Pitch Wars Interview with Joanna Hathaway and Katie Bucklein
Sep14

Pitch Wars Interview with Joanna Hathaway and Katie Bucklein

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews by Marnise Nicole Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their project. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions.   Meet Joanna Hathaway and Katie Bucklein Team: Team Buckaway! And we are also one half of Raptor Squad.   Katie Bucklein (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself.                             Reading? Who reads anymore? And now that I’ve gotten my sarcasm in, I loooooove YA/A fantasy, which won’t be a surprise if you’ve listened to me talk about books even once. I also have a deep love for NA contemporary, the sexier the better. When I’m not writing, I’m likely doing homework, and when I’m not doing homework (read: procrastinating) I’m likely finding music to share on my blog and/or make playlists for my books. I can’t write without music blasting in my ears. I swoon for brother relationships/male friendships (which Jo has and I love her for it), love kickass girls (not always in the physical sense) (also which Jo has), and reimagine paranormal creatures (such as demons or the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) (not what Jo has, but she reimagines WWII, and that’s just as fabulous because that’s my favorite war). Like Jo, I’m a huge history nerd (I’m a history major; how much nerdier can I get?). There’s this feeling I get whenever I study points in history that leaves me feeling both extremely happy and extremely sad–these people lived, but not everyone was well-known enough to be written down on paper and put into books. I love finding out about those people.   Joanna Hathaway, tell us a little about yourself. I’m a huge history nerd! I read All Quiet On The Western Front at thirteen and was hooked. Nothing fascinates me more than reading about people—why they do what they do, what they love, what they’re willing to fight and bleed for. There’s a great quote I have from Tom Wolfe (I have so many writing quotes, bear with me): “The problem with fiction, it has to be plausible. That’s not true with non-fiction.” Absolutely! It’s why I’ve always found history books and memoirs so fascinating. You can’t make this stuff up. But it’s also why I love a good novel with complex characters and twisting plots. I don’t usually read light and fluffy. I want tough choices, heart-breaking decisions, and things that leave me pondering for days. I want to look at the world differently after I put the book down. (But I swear, I’m also a goofball at heart. Just ask Katie. There’s that other great quote from Joss...

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Pitch Wars Interview with M. K. England and her mentor, Sarah Glenn Marsh
Sep14

Pitch Wars Interview with M. K. England and her mentor, Sarah Glenn Marsh

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews by Marnise Nicole Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their project. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions. Meet Sarah Glenn Marsh and M. K. England Team: We’re Team Swift Kick! (And together with Katie Bucklein and her mentee Jo Hathaway, we’re also the fearsome Raptor Squad!)   Sarah Glenn Marsh (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself.                                  My dad had to do some serious begging to get Little Sarah to read The Hobbit. We’re talking months of pleading here. And maybe bribery. But when I read it, I loved it. I’d always been a big reader, but I liked being a reader so much better once I had elves and swords and dark lords to defeat! Still, I was disappointed when I made it all the way through Tolkien’s works and no girls ever went on the quests…and that was my inspiration to start writing my own stories! My style leans toward lyrical, and I love reading and writing epic fantasy, historical fantasy–anything with strong female characters, monsters, and kissing! I also love all things sci-fi, and all things ghostly. If a book can take me someplace new, or show me something I’ve never seen, chances are I’ll love it   M. K. England , tell us a little about yourself. My parents’ first date was to see Star Wars: A New Hope when it first released to theaters in 1977, so I come by my science fiction obsession rightly. TV shows, books, comics, movies—honestly, if it’s sci fi, I will try it. I love fantasy, too, but nothing really gives me the same rush as stars and spaceships and a good blaster by your side. My favorite YA novels are the books of The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, especially the audio versions. They give me a jump start whenever my creative battery is running dry. I love the way she uses language, and her blog posts on writing were what finally pushed me to finish a book! Sarah, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?     Back when I was querying, I entered a lot of writing contests. Sometimes they went well, and sometimes they didn’t, but I always made new friends and learned something–and that made them worthwhile! I also was amazed by how many people went out of their way to help me, and I’m certain that’s how I was able to learn a lot in a fairly short time and find my wonderful agent. I see Pitch Wars mentoring as a way to pay all that...

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