Pitch Wars Interview with Tricia McKee and her mentor, Rebecca Yarros
Sep26

Pitch Wars Interview with Tricia McKee and her mentor, Rebecca Yarros

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 . . . Trica McKee – Mentee Twitter | Website   Rebecca Yarros – Mentor   Twitter | Website Tricia, why did you choose Rebecca? I chose Rebecca because of her Deadpool Gifs. Seriously, I chose her because she is an accomplished rock star of a writer who isn’t afraid to take on sensitive subjects. Rebecca is as direct as I am, she will give it to me strait and expect the best from me in return. Oh, and she has a great sense of humor. Rebecca, why did you choose Tricia and her manuscript? Tricia had me laughing from page one of her MS, which isn’t an easy task. Add to that her fresh voice, and stellar concept, and I was hooked. Tricia, summarize your book in three words. Funny. Sexy. Body-Positive. Rebecca, summarize Tricia’s book in three words. Sexy. Witty. Opposites-attract. Tricia, tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? A tomboy at heart, I raced a lot of BMX growing up and got into a decent amount of trouble, developed a love of hard rock music and good Irish whiskey and I will always prefer my Vans to my heels. I have a degrees in both accounting and sociology, and I wrote my honors thesis on the sociology of women’s sports. However, I much prefer to use my trucker-like vocabulary and dirty mind to spin tales of curvy heroines and the men who love them. When I’m not writing, you can find me reading (voraciously), swimming or participating in agility events with one of my two adorable dogs. I live in the North Dallas burbs with my husband of sixteen years and I know something about living large in a size six world. I’ve been where my heroine was, where a lot of women have been––insecure about my body––and I’ve learned to love myself because of my flaws…Not in spite of them. Find out more about Rebecca Yarros’s Ignite . . . It only takes a spark… In Legacy, Colorado, I buried my father alongside his elite Hotshot team. Ten years later, I’ve followed in his footsteps—fighting fires in the mountains of Alaska with my brother. Amid the flames, nothing ignites me like Avery Claire. She’s stubborn, strong, sexy as hell, and my best friend. She also has no idea that I’m in love with her. But...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Amelia Creed and her mentor, Marty Mayberry
Sep26

Pitch Wars Interview with Amelia Creed and her mentor, Marty Mayberry

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 . . . Amelia Creed – Mentee Twitter   Marty Mayberry – Mentor Twitter | Website Amelia, why did you choose Marty? I’ve made some amazing friends in the Pitch Wars community and they all recommended Marty. Word of mouth works, you guys. What sealed the deal was her amazing mentor bio, which I’m not ashamed to say I read at least half a dozen times. Her style really resonated with me and by the time I realized she also loves exploring ancient ruins, I was sold. Her dedication and excitement jumped out at me and wouldn’t let go. She writes YA romance and SF, as well as Adult romance (among others), which are the genres I gravitate towards in my own writing career. I knew I needed to get my submission into her inbox ASAP. I still can’t believe she chose me out of her 100+ submissions and I hope this relationship evolves past that of mentor-mentee. Marty, why did you choose Amelia and her manuscript? First, I want to point out that I had numerous excellent entries in my inbox. It makes me sad to think I had to pass on any of them. I had a true dilemma in choosing just one. Amelia is a fabulous, creative writer, and she writes wonderfully swoony kissing scenes. *fans face* Her book is clever, fun, exciting, and keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen next. Throughout the selection period, Amelia’s manuscript kept calling to me. I’d read a new entry, and then think more about her story. Read another entry, and then go back and read a particularly fun scene in Amelia’s. When I started jotting down ideas I thought could make it even better, I KNEW it was “the one”. I’ve been thrilled to discover the numerous Amelia and I connect, and I can’t wait to get to know her better. Watch out world. Amelia Creed is going places! Amelia, summarize your book in three words. Nerdy Spooky Showdown Marty, summarize Amelia’s book in three words. Gaming tournament w/kisses (I’m calling the last one word. LOL) Amelia, tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? Ah, the question writers fear will uncover their narcissistic tendencies (Oh, I’m alone in this? O—okay). Though I write contemporary and SF, always with a hint...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Angela Cappillo and her mentors, Trisha Leaver and Kelly Calabrese
Sep26

Pitch Wars Interview with Angela Cappillo and her mentors, Trisha Leaver and Kelly Calabrese

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 . . . Angela Cappillo – Mentee Twitter Trisha Leaver – Mentor Twitter | Website Kelly Calabrese – Mentor Twitter | Website Angela, why did you choose Trisha and Kelly? Trisha and Kelly were the first mentors I put on my list. When choosing whom to submit to, I started with the wish list. Once I knew they wanted something like my book, I checked their bios and editing style. I loved everything about them and knew they would be a great pick. Turns out, I was right. Kelly and Trisha, why did you choose Angela and her manuscript? Kelly – I loved Angela’s gripping premise! Trisha – Voice! The first thing that attracted me to Angela’s manuscript was the authenticity of her main character’s voice. Plus she was able to blend the creepy with the emotional, creating a character that makes all the WRONG decisions for all the RIGHT reasons. Love that!!! Angela, summarize your book in three words. Creepy. Emotional. Suspenseful. Kelly and Trisha, summarize Angela’s book in three words. Kelly – Creepy. Creepy. Surprising. Taboo. Trisha – Creepy. Emotionally-charged. Relatable. Angela, tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I live in a small town with my husband, four kids, and a multitude of pets. When I’m not shuttling them around, or watching them play sports, which feels like always, I write. I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing, and have always ventured toward darker material. Thank God, my mom was an avid reader and never restricted what I read because I loved scary books. I’m hard to scare now, I suppose because I was reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz by the time I was twelve. I didn’t actively pursue a writing career until about five years ago, though. I’m definitely a plotter. Sometimes I spend weeks thinking about my ideas before putting them to paper. When I do have an idea, I focus on what I can do to make the concept as unique as possible. I find the easiest way to do this is to focus on the MC and protagonist’s goals. I was really excited about writing a book with a stalker who was trying to create a perfect family. The biggest challenge of writing this book, though, was the multiple POVs. I turned to my teenage son often with questions on how...

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