Pitch Wars Interview with Mairi Kilaine and her mentor, Kristin B. Wright
Sep21

Pitch Wars Interview with Mairi Kilaine and her mentor, Kristin B. Wright

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews by Marnise Nicole Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their projects. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions. Meet Kristin B. Wright and Mairi Kilaine Team: TeamKilt Kristin B. Wright (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself.                            Gah! I read everything. I love women’s fiction and romance for all ages, which is what I write, but I also cheat on those categories by sneaking into other sections at the bookstore: a little literary thriller here, a non-fiction crime book there. I’m both a plotter and a pantser: kind of like a skydiver with sixteen parachutes. My favorite part is when I find out all the little quirks my characters have. They always tell me, not the other way around.   Mairi Kilaine (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself.       As a converted literary snob, I replaced the stuff I “should” read with stuff I’m hungry to read. My conversion has made me insatiable for Romance, Chick Lit, YA, Science Fiction, and Comic Books. Really, anything that can make me laugh and swoon at the same time like Sophie Kinsella, Rainbow Rowell, or Sarah MacLean. Now, instead of throwing away every terrible literary thing I wrote, I write what I love, which usually involves snappy dialogue and kissing. In fact, most of my projects start with dialogue, a conversation between characters revealing the heart of the story. Kristin, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?        Last year, Kara Leigh Miller shocked me by choosing me as her alternate. I ended up getting my agent with that improved book. I also want to pay it back: Pitch Wars gave me one of my beloved critique partners, an online support community of the other 2014 participants, and a gang to hang out with when I went to my first writing convention this summer. Brenda pulled the trigger when she asked me to mentor during a karaoke sing at that convention. (Let’s be honest. She probably wanted to distract me to keep me from singing another song.) Mairi, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?           Last year, when I entered and was (rightly) rejected, it was to get some sort of validation as a writer. I later realized I don’t need validation to be a writer. This year, it was to find a partner who could help me make my manuscript the best it could be. Kristin has already lit my fire and given me that sweet, sweet validation I totally don’t need, (but feels so good). Kristin, what are you most excited...

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Pitch Wars Interview with  Gracie West and Marcus Alexander Hart and their mentor, Tamara Mataya
Sep21

Pitch Wars Interview with Gracie West and Marcus Alexander Hart and their mentor, Tamara Mataya

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews by Marnise Nicole Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their projects. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions. Meet Tamara Mataya, Gracie West, and Marcus Alexander Hart Team: With Gracie, #TeamFeakySnucker; (Co-mentoring with Jason Nelson) and Marcus, #TeamExpletive   Tamara Mataya (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself.                            I’m currently a librarian. I lurked there for so long recommending books to patrons and shushing people that I suspect they only hired me so it would be less creepy. Now I’m armed with a name tag and a thin veneer of credibility. Pretty much no genre is safe from my grabby raccoon hands when I’m on the hunt for my next read. I’m a book slut–I’ll read nearly anything. I’m an eclectic writer as well, but snark, humour, and sexiness seep into everything I do–I mean, WRITE!   Gracie West (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself.      What!?! I have to talk about *me*? As a card holding member of team INFJ, I’d prefer to be cloaked in a sweater of bees. I’d much rather commiserate about beloved books and favourite words forever. Give me a story that makes me FEEL. Make it hurt. Make it sing. Use the words unencumbered, cadence and shiver. Smother me with swoon.   Marcus Alexander Hart (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself.     Hi! I’m Marcus. I’m a dude from Los Angeles living in exile in the United Kingdom. I don’t have a favorite genre, as such, but I tend to like anything that’s not normal contemporary about normal people dealing with normal problems in the normal world. Throw in a dinosaur or a yeti or a robot or kick it into an alternate dimension or mythical land and I’m probably on board. I like reading David Wong, and Alexandra Sokoloff, and Derek Landy, and of course the whole Douglas Adams library. I’m currently reading Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, which is blowing my mind. My writing style is “literary sitcom.” If your heart wants to watch Community reruns but your brain is telling you to read a book, my stuff is a good compromise. Tamara, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?        I’m all about giving back, and I love how in depth Pitch Wars is. This is providing an opportunity, but also helps the writers get to the next level, increasing their odds of success! It’s not about numbers, it’s about writers. Gracie, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?           In 2014, I didn’t have a manuscript...

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