Pitch Wars Interview with Elle Jauffret and Roselle Kaes
Sep22

Pitch Wars Interview with Elle Jauffret and Roselle Kaes

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 Elle Jauffret and Roselle Kaes Team: #TeamKillerDishes Roselle Kaes (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself.                            I love reading almost everything from fantasy, literary, romance and all categories spanning from Adult to MG. My reading material is determined by what mood I’m in. My favourite genres are multicultural and historical fiction. I like the idea that I’m learning something new when I’m reading. I have to keep my storehouse of interesting facts full so I can hold my own in trivia games. My writing style is sensory and lyrical which is great since I write multicultural and literary.   Elle Jauffret (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself.    Having spent my formative years in France, I grew up on Jules Vernes, Alexandre Dumas, and Victor Hugo. Temporarily a cyborg (a machine pumped my blood while doctors repaired my heart), I developed an early taste for Science Fiction (Bradburry, Orwell) which turned into a puberty-induced love for dark tales (Poe, Kafka) and historical drama (Steinbeck, Zola). I read across the genres as my taste is very eclectic and varies with my mood and the seasons. However, I tend to favor mystery/thriller, speculative fiction and literary fiction (bonus if the setting is foreign or the main character is physically scarred). My writing style varies greatly. My present PW manuscript is a historical mystery written in the first person that can be defined as between literary and commercial. Roselle, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?        I wanted to give back to the writing community and I’ve always been a fan of Brenda Drake’s contest having made it in to two Pitch Madness rounds. Elle, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?           One of my friends mentioned the amazing opportunity and I had everything to gain (and nothing to lose). Roselle, what are you most excited for? Working with my amazing mentee Elle. I want the agents salivating over this beautiful manuscript the way I have been. Elle is a very talented writer and I can’t wait to see this turned into a book on my shelf- with an autograph from the writer herself of course. Elle, what are you most excited for? Being able to present the best version of my manuscript to agents who have requested and will (hopefully) request a full. I also look forward to getting to know my wonderful mentor (Roselle Kaes) better and keeping in touch with her...

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Pitch Wars Interviews with Monica Hoffman and her mentor Wendy Spinale
Sep22

Pitch Wars Interviews with Monica Hoffman and her mentor Wendy Spinale

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 Monica Hoffman and Wendy Spinale Team:TeamDG4L Wendy Spinale (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself.                            I am a die-hard, avid YA reader of any sub-genre. Love, love, love YA contemporary, but still can’t deprive myself of a swoon-worthy romance novel. Give me shape shifters, vampires, or werewolves and I drool. My heart still aches for dystopic and darn it…it shouldn’t be out of trend. Ironically, I ended up with a Sci-Fi for Pitch Wars. I currently am writing fairy tale retellings, but I have a contemporary that I think (hope) will make even John Green cry his eyeballs out. <psst John Green, I’m a fan girl> As a mentor I’m very hands on. My mentee is receiving line-by-lines (at a very slow rate because I’m that detailed oriented). She’s currently squirming because I’m making her change a lot…hell, I’m squirming for her. Yet, while she’s editing, recreating, etc…I am also. So I feel for her while I am doing the same with my own manuscript. Writing is so fulfilling, but incredibly hard. Fun facts about me: I know sign language (I have deaf brother), I am a former Disneyland actress, I taught group fitness classes for over 10 years, and I married a Disneyland Matterhorn Climber.   Monica Hoffman (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself.       Yo! I’m Monica. Yes, I’m the girl who enjoys way too many gifs on Twitter (you know how I said I may need an intervention…I do) and who loves to laugh and uses the word ‘fantastic’ like it’s my name. I was born in Salt Lake City, UT and I’m Air Force brat. I’m also a former Disney Cast Member who bleeds all things Disney and if you met me in person, you would know instantly why I worked there. I’m bubbly (*points to self*). Anyways…I’m paralegal who married an attorney and quickly realized how much I do not like working with attorneys. Living with one is where I draw the line. In 2013 we relocated to Virginia Beach from Richmond for the hubby’s job, and I took a needed hiatus to focus on my writing. Fast forward one year later we are now in Charlotte, NC and loving it! I’m an enclitic reader. I read adult to MG and everything in between. However, I think I enjoy speculative fiction most in young adult and mystery/suspense novels in adult. Overall, if it has a catchy premise, I’ll devour it. As a young...

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