Pitch Wars Interview with Kris Li and mentors, Lori Goldstein and Chelsea Bobulski
Oct06

Pitch Wars Interview with Kris Li and mentors, Lori Goldstein and Chelsea Bobulski

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 Kris Li, Lori Goldstein, and Chelsea Bobulski Team Double Play Lori Goldstein, and Chelsea Bobulski (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Lori: I grew up on Stephen King and Anne Rice. And while I don’t write scary stories, I do love me some vampires (diehard Vampire Diaries fan right here!). Those books influenced me to write what I currently do– contemporary fantasy: a story with a magical or supernatural element steeped in our world. I love writing it and reading it. While my favorite books have some contemporary edge (realistic or fantasy), I read all genres and love unexpected (for me) books (hello, Game of Thrones!). I especially love writing in first person with an element of humor. I like making myself laugh (and hopefully the reader!). Chelsea: As a writer, I have a soft spot for characters with broken pasts, strange talents, and obstacles they must overcome for a brighter future. As a reader, I devour almost every genre I come across, although my favorites always have a hint of romance and/or magic in them. I’m married to my high school sweetheart and mother to a gorgeous German Shepherd/Lab mix named after an It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia character. Kris Li (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. The first thing I tell anyone who asks me about myself is that I am a die-hard Harry Potter fan. So that’s number one. Number two, I love reading contemporary YA, which, consequently, is also what I love to write. My favorite part of writing is discovering my characters and their voices. I’ve just got a bunch of characters running amok in my head, which probably makes me sound crazy, but I’m a writer. These things happen. I sort of think of writing like how the process of dreaming is described in Inception. It’s simultaneously creating a world and discovering it. Writing is like the only thing that consciously lets you do that, which is one of the reasons I love it. Other book things I love: Jane Austen, The Night Circus, The Catcher in the Rye, anything with a sarcastic voice. Lori and Chelsea, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? Lori: This is my third year as a mentor. Though I applied in 2012, I wasn’t chosen (which just goes to show, you never know where your writing career may lead). But feedback I received that year was instrumental in me changing my opening pages to secure an...

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Pitch Wars Interview with K. Kazul Wolf and her mentor, J.C. Davis
Oct06

Pitch Wars Interview with K. Kazul Wolf and her mentor, J.C. Davis

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 K. Kazul Wolf and J.C. Davis Team: The Naked Hand Gang J.C. Davis, tell us a little about yourself. I’m JC Davis, though I answer to Jenn, “Hey you” and “Mom! It’s an emergency” as well. I’m a book addict and I devour books every spare second I have. I read a little bit of everything but YA and MG are my favorites and speculative fiction seems to dominate my book shelves these days. My to-be-read pile is extensive enough that I need to look into a cryogenics program so I can be revived after my death and have more reading time. I live in an equal opportunity geek household: my husband is a Star Wars fanatic and I’m a Hufflepuff-Whovian-Browncoat who wouldn’t have minded living in Sunnydale and carrying a few stakes. Both of our kids read comics and love nerdy things too, so clearly we’re raising them right. I’ve owned 10 hedgehogs to date, seven of them at the same time. All but one of have had names beginning with P. My hedgehog obsession is thanks to a Harry Potter fan fiction story I wrote ages ago. Which just goes to show how fun and dangerous fan fiction can be. My favorite place to write is on the train during my commute to and from work. There’s something about the noise and movement of the train cars that makes my muse happy. I write YA and MG novels, primarily speculative fiction. Although the book I signed with my agent for is a YA Contemporary called CHEESUS WAS HERE about a tiny Texas town beset by crazy miracles and girl determined to prove they’re all a hoax. K. Kazul Wolf , tell us a little about yourself. Hi, my name is K. Kazul Wolf (though a lot of people call me Bacon), and I’m a fantasy addict. I’m mostly drawn to kidlit in my reading and writing, though I’ll read anything with words put in front of my face. My top two favorite authors are Diana Wynne Jones and Laini Taylor for immersing me in worlds different than my own, but in two totally different stylistic ways. Diana Wynne Jones was actually a huge influence on my Pitch Wars manuscript, hopefully it lives up to a modicum of her awesomeness! J.C., why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? While I entered Pitch Wars last year, I wasn’t picked by any of the mentors. Despite that, I...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Alex Block and her mentor, Lisa Lewis Tyre
Oct06

Pitch Wars Interview with Alex Block and her mentor, Lisa Lewis Tyre

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 Alex Block and her mentor, Lisa Lewis Tyre Lisa Lewis Tyre (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I’ve always loved reading. I think this is because I come from a long line of storytellers. I loved listening to my dad tell me about the escapades of his youth, like how he “accidentally” pushed his brother out of a two-story window, and “accidentally” shot his aunt’s chicken with a bow and arrow. Apparently he was accident prone. As you might imagine, I am drawn to books that are quirky and full of heart. I like anything that has a good story. I’ll read romance, mystery, fantasy, horror – you name it! When writing, I tend to like characters who say what they think, and have a sense of humor. I’m a big fan of the South and the people that live there. Alex Block (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I’m the kind of person who used to annoyingly pick through the cherry tomatoes on the salad bar, but today, I trust that all the tomatoes will meet my needs, and I move right along. Sunday afternoons, you’ll find me jam skating at Astro Skate in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Come on down! I love reading anything gutsy and passionate with a strong voice – the stories, essays, whatever, that jump off the page and stop me in the street to chat. A few of my favorites include The One and Only Ivan, Good Omens, and The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. My favorite genres are realistic fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, action/adventure. Dang! I can’t pick a favorite! I like to experiment with lots of different writing styles, but the one that talks to me most often is Southern voice. I love humor in writing, especially when it takes me way up and then anchors me in something real – that push/pull of human emotions. Lisa, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I lucked out last year when another mentor had to step down. Obviously desperate, Brenda Drake called on me. It was so much fun that I had to do it again. Getting a publishing deal was a dream come true and I will do anything I can to help other writers do the same. Alex, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? ‘Cuz it looked like tons of fun! And the chance to work with a mentor directly and...

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