Pitch Wars Interview with Bennett North and her mentor, Emmie Mears
Oct14

Pitch Wars Interview with Bennett North and her mentor, Emmie Mears

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 Bennett North and Emmie Mears Team: TeamFleshVats Emmie Mears (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I’ve been a science fiction and fantasy reader for as long as I can remember. I grew up on Christopher Pike, LJ Smith, RL Stine, and Anne M. Martin’s Baby-Sitters Club (I had nothing if not diverse tastes), and these days I read as much in-genre as I can. I’m a sucker for weird worlds and emotional connections in stories that make me want to dive through my pages. My style tends to be clean prose with fairly visceral, gritty content sprinkled with quirky humour. I usually think of my stories’ first lines before anything else. Bennett North (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I’m a runner, rock climber, oil painter and, of course, writer, living somewhere between Providence, RI and Boston, MA. I’ve been writing for ages—in fact, this year’s Nanowrimo will be my 13th (?!), and I haven’t lost one yet—and I always have multiple projects going on at the same time. My passion is science fiction and fantasy and a bit of horror, both to read and write. Some of the authors I try most to emulate include China Mieville, Paolo Bacigalupi, Kameron Hurley and Chuck Wendig. Emmie, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I applied (and didn’t get in!) a couple years ago. The Twitter writing community has been a haven for me, and I’ve had a lot of experiences in my (often rocky) road to publication and writing full time, so I was hoping to be able to give back and pay it forward a bit, as well as enjoy that community even more! Bennett, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I get lots of critique from my writing group and friends, but what I was looking for in Pitch Wars was advice from people who are actually in the business. Plus it seemed like fun! Emmie, what are you most excited for? I love the thrill of helping draw out the strengths in a manuscript and helping the author’s vision match what the reader sees, reconciling vision with execution. That’s such a rewarding thing, and Bennett’s work is outstanding already. I cannot wait to see how agents respond. Bennett, what are you most excited for? Making my novel awesome. I love going through and making scenes better than they were. Bennett, describe your novel in 3 words. Corporate...

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