Sign up for my monthly newsletter for a chance to win prizes!
Oct09

Sign up for my monthly newsletter for a chance to win prizes!

Want to get updated information on my books, event news, win prizes, and just random other stuff? If the answer is yes, then this newsletter is for you. I promise it will only be sent once every month, maybe every two months. I’ll be raffling off a book box with each newsletter. Not just my books but many of my author friends’ books, swag, and miscellaneous items. Just for signing up you’ll be entered in my first prize giveaway! You can sign up for the newsletter here. The first newsletter will be delivered 11/16, so make sure to sign up by 11/15. I’ll announce the winner for the November prize box in the newsletter. And here’s the prizes in the first book box for the month of November …   Signed paperback copy of TOUCHING FATE and swag pack.        ...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Lucinda Troy and her mentor, Phil Stamper
Oct09

Pitch Wars Interview with Lucinda Troy and her mentor, Phil Stamper

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 Lucinda Troy and Phil Stamper Team: #TeamExPat Phil Stamper (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I’d peg my writing style as a mix of Ryan Graudin and David Arnold. Fast-paced action. Quirky, interesting contemporary. To answer the age-old plotter or pantser question, I’m a little bit of both! I start with a small synopsis and beat sheet and make up the rest as I go. I love to read all YA contemporary, but I especially like those that step outside of an ordinary high school and have action/adventure elements—which is exactly why I picked Lucy’s manuscript. Lucinda Troy (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I’m pretty omnivorous in my reading tastes. I started out at the ripe old age of eleven reading everything from Michael Crichton to David Eddings. My favourite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, probably because I’m always on the lookout for my very own Mr. Darcy. But I’ll read anything that can take me away from it all. Contemporary, historical fiction, romance, urban fantasy. You name it, I’ve probably read it. As for writing style, I’m definitely an outline kind of girl. It helps keep me on track, and the idea of flying by the seat of my pants terrifies me. Without an outline I’d never get going. Phil, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? This was the easiest decision ever. Last year’s PitchWars was a turning point for me. Without it, I would never have gotten an agent. I’d still be in WIP hell with my next project, and STORM CHASER would have been all but abandoned. There were so many times I wanted to give up, but amazing CPs and the writing community stopped me every time. PitchWars is the ultimate contest, and though everyone’s experiences are different, they are almost always incredibly positive. I’m so excited to give back this year! Lucinda, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? The decision was completely on the fly, which is the exact opposite of how I normally work (because hello I live and die by outlines). I was getting ready to start querying a new MS and I saw PitchWars on Twitter, checked out Brenda’s website, and figured why not? I tried not to overthink it because I knew I’d wig myself out and then I’d never actually hit the submit button. Phil, what are you most excited for? I’m most excited to watch...

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