Pitch Wars Interview with Tina Boone and her mentor, Kelly Calabrese
Oct13

Pitch Wars Interview with Tina Boone and her mentor, Kelly Calabrese

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 Kelly Calabrese and Tina Boone Team: #TeamAlhambra Kelly Calabrese (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Kelly Calabrese’s story – as told by an abbreviated SAVE THE CAT beat sheet. Opening image: Me at age seven – “self-publishing” a haiku book inside of a mini green Mead notepad. Theme stated: Carpe Diem (AKA: You’re never too young to dream) Set-Up: I consumed books like Stephen King’s SALEM’S LOT, Ray Bradbury’s FAHRENHEIT, and Thomas Harris’ SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. I also fell in love with horror movies! (RIP Wes Craven). And my passion for dark suspense ignited. Catalyst: After drifting away from writing, and plunging into the corporate abyss, I made the best out of what several tragic affairs taught me. I realized my 9-5 world was burning a hole through my soul and I began to actively pursue a different way of life. Debate: Does Carpe Diem 2.0 exist? (AKA: You’re never too old to dream) Break into Act Two: I decided YES! I can do this! I left my sales job to become a writer and actor. Fun & Games: For the past six years, I’ve studied the craft of writing through classes and books (Thanks SAVE THE CAT and PLOT WHISPERER). I’ve also devoured the words of brilliant writers like April Henry, A.S. King, and Gretchen McNeil. I landed a spot in Pitch Wars 2014 as a mentee… nailed a draft of my YA Thriller/Horror novel… landed an agent… And here I am as a Pitch Wars Mentor. Tina Boone (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. Hi, all. I’m Tina Boone. No relation to Daniel or Pat, but hubs and I get asked that more than you’d think. I write YA and am a freelance writer. Hmm … reads? Love contemporary, thriller and am a bit of a craft book nerd. Writing craft. Not the Martha Stewart kind because I’m not great with hot glue guns or floral arrangementy things. I have a slight obsession with rereading favorite Sara Zarr and Sarah Dessen titles. Also, love all things Pride and Prejudice. Who doesn’t? Thrillers like Kathleen Hale’s No One Else Can Have You and Romily Bernard’s Find Me are more faves because the MCs are super awesome, brave in their own way and still trying to figure themselves out and I kind of love that about them. I’m definitely a pantser as far as writing goes, but I do end up outlining after the...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Maria Mora and her mentor, Lindsey Miller
Oct13

Pitch Wars Interview with Maria Mora and her mentor, Lindsey Miller

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 Lindsey Miller and Maria Mora Team: TeamMentos! Lindsey Miller (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I’m a fantasy person at heart, but I love any book with fantastical world building and characters to die for. Some of the books I revisit every year are Sherwood Smith’s CROWN DUEL (page 438, you guys); Garth Nix’s LIRAEL (all right, I re-read all of them, but this one especially) with its deeper look into the world of the Abhorsen series; and Scott Westerfeld’s LEVIATHAN which has one of the most interesting alternate history (alternate science history?) stories ever. Carol O’Connell’s STONE ANGEL will stay with me forever. Maria Mora(Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I began writing fiction in fourth grade during math class. (I still count on my fingers.) When I was little, I wanted to be Sorcha from Willow or Luke Skywalker or a cat. I’m single mom of two wonderfully weird little boys. I grew up on and around boats, and I am here for all of your questions about fishing. I’m drawn to stories with high stakes and characters with questionable morals. My favorite book as a child was THE ISLAND KEEPER by Harry Mazer. My favorite book of all time is SWORDSPOINT by Ellen Kushner. I love Gail Carriger’s Parsole Protectorate series and Francesca Lia Block’s WEETZIE BAT. I have a deep, abiding love for PHANTOM by Susan Kay and I re-read Jim Grimsley’s COMFORT AND JOY every few years around the holidays. I’m a major pantser and I used to think I could only write while feeling “inspired.” Now I approach writing with discipline. See also: Tears of despair. My characters live in my head and sometimes comment on my life and fashion choices. I test out dialogue in the car and in bed at night when I can’t sleep. Sometimes I worry there’s a hidden camera on me. Lindsey, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I’ve participated in Pitch Wars as a mentee, and I really wanted to give back to the writing community that had welcomed me. It’s such an amazing opportunity to meet new writers and pay it forward. I also love hearing about what everyone is writing and reading new stories. Maria, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? After stepping away from it for over a year, I started working on GATHOS again early this summer. Within minutes of opening up...

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