Pitch Wars Interview with Sarahlyn Bruck and her mentor, Margarita Montimore
Oct20

Pitch Wars Interview with Sarahlyn Bruck and her mentor, Margarita Montimore

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 Margarita Montimore and Sarahlyn Bruck #TeamPHIT Margarita Montimore (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Hi there! I’m a Russian-born, NYC-bred, karaoke-loving, knitting-and-Netflix-obsessed writer of upmarket fiction. I’m also a contributing blogger for Quirk Books. Currently, I’m living in the Northeast with my husband (fun fact: we got married in Vegas last year by an Elvis impersonator), trying to make the writing dream happen. I’m represented by Victoria Skurnick at Levine Greenberg Rostan. I like to think of my writing as a combo of David Lynch and Nora Ephron, with a dash of Chuck Palahniuk; I love incorporating dark and/or surreal story elements into my work as much as I do witty banter. In terms of what I read, I tend to favor books that fall in the sweet spot between literary and commercial, but I also try to keep my reading list diverse, throwing non-fiction, YA, and genres I don’t read as often, like sci-fi. Some of my favorite authors include Lionel Shriver, Margaret Atwood, Bret Easton Ellis, Jhumpa Lahiri, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marian Keyes, and Jennifer Weiner. Sarahlyn Bruck (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. Hello! I’m a California native now living in Philadelphia with my husband, 11-year-old daughter, and Jazz, our one-eyed cockapoo. Philadelphia surprised me by being quite a decent place to call home. I have learned, however, I do not like snow. Or cold. At all. But the other three seasons are just fine. Three out of four is not bad. I had three out of four in L.A. Going outside during the summer in Pasadena is like sticking my head into a pizza oven. But man, I would totally trade winters. For my day job, I teach writing and literature full time at a local community college. I like working there quite a bit and feel pretty lucky to have the opportunity to do what I do. Before that I taught at Temple, Philadelphia University, Pasadena City College, and Cal State L.A. Not a bad gig, this teaching writing thing. And I find teaching writing helps me with my own writing, which is a total bonus. I read as much as I can, usually one-two books per month. My tastes run toward more literary and commercial—book club fiction, really. Some of my all-time favorite books include Their Eyes Were Watching God, Cider House Rules, Light In August, 1Q84, The Goldfinch, On Such a Full Sea, Bel Canto…to name just a...

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