Pitch Wars Interview with Tamara Girardi and her mentor Molly Lee
Sep27

Pitch Wars Interview with Tamara Girardi and her mentor Molly Lee

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 . . . Tamara Girardi – Mentee Twitter Molly Lee – Mentor Twitter | Website Tamara: Why did you choose Molly? Molly’s Wish List attracted me right away when I read, “I love to see instances where a girl/woman is in a profession/situation that is tailored toward men and she’s hacking it right there with the boys.” My YA contemporary submission GRIDIRON GIRL is about a girl who competes against her boyfriend to be the starting quarterback of the football team, so the whole story is about her trying to hack it with the guys. Also, I want to say that I took the advice to ask questions of the mentors seriously when picking my six. Molly didn’t specifically mention sports,so I tweeted her to be sure she has an interest in them. Fortunately for me, she does! My nextstep was to read some of my potential mentors’ works (because narrowing down to six was HARD), and one chapter of Molly’s EDGE OF CHAOS had me in love. She made me feel instantly, and I knew that was a weakness in my own work. I needed to increase the emotional payoff. At that moment, Molly went to the top of my list, and there are no words for the emotional payoff I felt when she actually picked me! Molly: Why did you choose Tamara? The concept of GRIDIRON GIRL appealed to me right away—a girl going up against her boyfriend for the quarterback position? No question I needed to read this! Plus, I’d seen her ontwitter, actively asking questions of mentors and really putting that extra effort in to see who would be a good fit. I knew she was serious then and once I read her pages, I was hooked. Tamara: Summarize your book in three words. Epic. Female. Quarterback. Molly: Summarize Tamara‘s book in three words. Hot. Competitive. Heart. Tamara: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? My husband and high school sweetheart was the starting quarterback of our football team for three years, but he’s not the only quarterback in his family. He and his two brothers all played the position. Over the years, I’ve seen the backyard games, heard them compare their stats and accolades, and laughed at the intensity of their competition. One day, I got to thinking: what if they had had a little...

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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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Pitch Wars Interview with Rosanne Rivers and her mentor, Sharon M. Johnston
Sep23

Pitch Wars Interview with Rosanne Rivers and her mentor, Sharon M. Johnston

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 . . .   Rosanne Rivers – Mentee Twitter | Website Sharon M. Johnston – Mentor Twitter | Website   Rosanne, why did you choose Sharon? Sharon’s mentor blog post had me so excited from the start! Her favourite stories were the same as alot of my own and made me want to read the ones I hadn’t already. I realised my MS matched a lot of the aspects she had listed in her wish list, and she was offering so much as a mentor. Sharon mentioned that she offers solutions, not just problems, in her edits, and I’ve already realised how much that is true. Sharon, why did you choose Rosanne and her manuscript? Rosanne’s writing is pretty gorgeous, so I knew I didn’t need to push her too much in the mechanics of her craft. Her fantasy story had so many elements that would appeal to readers. The relationship been the MC and the love interest was nicely developed, and it was the love interest’s secrets that had me sold. I didn’t see the twists and turns in the book coming, and I loved that. Rosanne, summarize your book in three words. “Leverage is everything.” Sharon, summarize Rosanne’s book in three words. Swoonworthy Courtly Romance Rosanne, tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’ve always loved writing and spent a lot of my teenage years writing Harry Potter fanfiction (usually involving Snape.) I mainly write YA standalones in pretty much any speculative genre, though I read lots of adult fiction too. I’m generally drawn to reading about a new world or a great concept. If the blurb has me wondering how something’s going to play out, I’ll read the book. My favourite authors include: Kristen Cashore, Maria V Snyder, Keira Cass, Liane Moriarty, Ruth Ware and George RR Martin. My debut novel, AFTER THE FEAR was released in 2013 by Immortal Ink Publishing. I think that my MS’s strength is in the romance. The MC and the love interest are both flawed and I like how they find something truthful with each other over time. Sharon, tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I’m a YA/NA writer and PR professional.  My favourite genre to write is Science Fiction, but I love mashing genres together. My first novel, DIVIDED is out now with...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Dave Kane and his mentors, Elly Blake and Ron Walters
Sep23

Pitch Wars Interview with Dave Kane and his mentors, Elly Blake and Ron Walters

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 #TeamEllRon . . . Dave Kane – Mentee Twitter Elly Blake – Mentor Twitter | Website Ron Walters – Mentor Twitter | Website   Why did you choose each other as mentee/mentors? Elly: THE ADVENTURES OF KIRBY DARING is chock full of voice! Add that to sparkling humor, sympathetic characters, and great action and they make a really fun book! Plus, my kids adored it and they would have been mad if I hadn’t picked it. Ron: The voice. I was hooked from the opening paragraph. In the space of a few short lines, I knew we had an immensely likeable, smart, funny MC. Even better, the voice held up through the entire book. Also, the setting and world building were fantastic. The story primarily takes place on the space station where the MC lives, but it’s a space station populated by humans and aliens, which, among other things, shows us just how vast the story world actually is. David: I had my fingers crossed to get picked by #TeamEllRon. Every single word of their bios made me think that we would work great together– and I was right! These guys are both amazing. Summarize your / David’s book in three words. David: Kirby Freaking Daring! Elly: Nerd saves planets. Ron: Hilarious space hijinks. Tell us something about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? David: I am the founder/facilitator of the South Jersey Critique group. I was at a SCBWI conference lamenting the lack of resources in South Jersey, and the person sitting right next to me agreed. Turns out we live less than 10 minutes from each other! We added a few more members and have been going strong ever since. The moral of the story: don’t wait for anyone to hand you anything in this business– go out and make it happen! THE ADVENTURES OF KIRBY DARING is a SF adventure, but Kirby is so NOT an action hero! He’s nervous, he’s a nerd, but when everything he cares about is threatened, he finds the inner strength to save the day! Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know.    Elly: I have a picture of me with David Sedaris at one of his book signings. I look really happy. He looks…tolerant. I was so excited to see him, I invaded his personal...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Jennifer Camiccia and her mentor, Kristin B. Wright
Sep23

Pitch Wars Interview with Jennifer Camiccia and her mentor, Kristin B. Wright

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 . . .   Jennifer Camiccia – Mentee Twitter | Website Kristin B. Wright – Mentor Twitter | Website   Jennifer: Why did you choose Kristin? I chose Kristin because, after reading her Pitchwars Wish List, I was convinced she might be my long lost twin. She hasn’t missed an Oscar broadcast since she was eleven? Check. Loves roller coasters and all things British? Check. When I scrolled down and saw who her favorite authors were I was sold. The cherry on top was that she still re-reads the scene where Anne realizes she loves Gilbert Blythe. If she loved so many of the same things I do, then she might also love my MS! The Outlander kissing gif sealed the deal. Kristin: Why did you choose Jennifer and her manuscript? The week subs opened, my family was camping in North Carolina, so I had time to take a solo trip to Chipotle and eat a burrito in peace. I opened Jen’s first chapter with burrito in hand and promptly forgot about the burrito. Her writing is beautiful and evocative and her story sucked me right in. I requested the full as the burrito got cold and started reading right away when it arrived. One of the best beginnings of a story I’ve ever seen. And if Jennifer loves Gilbert Blythe and Jamie Fraser, we’ll get along JUUUUST fine. Jennifer: Summarize your book in three words. Sisters, singing, love Kristin: Summarize Jennifer’s book in three words. Fighting for belonging. Jennifer: Tell us about yourself. I am a mother of four opinionated, wonderful children and wife to a very patient, sweetheart of a guy. I’ve always loved to write, but never really started to take it seriously until this past year and a half. I joined twitter, signed up for a few contests, and developed a relationship with a few CP’s I met through the contests. What makes you and your MS unique? I have a gaggle, a murder, a herd — or whatever one calls a group of teenagers in the wild — who patiently read my words. They keep my writing honest and true. This story was a personal one for me because the opening scene almost happened to someone very close to me. I initially wrote it as a way to understand why my friend would...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Ernie Chiara and his mentor, Kristen Lepionka
Sep22

Pitch Wars Interview with Ernie Chiara and his mentor, Kristen Lepionka

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 . . . Ernie Chiara – Mentee Twitter | Website Kristen Lepionka – Mentor Twitter | Website   Ernie, why did you choose Kristen? Narrowing down which mentors to sub was excruciating. After reading through their bios and wish lists I narrowed it down to six, all of whom had their own qualities and qualifications I felt might be able to help my manuscript. Kristen listed things like character development, dialogue, setting, overall structure, plot untangling, and identifying inconsistencies as some of her strengths. Since those are a few of my many trouble areas, adding her to my list was a no-brainer. She also mentioned wanting to see “smart, gorgeous lit fic.” She added, “If it’s strange, experimental and/or gritty in some way, I’m there! Give me your troubled characters, [and] family secrets…” While I’m not sure about smart and gorgeous, I’m pretty sure I had the strange, experimental, and gritty parts nailed! Kristen, why did you choose Ernie’s manuscript? The premise grabbed me right away–a drug-dealing museum cafe waitress? That’s a story made for me. As I continued to read, I was moved by the narrative and the way it explores important social issues. I had a very clear vision for what I thought the manuscript needed, too, and I knew I could make a big impact on it. Ernie, summarize your book in three words. Poignant. Gritty. Heartwrenching. Kristen, summarize Ernie’s book in three words. Life imitates art. Ernie, tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? Growing up in the inner-city neighborhoods around Boston, I spent quite a few late nights doing graffiti art, where I witnessed first hand the plight of the homeless in and around the back alleys where I painted. I grew to see them not as indolent bums to be walked past and ignored, but as people with unique stories who had fallen on hard times, who might just have talents of their own that were going unnoticed as they faced their difficult personal issues. CHASING TRISTESSE is about just this kind of person. Tristesse, the protagonist, is a young man from a broken home, struggling with addiction while living under a bridge along the Charles River, who also happens to be one of the greatest artists of a generation. He’d always used art as a private...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Yael Mermelstein and her mentor Jessica Vitalis
Sep22

Pitch Wars Interview with Yael Mermelstein and her mentor Jessica Vitalis

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 . . . Yael Mermelstein – Mentee Twitter Jessica Vitalis – Mentor Twitter | Website Yael: Why did you choose Jessica? Jessica listed four things she’s looking for in a book and it felt like she’d listed all of my particular strengths as a writer. On top of that, I incessantly read MG and YA until way too late at night (Kindle rocks for those of us overseas) and Jessica’s list of favorite authors included SEVEN of my favorites too. And I loved her confidence – she’d written that she loves to critique and that she’s “darn good at it”. Everyone has their weaknesses but I enjoy people who aren’t shy about their strengths either. But the clincher was watching her on the live interview segment – her passion and personality oozed out of the screen. That’s when I decided I desperately wanted her to pick me! The funny thing is, while all of those things are still true, right now my enthusiasm for Jessica is amped up by much more than her professional expertise (which is EXCELLENT) – she’s a really special human being with a beautiful heart. And though we come from different walks of life – I think we have a lot of commonality and connectedness. Jessica: Why did you choose Yael? Yael is a talented writer with an outstanding voice. The themes in her manuscript resonated deeply with me and I couldn’t get the story out of my head. Plus, our early communications left little doubt that she’d be a dream to work with: she’s enthusiastic, dedicated, thoughtful, and an all-around great person. Yael: Summarize your book in three words. Heart. Mind. Journey. Jessica: Summarize Yael’s book in three words. Mystery, Neurodiversity, Road trip (that’s one word, right?) Yael: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? My home is nestled in the undulating Judean Hills of Israel, where I wake up some mornings to the bleating of the sheep as they’re shepherded through the valley outside my window. I live here with my husband and our SEVEN superlative and complex children. My husband and I met while working with the special needs population – one of our super-special charges introduced us! Today our home has a revolving door for all sorts of gorgeous kids with varied handicaps and our kids do most of...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Dana Kramaroff and her mentor, Melyssa Mercado
Sep22

Pitch Wars Interview with Dana Kramaroff and her mentor, Melyssa Mercado

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 . . . Dana Kramaroff- Mentee Twitter | Blog Melyssa Mercado – Mentor Twitter | Blog Dana: Why did you choose Melyssa? There were so many things that my MS and I connected with when I read Mel’s wish list, too many to write down so I just wrote FUN next to her name because, well, she sounded so fun! Plus, she loves roller skating and as fate would have it, my book has a roller skating par-TAY in it, so of course we were meant to be! Melyssa: Why did you choose Dana.? Wow, the first reason was that I saw potential for a storyline I haven’t yet seen in middle grade, a missing mirror for some very special MG readers. There were some really fun dynamics all throughout the manuscript, cool sub plots, and an adorable and passionate voice just waiting to be heard. The more I thought about Dana’s story, the more excited I became about getting it out into the world. I was all, ooooh, I can help with this and that and this and that (yup, totally brought out the visionary mentor mama in me). When I hinted at a full re-write to switch a sub plot to the main storyline, Dana didn’t flinch. In fact, I could practically feel the wheels turning in her head, even before she knew how passionate I was about her story. Great voice, important story, and an enthusiastic and willing writer? What more could a happy mentor ask for? (-: Dana.: Summarize your book in three words. Normal is overrated. Melyssa: Summarize Dana’s book in three words. Unique. Enlightening. Needed. Dana.: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I was voted Miss Congeniality once and try to live up to that title every day. I want the people around me to feel cared about. My story is unique because it deals with a juvenile knee condition that keeps twelve-year-old, Natalie, from doing all the things she loves to do—well, her knee pain and the pain of an ex-BFF middle grade Nemesis, which no amount of physical therapy can cure. My MC’s knee issue is the same one I had, when I was her age. I wanted to tell this story because I felt so alone back then. The feeling of not being able to play sports, be in gym class, jump, run, and roller...

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Pitch Wars Interview with J.K. Smejkal and mentor Jessie Devine
Sep21

Pitch Wars Interview with J.K. Smejkal and mentor Jessie Devine

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 . . . J.K. Smejkal – Mentee Twitter Jessie Devine – Mentor Twitter  J.K: Why did you choose Jessie? This is only easy question of the bunch! Jessie wanted YA with atmospheric world-building, dark themes, LGBTQIA+ representation, and romance, so I thought DEVIL’S CARAVAN would be a great fit. Plus, as a mentor, his candor appealed to me. I wanted someone who’d be tough on my work, tear it apart, and hold me accountable. I expect to shed many tears during this revision, but it’ll be worth it! Jessie: Why did you choose J.K.? I chose Jeannette’s book because it is dark and atmospheric, and I was in love with the characters from page one. It also has queer rep. Basically, she delivered everything I asked for. J.K.: Summarize your book in three words. Jessie used adjectives, so I’ll add some nouns! masks, delirium, loopholes Jessie: Summarize J.K.’s book in three words. dark, whimsical, powerful J.K.: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? Let’s see. I’m a first generation Canadian living in beautiful BC with my two kids (an aspiring unicorn and a magician-in-training) and my ever-patient husband. He’s the only realist in this family, bless him. Besides the cliched writer-staples like books, coffee, and solitude, I also love big trees, Lebanese food, and hoodies. My background is diverse and includes social and environmental work (if I listed everything, this bio would be obnoxiously long). I’m marvelously liberal and nothing raises my hackles more than intolerance. It’s a complicated thing: people are my favorite, except when they’re not. 😛 So I write to try to make sense of the world, both the beautiful and the ugly. DEVIL’S CARAVAN is either a dark story deceptively dressed in glittering costumes, vibrant color, courage, and romance, or a hopeful one swathed in black magic, lies, and despair. It all depends on how you tilt your head. 😉 Jessie: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Ah, jeez. After the hamster incident, I don’t know if there’s anything left to tell. Let’s see, a fun fact. I have a fighting national championship title! Thank you for supporting our Pitch Wars Teams! And don’t forget to stop by the Agent Showcase starting November 3rd to see how our teams do in the final round. Save...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Kristen Clouthier and her mentor, Jamie Howard
Sep21

Pitch Wars Interview with Kristen Clouthier and her mentor, Jamie Howard

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 . . . Kristen Clouthier – Mentee Twitter Jamie Howard – Mentor Twitter | Website Kristen: Why did you choose Jamie? After reading Jamie’s mentor bio, I knew I had to sub to her. We both shared a love of kickass heroines and books with a generous dollop of romance. She viewed the editing process as a collaborative effort, which was soooo appealing to me because I’d basically lived in a writing bubble. After becoming acquainted with the PitchWars community, I don’t know how I ever survived on my own. Jamie has tons of awesome editing skills, but her talent for bettering character relationships really drew me to her. In my MS, my character relationships really help keep the reader turning the page, so I need those to be as strong as they can possibly be. With Jamie’s help, I knew they would be! Jamie: Why did you choose Kristen? I’ve gotta say, the Pitch Wars competition was fierce this year, and choosing a manuscript was no easy task. But there was something about Kristen’s story that stuck with me long after I finished reading it. Maybe it was the witty banter or smart dialogue. Quite possibly it was the intricate dynamics between the main characters and their awesome relationships. Then again, it may have just been her swoon-worthy main character and the fact that I couldn’t get enough of him. Kristen: Summarize your book in three words. Spunky, Callen <3, Trust Jamie: Summarize Kristen’s book in three words. Adventurous. Heartwrenching. Addictive Kristen: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I recently finished my BA in Psychology and am working towards my MS in Clinical/Counseling Psychology. You’d think my writing would focus on psychological issues, however I am obsessed with all things YA fantasy. If a book has a strong heroine and is riddled with witty banter, I will find and devour it. I’ve always loved to read, but my passion for story telling started at the age of seven when I wrote a short story about a pumpkin coming to life and seeking revenge on any who dared eat a pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving! Although I spend most of my free time writing, I’m quite the adventurer. I’ve been sky diving, white-water rafting, have my motorcycle license, and was a contestant on a game show...

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