Pitch Wars Interview with Becky Dean and her mentor, Marty Mayberry
Oct16

Pitch Wars Interview with Becky Dean and her mentor, Marty Mayberry

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 Becky Dean and Marty Mayberry Team WhoMustNotBeNamed Marty Mayberry (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Ever since I read C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series in third grade, I’ve loved books. I discovered Stephen King as a teen, then branched out to John Steinbeck (I know, weird combination). After reading Judy Blume, my love of young adult fiction was born. Some of my favorite young adult authors include Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, and Suzanne Collins. I’m also partial to Harry Potter. In fact, I’ve been sorted into Hufflepuff (hard work, patience, justice, & loyalty). I’m ready to leave for Platform 9-3/4. *taps fingers* Where’s that letter? Travel is my favorite thing in the world (except for—maybe—my family and kitties). Too long ago, I participated in a six month college exchange program, where I lived with a family in Germany. While the family seemed to enjoy my company (or maybe it was my baking?), they found fun things to keep me busy during school breaks, including trips to Austria and Munich. And, since the Easter holiday lasts a month (truly), I got to travel through southern France and Italy with the canoe club (I never did ride in a canoe, but I tried to eat my weight in baguette). It’s only natural that I combine my love of travel with writing. My stories take place in foreign locations, and include romance and (whenever possible) ancient civilizations. Becky Dean (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I’m Becky, and I love books! I write YA contemporary, although my first several manuscripts were YA sci-fi or fantasy, and I still love those genres too. As for reading, if it has words, I’ll read it. I prefer YA, but enjoy adult sci-fi, fantasy, and mysteries. In YA, I love a little of everything: sci- fi, especially with space travel (a result of too many science fiction TV shows as a kid); fantasy of all sorts; an occasional mystery or thriller; light-hearted contemporary. Since I love to travel in real life, I never say no to road trip books or stories set overseas. Whether in real life or fictional worlds, I want to be swept away somewhere new. My writing reflects this—I usually include journeys, adventures, or new places. I like to keep things light with happy, fun stories that leave a smile on your face. Marty, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? So many experienced authors have...

Read More