Pitch Wars interview with Jenny Rosen, Courtney Gilfillian, and their mentor Kim Graff
Sep12

Pitch Wars interview with Jenny Rosen, Courtney Gilfillian, and their mentor Kim Graff

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 Jenny Rosen, Courtney Gilfillian, and Kim Graff Team: Revenge   Jenny and Courtney, tell us a little about yourselves.   Jenny Rosen, Mentee Hello world! I’m Jenny, I’m 26, and I’m a YA author! I enjoy writing about the complexities of teenage love and loss and getting into the grittier side of tense, unpredictable romantic and familial relationships. When I’m not writing, you can find me plugged into ITunes rocking out to all kinds of music (I’m currently obsessed with the 2006 rock alternative music scene and current singer song writers out of the UK!). I worked in the music industry for many years before I started teaching English as a second language overseas, so I’ve got my feet in two very different worlds and love teaching as much as I loved working with artists. My favorite reads involve off the beaten path YA contemporary romances and thrillers. I love anything wild and edgy that takes typical archetypes and transforms them in an interesting way. My writing style can switch from being very tongue and cheek to raw and hard-hitting. I don’t really sugarcoat characters or the difficulty of their emotional and given circumstances because I find people the most interesting when they’re the most conflicted. I like pushing the boundaries of certain writing conventions. I like word play, poetry, journal entries, reflections, essentially anything that adds different textures/colors to standard prose. I love duel perspective, and particularly enjoy exploring the head space of the YA male. I love reading male protagonist fascinating to explore how teenage boys experience some of the most tumultuous, confusing years of their lives and deal with the pressure of transitioning into young men. So anything with two perspectives, whether it’s something I’m writing or reading, excites me.   Courtney Gilfillian, Mentee Hi, I’m Courtney and I’m so excited to be part of #teamrevenge for pitchwars!! My favorite genre is YA Contemporary, and I lean towards reading darker/realistic fiction. I love Lauren Oliver, Lauren Saft, and Megan Abbott. My writing style is pretty raw. I tend not to sugar coat my characters experiences, or actions. I enjoy unlikable characters. I just moved to London to start grad school, so I’m curious if my vocabulary in my writing will change while I’m here!   Kim Graff (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I read across the marketplaces—YA, MG, Adult. For the most part, I gravitate towards the darker more gritty novels. My all-time...

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Pitch Wars Interviews with C. L. McCollum and her mentor, Molly Lee
Sep12

Pitch Wars Interviews with C. L. McCollum and her mentor, Molly Lee

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 C. L. McCollum and Molly Lee Team: Team Glitch   Molly Lee (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself.                             I’m all over the place with what I enjoy reading! I try to take a taste of every flavor option whenever I can, but I do tend to read in the genre I’m writing at that point in time. So, lately, I’ve been reading a ton of NA. Though, YA (especially paranormal and urban fantasy) will always have a place in my heart. Anything Kimberly Derting writes, I instantly buy 🙂 My writing style is normally sitting down at the computer and letting my characters take me where they want me lol. Lately I’ve been trying to plot out each chapter and work that way, but I find the characters will go where they want, despite my best efforts to keep them in line! Fun Fact: It is a rare occasion when I go shopping (even simple grocery shopping) and I don’t bring a book home for my two year old, Lexi. She loves reading as much as I do and has more books than me 🙂 Her collection is stacked and will be perfect when her brother catches up to her. And, sometimes, I secretly wish I could do what she does–pull all my books out, spread them on the floor, and roll around in the awesomeness!   C.L. McCollum (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself.          Heya! I’m C.L. McCollum, and I am thrilled to have been chosen as a mentee by the marvelous Molly Lee (hey that rhymed LOL). I’m a SFF junkie in all things. My favorite books & films have explosions and spaceships and/oror incredible otherworldly beings populating our world right under our noses. I love the “what if” questions that fantasy and science fiction allow to be answered. I’ve written in a wide variety of subgenres, with everything from fairy tale retellings to near future sci-fi, to magical realism and Weird West. I just have too much fun experimenting and playing with possibilities. I’ve yet to publish a novel, but I’ve been included in several anthologies. Of those, the ones I’m the most proud of are the Cliches for a Cause series of charity anthologies that my writing group has collaborated on. I’m a co-editor for those, as well as contributing author, and it really humbles me to think that our words are leading to funds being raised for charities that I...

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