Pitch Wars Interview with Renée A. Price and her mentors, Erin L. Schneider and Veronica Bartles
Oct21

Pitch Wars Interview with Renée A. Price and her mentors, Erin L. Schneider and Veronica Bartles

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 Renée A. Price and her mentors, Erin L. Schneider and Veronica Bartles #TeamRenerica Erin L. Schneider (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Over the years I’ve loved reading everything from Roald Dahl to John Grisham, but my true love will always be anything Young Adult! Some of my absolute favorite writers include: YA Contemporary authors Jandy Nelson, Sarah Ockler, and Courtney Summers and YA Fantasy authors Leigh Bardugo, Kristin Cashore, and Sarah J. Maas. For my own writing, I’ve tried my hand at a YA fantasy, YA paranormal, and a YA thriller, but it was my YA contemporary, SUMMER OF SLOANE, that landed my agent and eventually my publishing contract with Disney-Hyperion! When I sat down to write SOS, what transpired was something that felt true and real — and for the first time, not just what I thought others would want to read. I love stories that don’t have the shiny red bow / happily-ever-after ending — but instead, show the realistic ups and downs that happen in life. SOS reflects all of this, and while it went through several revisions and I ended up losing some of the darker scenes, I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out! Veronica Bartles (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Mentor #2: Veronica Bartles I read a little bit of everything, but most of all, I love reading light-hearted contemporary MG novels, like YOU’RE INVITED by Jen Malone and Gail Nall, or YA contemporary romance (nothing too dark), like THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING by Rachel Harris, or BRING THE RAIN by Lizzy Charles. And of course, I love a good stack of picture books at bedtime! (No, I don’t have any pre-K children at home. Why do you ask?) I write a little bit of everything as well, and I simply can’t pick a favorite. Sometimes, I get carried away in a fantastic, twisted fairy tale picture book idea, and sometimes I dive back into those high school days with my latest YA project. Only two things are guaranteed, no matter what I’m writing. #1: I will write my first draft in a spiral notebook with one of the fun pencils in the collection I started back in second grade, when I decided I was going to be a famous author one day. And #2: No matter what category I’m writing, and no matter how serious the subject matter, my book will be a light-hearted version...

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