Pitch Wars Interview with Wendy Parris and her mentor, Jenna Lehne
Oct17

Pitch Wars Interview with Wendy Parris and her mentor, Jenna Lehne

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 Wendy Parris and Jenna Lehne Team Tamarack Jenna Lehne (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Hi! I’m Jenna. I’m a giant fan of horror in general, so if I’m not reading or writing it, i”m thinking about it. My writing style has been described as bare bones, but I like to think of that as a compliment. I’m allergic to dialogue tags and am physically incapable of writing in third person. I met R.L Stine once and I almost cried. If I met Stephen King, I’d die on the spot. Wendy Parris (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I was a bookworm as a kid and actually wrote twelve chapters of a Nancy Drew-type mystery in fifth grade. Fast forward many years and I still love to read mysteries, ghost stories, contemporary and historical fiction. A few years ago I decided to go back to my first passion, middle grade novels, and started writing the kind of books I would’ve devoured as a kid. Because I’ve studied screenwriting and acting, I have a feel for dialogue and pacing. For some reason, my stories usually start from a very specific setting – places inspire me! Jenna, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? When I was in the query trenches, contests were such a reprieve to the *seemingly* unending slough of rejections. I got to meet fantastic writers, some of which turned into the CPs and treasured pals I have today. Though I didn’t find my agent through a contest, my query and first pages were surely stronger thanks to a couple of them. I joined Pitch Wars to give back to the community that has supported me for so long. Wendy, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? In January 2014 I was a Pitch Wars alternate with my first novel and had a fantastic experience. I got a little attention and some agent interest from querying but ultimately no deal, so I decided to shelf that book and write another. However, I kept all the wonderful friends I made through Pitch Wars (many of whom are now agented and/or have book deals!) and got some amazing CPs. I’ve had such positive experiences and learned so much through writing contests that entering my second book in Pitch Wars 2015 was a no-brainer. So happy I did! Jenna, what are you most excited for? I can’t wait for the excitement of...

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