Pitch Wars Interview with Jenn Kompos and her co-mentors, Stephanie Scott and Valerie Cole
Sep30

Pitch Wars Interview with Jenn Kompos and her co-mentors, Stephanie Scott and Valerie Cole

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 Jenn Kompos and her co-mentors, Stephanie Scott and Valerie Cole Team: Team Vote Lily! Stephanie Scott (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I read a mix of YA, lit fic, romance, memoirs, and gaming forums (currently: Destiny, upcoming: Fallout 4). I love finding a solid young adult contemporary novel. Right now I’m reading WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE by Huntley Fitzpatrick and Nova Ren Suma’s THE WALLS AROUND US. Both are excellent realistic YA, but very different. Valerie Cole (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I read just about everything. While contemporary is my sweet spot, I have a love for fantasy, thrillers, and mysteries. Right now I’m reading Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown, which is an evil mermaid story. Jenn Kompos (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I’m the kid who had to be banned from reading at the dinner table (still mad about this, by the way) so I pretty much just have an insatiable need to READ that goes across genres. That said, contemporary YA seems to be my happy place. I adore the character-driven swoony kind of read where the characters angst and grow and fall in love. But, I also enjoy a good fantasy or any kind of story, especially if there’s some sort of romance element to the story that hooks me and pulls me in (I’m usually the one waiting for people in movies to kiss). That all probably carries over into my writing—I write contemporary YA, tend to spend most of my effort and time thinking about my main character, and there’s always going to be some kind of loving or kissing going on somewhere at some level in my work. I’m also a former newspaper reporter and I am finding that some element of the news seems be showing up in some way in whatever I write. Stephanie, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I found my agent through a contest, and did one of Brenda’s contests back in 2012 (Pitch Madness). I really wanted to give back once I was ready. This year, co-mentoring has been awesome. I pick Valerie’s brain on publishing so often that pairing up made sense. Valerie, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? Stephanie Scott asked me to be her co-mentor, and I couldn’t say no. Stephanie has been one of my critique partners for a few years now and I love her...

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A Pitch Wars interview with Brian Palmer and his mentor, Holly Faur
Sep30

A Pitch Wars interview with Brian Palmer and his mentor, Holly Faur

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 Holly Faur and Brian Palmer Team DumbledoreShrugged Holly Faur (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Hello! Let’s see…some of my favorite books growing up were Anne of Green Gables (I still wish I could find some of that cherry cordial), and Adventures in the Northwoods. I walked around saying “Yeah, sure, you betcha'” like the MC’s stepbrother did until my mom told me I could not, as “Yeah” was not a real word. Then I moved on to classics, and that’s were I fell in love with F. Scott and Lewis Carroll. I love most genres, and now that my oldest son is reading YA, he’s cool and let’s me read the same books. Do not get us started on The Maze Runner. My writing style is out line, out line, out line. Write, then panic when things don’t go as planned. And then just pants the heck out of it while drinking insane amounts of tea (Mad Tea Party Blend, because we’re all mad here). I live in a tiny town with two traffic lights that really do more harm than good. I buy planners and don’t use them. I probably should since I have four children. I buy sticky notes too, and they are everywhere. Brian Palmer (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember. When I ran out of things to do at school during class, I would read. My school had book reading contests each year, and I got so into it that I not only won in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades, but I was CRUSHED when I did not win in 5th and 6th grades (curse you, Gavin Kwong, and your equally insatiable love of reading!). One of the biggest mistakes of my life was borrowing The Lord of the Rings from the library somewhere around age ten, and then not reading it (God knows why); knowing what I know now, I wonder how different my reading/writing tastes might be today if I had read it then. When it comes to reading, I think of my tastes as being like Michael Chabon’s library of work–all over the place. I love an epic fantasy like LotR as much as Goodnight Moon (parent!), modern classic dramas like Ha Jin’s Waiting as easily as Marie Lu’s YA dystopian Legend Trilogy, and a sci-fi like Ender’s Game (I have never, ever had such a strong response...

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