A Pitch Wars Interview with Kamerhe Lane & Jim O’Donnell and their mentors Mindy McGinnis & Kate Karyus Quinn
Sep16

A Pitch Wars Interview with Kamerhe Lane & Jim O’Donnell and their mentors Mindy McGinnis & Kate Karyus Quinn

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their project. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions.   Meet Team: TeamDude Mindy McGinnis (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Mindy: I’ll read anything, absolutely anything (although I freely admit to avoiding romance – something Kate says does not behoove me). My writing style is that I sit down and write – seriously. I am a complete pantser and let the story tell itself. Kate Karyus Quinn (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Kate: I’ll read anything and especially love a good romance novel (seriously Mindy, you’re missing out). My writing style tends to be on the verbose side, which is why I often have trouble with Twitter and keeping myself to the pithy format enforced there. Over time I’ve become more of a plotter, as I’ve found that pantsing generally means that I write myself into corners that I then have a hard time getting out of. Kamerhe Lane (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. My name is Kamerhe. I’ll read anything, unless the story centers on animals. As a kid, I hated Where the Red Fern Grows and The Incredible Journey. Insert your gasp here: _____ I admire and try to emulate writers with bold, surprising voices, like Sandra Cisneros, Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, Isabel Allende, and Ani DiFranco. I love a good turn of phrase and an authentic voice and hope my writing has that. In YA, I like authors whose styles challenge the expected; I’ve learned so much from A.S. King, Rainbow Rowell, and Andrew Smith. Jim O’Donnell (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. My name is Jim and I enjoy reading everything except romances. Yeah, but those romances came preloaded on my kindle. It was a special edition! I don’t know, it’s probably a glitch in the system that put all those highlights, notes, and bookmarks in there. I don’t read romance. I like contemporary, just not contemporary romance. Unless there’s like a strong love interest. And like kissing and sex and stuff, but you know, just those rare ones. I’m a pantser who tries to plot, but I usually end up drawing a dragon that looks more like a snake and a dog attempting sex. I tend to form better relationships between my characters if I let them develop as I write. It’s kind of like my favorite roma- I mean… I don’t read romance. I don’t read them. I’m a man. A manly fucking man. Never. Mindy and Kate,  why did you decide to participate in Pitch...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Sean Grigsby and his mentor J. C. Nelson
Sep16

Pitch Wars Interview with Sean Grigsby and his mentor J. C. Nelson

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 Sean Grigsby and his mentor, J. C. Nelson Team: Team Metal  J. C. Nelson (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I love Fantasy and Sci-Fi. My favorite genre is urban fantasy, but basically anything wild and wonderful. For me, I’d read the phone book if it were written with a wonderful voice and a dragon showed up to devour the entire Q-T range. My writing style depends on what I’m writing. For my first urban fantasy, the Grimm Agency series, it’s a lighter tone which isn’t afraid to be genre savvy or poke fun at conventions. For my next series, The Reburialists, I’m trying to channel the feeling of a swashbuckling action movie like The Mummy or Indianna Jones.   Sean Grigsby, tell us a little about yourself.      I love it all, fiction and nonfiction alike. I lean toward the dark side, but I’m just as at home with a well-written cozy mystery as much as grimdark and horror. Books about writing craft are something I’ll continue to eat up, no matter where my career takes me. I believe you can never stop learning.   J.C.,  why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I met my agenda, @bookaliciousPam in Pitchwars, and I love helping people tell the best story I can. And the community is amazing. Sean, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?          The list of agents is amazing. Most of them are closed to queries, so this was an opportunity to get my work in front of them. I also knew I needed help. I think I teamed up with the right mentor. JC can crack a whip and give high fives in the same breath. J. C., what are you most excited for? I can’t wait for everyone else to meet RJ (the MC of Sean’s book). How can you not love a guitar playing black man who runs a petty revenge business and collects souls for the devil on the side? Sean, what are you most excited for? Improving my manuscript. The agents’ decision to request is out of my hands, but working with JC and doing my darndest to make my novel shine is totally on my shoulders. I’m going to learn a lot. Sean, describe your novel in 3 words. Heavy Metal Revenge J. C. , describe your mentee’s novel in 3 words. Memphis Devil Blues   Check Us Out …   Sean...

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