Friday, August 24, 2012

Many Genres Signing at Morgantown B&N

Many Genres One Craft editors Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller and contributors Jason Jack Miller, Timons Esaias, and Diane Turnshek will be joining a wonderful group of writers for a book signing event this weekend at the Morgantown Barnes & Noble.

You can catch us both Saturday and Sunday at the University Town Center B&N from 1 - 4 PM.

Literary agent Christine Witthohn of Book Cents will also be available to hear pitches.

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page:

MGOC Contributor: Catherine Mulvany


EXCERPT from "Lessons from the Vampire Slayer" by Catherine Mulvany in Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction

When my editor suggested I try writing a vampire book (Something Wicked), I had a hard time working up any enthusiasm. I was familiar with Bram Stoker’s classic, Dracula, of course, Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s Saint-Germain books, but no recently published work. So my first task was to read a broad cross section of current vampire fiction. Though I found many of the novels entertaining, I still wasn’t sure I could make a blood-sucking demon into a convincing hero.


Catherine Mulvany is the author of six novels and one novella. She holds a Master's degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and has taught school for fifteen years. Married with three children, she lives in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her website at

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Hazard Yet Forward Charity Anthology

Giant multi-author anthology on sale Tuesday, August 7 to benefit cancer fighter.

Matt Duvall, Natalie Duvall, and Deanna Lepsch compiled the nearly 700 page, multi-genre eBook, Hazard Yet Forward, with stories from seventy-six writers who are connected to the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction program.

All proceeds from this project will benefit Donna Munro, a 2004 graduate of the program. Munro, a teacher living in St. Louis, Missouri, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. An active member of the SHU WPF alumni committee, Munro helps organize the school’s annual writing conference, the In Your Write Mind Workshop.

To aid Munro and her family, faculty members, alumni, students and friends of the Writing Popular Fiction program quickly responded to compile this massive anthology. The book features flash fiction, short stories and even a full-length novella. In total, there are 75 works from various genres, which makes this anthology one that features something for everyone. Genres represented in the book range from horror to romance to mystery – and everything in between.

Many Genres One Craft contributors in the anthology are:
Michael A. Arnzen - who also wrote the foreword
Sally Bosco
Lawrence C. Connolly
David J. Corwell
Penny Dawn
Matt Duvall
Natalie Duvall
Ron Edison
Timons Esaias
Venessa M. Giunta
Steven Harper
Lee Allen Howard
Scott A. Johnson
Jacki King
Chun Lee
Dana Marton
Mike Mehalek
Heidi Ruby Miller
Jason Jack Miller
Barbara Miller
M.A. Mogus
Rachael Pruitt
Diane Turnshek
K. Ceres Wright

Hazard Yet Forward co-compiler Matt Duvall says, "It’s an unprecedented collection of stories from every genre imaginable."

This large volume is available for purchase on Kindle through Amazon starting August 7 for just $9.99.

More information about the anthology can be found at

To learn about the unique and exciting Writing Popular Fiction program, please visit

Contact: Natalie Duvall -

Saturday, August 4, 2012

MGOC Contributor: Steven Piziks


EXCERPT from "A Primer for Writing Media Tie-ins" by Steven Piziks in Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction

Two weeks before Christmas, 2002, my agent Lucienne called me out of the blue. Like most authors, I love it when my agent calls me out of the blue. It means good news. When it’s bad news, agents send e-mail.

“I have a proposal for you,” Lucienne said. “Have you heard of John Cusack?”

“Yes,” I said cautiously.

“He’s doing a thriller called Identity, and Pocket Books acquired the rights to publish the novel based on the movie. The editor called me to ask if I knew anyone who wanted to write it. The movie deals with multiple personality disorder, and since your first novel was all about MPD, I thought of you. Interested? They’re offering ten thousand dollars.”


Steven Piziks currently teaches English in southeast Michigan. When not writing, he plays the folk harp, dabbles in oral storytelling, and spends more time on-line than is probably good for him. Visit his web page at or find him on Twitter as @StevenPiziks.

MGOC Authors at Confluence 2012

Several contributors to Many Genres One Craft were guests at Confluence 2012, a Speculative Fiction Convention in Pittsburgh. Among the attendees were Gary A. Braunbeck, Lawrence C. Connolly, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, Lucy A. Snyder, Diane Turnshek, Tim Waggoner, and Albert Wendland.

Heidi Ruby Miller and Gary A. Braunbeck

Tim Waggoner, Heidi Ruby Miller, and Jason Jack Miller

Jason Jack Miller

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