Tuesday, June 14, 2011

19 What do G.I. Joe, InStyle Magazine and Linkin Park Have in Common? Guest Post and Giveaway by Heidi Ruby Miller

What do G. I. Joe, InStyle magazine, and Linkin Park have in common? Heidi Ruby Miller used something from all of them in her new novel Ambasadora.

Though I only worked on Ambasadora for about three years, I took from influences all the way back to my childhood for the Ambasadora-verse and its characters. One that comes immediately to mind is G. I. Joe. I devoured everything Joe during the 80s and 90s, including the comic books, the animated series, and the Choose Your Own Adventure books.

Then I read Dune by Frank Herbert when I was in fifth grade and I felt like I was there on Arrakis. Luckily, I came to Dune late—it was first published in 1965—so I could snatch up the sequels one right after the other. I also bought the movies and the mini-series. When I found out one of my critique partners from the graduate program at Seton Hill—I'm talking about you, Christopher Paul Carey!—loved Dune as much as I did, plus had a degree in anthropology just like I did, it was easy to work with him to build the unique qualities of the Ambasadora world. Chris also introduced me to another incredible world-builder in Philip Jose Farmer.
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Of course written stories weren't my only influences. I fell in love with Joss Whedon and the Whedonverse. I still hope for some long lost episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer to surface somewhere, preferably around season three or four, and I'm thankful Whedon was able to tie up the Firefly series with Serenity. I was also addicted to Rockne S. O'Bannon's Farscape–his characterization made the long-arching plots riveting, probably more so than the action. Much like Luc Besson.
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Besson is the French writer of The Transporter and Taken and writer/director of La Femme Nikita and my all-time favorite SF movie, The Fifth Element. The Fifth Element was one of the few "shiny" SF movies coming out of the last couple of decades after Hollywood made the switch to "gritty" SF, a la Ridley Scott's Alien and the Wachowski brothers' Matrix trilogy, all of which I loved, being a Sci-Fi gal, so there are bits of that grit thrown in, too, especially from The Matrix, which reminded me of playing video games.
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Female gamers have been around for a while, but are finally coming into their own with the new generation, I believe. I've had an XBOX live account from the beginning, though my gaming time has dwindled hopelessly this year since having two books come out in May. Still, there's nothing like pulling an all-nighter, cramping your thumbs and bringing on early arthritis for HALO, BioShock, or Call of Duty. The list could go on. Playing online multi-players inspired the V-side in Ambasadora—especially the word avatude because the bad attitudes really come out when people can hide behind their avatars.
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Obviously most of my influences come from popular culture, including fashion. I pour over InStyle and Glamour from cover to cover, including the ads which are an art all their own. I've cut out photos of how I thought inhabitants of my world would dress, even if I never described them in the book. I have a bulletin board which covers half of a wall in our library, and that idea board is stuffed with photos and swag that bring the worlds I write to life for me. Right now I'm using part of the board for the next book in the Ambasadora-verse while the other part is filled with the milieu for Atomic Zion, a romantic suspense novel that will also come out this year.

I also use music to create a certain mood when I write—and usually the same music over and over during the completion of a manuscript. For Ambasadora, I threw in CDs from Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System of a Down and Rise Against then hit random. Once I began to associate certain characters with certain groups or songs, I put those on a loop for hours, allowing them play as background to my words. And that's what it all comes down to—the words.
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Giveaway: 
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19 comments:

  1. I am a psycho girl video game player!! Nice to read someone else is the same!

    Angie

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  2. Hi Angie!

    Nice to meet you, too.

    :) Heidi

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  3. Ambasadora sounds interesting, not my usual read, but I like to try new things. I tweeted: acm05.

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  4. Here's to trying new things!

    Thanks, Anne.

    And, thank you, Marcie, for having me at To Read or not to Read.

    :) Heidi

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  5. I emailed your code, Anne. If you don't receive it, please let me know.

    -Heidi

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  6. Heidi rocks! A hearty congrats on your book! I retweeted your original Twitter post cuz I'm still figuring Twitter out. :P

    Ceres

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  7. Thanks, Ceres!

    You rock because you helped me so much with this book, especially shaping Rainer's character.

    :) Heidi

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  8. Spotted some of my favorites and history in your line up of influences, Heidi. Like Dune (only really loved the first book), Philip Jose Farmer, Buffy and Firefly. One of my main characters in the Okal Rel Saga is an anthropologist: Ranar of Rire.

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  9. Can't wait to get into the Okal Rel Saga, Lynda. I've ordered a copy of the first one from our local B 'n N!

    -Heidi

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  10. Start with page 1, not the prologue! It's not real ORU until you meet Ann and Amel. And thank you! Writers who get into the Okal Rel universe are always at risk of being recruited to write for it, too. So beware. :-)

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  11. That sounds cool! Would never think to match those together. Thanks for this

    Tweeted as darkmotives!
    http://twitter.com/#!/darkmotives/status/81054531185676288

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  12. Thanks for stopping by @My Anxious Life, Anne, Ceres and Lynda :D I really appreciate it.

    It's such a pleasure to have you on To Read or Not To Read, Heidi Ruby Miller.

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  13. OMG I love Joss Whedon. He is an absolute tv genius. Buffy and Angel are two of my all-time favorite tv shows. =D

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  14. Hi Heidi ! I retweeted your message :) Looking forward to the read. :) Leslie Mehalek

    (Mike's sister in law :)

    lmehalek@verizon.net

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  15. You have good taste, Bailey!

    :) Heidi

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  16. Hi Leslie!

    Nice to see you here.

    Thanks for dropping by and for the RT. I'll tell Mike his rank in the Mehalek family is slipping...

    :) Heidi

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  17. Thanks for the Tweet, Abby--I'm now following you!

    :) Heidi

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  18. This is a great post, Heidi. I loved hearing about the influences on your book. I've already bought ambassadora, but I'll retweet your post anyway. Sally Bosco

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  19. You're awesome, Sally!

    Thank you.

    :) Heidi

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