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Heidi Ruby Miller            

Award-winning Author and Editor / Mentor, Seton Hill's MFA Program

Heidi Ruby Miller uses research for her stories as an excuse to roam the globe. With degrees in Anthropology, Geography, Foreign Languages, and Writing, she knew early that penning fast-paced, exotic adventures would be her life. She's put her experiences and studies to paper in her far-future AMBASADORA series and her two new thriller series.

In between trips, Heidi teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, where she graduated from their renowned Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program the same month she appeared on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. AMBASADORA was her thesis novel there, and the multi-award winning writing guide MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT, which she co-edited with Michael A. Arnzen, is based on the Seton Hill program and was named #5 in The Writer magazine's Ten Most Terrific Writing Books of 2011.

She has had various fiction and non-fiction publications, as well as various jobs, including contract archaeologist, foreign currency exchanger at Walt Disney World, foreign language teacher, and educational marketing director for Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob. In 2012, Heidi created the Dog Star Books science fiction imprint for Raw Dog Screaming Press and was the managing editor for the line for three years. Recently, she was the Director of Professional Writing Relations for the Pennsylvania Literary Festival, an event she co-founded in 2014.

Her formal memberships include The Authors Guild, International Thriller Writers, Pennwriters, and Science Fiction Poetry Association. She is fond of high-heeled shoes, action movies, chocolate, and tea of any sort. Heidi lives near Pittsburgh with her award-winning writer husband, [Jason Jack Miller] (http://www.jasonjackmiller.com), and a little kitty. Interact with her at www.heidirubymiller.com, @heidirubymiller (Twitter), @heidirubymiller (Instagram), and at [email protected].

Speech Topics


SPECULATIVE FICTION IN THRILLERS

Can adding speculative elements to your thriller make it more marketable or just send it into the slipstream netherworld of publishing? It depends on your concept and its execution. We'll discuss some bestselling authors who have built an entire brand by combining these genres, and analyze how they did it.

SFR - SCIENCE FICTION ROMANCE

SFR is gaining ground in the Romance market, especially with its plethora of sub-genres. We'll discuss the rising interest and introduce you to some of the key players.

SPIES, SCIENTISTS, & SUPER SOLDIERS

Spin the archetypes in Thrillers to add intrigue while maintaining an authoritative character voice.

THE SECOND DRAFT IS ALWAYS MORE FUN

If you dread the rewrite, we'll discuss easy ways to make your second draft more polished, while still enjoying the process. The class includes a general checklist of what to omit on the second draft and what to thread in.

DON'T SAY THAT AGAIN

Rid your work of redundancies. Omit repetitions. Refrain from saying the same thing over and over. Avoid stating the same concept in several different ways. Eliminate the need to really drive that point home.

ALIEN CULTURES OF EARTH

Create fully realized cultures and languages for your speculative worlds by borrowing from recent and historical anthropological case studies right here on Earth.

THE PAST SIX MONTHS IN PUBLISHING AND WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

The publishing industry is in constant motion—imprints closing, imprints launching, new presses popping up, editors leaving, agencies merging—and writers need to be informed in order to take advantage of new opportunities, avoid potential pitfalls, and understand more about the business half of their career.

FASHIONABLE SFF WORLDS AND CHARACTERS

Use runway royalty and innovative designers to infuse theming within your speculative world through fashion, technology, and architecture.

SPACE OPERA REVIVAL

Amidst buzz of Star Wars VII, the blockbusterdom of Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Who turning fifty, and Amazon proving that readers will still devour alien empires and interplanetary sagas, publishers are once again putting out the call for space opera.

THE BATTLE BETWEEN ACTION/ADVENTURE AND THRILLERS

You might have action, thrills, and suspense in the plot, but you should know there is a difference between action/adventure and thrillers.

30 MINUTE NOVEL

Have limited time to write? Come down with a case of writer's block? Coping with the pain of hunching over a computer screen? Try the 30 Minute Novel regimen to get that story finished and still have time to enjoy life.

IN CASE THE TONIGHT SHOW CALLS

Charm interviewers and audiences on TV, radio, online, and in print with help from someone who has sat on both sides of the couch.

50 WAYS TO BEAT WRITER'S BLOCK

Can't think of a new idea? Keep tweaking a particular scene? Wrote yourself into a corner? Let me share 50 ways to counter your writer's block and get the words flowing back onto the page.

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