Pitch Wars Team Interview with Alexa Martin and her mentors, Kara Leigh Miller & Meredith Ireland
Sep09

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Alexa Martin and her mentors, Kara Leigh Miller & Meredith Ireland

  Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have ‪. . . Alexa Martin – Mentee Twitter | Website   Kara Leigh Miller – Mentor Twitter | Website   Meredith Ireland – Co-Mentor Twitter   Alexa, why did you choose Kara Leigh Miller & Meredith Ireland? I chose them for so many reasons. I really loved the idea of working with a team and after I read their wish list, I knew I had to take a chance. It really spoke to me that diversity was something they really wanted. As a devout romance reader, it is hard to come across a POC as the main character and is honestly one of the reasons I began writing this story. Not to mention, they are both writing rock stars, so smart, and moms to top it all off. I felt like if I could work with them, I would not only learn a ton, but really have fun and enjoy it. I was right.   Kara and Meredith, why did you choose Alexa Martin / #Intercepted? Kara: Her voice! It jumps off the page and smacks you across the face. During my initial read through, I was simultaneously laughing and blushing, which can be a very uncomfortable thing when you’re sitting in the living room with your husband and kids nearby. Alexa is a ton of fun, and during our initial communications, she was very open, honest, and genuine. We hit it right off. She’s like the missing wheel of our tricycle—She completes us 😉 Meredith: I second everything Kara said above. Additionally, I was hoping to find a fantastic #Ownvoices/diverse manuscript and Alexa delivered that with an interracial love story and a main character whose sparkling voice stood out amongst the rest. It was so funny I woke my husband laughing.   Alexa, summarize your book in three words. #OwnVoices, Quirky, Sexy   Kara and Meredith, summarize your mentee’s book in three words. Kara: Snarky. Hot. Unique. Meredith: Funny. Diverse. Authentic.   Alexa, tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I am a 29-year-old Denver native, mother of four, and wife to one. My husband and I met in high school and have been navigating this crazy life together ever since. I started writing after my daughter was born and we were living in Green Bay, Wisconsin while my husband played...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Christyl Rosewater & mentors Cindy Baldwin, Jessica Vitalis, and Amanda Hill
Sep09

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Christyl Rosewater & mentors Cindy Baldwin, Jessica Vitalis, and Amanda Hill

  Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have ‪#TeamTearyUnicorn . . .   Christyl Rosewater – Mentee Twitter | Website This team is unique because they are one of our wild card teams. Weallowed mentors to put their name in a random drawing to have a bonus mentee, and when one of them won, Cindy Baldwin, Jessica Vitalis, and Amanda Hill decided to work together on a mentee they all loved. Jessica Vitalis – Mentor Twitter | Website Cindy Baldwin – Mentor Twitter | Website Amanda Hill – Mentor Twitter | Website   CHRISTYL Why did you choose to submit to Amanda, Cindy, and Jessica? Before the Mentor Blog Hop came out in late July I had been chatting with several mentors and forming some great connections. I really wanted to love Amanda, Cindy, and Jessica, but I knew I needed to submit to the wishlists I fit best. I was ridiculously excited to see that my story fit their wishlists! I remember even squealing when Amanda and Cindy listed homeschooling and the ocean as two elements they would be interested in seeing. For Jessica, I loved her experience in mentoring and how she was so determined to get a manuscript shelf-ready. Both of these wishlists made my heart glow. They went to the top of my shortlist! Summarize your book in three words. Self-discovery through misidentification. Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m hoping that one draw for my manuscript is the balance of magical and real-world. Magical realism is such a difficult genre to nail down, and my three mentors have given me so many great suggestions already for how to allow magic to fit more appropriately within this story. I also think that while my protagonist Tami has a very specific skin condition, she undergoes a key experience of middle school kids. Tami’s voice pulls me in every time, and I was just telling a critique partner that I am going to have to move through these revisions very carefully so I don’t muck up this character along the way! I think what will make this story beautiful and unique come November is the manner in which various themes are woven together throughout the narrative and character arc. Fingers crossed I can live up to the vision of these amazing mentors! JESSICA Why did you choose Christyl?...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Liz Edelbrock and her mentor, Rebecca Petruck
Sep09

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Liz Edelbrock and her mentor, Rebecca Petruck

  Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams. And now, we have . . . Liz Edelbrock Twitter | Website Rebecca Petruck Twitter | Website Liz: Why did you choose Rebecca? When I was looking at mentor bios, I paid particular attention to people who expressed interest in spooky stories. I figured subbing folks who wanted ghost stories would give me the best chance of getting chosen as a mentee. But I kept coming back to Rebecca’s bio. She didn’t indicate an interest in paranormal, but she talked about clean, smart, fast writing with lots of heart, and that quiet voice in my head pushed me to submit to her. Clearly, it was just meant to be. Rebecca: Why did you choose Liz and GHOST TRAIN? I love the concept. Trapped on a ghost train and must find a way off before the End of the Line? Love it! But Liz’s writing makes it more than a simple adventure–there is a lot of heart, especially in how well she portrays sibling dynamics. I feel like the pieces are all there, but as I was reading I had a sense she was holding back. I thought if I could nudge her to really let loose, she’d blow everyone away. And now that I’ve seen her revision plan, I KNOW she will. They say Superman is “more powerful than a locomotive,” but Liz’s GHOST TRAIN will give him a run for his money. Liz: Summarize your book in three words. Wow. That’s tough. How about “death-defying railway adventure.” Rebecca: Summarize Liz’s book in three words. Heart. Humor. Horror. Liz: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique.  I started writing GHOST TRAIN not too long after my father passed away. My son and daughter were really curious about life and death and where their Pops was now that he wasn’t with us. Those discussions led to the idea of a train that collects lost souls and takes them on to the afterlife. I couldn’t stop thinking about how crazy it would be to accidentally end up on that train as a living person, and GHOST TRAIN was born! Rebecca: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Two of my cousins are railroad engineers. I interviewed one for a scene in my next book, Will Nolan Eats Bugs, where Will sneaks onto a train with his dad. But as the book...

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