also visited an Incan Indian village. I also took a solo journey throughout Costa Rica that involved horseback riding and zip-lining through the jungle.

My last major vacation was in and around the area of Nuremburg, Germa…

SFFS: Snippet from GREENSHIFT #5

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SFFS Snippet

A TALE FROM THE AMBASADORA-VERSE: GREENSHIFT

Greenshift is a novel set in the Ambasadora-verse one month before Ambasadora begins.

DESCRIPTION: David Anlow, a fleet captain forced into early retirement and jaded by an ex-lover, now spends his lonely days shuttling around a group of scientists for hire.

Boston Maribu, Mari to her friends, is one of his passengers, a young botanist who is as beautiful as she is naïve and innocent. When Mari asks David to teach her about more than just piloting the Bard, nights on their ship heat up and their feelings for each other mature into a relationship neither expects. But a suspicious new client shows up with wicked plans for Mari, and the soldier inside David comes alive, ready to fight for the young woman who stole his heart.

SNIPPET #1
SNIPPET #2
SNIPPET #3
SNIPPET #4
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SNIPPET #5:
"I know you didn't like the last guy," Mari said. "Neither did I." She sucked in a breath when one of the contractors closed in.

&qu…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: D. A. Bale

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX


D. A. Bale

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
Oh, I love traveling! In my previous line of work, I traveled ALOT doing workshops around the country for banking and lending institutions. Many times I either went to a venue early or stayed extra days to do some sight-seeing and take in the local fare. One of the banks I worked for was anchored out on the East Coast, and I loved going into New York City to walk around Central Park, Greenwich Village, etc. I have some absolutely fantastic pictures from those years. However, my absolute favorite place is Alaska - specifically Seward, Alaska. My second trip out there I took my son and mother and had a bunch of excursions planned for them throughout the day while I worked and then we spent our last days down in Seward doing the whale-watching tours of the Kenai Fjords, dog-sled rides, the Sea Life Center, etc. I would live there in a heartbeat!


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Does it …

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jackie Miller

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Jackie Miller

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Mmmmmm . . . coffee for me! I can (and sometimes do) replace entire meals with coffee. To allay any guilt from this bad habit, I try to drink equal amounts of water as well. That counts for something, right? I know caffeine wakes you up, but drinking coffee is so cathartic and relaxing for me.


4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
I'm reading The God King by James A. West and Divergent by Veronica Roth. Fantasy & Dystopian YA :-) I have pretty varied taste. I like to jump around from genre to genre so I don't get burned out on one in particular.


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

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
I find inspiration in a ton of places. I used to tell my hubby, who also loves to write, that I just wasn't creative enough to come up wi…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Sheldon Higdon

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Sheldon Higdon

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
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?
I tend to read several books at once but one of them is Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.


6. Pop culture or academia?
Is this a trick question? Because, if so, I plead the fifth. :)


7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?

9. Food you could eat everyday.
Hot Wings. Although my acid reflux wouldn't appreciate it.


10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
Old school Punk and Metal. (I know. That's two.)


12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I'm trying to outline. Twisting my arm to do it more often. With that said I let the story bleed out naturally.


13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences …

SFFS: Snippet from GREENSHIFT #4

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SFFS Snippet

A TALE FROM THE AMBASADORA-VERSE: GREENSHIFT

Greenshift is a novel set in the Ambasadora-verse one month before Ambasadora begins.

DESCRIPTION: David Anlow, a fleet captain forced into early retirement and jaded by an ex-lover, now spends his lonely days shuttling around a group of scientists for hire.

Boston Maribu, Mari to her friends, is one of his passengers, a young botanist who is as beautiful as she is naïve and innocent. When Mari asks David to teach her about more than just piloting the Bard, nights on their ship heat up and their feelings for each other mature into a relationship neither expects. But a suspicious new client shows up with wicked plans for Mari, and the soldier inside David comes alive, ready to fight for the young woman who stole his heart.

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SNIPPET #2.

SNIPPET #3.
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Many Armadans underestimated contractors—David didn't. They might not have as much bulk, but their martial arts training gave them a powerful punch.

"Ward…

Many Genres One Craft Wins First Place at London Book Festival

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I am pleased to announce that the writing guide I co-edited with Michael A. Arnzen, Many Genres, One Craft, won first place in General Non-Fiction at the 2011 London Book Festival! This is our second award for the book and comes on the heels of last month's honor from The Writer magazine, which named Many Genres#5 in Ten of 2011's Terrific Writing Books!

Congratulations to all the contributors and our publisher Headline Books, Inc. for making this book such a big success.

SFFS: Snippet from GREENSHIFT #3

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SFFS Snippet

TALES FROM THE AMBASADORA-VERSE: GREENSHIFT

Greenshift is a novel set in the Ambasadora-verse one month before Ambasadora begins.

DESCRIPTION: David Anlow, a fleet captain forced into early retirement and jaded by an ex-lover, now spends his lonely days shuttling around a group of scientists for hire.

Boston Maribu, Mari to her friends, is one of his passengers, a young botanist who is as beautiful as she is naïve and innocent. When Mari asks David to teach her about more than just piloting the Bard, nights on their ship heat up and their feelings for each other mature into a relationship neither expects. But a suspicious new client shows up with wicked plans for Mari, and the soldier inside David comes alive, ready to fight for the young woman who stole his heart.

Click on this link for SNIPPET #1.

Click on this link for SNIPPET #2.

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SNIPPET #3:
The fleet jab got under David's skin—he'd only taken the early retirement a few months ago and it wasn't exactly sitt…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Stacey Rourke

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Stacey Rourke

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
I love Grams. I wanna be her when I grow up.


2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
I can touch my tongue to my nose.


5. Who are you reading right now?

6. Pop culture or academia?
I consider E!, People, & US Weekly to be the news. That's academia right?


7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
I LOVE to workout! I’m borderline addicted to the endorphin rush.


11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I outline, but the story still always manages to take me somewhere I didn’t expect!


13. Celebrity crush.
Do I have to narrow it down to one?! I get "character crushes" more than celebrity crushes. Alcide from True Blood (Dear Alan Ball…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Larry Peterson

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Larry Peterson

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
It's a toss-up between Father Sullivan and Beatrice Amon. Father Sullivan is street-wise and tough yet he has this childlike faith and sees God's prescence even amidst chaos. It is a beautiful thing. As far as Beatrice goes, well, she proves that often times people are not the ogres we might think they are. I'll leave it at that.


2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
COFFEE---it gets the old engine running; milk #2


4. What else can you do besides write?
A lot of folks have called me "Mr. Fix-it". I can do most any kind of home repair or remodeling work. I can fix cars too, if I have to. However, I have not done much of that over the last few years. Blew my back out about 15 years ago and nowadays it does not take much to set me back to square one where I can hardly move. So, I have to be careful. I can also play the harmonica and if I need to clear a room quickly all I …

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: TK Toppin

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TK Toppin

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
It would have to be Loeb, a small secondary character from the Lancaster trilogy. He's more or less on the edges and sort of looking in with mild wonderment at all the comings and goings. While he didn't get highlighted in the first book, in the second and third, he gets some air time. I like him because he's unassuming, observant, and he can kick some a** when he's ready.


2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Coffee - black. Tea - black or iced. Milk - intolerant.


4. What else can you do besides write?
Besides writing, I'm a freelance graphic artist...something I've been doing for so long that I remember when I did everything by hand. Thankfully, desktop publishing programmes came about and I fell in love with computers. It was love at first sight.


5. Who are you reading right now?
Right now, I'm nearly done reading The Girls from Alcyone by Cary Caffrey. It's a…