Pitch Wars Interview with Jamie Manning and his mentors, Lady Lioness and Mary Ann Marlowe
Oct31

Pitch Wars Interview with Jamie Manning and his mentors, Lady Lioness and Mary Ann Marlowe

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 Jamie Manning, Lady Lioness, and Mary Ann Marlowe   Jamie Manning (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. From as far back as I can remember, I’ve loved reading. There truly is nothing like getting lost in the limitless world a book offers. Meeting exciting characters, vivid landscapes, magical creatures–it was heaven for a shy kid like myself. Now having the opportunity to create those characters and landscapes and creatures is an amazing feeling. I am eclectic in my reading style. I love everything from Harper Lee to Harlan Coban, Stephen King to JR Ward. I like the fast-paced page turners of James Patterson, the sexy m/m romances of Riley Hart, and the creepy medical thrillers of Patricia Cornwell. I really do love it all! Up to this point, I’ve focused solely on the YA world as far as my writing goes. I was about halfway through a project when these two characters came to me and gripped me like none before. I just had to write their story, so I’ve shelved YA for a bit and am having a blast dipping my toes in the Adult world of m/m romance. Mary Ann Marlowe (Co-mentor), thank you for hopping in and helping to get Jamie’s entry ready for the agent round. Somehow or other Jamie failed to submit his MS to me during the agent round. We discovered this fact as I lamented the total absence of m/m romance in my inbox, and he saw my tweet and virtually facepalmed at missing this on my wishlist. His MS came to me anyway, through the mentor network. Although I really did want to find something like his MS, I had so many amazing MS to sort through, and I wanted to give first preference to my own submissions. Fortunately, he was picked up by Lady Lioness, so everything worked out for the best. When Brenda asked me if I could step in to help Lady Lioness out with this MS, I didn’t have to think twice. Having corresponded some over Twitter with Jamie, I knew he was a great person. But when I got a chance to look at the work he’d already done for Lady Lioness, I knew he’d be a breeze to work with. His story is coming together beautifully, and I can’t wait to see the final product. I like to think that we were destined to work together. Jamie, why did you decide to participate in...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Lisa Schunemann and her mentors, Lady Lioness, and Laura Heffernan
Oct31

Pitch Wars Interview with Lisa Schunemann and her mentors, Lady Lioness, and Laura Heffernan

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 Lisa Schunemann, Lady Lioness, and Laura Heffernan  Lisa Schunemann (Mentee), tell us a little about yourself. Growing up, I moved from state to state due to my father’s job. When you’re not the natural social butterfly, it’s hard to make friends. I found my friends in the characters of books, reading whatever I could get my hands on – literally, my nose was always found in the pages of a book. I’m surprised I don’t have ‘Chapter’ inked permanently on my skin. Romance is one of my favorite genres. I love reading a story front to back, over and over, and finding new things I may have missed the first go around. I’m attracted to stories that build worlds we want to live in, with characters we see as our friends, family members, and, yes, even enemies. I wish I started writing earlier in my career, but I also know that my life experiences have shaped my writing passion for the better. I graduated college with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, specializing in health administration. Putting my fingers to the keyboard was a scary moment, because I knew once I started and let my passions flow, I wouldn’t be able to stop. I’m very glad this turned out to be true. My debut novel is just the first in a long line of stories developing in my head. Laura Heffernan (Co-mentor), thank you for hopping in and helping to get Lisa’s entry ready for the agent round. I loved Lisa’s story from the moment I read the query she submitted to the NewAgent contest back in July. The first page was even better. After we chose the winners, I sent her a query and first page critique, and we hit it off immediately. (How can you not love someone who calls you Yoda?) During the PitchWars selection round, I loved the full manuscript, but ultimately thought she would be better off with a different mentor. When I heard her mentor could use help toward the end of the contest, I volunteered so fast, I think I scared people. The changes so far are fantastic, and I can’t wait to see the finished product. I’m awed and humbled to see how hard Lisa is working. Everything about this woman is amazing. Lisa,  why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars? I entered my contemporary romance, BOOT ME, BLONDIE, in Pitch Wars because of the faith I have in...

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