A Pitch Wars Interview With Taryn Bashford and her mentor, Emily Martin
Sep24

A Pitch Wars Interview With Taryn Bashford and her mentor, Emily Martin

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 Taryn Bashford and Emily Martin Team: Team Lionheart Emily Martin (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I’m a contemporary YA writer, so I always love reading within my genre. I love reading anything that makes me feel a wide range of emotions, especially characters who make me laugh and cry. I’m also a member of the debut author groups the Sweet Sixteens and the Class of 2k16, so I’m fortunate to have access to a lot of fantastic ARCs this year! Aside from my love of writing, I also have a passion for solid waste and recycling (who doesn’t love recycling, amirite??). I have a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University, and my day job is helping communities find ways to reduce waste! Taryn Bashford (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I lead a very happy life apart from one big stress: my reading list. It never gets shorter. From Margaret Atwood to Jandy Nelson, Joanne Harris to Katie McGarry—luckily I don’t need much more than 4 hours sleep so I can go hang with my latest book girlfriend in the dead of night. Sadly, my family think I’m quite crazy because the guys and gals in my own novels do creep into my real world, and I’ve been known to talk out loud to them. I chose to write YA novels rather than adult after I was inspired by a novel about a teen’s growing up problems. I may have been aged 40 at the time, but I knew beyond a doubt if I’d read that book at the age of 15, it would’ve helped me get through some ‘stuff’. I wanted to write more books to help more teens; not to preach, but to be an invisible helping hand, a metaphorical hug, to know my words could change lives, alter decisions, inspire, encourage someone to rethink their world . . . wow, that’s powerful! Emily, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? This is my third year involved in Pitch Wars. In 2013 I was selected as a mentee and it was a life-altering experience for me. I grew so much as a writer, and thanks to Brenda found a home in a community of supportive and incredibly talented writers. I couldn’t wait to give back as a mentor! It’s been just as much fun (maybe even a little bit more) on this side of things. 🙂 Taryn, why did...

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Pitch Wars Interviews with David Gillon and May B. B. and their mentor, Jami Nord
Sep24

Pitch Wars Interviews with David Gillon and May B. B. and their mentor, Jami Nord

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 Jami Nord, David Gillon, and May B. B. Team: #TeamChaos   Jami Nord (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself.    *Waves* Hi all! I’m Jami. Mostly, I read Adult/YA Scifi/Fantasy, and romance. I do read some thrillers and the occasional horror, but less often right now. I’m a sucker for stories with complex characters, strong voices, and concepts that twist different elements together. When I (rarely) get the time to write, instead of just editing, I tend towards fantasy with GLBT romances elements. Someday, maybe I’ll have time to see about getting published myself, but don’t hold your breath. Editing and interning are my priorities right now.   May B. B. (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself.       I’m May (sometimes). Who am I the rest of the time? I’d tell you but…the whole I’d have to kill you thing. I write contemporary romance, along with some upmarket, and women’s fiction. I usually aim for a noir vibe in my writing and love a good dose of sarcastic humor and plenty of grit. I was a late bloomer into the world of books. As a kid I hated reading. I have dyslexia and it was really hard for me. Reading finally clicked somewhere in high school but I still wasn’t doing it for fun. No way. Sitting at home after having my wisdom teeth pulled, and with nothing else to do, I picked up an Arthurian book I had collecting dust. I was hooked. My first reading loves were Arthurian and Fantasy. I gravitated toward the romantic subplots in them and easily made the move to contemporary romance. I’ve been devouring books of many genres ever since.   David Gillon (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I’m a Geordie, born North of Hadrian’s Wall, but still in England (yes, this is possible), and exiled to the South East where I spent 20 years working for Evil Aerospace (they aren’t really called that, but I’m under a gagging order not to name them), where I worked on the development of fly-by-wire systems for a variety of civil and military aircraft. I’m disabled, both a wheelchair user due to Hypermobility Syndrome and neurodiverse in some currently undefined way (Me: Are you trying to work out if I have Aspergers? Pain Management Psych: Yes). Despite that I’m just back from a sailing holiday in the Med, where I broke the yacht and the Greek pavements nearly broke me. When...

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