Pitch Wars Interview with Stacey Goldstein, Judy Roberts, and their mentor, Kate Foster
Oct03

Pitch Wars Interview with Stacey Goldstein, Judy Roberts, and their mentor, Kate Foster

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 Stacey Goldstein, Judy Roberts, and their mentor, Kate Foster Team Llama and Team Llama Hedgehog Breath Kate Foster (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I read pretty much anything. I’m the type of reader who doesn’t really know what they’re going to enjoy until they’ve read it. I’m certainly a lover of voice before anything else, style is key to getting me to stick with a book. I have a soft spot for middle grade fiction and do tend to like anything with a darker side. I adore Liz Jensen, Mark Haddon and Enid Blyton. As a writer, I struggle with serious. Reading for me is escapism and I guess that’s what I write, too. Stacey Goldstein (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. My favorites are young adult and middle grade. I love memoirs and fiction (contemporary, dystopian and light fantasy). In fact, I’ll read almost anything except horror. If a ghost is involved, I’m out. That said, some of my favorites are stories that I didn’t know involved ghosts, but got tricked into reading. I still won’t read them though if I know it involves ghosts. I’m a big wuss! Judy Roberts (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I love all types of fiction, but I’ve always had a soft spot for all things creepy. I didn’t really choose middle grade as much as it chose me. My favorite memories of reading are attached to middle grade books. Middle-graders have the highest highs, the lowest lows, and the greatest ability to conquer their fears. I have never cracked a raw egg on my head, but thanks to Beverly Cleary’s scene about Ramona’s experience, I’m sure I know what it feels like. Twenty plus years later I still remember that frozen moment in the cafeteria with the kids staring, as the cold raw egg oozed over her hair. You can’t get that feeling from a movie. Kate, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I entered last year, didn’t receive interest from any of my chosen mentors, but what I did get was a whole new family. I connected with so many writers, so many fabulous cheerleaders, critiques, beta readers and friends. And now that I’m a published author, there was no doubt in my mind that I had to have the honour of being on the other side, being a mentor. My writing community keep me going, and I’d like to provide the...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Jamie Pacton and her mentor, Kevin A. Springer
Oct03

Pitch Wars Interview with Jamie Pacton and her mentor, Kevin A. Springer

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 Kevin A. Springer and Jamie Pacton Team: MG Wonder Twins Kevin A. Springer (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I’ve read everything from picture books to grown-up books and found that I love the middle grade voice. There is something about that age that speaks to my heart. I find that I am most drawn to books that are fast-paced, fun, and thrilling. I would describe my writing style as brain movies – I want the book to play out in the readers head so they can see the story clearly in their head. I write books that kids will get sucked in and need to hold on for the ride. Jamie Pacton (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. Hi I’m Jamie! I write MG and YA books, blog every week for Parents magazine, and started college wanting to be a brain surgeon, but soon realized I was too clumsy after breaking thousands of dollars in glassware in my biology lab job. I also wanted to be a marine biologist, but I’m deathly afraid of sharks and I went to college in the Midwest, so scratch that. I became an English teacher and writer instead. I love fantasy and travel writing, but I’ll read most anything. Case in point, right now, I alternate listening to a biography of Genghis Khan and Leigh Bardugo’s Seige and Storm while I’m at the gym; I just finished reading Steve Silberman’s Neurotribes (fantastic!) and Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking (inspiring!); and, I’m on a bit of a Maggie Steifvater bender right now when I’m in the mood for fiction. And seriously, all these are on my nightstand. Kevin, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I wanted to be a mentor in Pitch Wars because I remember what the mentees are going through. The agony, doubt, and stress as you continually submit, edit, and repeat. I was looking for a book that I felt I could help the most with and Jamie’s jumped out at me. The other reason I got involved in PW was purely selfish – promotion. After the initial push of launch, I have found I need to work to build my presence in the writing community and hopefully good will come from that. Jamie, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? Because I’ve written so, so many books. I’ve gotten so close to maybe-possibly-almost getting into the published author party– lots of silver...

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