Pitch Wars Interviews with Eric Bell,  Shanna Rogers, and Joy McCullough-Carranza
Sep11

Pitch Wars Interviews with Eric Bell, Shanna Rogers, and Joy McCullough-Carranza

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 Eric Bell, Shanna Rogers, and Joy McCullough-Carranza Team: Team Alory *(This is a combo of the main characters’ names in both books.)   Eric and Shanna, tell us a little about yourselves. Eric Bell, Mentee: Hi! I’m thrilled and honored to be a part of Team Alory. I mostly read contemporary middle grade, which also happens to be what I write. My favorite book is The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt. I guess you could describe my writing style as conversational, wry, and self-deprecating (at least that’s how it turned out for this book!). Other miscellaneous tidbits about me: I can count the number of letters in words very quickly, which is about the most useless skill anyone could ever have short of the ability to drink an entire carton of orange juice in one sitting; I can tell you more about Japanese video game composers than I can about anyone on Top 40 radio; I once kicked with a Rockette; I once ran around on stage in my underwear in a bizarre Croatian theatre production. None of these factoids pop up in my manuscript, which I guess is probably a good thing.   Shanna Rogers, Mentee: Hi everyone! I’m Shanna (like Anna with a “sh”) and I love middle grade, both to read and write. Mostly because I’m still twelve at heart. My favorite genre is contemporary with a helping of humor, and my writing style is evolving. I used to be more of a pantser, but after studying structure I now have to have the major story milestones mapped out ahead of time. And I delve into character ahead of time too, because if I don’t know the characters well from the beginning, it is impossible to predict how they will act/react in a given circumstance. As much as I love revising (I really do), I don’t TRY to give myself more work in later drafts. Three truths and a lie*: -I used to be a regular on the show “How I Met Your Mother” -I got into grad school at Harvard -I lived in a volcano crater in Italy one summer -I love to karaoke, but only rap songs *Actually, there’s no lie. These are all true.   Joy McCullough-Carranza (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I love reading (and writing) MG and YA. I read across genres, but am perhaps most drawn to contemporary (though I am the sort of Harry...

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Pitch Wars Interviews with Sheena Boekweg, Isabel Davis, and Megan Grimit
Sep11

Pitch Wars Interviews with Sheena Boekweg, Isabel Davis, and Megan Grimit

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 Sheena Boekweg, Isabel Davis, and Megan Grimit Team: #TeamNutMeg   Sheena and Isabel, tell us a little about yourself.                               Sheena: Hi, I’m Sheena Boekweg. I grew up on Harry Potter, Gilmore Girls, and Roald Dahl. I love Shakespeare because Shaun Hunter fell for a girl with a book of Shakespeare’s sonnets in her purse. I’m a mom, a Mormon, and a Whovian. I stay inside and write all day, unless the weather is gorgeous, and then I stay inside and write with my windows open. I love music. I have aspirations to be Lane Kim when I grow up. I enjoy a good song, and I don’t care who sings it– Miley Cyrus, the Smiths, Lana Del Ray, Jason Mraz, One Republic, Carol King, The Clash, The Cab, Death Cab, Anything involving Cabs, Neko Case, Fall Out Boy, Taylor Swift, The Weepies, Hozier, Paramore, Fun., My Chemical Romance, James Taylor, John Denver, Alicia Keys, Bastille, Arcade Fire, The Used, and Adele are constantly running on my Spotify playlist. I don’t pay the extra money so I listen to the commercials. Usually with an annoyed look on my face, because commercials are the worst. I’m cheap. I grew up in a library (not literally) but I love libraries more than almost any other place on earth. Jess Mariano from The Gilmore Girls imprinted himself into my head at a tender age, but so did Roald Dahl’s Matilda, Terry Pratchett’s Granny Weatherwax, and Jane Austen’s Every Female Character. My favorite book to read to my children is the Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman, and Beezus and Ramona. I once met a children’s librarian who didn’t know about Ramona, and I’ve never been more angry. But I was polite, because she was a librarian, and librarians are the bacon of humanity, so I simply returned to her desk with a stack of Cleary and gave her homework to do before the next time I saw her. I’m often running late. I forget things. I burn brownies, and forget to sign permission slips. I believe in honesty in all things, except Driver’s Licences ( Yes, Officer. I do only weigh that much) and I love people who are real. I hate small talk, but I will sit and crowd watch for hours. I love truth. I consider Luna Lovegood a close personal friend. I write YA, because YA books made me who I am and saved...

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