Pitch Wars Interview With Lyndsay Elys and her mentor Elizabeth Briggs
Sep27

Pitch Wars Interview With Lyndsay Elys and her mentor Elizabeth Briggs

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 Elizabeth Briggs and Lyndsay Elys Team: Team Briggs Elizabeth Briggs (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I’m Elizabeth Briggs and I write adult contemporary romance and young adult science fiction, thrillers, and fantasy. So basically, just about everything! My writing style is fast-paced and unputdownable – my favorite thing is hearing from readers that they stayed up til 2am reading one of my books! #sorrynotsorry Lyndsay Elys (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I’m Lyndsay Ely (as in “those eels are looking rather eely today.”) My manuscript is YA, but I like to read and write across genres, with a heavy lean toward speculative and historical fiction. I aspire to Gillian Flynn’s dark, potent prose, J. K. Rowling’s marvelous details, and Warren Ellis’s twisted ideas. Some other details about me: Comic books led me to study art and design. I love antiques and have an embarrassingly large collection of vintage costume jewelry. My last three Halloween costumes were Lydia Deetz, Cersei Lannister, and Jubilee from the X-men. I have very expensive taste in chocolates, and there are approximately ten kinds of gourmet mustard in my apartment right now. My favorite Ninja Turtle is Michelangelo. Elizabeth, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I’ve mentored in Pitch Wars every single year since Brenda first started it, because I love helping other writers and meeting new people. My previous mentees have all gone on to get book deals, so I couldn’t pass up a chance to mentor again this year! I nearly dropped out this year due to deadlines, but I’m really glad Brenda convinced me to stay! Lyndsay, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I almost didn’t, assuming my manuscript was ineligible. (Always read the rules!) Having participated in other contests, I’ve learned that fresh eyes are invaluable. (And they stay fresh for a while if you store them properly.) Elizabeth, what are you most excited for? I’m so thrilled to work with Lyndsay because I absolutely love her book and know we can make it even more amazing than it already is. Plus, it’s great to add another geeky author to the awesomeness that is Team Briggs. My previous mentees and alternates are like a little family now, and I know Lyndsay will fit in perfectly! Lyndsay, what are you most excited for? The Suicide Squad and Deadpool movies. On the Pitch Wars front, I’m excited to try and...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Ashley Martin and her mentor Kara Seal
Sep27

Pitch Wars Interview with Ashley Martin and her mentor Kara Seal

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 Kara Seal and Ashley Martin Team: Team Wonderland Kara Seal (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Hi, I’m Kara and I thank my Mom for getting me addicted to fantasy by reading it to me before I could read myself. I am obsessed with the Harry Potter series, and my reading generally skews speculative. Some of my all time favorite authors include: J.K. Rowling, Tamora Pierce, Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin and Cat Hellisen. I describe my writing style as heading out for adventure armed only with a partial map and a flashlight. Once I’ve explored my story in a first draft, the subsequent drafts are a process of ripping it to pieces and sewing it back together. The insatiable curiosity and desire for adventure is why I chose to write for children! Ashley Martin (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. Hi, I’m Ashley, dedicated night owl and tea enthusiast (still waiting for my invitation to the Mad Hatter’s tea party). I firmly believe you’re never too old to read a children’s book – which is probably why I enjoy writing them so much. I read a pretty broad range of books (give me ALL THE WORDS) but I have a soft spot for fantasy and tear-jerking/snort-inducing contemporary. If you can make me laugh AND cry all in one book, I’ll be your loyal fan forever. (If you’re a fan of this too, look no further than THE MEANING OF MAGGIE by Megan Jean Sovern.) Despite being someone who likes to have everything planned and scheduled WAY in advance, I subscribe to what I like to call the “massive pile of random notes” method of outlining. I am, however, very strict about each of my novels having their own notebook(s) for said notes. Forget the shoe clearance – let me know when the Moleskins go on sale. When I’m not writing, you’ll usually find me on the couch watching TV with my husband while being interrupted every five minutes by two children who don’t understand the meaning of bedtime. Kara, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? Along my writing journey, many writers have helped me, provided encouragement, supported me and given me hope when I thought I’d lost mine. I decided to be a Pitch Wars mentor because I am forever grateful to those writers who bestowed their kindness and generous gift of time on me so I...

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