Showing posts from September, 2012


HEIDI'S PICK SIX Red Tash 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. I'd love to travel more--who wouldn't? My favorite places visited so far include San Francisco, Oregon, Chicago, Boston, Destin FL, Hawaii--I just love any destination with a beach. My biggest delight in terms of accidental vacation adventures happened when I was planning an ocean-side camping trip to South Carolina. A hurricane blew in, and the only beach within a day's drive from my Southern Indiana home was on Lake Michigan. Sheboygan, Wisconsin! Kohler-Andrae State Park remains the most beautiful state park I've ever visited, with a scenic beach walk and the cleanest, most spacious campground I've ever seen. The people of Sheboygan were so friendly, too--they even gave us an impromptu VIP tour to one of their factories: Wigwam Socks. It was a hoot. Someday I hope to go back. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Oh, boy. Does anyone ever choose milk?


PATHS TO PUBLICATION After I finished my game designing gig for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game, Saga Edition for Wizards of the Coast, I wanted to keep my writing skills sharp. I had already written a number of short stories for the sole purpose of honing my writing style and felt like I was ready to embark on a larger, more serious work. During one bus ride to work in the summer of 2009, I began brainstorming and came up with the idea of writing a story about a woman left alone on a space station in the middle of nowhere. Three months, several bus rides, and a stolen laptop later, the first novel titled Alone on the Edge was complete. I could have stopped at that point and started peddling my work to potential agents and publishers, but I felt that I had more story to tell about my main character. I kept writing. Despite a grueling work schedule, I finished the draft for Alone in Paradise three months later. Two books under my belt, and I still wasn’t done! I kept writing and

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: The Book of the Night by Pearl North

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS THE BOOK OF THE NIGHT AUTHOR: PEARL NORTH PUBLISHER: TOR TEEN (2012) DESCRIPTION: The world of the Libyrinth has experienced a series of wrenching changes. After the Libyrarians and their longtime foes the Singers discovered their common heritage, a young healer named Po found the Lion’s Bloom, an ancient and enormously powerful artifact capable of rewriting reality. Behind the mysteries of their shrouded past has always been the legendary Book of the Night. Sought for generations, both feared and revered, it is the key to this world of wonders. When vain, grasping Queen Thela steals the Lion’s Bloom and imperils the very reality of the world, only the Book can heal what she has rent asunder. An epic journey through strange lands, a perilous encounter in a clockwork city, and the revelation of the truth beyond reality will lead those who find the Book to a moment when their world will either be saved...or cease to exist. Told with the grace and sk

SFFS: Snippet #2 from "Dakota's Gate" in The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3

"Dakota's Gate" from The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 3: Portraits of a Trickster DESCRIPTION: This is my second and last snippet from "Dakota's Gate," a continuation of Farmer's novel Two Hawks from Earth . I fell in love with Roger Two Hawks' character--he's a displaced, romantic soldier just trying to get home. He relies on his instincts as much as his intellect to see him through one crisis after another, and never loses his spirit, though he is quite lonely. What's not to love?! So, I gave him a special someone by introducing a new character, Dakota Cummings, into the Farmer-verse. Now about the anthology... A third venture through the works of Philip José Farmer focusing on his penchant for literary tricksterism featuring essays by Frederik Pohl, Michael Bailey, Steven Connelly, Bruce Sterling, Chris Garcia, Tom Wode Bellman, Jonathan Swift Somers III, David M. Harris, Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor, and Rick Lai and fiction by Charlott

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jessica McHugh

HEIDI'S PICK SIX Jessica McHugh 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I love almost every character in my alternate history story “The Sky: The World,” but to make things easier, I’ll choose Captain Jack Racine as my favorite of the bunch. If Indiana Jones were addicted to laudanum and had to be coerced into adventures by loading him up with liquor and lovely ladies, he’d be Jack Racine. The guy’s a bit of an asshole, but he’s that magical kind of likable,too. He’s perfect for fantasizing about, but you’d be an idiot to try to date him. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I can sing, mostly Broadway songs. In high school, I was in musicals and show choir—we even performed at Carnegie Hall. Unfortunately, there is little chance for me to sing nowadays, except in the shower. I try to get to karaoke as much as possible, but I always seem to be busy on the days the nearby bar hosts it. It’s a shame, really.


HEIDI'S PICK SIX Jenn Nixon 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? My favorite character, so far, is Tiva Boon. She’s a female Royal Guardian from the planet Abennelp. I created the character to play an online Star Trek Role Playing game and actively played with her for about 10 years. Over those 10 years her background and personality became so rich and “real” that I knew a story was just waiting to happen. I originally wrote a short story to flesh out her history but knew it wasn’t enough, so I went all the way back to the beginning and churned out two 145K novels just to tell her story! 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Tea, with milk. I don’t like Coffee *hides* 4. What else can you do besides write? I used to be a very avid Karaoke Singer and even won a regional contest several years back. I’ve been singing since grammar school and have never stopped! 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the tou