Pitch Wars Interviews with Lisa Maxwell and Pasha Westbrook
Sep10

Pitch Wars Interviews with Lisa Maxwell and Pasha Westbrook

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews by Marnise Nicole Bringing you a closer look each Pitch War Team and their project. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions.     Meet Lisa Maxwell and Pasha Westbrook   Pasha, tell us a little about yourself.                               I’m a severe chocoholic in love with dark and magical books such as Nova Ren Suma’s Imaginary Girls, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls, Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys, and the hauntingly beautiful Wuthering Heights, which I strive to read once a year. In genre, I adore writing dark magical realism or gritty contemporary, and I’m definitely more of a pantser than plotter though I’ve learned to divide my time equally between the two. Yay, me! Lisa, tell us a little about yourself.          Hi! Most days I wear way too many hats–professor, writer, editor, wrangler of small humans. I write dark and magical YA and MG, usually with some sort of romance involved. I enjoy reading way too many things to name. On my bookshelves you’ll find everything from Toni Morrison to Nora Roberts and Hemingway to Harry Potter. My favorite genre to read (at least this week) is anything with romance. I spent a lot of time studying wonderful, gorgeously written literature with really depressing endings, so now I tend to gravitate toward HEA. Fun fact: I didn’t start writing until I was 30. I was never the English major who wanted to be a writer when she grew up, so no one was more surprised than me when I discovered I loved it, and I was pretty decent at it.  Lisa, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?  When I started writing, I had so many really generous and wonderful authors who helped me. These were women who took the time to look me in the eye and tell me I belonged, that I was almost there, that I could do it. Every step of the way, I’ve been lucky enough to have support from people who were published already, so I am always happy to pay that generosity forward. And I love editing because it blends my teacher-side with my writer-side. When I heard about Pitch Wars, it was a no brainer–I wanted in. Pasha, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? My reason for participating in this lovely contest was to reap/absorb the talented souls of all mentors and mentees so that I may achieve world literary domination. Oh, wait, what? 😉 In all seriousness, I decided to enter because it’s an...

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