Pitch Wars Interview with Laura E. Adams and her mentor Mary Ann Marlowe
Sep19

Pitch Wars Interview with Laura E. Adams and her mentor Mary Ann Marlowe

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their projects. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions. Laura E. Adams and Mary Ann Marlowe Team: Donut Mary Ann Marlowe (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Although I currently work as a computer programmer, I am a lapsed French lit doctoral student who grew up in Narnia. I will read almost anything. If it’s on a list of books someone says I should read, I will pick it up. My favorite books range from Lolita and Dangerous Liaisons to The Hitchhiker’s Guide and Game of Thrones. Lately, I’ve been gorging myself on high octane Romances – the steamier, the better. I get irritated when the Romance genre is belittled as inferior or somehow easier to write than other genres. Creating a believable, all-encompassing sense of falling in love from nothing but words takes skills. I know this very well because my last three books have been Romances, and every time I approach a new story, it’s always the chemistry between the protagonists that requires the most attention. Get that wrong, and all the plot in the world can’t save a Romance. My writing style is very much by the seat of my pants. I always have a concept in mind when I start, but when I first sit down to write, it’s all about the characters. Once I have a sense of who they are, then I let them take over and drive the story where it needs to go. I generally have no idea how it will end until I get there. Granted, revisions usually take me twice as long as drafting, but I’ve tried to plot in advance and find I can’t without completely killing the magic.   Laura E. Adams (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself       I am a “love” enthusiast who believes that there are not enough ways in this world to express the all-encompassing, heart-thumping, world-stopping, hair-pulling emotion that love is. Okay, I’m being dramatic and a little sappy, but I write romance…almost exclusively. And I think of romance…almost exclusively. Asking me to pick my favorite book would be like asking me to pick my favorite boy band. Here’s my dirty little secret (besides that I love boy bands): there’s plenty of room in my heart for all my favorite reads. Furthermore, I’ll read anything with a swoon-worthy relationship in it. My bias is for musicians; however, my current favorite books have no musicians in them. See that? Point proven. I have room in my heart for all. My writing style, probably...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Anna Carew-Miller and Cindy Baldwin with their mentor, Rosalyn Eves
Sep19

Pitch Wars Interview with Anna Carew-Miller and Cindy Baldwin with their mentor, Rosalyn Eves

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their projects. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions. Rosalyn Eves, Anna Carew-Miller and Cindy Baldwin Team:ARC (Anna, Rosalyn, Cindy–for our character arcs, and the ARCs of our future books) Rosalyn Eves (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Like Anna and Cindy, I have pretty wide tastes: basically, I’ll try anything if it’s good. (And I’m not even that picky: as a kid, I got in trouble for reading the back of the cereal box when I was supposed to be cleaning up.) I love stories with a good romance, including ninteenth-century AND YA contemporary. So Austen, yes, but also Elizabeth Gaskell, Georgette Heyer, Stephanie Perkins, and Kasie West. I also love a good cozy mystery that makes me think: I own all of Dorothy Sayers’ mysteries, and most of Agatha Christie’s. I enjoy sci-fi with a twist of humor, like Lois Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga and Connie Willis’ TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG. But my heart is probably in fantasy, which was one of my first loves (Robin McKinley!), and which I primarily write. I like to think that my writing style reflects some of what draws me to the books I read: romantic, atmospheric, lyrical, smart. (The very best compliment I got while querying compared my writing to Neil Gaiman’s–I’m not there yet, but I aspire that direction!) Anna Carew-Miller (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself.     I’m a huge book nerd. When my mom caught me reading Rosemary’s Baby in middle school, she said it was fine to read books like that only after I’d read ALL THE GOOD BOOKS. Determined to enjoy a future reading sexy thrillers, I devoured all the “good books” I could get my hands on. I can’t say I understood much of Anna Karenina in eighth grade, but I did read it. I still love nineteenth century novels (and re-read Dickens’s Bleak House almost every year) but my tastes are eclectic. I loved Where’d You Go Bernadette as much as Never Let Me Go. I’m a sucker for any coming-of-age story, which is probably why I’ve ended up writing YA. I definitely lean literary both as a reader and writer, but have no patience for pompous tomes; in the YA realm, I’m a fan of Gary Schmidt, Ruta Sepatys and Elizabeth Wein. Give me playful and dark stories or tell me about some moment in history that makes me rethink some period or historic event. My own writing style is … evolving. I’m so entranced by the spare language of Graham Greene and the...

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Pitch Wars Interviews with Eliza Knightly and her mentor Nikki Roberti
Sep19

Pitch Wars Interviews with Eliza Knightly and her mentor Nikki Roberti

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their projects. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions. Nikki Roberti & Eliza Knightly  Team: Trouble Nikki Roberti (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Hi! I’m Nikki Roberti. I’m a Catan-loving, Firefly-watching young adult author represented by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary. I’m also Brenda’s assistant. Last year I was a Pitch Wars mentee myself, mentored by the amazing Rachel Lynn Solomon, and the experience taught me so much in revising that it absolutely changed my life. I mainly write YA contemporary and some thrillers, but I also love playwriting, balloon sculpting, and cooking Italian food.   Eliza Knightly (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. Hi, I’m Eliza Knightly. I’m an omnivorous reader but I especially love YA with an occult twist (why couldn’t I have been born a psychic during the spiritualism movement?) and books featuring characters from diverse backgrounds (bonus points for foster kids!). I write YA rooted in several genres including contemporary, light science fiction and historical fiction. My PitchWars manuscript, The Runaway, was originally a memoir about my experiences living in a group home for troubled teens. It’s being transformed into fiction that features foster teens, truants, runaways and young people from rough backgrounds. Nikki, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?    For me, I wanted to pay it forward. Being in Pitch Wars last year was an invaluable experience, and the amount of time and effort that my mentor put into my work really meant a lot to me. Not only that, but she became one of my best author friends to this day. I knew that if I was ever put in the position where I could give back in a similar way, I would jump at it. It takes a village to raise a book baby, and I would be nothing with out the fellow authors who invested in me and my writing. I’m so glad Brenda let me join this amazing group. Eliza, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I’m a Twitter newb. I thought social media would be a great way to connect with other writers. When #PitchWars began to blow up my feed, I decided to investigate further. It’s a contest unlike any I’ve seen before and people were super-enthusiastic about it. It sounded both fun and rewarding and I definitely wanted in. Nikki, what are you most excited for? I’m most excited to get to know my mentee, Eliza, and really dig deep into her book. Eliza blows me away...

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