Pitch Wars Interview with Lucy Goacher and Dani Denatti and their mentor, Sarah Henning
Oct28

Pitch Wars Interview with Lucy Goacher and Dani Denatti and their mentor, Sarah Henning

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 Lucy Goacher, Dani Denatti and their mentor Sarah Henning #TeamPartnersInCrime Sarah Henning (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Hi, my name is Sarah, and I’m not NEARLY as funny as my two mentees. As you can see from their introductions, they are hilarious. I’m going to go hide in a corner wearing a suit coat with elbow patches while trying to look like I know more than these gals, because I definitely don’t. They are amazing and I’m honored to work with them. Though a vegetarian in my edible life, I’m a total omnivore in my literary life. I read everything from YA fantasy to hard-core Harry Hole detective novels. That said, my favorite in ANY category or genre are books exactly like the ones Dani and Lucy have written: somewhat funny, somewhat serious, with excellent dialogue and plots that are mysterious and thrilling but fall between genres. I love cookies but I don’t like my books cookie cutter. And, if I’m doing it right, my own writing will mirror what I like to read. Lucy Goacher (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. I might get whacked around the head with a hardback copy of Bleak House for admitting this, but… I’m one of those naughty writers who doesn’t actually read very often. *Braces for Dickens impact.* Don’t get me wrong, I went to all the Harry Potter midnight releases when I was a kid, I had a trunk full of Francine Pascal’s Fearless books, and I loved English lessons – enough to study English Literature at the University of Sussex and follow it up with a painfully theory-heavy master’s degree – but for me, it’s always been the story that’s the important bit, not the medium. So while I’d stick Rebecca, The Martian, Jane Eyre, David Copperfield, Middlemarch, Gone Girl, Red Dragon, and Bridget Jones’ Diary on my list of favourite books, they’re just as important to me as my film and TV loves: Star Trek, Breaking Bad, Daredevil, Se7en, Forever, Hannibal, Jonathan Creek, Bones, Edge of Tomorrow, Hot Fuzz, and Interstellar. Because of my love of film, I’d call myself more of an entertainer than a writer. My work isn’t all arty sentences or pretty literary metaphors; it’s about jamming together unexpected plot twists, kick-ass characters, and inverted genre clichés to create something truly fun. Words are just the vehicle to take me there. Dani Denatti (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. Hello,...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Michael Mammay and his mentor, Dan Koboldt
Oct28

Pitch Wars Interview with Michael Mammay and his mentor, Dan Koboldt

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 Dan Koboldt and Michael Mammay Team Planetside Dan Koboldt (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. I like traditional epic fantasy and sci-fi geekery, but the latest books to enchant me were The Lies of Locke Lamora (Scott Lynch) and The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss). I like reading about swords, horses, and dragons, but not baths, torture, or animals-as-protagonists. Unless I’m reading a picture book to my kids, in which case animals and baths are no problem. Michael Mammay (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. This year I’ve loved The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Gone Girl, Ready Player One, Half The World, and The Martian as well as a bunch of others. I am a total seat of the pants person when it comes to writing. I started my current book, PLANETSIDE, with basically a character and a setting. I’d been writing for 45 days before I had any idea what was going to happen in the third act. I woke up New Year’s morning with the answer, and that part of the book pretty much stuck despite some pretty major revisions recently. What’s fun about me…I’d say I was Batman, but some copyright lawyers from DC Comics have told me that is *not* okay. Yeah, that’s all I’ve got. Dan, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I first joined Pitch Wars (last year) because I do whatever Brenda says, and to get more involved in the writing community. I’m busier this year (for good reasons) but couldn’t pass up the camaraderie that grows among the mentors. It’s like making 100 new friends who understand the intensity and hard work and incredible patience required to make it as a writer. Michael, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I injured my back. It’s a long story . It started at last year’s Pitchwars, which really introduced me to the writing community and all its benefits. Brenda Drake was my first follower on Twitter. Really. You can look it up. Spoiler Alert: I didn’t get in. But I connected with a lot of other people who also didn’t get in who made me better as a writer. This year, the timing worked out. I started the book in November and planned to have it ready in June, but I hurt my back and lost a couple months, so it was August and there was Pitchwars and it just seemed right. Dan,...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Molly Cluff and her mentor, Tabitha Martin
Oct28

Pitch Wars Interview with Molly Cluff and her mentor, Tabitha Martin

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 Molly Cluff and Tabitha Martin  Team Kismet Tabitha Martin (Mentor), tell us a little about yourself. Hey! I’m Tabitha and I write (mostly) YA contemporary. And if I can make you cry by the time you finish one of my novels, well, I feel I’ve done my job. I’m a sucker for feels and like to punch you in the gut with them. My writing style is messy. Gimme all the fragmented or run-on sentences. Because of my love of feels and internal struggle, I wrote a lot through introspection and tend to be more on the literary side of things. Though I love writing contemporary, my favorite genre to read is fantasy. Can’t get enough of it. I started writing when I was 8, after I was in a pretty bad accident. I climbed up my neighbor’s house to retrieve a Barbie from the roof and ending up falling off, and scraped my back, shoulder to hip bone on a nail that was sticking out of the wall. I got 200 of those internal dissolvable stitches, 56 on top, and then 9 staples to seal the deal. For months I begged my mom to call that show “Rescue 911” so they could tell my story, but she did not cater to my wishes. I’m still slightly resentful of this. I missed the first 3 weeks of 3rd grade, but when I got back, my teacher told us to write a story, and so I wrote about what happened to me. Long story short, I won a school wide and then a county wide contest and I’ve been writing feverishly ever since. Molly Cluff (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. Hi everybody! I’m Molly, and I write Contemporary Young Adult—usually with a teeniest hint of magical realism. I really enjoy creating flawed characters who don’t look perfect and don’t make the smartest decisions. I love the writing styles of writers like Rainbow Rowell, Laurie Halse Anderson, and E. Lockhart. Oh, and Maggie Stiefvater (I will love her and her aviator glasses forever and always). I’m also a hardcore classics nerd. Once my CPs and I trekked 18 miles across the moors of Haworth, England where the Bronte sisters lived. BECAUSE WE’RE NERDS LIKE THAT. Also, once I met a hot blonde guy at a National Monument who was talking up how much he knew about Shakespeare. When he mentioned the play Titus Andronicus, I told him...

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