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HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jolene Perry

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Jolene Perry 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Milk. I know. I'm boring. 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? Since I usually finish a book in a day or two, I'll just give you the last book that blew my mind - The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. Where do you find your inspirations to write? From EVERYWHERE. I have a harder time blocking inspiration than finding it. It's very distracting when I'm trying to finish a project and not start a new one. 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? 9. Food you could eat everyday. Potato chips and chocolate almonds... 10. Are you into sports or other physical activities? 11. What kind of music speaks to you? All kinds. I could listen to classic rock and alternative all day, though. There's SO much good stuff out there! 12. D

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Ash Krafton

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Ash Krafton 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. I am a domestic wanderer, a day-tripper, an in-state vagabond. I love travelling with my husband and two kids throughout eastern PA; Philly is our second hometown and we spend a lot of time there. We're drawn to science and technology centers as well as natural history museums. We also like historic sites like Colonial Williamsburg and Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The best part about travelling, however, is the food—my kids are definitely foodies at heart and they love eating their way across the state as much as I do. I just wish I had their metabolism. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? I am a hot tea snob and proud of it. Loose teas only, preferably a first-flush Darjeeling. Tea bags, be damned. I am a lot more forgiving with iced tea and even drink it out of cans. (I know, right? It's so street.) 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading ri

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: T.W. Fendley

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX T.W. Fendley 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. Over the years, I've had the good fortune to be able to travel to many places in Mexico and Peru. I visited the Maya ruins in Tulum, Uxmal and Chichen Itza. Some of the highlights of my trip to Peru were Caral, the Museo Cabrera in Ica, the Nazca Lines, Ollantaytambo and, of course, Machu Picchu. Seeing these amazing archeological treasures made me even more passionate about sharing the legacy of those ancient cultures. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? In 2009, I learned about remote viewing--a scientific protocol to apply precognition that was developed by the military during the Cold War. Since then, I've been active in Associative Remote Viewing and even host a website: www.ARV4fun.com . Yep, I do ARV for fun. 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Joyce T. Strand

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Joyce T. Strand 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Unequivocally, without question -- I am a coffee drinker. But not just any coffee -- I prefer Peet's. And not just any Peet's - the best is Garuda. I grind the beans daily -- I'm so sure it tastes better. And no adulteration like cream or milk or sugar. I like it black - the way it was made to be. I love the aroma when it's brewing. I enjoy how the flavor blends with my oatmeal. Oh, I do restrict my intake - I don't allow me to have any coffee after 12:00 noon well, maybe 1:00 p.m. on some days. But I get in 3-4 cups in the morning. 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? The endings of all my books are the most difficult scenes. I write mysteries. I need to solve the puzzle, put the Red Herrings to bed, a

Appearance: Going Live on FCTV

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APPEARANCES Jason Jack Miller and Heidi Ruby Miller are going to be on the premier of a new local talk show in Uniontown, Pennsylvania-- GOING LIVE with FCTV . The show will air at 7:00 PM on Friday, April 13, 2012. Here's a link to the page on the official site: http://goinglivefctv.com/Going_Live_FCTV/Guests/Entries/2012/4/13_Jason_and_Heidi_Miller.html

Meme: The Lucky 7 Meme for Writers

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MEMES I just got tagged in The Lucky7 Meme by T.W. Fendley . Perfect, since it’s about writing, and St. Paddy’s Day is coming up! THE RULES: 1. Go to page 77 of your current ms. 2. Go to sentence 7. 3. Copy and post the next 7 sentences as they’re written. No cheating. 4. Tag 7 other victims, er, authors. Here's an excerpt from ATOMIC ZION, the thriller I'm revising: "Yes, that's right," Nick said, poking a little fun at Detsoi's favorite phrase. Together they wrenched the bed free of the stall, making as little noise as possible, and wheeled it over to the wall. Nick hoped no one had an odd shift change at this time of night or decided they needed a shower for lunch. He hoisted himself onto the collapsed bed while Evie pushed her hip into it to steady the casters. Facing the horizontal window bank, he searched for handles. Small flip locks were at either side of the pane, meant for easy manipulation by a window hook from the floor. He pushed t

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Bruce Brown

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Bruce Brown 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Of all my characters, Howard Lovecraft and Spot are my favorites. They are adventurous, brave, sarcastic and funny. I love the dynamic between them. In many ways they fight like an old married couple. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? I am a diehard coffee drinker. I usually drink several double espressos a day. 4. What else can you do besides write? I am a student of Shinkendo which is the martial arts study of Samurai sword fighting. There is something about the discipline of it that draws me to it. Besides, how cool is it to swing a sword around and sword fight! 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? 9. Food you could eat everyday. I honestly could eat sushi or sashimi every day. I love it. I am a total creature of habit with foods. I once ate h

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Tate Hallaway

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Tate Hallaway 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Does anyone actually answer milk? For me, it’s coffee all the way, ever since I was a tween. I used to get up early, before anyone else in the house, and start the coffee. I’d listen to music, read, take a walk, or daydream before getting ready to go to school. 4. What else can you do besides write? I can draw. In fact, when I was in college no one believed I WASN’T a Fine Arts major. I dropped drawing for a long time because I hit a plateau. I can draw something I can see respectably well, which means that, for me, who loves to draw superheroes and Anime characters, I can draw from someone else’s drawing. I haven’t been able to break past that point very well… so I stopped. I picked the pencil up again recently. 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? Every

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Kim Messinger

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Kim Messinger (middle) with co-authors Janine Boyer and Shirley Brosius 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. My husband and I love to travel. We have cruised to popular sites like Bermuda, the Caribbean, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Mission work and family have taken us to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Africa and Japan. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee with Truvia and Almond Joy creamer. Every morning at 4:55. It is the only reason I get out of bed! 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 family, friends and my classroom! I could and should have written all my adventures with six year olds over the years! 9. Food you could eat everyday. Avacados 10. Are you into sports or other physical activities? Training for a 5K right now. I hi

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Gary Cummings

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Gary Cummings 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? My favorite character is Kyle Roach, the protagonist of my book Breaking In . I have to say that because if I don't, he may not say or do anything interesting in the sequel. Knowing Kyle only reads the first couple of sentences, and the last sentence of a paragraph, I can confidently say my favorite character is Kyle's ex-wife, Molly. Molly is the smartest and most creative person in the book. When she drops back into Kyle's life after years of being gone, things happen. And that is why Kyle is my favorite character. 2. Tell me about your travels. My wife and I absolutely love Glacier National Park. It's a three day drive or a convoluted, multi-connection flight from our home in the Midwest, so we can't visit as often as we would like. We go after Labor Day and, many times, seemingly have the huge park to ourselves. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides

SFFS: Snippet #3 from Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light

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AMBASADORA Book 1: Marked By Light DESCRIPTION: If everyone told you love wasn't real, would you still be willing to die for it? Sara Mendoza is captured, tortured, and falsely accused of treason by the Embassy, but she is given a chance to win back her freedom. She only needs to charm information from one of the fragger leaders, then kill him. But by the time she figures out the Embassy's intel is flawed and that Sean Cryer is her true mark, she's already in love with him. Sean knows why Sara is on his ship from the start, but as a lonely, anti-social doser, he doesn't value his life, only his ideology within the fragger organization. Against his better judgment, he becomes her protector, each day caring more about a future he was always afraid to hope for. SNIPPET #1 SNIPPET #2 -- SNIPPET #3: Here Sara, David, and the others are trying to escape from Palomin during a battle. Sara is succumbing to her pain... "This is faster acting." Yadira h

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Greta van der Rol

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Greta van der Rol 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I have three strong characters in my new novel, Starheart . I like them all, as a matter of fact. Admiral Hudson is a strong, very attractive man who can have a tender side. Santh Dekstra, gay first officer of the Saintly Maid, is a really nice guy, a girl's best friend but with problems of his own. But if I have to pick, it will be Jess. She's a widow with a slightly shady past, trying to make a place for herself and those she loves in the galaxy. She's smart, tough, a bit inclined to go off without thinking too hard, intensely loyal and basically honest. 2. Tell me about your travels. I've been a few places. Last trip was a jaunt around the world (literally) on trains and boats and planes. We flew to Europe, spent some time in Holland then went on a Baltic cruise taking in Copenhagen, Warnemunde, Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. Then we flew over to America, wh

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Janine Boyer

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Janine Boyer with co-authors Kim Messinger and Shirley Brosius 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? Radical by David Platt 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. If I could...Oreos, chips and ice cream 10. Are you into sports or other physical activities? I enjoy all kinds of sports, my favorite being basketball. I also enjoy physical activities such as running and trying new things like sky diving, jet skiing, parasailing, zip lines and roller coasters. There are lots more things I'd like to try. 11. What kind of music speaks to you? I am so moved by Christian worship music. It helps to make me more aware of God in my day to day living and draws me closer to Him. 12. Do yo

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Heather Massey

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Heather Massey 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? I can blink both of my eyes at the same time! 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? 9. Food you could eat everyday. Indian food is to die for. I love samosas, vegetable pakoras, palak paneer, basmati rice, tandoori chicken—heck, I adore it all. Hmm, now I know what I’m having for dinner tonight! 10. Are you into sports or other physical activities? Like I mentioned earlier, I can blink both of my eyes at the same time (but now I only do it on Thursdays). 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 do an outline, a flow chart, a PowerPoint presentation, a pie graph, index cards, a Schrödinger equati