Pitch Wars Interview with Anne Lipton and her mentor Max Wirestone
Sep20

Pitch Wars Interview with Anne Lipton and her mentor Max Wirestone

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. Meet Anne Lipton and Max Wirestone Team: Colt   Max Wirestone (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I write mystery and fantasy, and my geek-themed caper THE UNFORTUNATE DECISIONS OF DAHLIA MOSS comes out October 20th. Charlaine Harris called it “a hoot” and a “barrel of fun”, and I plan on tattooing that review on my body. Possibly my husband’s body because I get squeamish about needles. Plus he’s bigger than me, so there’s more space for text. I am being punched now, so I assume this introduction is over.     Anne Lipton (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself       I love connecting with people IRL, on social media, and in books. I’m an omnivorous reader but I tend to write light-hearted fare (from picture books to adult fiction). My favorite novelists are Jane Austen and Jasper Fforde, and I like to describe my writing style as Ffordian: full of humor, adventure, and word play. My writing also might be described as Freudian. Since I’m a behavioral neurologist, I strive to understand and accurately portray the psychology of my characters and their motivations. Why, what did you think I meant?   Max, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?   Brenda asked me! I think they needed more mystery mentors, more adult mentors, and more guys, and in that sense I’m a three-fer. Although: when you must call upon me to butch things up, these are desperate times. Anne, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? One night at a coffee shop meet-up, a fellow writer told me about a competition offering the chance to work with a writing mentor. I welcomed the chance to make my novel shine like the crown jewels that inspired it. When I entered Pitch Wars in 2014, I joined an incredible writing community and learned so much. So I submitted my manuscript this year with an additional goal in mind: I’d like to be a Pitch Wars mentor one day. Max, what are you most excited for? It’s not #PitchWars related, but I’m going to be on a panel at the New York Comic Con talking about geek culture in literature. I’m still pinching myself at the other writers on the panel. The writer of Black Widow; Soman Chainani, who writes THE SCHOOL OF GOOD AND EVIL. It’s nuts. I’m also on deadline for book two of my Dahlia Moss series, and I’m really excited about being over that hump....

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Pitch Wars Interview with Leigh Mar, Delia Moran, and their mentor Sarah Nicolas
Sep20

Pitch Wars Interview with Leigh Mar, Delia Moran, and their mentor Sarah Nicolas

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 Sarah Nicolas, Leigh Mar, and Delia Moran Team: Sarah (or Team with the coffee cups next to our Twitter names) Sarah Nicolas (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I’m Sarah Nicolas, the author of DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE TOO (a YA about a snarky dragon shapeshifter who works for the US government), and some other books with sex in them under the name Aria Kane. I’m a whedonite, a whovian, and am still convinced I’m going to marry Leonardo (the Ninja Turtle). I play a lot of wallyball and my day job is planning events for a public library. Leigh Mar (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. Hello! I’m Leigh Mar and I love books (reading them, writing them, talking about them, staring at pretty pictures of them…). As a kid, I twice dressed up as Laura Ingalls Wilder for Halloween. What do you enjoy reading: Pretty much everything! I love sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary, mysteries, thrillers… anything with a great story. Some of my all-time favorite books include: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Summer Sisters by Judy Blume, The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, The Sloppy Firsts series by Megan McCafferty, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, and of course, can’t forget Harry Potter. Favorite Genre: Depends on my mood, I don’t think I could pick one favorite. I love everything. Writing Style: I’m a binge-writer. And I’m constantly sending myself emails with ideas for my WIPs (and sometimes just new out of left field ideas). At the end of the day I’ll have a dozen emails that say things like “Character should lie about That Thing to Other Character!” and “add scene where Character talks to Character about Thing before Big Event.” The notes all make their way onto a to do list/tracker in excel until I can sit down and binge-write/edit them into place. Delia Moran (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. Hello. I’m Delia Moran, and I am a book addict. I pile them around my house. I carry them in my purse. I inscribe passages from them into my skin.* And every night, when the kids are all tucked away, I write them. My reading habits span the book spectrum, but I have enormous affection for all things speculative fiction. Bonus points if it’s in the young adult category. (I’m pretty sure AU Delia is still seventeen.) Extra special bonus points if the protagonist is a girl I’ve never met before. I love that girl. I...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Jennifer Ray and her mentor Lee Gjertsen Malone
Sep20

Pitch Wars Interview with Jennifer Ray and her mentor Lee Gjertsen Malone

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. Meet Jennifer Ray and Lee Gjertsen Malone Team: DarkHorse Lee Gjertsen Malone (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I’m a book omnivore, and will read almost anything except memoirs and anything that is too gory. However, my favorite novels tend to be either realistic or light fantasy. I also have a great love for the kind of massive non-fiction tome that you can use as a doorstop when you’re finished.     Jennifer Ray (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself       Like most writers, I love to read and can go through several books a week. I tend to read mostly middle-grade (since that’s what I write) or adult novels. Within those categories, I like all sorts of genres, but my favorite would probably be contemporary or what I would consider magical realism (grounded in the real world with just a twist of magic). I love mystery, suspense, historical (especially Regency or Victorian time periods), ghost stories (but not horror), and romance (but not in middle-grade, ‘cause that would be creepy). I’ve also recently discovered Pride and Prejudice fan fiction and have developed a bit of an addiction to it – but shhh, don’t tell anyone. As far as writing style goes, I’d probably say mine is more commercial than literary but I think I’m too close to it to judge. Oh, and apparently I like parentheses. (☺) Lee, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?   I first encountered Pitch Wars during the late 2012/early 2013 contest when I was chosen as an alternate mentee by the wonderful Jen Malone, who gave me lots of good advice and has since become a friend. I knew pretty quickly that I wanted to be a mentor myself some day. Jennifer, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I think I remember seeing something about Pitch Wars a year or two ago and thought it sounded great, but at that time I was still revising my manuscript and not ready to query. I promptly forgot about it until this August when I saw people posting on Twitter and went to look it up. I saw that the entry date was coming right up and since I had finally finished my revisions, the timing was perfect. Earlier this summer I had sent out a handful of queries, but only gotten two full manuscript requests – which led me to believe I needed some help. The idea of having an agented/published author offer...

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