Pitch Wars Interview with Timanda Wertz and Lacee Little and their mentor, Wade Albert White
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Pitch Wars Interview with Timanda Wertz and Lacee Little and their mentor, Wade Albert White

Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews Bringing you a closer look at each Pitch War Team and their project. Be sure to comment with support, comments, and questions.   Meet Timanda Wertz, Lacee Little, and Wade Albert White #TeamLeafontheWind Tell us a little about yourselves. Wade Albert White, Mentor: I’m a very eclectic reader. In fact, pretty much the only guarantee is that whatever I read next will be completely different from the book I just finished. So far this year my reading has included such books as The Jumbies, Karen Memory, The Fog Diver, the Jinx series, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Fallen World trilogy, and The Westing Game. I loved We Were Liars and How I Live Now, but also read The Martian twice just because I couldn’t get enough of it. In terms of my writing style, I will simply note that the inspiration for my first book was the thought, “I wonder what it would look like if Douglas Adams had written Harry Potter?” Timanda Wertz, Mentee: I fell in love with reading fantasy during high school, and that’s mostly what I write. Harry Potter’s a favorite, Goose Girl, The Thief, Hunger Games, Divergent, Breadcrumbs, The Giver, Ender’s Game, Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings… More recently, I really loved A Snicker of Magic and Red Queen. The only fantasy subgenre I don’t read much is urban, due to my very strict (self-imposed) Whedon rule: if vampires and werewolves are involved, then Joss had better be too. Lacee Little, Mentee: I absolutely love fantasy and science fiction, especially ones based in our world. The idea of there being more to what we see in everyday life fascinates me. My top three “other worlds” I wish were real: Harry Potter (duh), A Wrinkle in Time (but only if I was in the Murray family), and the Marvel universe (S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, please). I strive to create the same level of world-building in my writing, as well as stories that connect emotionally with everyone. Wade,  why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I choose to become a Pitch Wars mentor for mainly two reasons: 1) I’d heard wonderful things about the contest; 2) I believe strongly in paying it forward. Many of my fellow writers have been (and continued to be) a tremendous help to me on my own writing journey. If I can in any small way be a help to others, I’m happy to give back to the writing community in that way. Timanda, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?     One of my pals, Laura Shovan (whose Last Fifth...

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