Pitch Wars Interview with Lynn Forrest and her mentor,  Julie Sondra Decker
Oct05

Pitch Wars Interview with Lynn Forrest and her mentor, Julie Sondra Decker

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 Julie Sondra Decker and Lynn Forrest Team: TeamCupcake Julie Sondra Decker (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I’m Julie Sondra Decker. (Not Julia. Not Sandra.) I’m an editor and author who writes fairy tale retellings with obnoxious characters, fantastical scenarios with ridiculous word counts, and pieces of various lengths featuring queer characters and too much dialogue. I am constantly making content–how-to writing videos, webcomics, blog entries, stories–and I love helping authors with their work and beating up their punctuation errors. It makes my day when I get to punch commas in the face! I’m probably most well-known for my nonfiction asexuality writing (and I get interviewed on that topic all the time), but my passion is writing about extraordinary people doing ordinary things. The everyday through a magical lens is so special to me, and I’m 100% a character writer–sometimes to the point where my settings can be a little sparse, but I’m working on it! I love reading gently magical fantasy with characters whose emotions and perspectives make sense in context. It’s not about THINGS HAPPENING (to people); it’s about PEOPLE (who do stuff or have things happen). Beyond that, I’m an unrepentant geek who likes Dance Dance Revolution, baking bread/cake/cookies, drawing cartoon people, and attempting to keep all my bloggery up to date. Lynn Forrest (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I’m Lynn Forrest, an atmospheric science professor who geeks out over severe weather. At work, I teach students about meteorology and do research on hurricanes. At home, I write and run and bake and play video games and spend way too much time on Twitter. Somehow my husband puts up with all of this (though I think he’s more than happy to tolerate the baking). My dream home would have a huge writing desk, a hammock, and a library connected to a wine cellar. I enjoy reading anything with characters who act like real people. I want to hang out inside another person’s head, see the world through their eyes, feel what they feel. I once claimed my favorite genres were all forms of fantasy and sci-fi, but I’ll happily devour others like contemporary YA or NA if the characters captivate my imagination and my heart. Oh, and give me strong female characters. And queer characters. And people of color. I could list more, but I’ll summarize by saying I will never call a novel too diverse. I will call out bad science, though. When...

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Pitch Wars Interview with A.S. Oliver and her mentor, Charlie N. Holmberg
Oct05

Pitch Wars Interview with A.S. Oliver and her mentor, Charlie N. Holmberg

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 A.S. Oliver and her mentor, Charlie N. Holmberg Team Blackboard Charlie N. Holmberg (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Once upon a time I wanted to be an exotic dancer. Then I found out what exotic dancers were. The rest of my fifth grade year was a little awkward after that. I didn’t really know how to dress myself until I was 16. I read lots of fantasy novels and worship Hayao Miyazaki in my spare time. I’m a Mormon, a feminist (one of the nice ones), an age-group-line-straddling writer, and I really -do- own too many pairs of glasses. A.S. Oliver (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I’m scared of wasps, holes (trypophobia IT’S A REAL THING MUM), and my hair falling out. My greatest delights are dry warm dusty earth, summer flowers, the anticipation of October, and successfully reciting tongue-twisters. I think all those things tend to work their way into my writing, as I love writing snappy snarky dialogue and characters who are in tune with their surroundings, whether that’s a city, a prairie, or their own back garden. Also body horror. Bodies going wrong freaks me out like nothing else. I pretty much always write fantasy of some sort, but I’ll read anything that interests me. The authors who’ve inspired me the most are Robin Hobb and Rosemary Sutcliff, which becomes very obvious if you look at my early writings, as I quite shamelessly stole phrases, images, and entire characters from their books. I do the same sort of thing now, but I’m just a bit more subtle about it. Charlie,  why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I participated last year and really enjoyed it, and I’m still friends with last year’s mentee (who happens to live 30 minutes away and is a better writer than I am by far). I think I learn just as much as I teach, and I enjoy being in the community. There are a lot of awesome writers out there (AS Olivier being one of them!) and I love getting to know them better! A.S., why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?     Since joining AgentQuery Connect, I’d become aware of the cool contests that happened on Twitter, and Pitch Wars sounded like an amazing opportunity. Even if I got no requests in the agent round, the mentoring aspect would be incredibly helpful, and that’s what sealed the overall amazeballitude of...

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