Pitch Wars Interview with Relly Annett-Baker and Vanessa Barger and their mentor, Sarah Cannon
Oct23

Pitch Wars Interview with Relly Annett-Baker and Vanessa Barger and their mentor, Sarah Cannon

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 Relly Annett-Baker, Vanessa Barger, and Sarah Cannon Team Infinity Sarah Cannon (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I’m Sarah! I’ve lived all over, but right now I’m in Indiana, along with my husband, two sons and a daughter, our dog and our cat. I like black licorice, especially salted licorice! (I know, it’s a sickness…but all your black jellybeans IS BELONG TO ME!) I love to knit, especially with yarn I’ve spun myself, but knitting has taken a backseat to writing in recent years. I homeschool my three kids, and we’re basically a big geeky rebelfamily. I love all sorts of children’s literature, but also read a wide variety of adult fiction and non-fiction. Basically whatever catches my eye. My writing style has a strong bent toward humor…more smart-alecky than slapstick. I love the strange (think Eric Rohmann, Shaun Tan, Kelly Link and M.T. Anderson) and I’m particularly happy when a number of subjects I’ve been exploring come together and become elements of a great story. Relly Annett-Baker  (Mentee), tell us a little about yourselves. Relly: I’m Relly, I live in London with my husband and two small boys, plus three cats and two rabbits. I like Legend of Zelda games, traveling alone, scrapbooking and playing board games.I read a lot of kidlit, classic crime novels, history books and a sprinkling of everything else. Too many books, never enough time, right? My writing style is still maturing. My pitchwars entry was pretty much the first piece of fiction I’ve ever written. I started in a ‘writing for children’ class about a year ago, that I joined to meet some new people after moving cities, playing around with an idea I’d had a long time ago when I learned about the Aztec underworld. I found I loved writing so much that I followed up that class with an intensive six-month novel course, and THE UNWILLING GODDESS was the result. I feel like I’ve found something I can enjoy doing for the rest of my life. Vanessa Barger (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. Vanessa: Hello! A little about me…. Well, I teach tech ed to high school kids in a tiny town on the Chesapeake Bay. Most kids pray for snow to get out of school. If it rains too long, our students start checking the tide charts to see what the chances are we’ll get out because it might flood a bridge or road. (True – we once...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Ambiguous A and mentor Jaye Robin Brown
Oct23

Pitch Wars Interview with Ambiguous A and mentor Jaye Robin Brown

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 Ambiguous A and Jaye Robin Brown  Team On Fire Jaye Robin Brown (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I’m an omnivore when it comes to books. And if a book isn’t available, I’ll read the cereal box. I like books that make me think about human connections, whether set on this earth or elsewhere, books that make me laugh and cry, and books that keep me up at night turning the pages. As for my writing style? I hope I bring the feels. And I hope I tell a good story. To me, a great novel does that first and foremost. Literary style is the icing on the cake. Ambiguous A (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I’m an adorer of all things Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and carry a pocket-sized version of Jane Eyre in my purse. I love high concept and different and imaginative, which means I’ll read in any genre if the idea hooks me. I’ve never written the same exact genre twice. I started writing as a straight-up pantser, but have mutated into the kind of plotter that dreams of a wall-sized whiteboard to write her ideas out own (preferably one with a rolling library ladder to move around on like in Beauty and the Beast). As for my writing style: literary? I enjoy long, pretty sentences. Jaye,  why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? This is my third year as a Pitch Wars mentor. Honestly, I can’t remember why I agreed that first year, but the experience was so incredible I’ve come back ever since. I love the people I’ve met. I’ve loved the opportunity to help an author on the brink of crossing over to the agent side. It’s just a whole lot of fun. Ambiguous A, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?     I’ve been working on this MS for two years, a year longer than any other manuscript I’ve written, and I was determined to make this one the manuscript to land me an agent, so I set myself a goal of finishing by my birthday in August, which was also just in time for PitchWars submissions! The writing community has been wonderful to me over the years, and I’d been chosen for a couple big contests with other manuscripts, but there’s something special about PitchWars that I had to try. It’s such a great opportunity to learn from a more experienced writer! Jaye, what are...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Anissa Malek and Amanda Searcy, and their mentor, Stacey Trombley
Oct23

Pitch Wars Interview with Anissa Malek and Amanda Searcy, and their mentor, Stacey Trombley

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 Anissa Malek, Amanda Searcy, and Stacey Trombley Team Silent Assassins  Stacey Trombley (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I write and read pretty much everything, but prefer the dark stuff. Deep emotional stories, with fun twists and interesting perspectives. I write and read both YA and MG but since my first book is a YA contemporary, I’m focusing on that in an effort to brand for now. Random fun facts: My father is a children entertainer (magician, balloon man, ventriloquist,) I went to my first third world country at age 12 (without my parents. I was a bold child) and while I love reading now (duh) I didn’t start reading much of anything until High school (late bloomer) Anissa Malek (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I read, write, and love all things YA. Dark, funny, swoony, these grabby hands want it all. My writing leans toward the dark side, but with sprinkles of humor. Sort of like sea salt on dark chocolate. YUM! I’m drawn to stories about outsiders, about finding one’s home—be it in friends, family or something else. I am also a huge Orphan Black fan and have a bad Ukrainian accent to prove it. And while I possess limited assassin skills (unlike my main character), I did grapple “Ronda Rousey” style in college. Amanda Searcy (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I love a good apocalypse (asteroids, volcanoes, zombies…whatever). I read a lot of science fiction and dark, gritty contemporary—and love stories (because who doesn’t love a love story?). Since I work in collection development and acquisitions for a large library system, I see ALL the new books that come in, and then I take them home and curl up in the fetal position between the stacks and stacks of beautiful books that are far too many for any one person to ever read. I write parallel stories that dance and twist around each other before they meet at the end. I try to give everything I write a hint of mystery. Stacey,  why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? Because I’ve been on the other side of this many times, in many contests. I entered a ton of them when I was querying and I loved it. Now, not only do I still want to be involved in these magical events but I want to give back. Meeting other writers never gets old. Anissa, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?...

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POOR BOY ROAD by James L. Weaver … cover reveal!
Oct23

POOR BOY ROAD by James L. Weaver … cover reveal!

  I am pleased to bring you the cover reveal of Poor Boy Road by James L. Weaver, a pulse pounding thriller following a mob fixer as he returns home for the first time in sixteen years. As a mob enforcer, Jake ‘The Fixer’ Caldwell is in the dark business of breaking kneecaps and snapping bones. But each job sends him one step closer to turning into the man he swore he’d never become – his violent and abusive father. Leaving the mob is easier said than done. When his boss offers a bloody way out, Jake has no choice but to take it, even if it means confronting ghosts of old. Arriving in his Lake of the Ozarks hometown, Jake has two things on his mind: kill ruthless drug lord Shane Langston and bury his dying father. What he doesn’t expect is to fall in love all over again and team up with his best friend Bear, the Sheriff of Benton County, to take Langston down. Racing through the countryside searching for Langston, the web of murder, meth and kidnapping widens, all pointing toward a past Jake can’t escape and a place he never wanted to return – Poor Boy Road.               About The Author James L. Weaver is the author of the forthcoming Jake Caldwell thrillers, Poor Boy Road and Ares Road. He makes his home in Olathe, Kansas with his wife of eighteen years and two children. His previous publishing credits include a six-part story called “The Nuts” and his 5-star rated debut novel Jack & Diane. Author note: a handful of those who’ve rated it are actually not related to him! His limited free time is spent writing into the wee hours of the morning, playing parental taxi cab to his kids’ sporting endeavours, and binge watching Netflix. Website...

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