Pitch Wars Team Interview with Emma Nelson and her mentor, Jennie Nash
Sep15

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Emma Nelson and her mentor, Jennie Nash

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 . . . Emma Nelson – Mentee Twitter | Website Jennie Nash – Mentor Twitter | Website Emma: Why did you choose Jennie? As I studied the mentor bios, I kept coming back to Jennie Nash because she seemed like an amazingly accomplished drill sergeant. She obviously knew how to write. She knew how to break down the structure of books. And she seemed to know how to push an author to make their MS the best it could be. The only problem was, she mostly wanted memoirs and historical fiction. Logically, picking Jennie was a bad idea for me. She specifically said she wasn’t drawn to genre fiction, and my MS was a strange amalgamation of witches, ghosts, and time loops. But I loved the idea of her, and I hoped the historical elements of my novel would catch her attention. So after going back and forth half-a-dozen times, I hurried and put her in as my choice and clicked submit before I could change my mind. Jennie: Why did you choose Emma’s manuscript? I did NOT want genre fiction. I did not want ghosts. I did not want witches. I did not want fantasy. But I kept going back to Emma’s story again and again — drawn to it because of the powerful, assured voice; the ambitious structure (real history, fantasy history, time travel, witches, ghosts); and because it was saying something important about women and memory and the power of owning your own narrative but at the same time was so darn FUN. And there was something else — hard to put my finger on — but it was SO present. Some aliveness. Some deep story promise. I felt like I was in the hands of a true storyteller. In the end, it screamed to me and I couldn’t turn away. I guess that just goes to show that sometimes a reader has no idea what she really wants, other than to be delighted! Emma: Summarize your book in three words. Witchy. Suspenseful. Empowering. Jennie: Summarize Emma’s book in three words. History repeats itself Emma: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? As I worked toward an MA in literature, I was increasingly drawn to the narratives of the different voices I studied–women, slaves, Native Americans, storytellers–and found myself, at...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Sabina Khan and her mentor, Natasha Neagle
Sep15

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Sabina Khan and her mentor, Natasha Neagle

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 . . . Sabina Khan – Mentee Twitter | Website Natasha Neagle – Mentor Twitter | Website   Sabina: Why did you choose Natasha? While I was trying to decide on which mentors to sub to, I was lucky enough to win a free query critique from Natasha. When she sent me her ideas for polishing my query, I knew right away that she’d be the perfect mentor for me. Her suggestions and feedback were incredibly helpful and clear. The teacher in her presented them in a way that made it very easy to implement them. I also think the fact that we’re both in the teaching business as well as writers would allow us to work well with each other. I feel very fortunate to have her as my mentor and I look forward to learning a great deal from her. Natasha: Why did you choose Sabina? From page one, I fell in love with Sabina’s main character. I read through the first chapter and was mad that was all I had in front of me. After requesting it, I read the manuscript in one sitting. The whole time I read, ideas kept popping in my head of ways to take the story being told to the next level. Sabina put so much into the characters and I was beyond thrilled when she told me she was open to my suggestions. Sabina: Summarize your book in three words. Muslim teen lesbian. Natasha: Summarize Sabina’s book in three words. Traditions forbidding love Sabina: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I think what makes me unique is that I don’t fit into any neat boxes. I grew up learning about prejudice at a very young age, growing up South Asian in small-town Germany in the early 70’s. When we moved to Bangladesh, my father’s homeland, there was a different sort of discrimination since my mother is Pakistani. I was raised in a Muslim family but I married a Hindu man. I learned that using labels to define a person only drive people apart. In my story, I explore some of the prejudices that I have experienced as a woman, as a Muslim & as a South Asian. However, I have always managed to find a place for myself, no matter where I lived, surrounded by...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Mary Dunbar and her mentor, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Sep14

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Mary Dunbar and her mentor, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

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 . . . Mary Dunbar – Mentee Twitter | Website Laurie Elizabeth Flynn – Mentor Twitter | Website   Mary: Why did you choose Laurie? Laurie was at the top of my list from the start. First of all, she wanted gritty, edgy contemporary, and she specifically noted that she loves stories with a hint of mystery and messy, unreliable narrators. That told me she would be a great mentor for STILL BREATHING. Also, her mentoring style seemed to fit with my writing process, and I definitely wanted a mentor I could bounce ideas off of. I knew from her book, FIRSTS, that she loves voicey characters and isn’t afraid to push expectations. We talked a bit on Twitter, and we commiserated about being total phone klutzes, and if someone drops their phone as much as I do mine, I know we’re a good match! Laurie: Why did you choose Mary’s manuscript? Right away, I gravitated toward the concept of Still Breathing. It deals with grief and friendship and finding yourself when you’re not sure who you are anymore, and figuring out if it’s possible to go back. At its core is a love story so beautiful and haunting that it gave me chills. I asked for voice, and I got voice. I asked for feels, and I got feels. This is the kind of book that will make you happy and sad and angry and hopeful. Jordan is the kind of main character you’ll remember long after turning the last page. After finishing Still Breathing, I was still (no pun intended!) thinking about him. And I may have held my breath more than once. Mary: Summarize your book in three words. Loss. New beginnings. Laurie: Summarize Mary’s book in three words. Heartbreaking, haunting, evocative. Mary: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, but in sixth grade, I got serious about it. A one-page story for spelling turned into a book I asked my teacher to read, and she encouraged me to keep working. I had no idea how to write a query letter or get an agent, so I just sat my stories on shelves after I finished them. In college, I majored in creative writing, but I wrote YA, and my...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Wendy Roberts & Alicia Zaloga and their mentor, Michelle Hauck
Sep14

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Wendy Roberts & Alicia Zaloga and their mentor, Michelle Hauck

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 . . . Wendy Roberts – Co-Mentee Twitter Alicia Zaloga – Co-Mentee Twitter Michelle Hauck – Mentor Twitter | Website   Co-Mentees: Why did you choose Michelle? Alicia: I fell in love with Michelle “at first sight”, or in the case of the internet “at first block of text”. She mentioned some great SFF for starters. Then she quickly got down to business. Straight forward and clear. A little twitter stalking, and I was sold. Helpful advice, encouraging words, and a fun vibe. (If I don’t sound like I’m gushing yet, please insert the appropriate number of *squees* necessary to convey sparkle ponies riding on winged ice cream cones.) Wendy: We <3 Michelle! When we were researching mentors, I read samples of their work when I could find them. I read the first couple pages of Michelle’s book Grudging and thought “Yes! I like her style.” It was also a fantasy rooted in historical detail, which seemed to mesh well with what we were doing. And when she brought out her katana to scare the other mentors away from our book, we knew she was the right choice. Michelle: Why did you choose Alicia and Wendy’s manuscript? First there is the fantastically detailed world building to this gaslight fantasy, the incredible depth of the characters and they both carry through right to the ending. The fact that this is the manuscript I most wanted to read over and over. And to top it off, I think I can help guide a finished story that will be even better. I could easily see Straybound in a bookstore. Plus, the first chapter starts with a grave robbery all in a tone that reminds me of Charles Dickens. It’s a show stopper right there. Co-Mentees: Summarize your book in three words. Alicia: Contractual. Bloody. Pining. Wendy: Always read contracts. Michelle: Summarize your mentees’ book in three words. Detailed. Unique. Superfantasyrific Co-Mentees: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? Alicia: Our MS was co-authored, so that’s two brains for the price of one. Perfect for when one of your main characters is a resurrectionist. We created a 19th century city at once familiar and wholly original. It’s an Edinburgh/London cousin that sweats and breathes to its own song. We have a few of those, too. Our heroine is the one with the stiff...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Sara Metz and her mentor, Dannie Morin
Sep14

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Sara Metz and her mentor, Dannie Morin

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 . . .   Sara Metz – Mentee Twitter | Website Dannie Morin – Mentor Twitter | Website   Sara: Why did you choose Dannie? When I read Dannie’s mentor bio, I loved her sense of humor and level of professionalism. She was witty and fun, and she could offer poignant, constructive feedback. I knew she’d help transform my novel into a better story. We exchanged tweets before I submitted; she had previously mentored a novel involving a school shooting and I wanted to learn more about that experience. Dannie expressed that this topic was important to her, and she was dedicated to sharing the types of stories I’m writing. Dannie: Why did you choose Sara? Sara’s manuscript is brilliant. Not only is it super marketable right now, but her plot structure is incredibly sound. When I set out to make my wishlist this year, I really wanted to do something more genre-y but Sara’s manuscript grabbed me and would not let go. And after getting to know her a little bit on twitter, I knew we would be a good match. I seriously am so stoked to whip this thing into shape together before the agent round! Sara: Summarize your book in three words. Adversity, faith, courage. Dannie: Summarize Sara’s book in three words. Gorgeous, evocative, necessary Sara: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? As a Muslim, I wanted to write a book that offered a realistic, nuanced portrayal of Islam and Muslim life. Sadly, it’s far too rare. Also, I lived in Syria from 2010-2012, before and after the start of the current civil war. This allowed me to rely upon my experiences for the MS’s world-building, and I could supplement it with stories from friends and family who lived or still live in the country. Finally, as someone who works at a school and has many relatives who are teachers, fear of a mass shooting is increasingly prominent in my everyday life. Dannie: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Man! This question gets harder to answer every time. Okay so one thing Sara and I haven’t even talked about yet is that one of the characters in her mss has a preemie baby born at 31 weeks. And my daughter (aka Editorial Assistant) was a...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Kosoko Jackson and his mentor, Kip Wilson Rechea
Sep13

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Kosoko Jackson and his mentor, Kip Wilson Rechea

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 . . . Kosoko Jackson – Mentee Twitter Kip Wilson Rechea – Mentor Twitter | Website   Kosoko: Why did you choose Kip? Kip was actually (luckily) my first definite ‘yes’ I was going to sub to for Pitch Wars. After reading her website and seeing her interest in “historical” and “novels set in a different country,” I knew I was sold. My novel has a unique style, so someone who is a fan of verse novels, although not my style, showed they knew how to handle someone who also wrote in a unique format. She was also mentored before & repped by an agent I admired. Putting those things together–made her seem like the perfect choice! Kip: Why did you choose Kosoko’s manuscript? My wishlist was quite narrow (historical, verse, foreign settings), and prospective mentees responded with very well-targeted subs, including A KISS OF BLOOD AND GUNPOWDER. On top of that, I also mentioned a love of diverse characters and weird timelines in my post, and Kosoko’s story delivered these as well, pushing his story into the “I MUST HAVE THIS” category. The gritty, realistic romance between James and Tomas is so unique, and I rushed through the pages as breathlessly as any published book. I’m thrilled to be helping Kosoko make it even shinier! Kosoko: Summarize your book in three words. War. Lies. Letters. Kip: Summarize Kosoko’s book in three words. EXPATS for teens Kosoko: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m the quintessential DC political young wonk (suit and tie, too much coffee, complains about the validity of exit polls), but I’m also a romantic in the literary sense (obsessed with wanderlust, female driven period pieces, and tough, emotional choices). In every novel I write—whether it’s science fiction, contemporary, historical–I try to combine those romantic literary elements with the thrill and high-paced environment I know how to navigate the best. In a sense, if upmarket YA was a genre, I would have all the books—all of them, I tell you! What makes my novel unique is not only the style of which its written (a mix of epistolary, first person narration, and a secret third narrative style), but also the setting. The Kosovo-Serbian conflict is mostly untouched in literature–especially young adult. The novel is peppered with historical factoids, but also creative...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Sarah Van Goethem and her mentor, Jenni L. Walsh
Sep13

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Sarah Van Goethem and her mentor, Jenni L. Walsh

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 Team Bearcats (lively, spirited women, possibly with a fiery streak) . . . Sarah Van Goethem – Mentee Twitter | Website Jenni L. Walsh – Mentor Twitter | Website   Sarah, why did you choose Jenni? The minute I read Jenni’s wish list I knew my MS was a great fit as she listed that she was most drawn to historical and fantasy. As well, her own book, Becoming Bonnie (which I am dying to read) is set in the late 1920’s and mine is a time travel to the mid 1930’s. I thought she would have fabulous advice and have a great grasp on the era. And, so far, all of her ideas are the Bee’s Knees! (I will also mention here, that after I had narrowed down my mentor choices to about ten, I let my fifteen-year-old daughter, who read my MS, go through the mentor blogs and help me choose. She also put Jenni in my top choices.) Jenni, why did you choose Sarah Van Goethem? The premise. Man, the premise of Sassafras Road hooked me right away. Maybe it’s because my Saturday nights feel lonely without Outlander, maybe it’s because I loved The Time Traveler’s Wife, or maybe it’s because Sarah’s historical, time-travel premise was just so dang good. Then, I started reading her pages and her MS was so clean. I knew she’d be able to handle any edits I threw her way. Her novel was pitched as YA (and I started as a YA mentor), but we’ll be showcasing this baby as Adult. We’re coming for ya Adult agents 🙂 Sarah, summarize your book in three words. Intriguing, Unexpected, Bittersweet Jenni, summarize Sarah’s book in three words. So. Freaking. Good. Oh, but for real: Lush. Raw. Hopeful. Sarah, tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I definitely drew on my personal life to some degree when writing my MS. I lost my husband when I was 31, and I felt that while he was sick with cancer and dying, that somehow we fast forwarded through all of the middle years we should have had, straight to the end. The ‘what if’ questions always resonated after that. In Sassafras Road, I used the idea of time not being linear, and what if you were forced to do the ending before the middle of the...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Rebecca Bischoff and her mentors, Gail Nall and Abby Cooper
Sep13

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Rebecca Bischoff and her mentors, Gail Nall and Abby Cooper

  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 . . .   Rebecca Bischoff – Mentee Twitter | Website Gail Nall – Mentor Twitter | Website Abby Cooper – Mentor Twitter | Website Rebecca: Why did you choose Abby & Gail? Reading their blogs, I liked their sense of humor as well as some of the favorite books they mentioned. I felt like they would be great to work with and a good team to help me with my manuscript. Mentors: Why did you choose Rebecca and HOLE IN THE ROCK? Abby: It made me laugh (a lot!) and the MG voice was totally spot-on. Gail: The humor for sure, the main character’s voice, and the vivid setting. I’m in love with the setting, which is an actual roadside attraction in the desert. Rebecca: Summarize your book in three words. Laughter. Tears. Taxidermy. Mentors: Summarize Rebecca’s book in three words. Abby: Unique, hilarious, raccoon Gail: Bizarre, desert, family. Rebecca: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? For starters, I’m a speech pathologist, and in my writing I find that kids with various types of disabilities tend to show up in my books as secondary and sometimes main characters. I guess that’s natural since I’ve worked for eighteen years and counting with kids who have communication disorders. As far as my manuscript goes, I first got the idea for a story involving taxidermy when I saw a coffee table book at a local store entitled “Crappy Taxidermy.” It had hilarious photos of taxidermy projects gone horribly awry, and it got me to thinking about how I could include taxidermy in one of my novels. That coincided with a trip to visit family where we happened to be driving in Southern Utah along highway 191 and came across a place called “Hole N’ the Rock,” and decided to check it out. It had everything: a cave house dug into a huge red rock, tacky souvenirs, taxidermied animals, ice cream cones, weird metal sculptures, and a zoo. It was reality at its most weirdly awesome, and totally something I wanted to put into a book one day. Pretty soon my draft of “Hole in the Rock” was taking shape. Mentors: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Abby: I’m a big animal lover! I can definitely relate to the main...

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Elizabeth Dimit and her mentors, Dee Romito and Jen Malone
Sep12

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Elizabeth Dimit and her mentors, Dee Romito and Jen Malone

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 . . . Elizabeth Dimit – Mentee Blog | Twitter Dee Romito – Mentor Website | Twitter Jen Malone – Mentor Website | Twitter Jen and Dee, why did you choose Elizabeth as a mentee? Jen: We fell in love with the voice first and foremost, and the pages drew both of us right in. Speaking personally, the subject matter hit home on a personal level, as I have a daughter the same age as the main character, Avery, who has also been diagnosed with ADHD and wrestles with a lot of the same impulse-control issues Avery does. It completely endeared me to Avery, but also got me excited about seeing a book on shelves that I could hand my daughter, so she could see others dealing with and striving to overcome some of the same challenges she contends with daily! I’m thrilled to champion a book like this! Dee: It was the voice and the heart of the character that we loved right from the start. As a former elementary teacher, this character rang so true and as I read, I could picture some of the students I’ve had in class over the years. And the scene about Avery writing in marker on her desk . . . Oh boy, well, let’s just say that one of my favorite (and funniest) teaching memories came rushing back to me. I could picture Avery as a student in my class, desperately trying to get a handle on this thing that made her struggle on a daily basis. I’m so excited to be working on this with Jen and Elizabeth! Elizabeth, why did you choose Dee and Jen as mentors? I loved that both Dee and Jen write sweet, lighthearted MG–my taste exactly! When they said they were looking for voice as well as books with pranks, heists, and capers, I felt that my book would be a good fit for them, because who doesn’t love a little crazy? 🙂 Underneath all the fun, however, I also sensed that these are two talented, hardworking authors who would work with me to shred, revise, and reassemble my book into something special. I am so honored they chose me, and I can’t wait to get to work! Jen and Dee, summarize your mentee’s book in three words. Jen: Humor with heart. Dee: What Jen said....

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Pitch Wars Team Interview with Patrick Thornton and his mentor, Shari Schwarz
Sep12

Pitch Wars Team Interview with Patrick Thornton and his mentor, Shari Schwarz

  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 . . .   Patrick Thornton Twitter Shari Schwarz Twitter | Website   Patrick: Why did you choose Shari? I assume that means why did I choose Shari as a mentor? Seems she chose me (and I could not be happier about that :-). For my part, I sent queries and pages to the mentors I thought might like the kind of story I wrote. Shari in particular caught my eye because she has boys. So many books for younger people seem to be targeting girls. I think because Shari is familiar with what boys from her own family and her experience in the school library she can appreciation Nate and the boy-brain things that happen. Shari: Why did you choose Patrick and STEPPING UP? I read Patrick’s MG submission, STEPPING UP, fell in love with it right away, requested the full and was even more convinced that it was the one! Then as I read all of the other submissions, I couldn’t help but compare them to STEPPING UP. It has so much heart and humor throughout it’s pages that it literally grabbed my heart and wouldn’t let go. Plus, it has a POV in the war in Afghanistan. And a really strong father-son relationship. And smoke bombs. And zucchini. It has zucchini! What’s not to love?! Plus, I could tell that Patrick was willing to work hard. And he’s pretty funny too which is the icing on the cake! Patrick: Summarize your book in three words. I guess that could be called a one-floor elevator pitch. Maybe even the-door-opens-and-closes- before-anyone-can-get-on-or- off elevator pitch. Anyway, that’s a tough one. Hmmm. Maybe, Making Dad Proud? or Filling Dad’s shoes or Father/Son Heart Connection? (okay, cheated a little on that one.) or Holding Family Together? or Stolen Xbox Wars? or Home Alone VI? or Laugh Cry Bombs? or Home Homeless War? or Missing Dad Xbox? or Growing up Fast? or I Give Up. (no good for the question but apropos) Shari: Summarize your mentee’s book in three words. I think Patrick cheated (a lot), so I’ll do a mashup of his: Family/War/Homelessness Patrick: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I have a bright young son who has always had a keen interest in my military experience. I know how hard it is on families when a parent deploys. There is bravery and there is worry and...

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THE ART OF HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO by Kristin Bartley Lenz … release day!
Sep12

THE ART OF HOLDING ON AND LETTING GO by Kristin Bartley Lenz … release day!

Amazon | B & N | B-A-M | IndieBound | Powells Praise for The Art of Holding On and Letting Go … “Cara is an appealing, engaging narrator. Surrounded by a well-rounded cast, Cara’s journey toward a peaceful, fulfilling life is almost perfectly depicted. A compelling, unusual coming-of-age story.” —Kirkus “Lenz offers a thoughtful meditation on life after loss. Lenz effortlessly explains complicated climbing terminology and intermixes moments of levity with contemplative quotations from naturalists and mountain climbers.”—Publishers Weekly Blurb … “When every piece falls into place, it’s like a dance, a delicate but powerful balancing act. The art of holding on and letting go at the same time.” Competitive climber Cara Jenkins feels most at home high off the ground, clinging to a rock wall by her fingertips. She’s enjoyed a roaming life with her mountaineering parents, making the natural world her jungle gym, the writings of Annie Dillard and Henry David Thoreau her textbooks. But when tragedy strikes on an Ecuadoran mountaintop, Cara’s nomadic lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt. Starting over at her grandparents’ home in suburban Detroit, Cara embarks on a year of discovery, uncovering unknown strengths, friendships, and first love. Cara’s journey illustrates the transformative power of nature, love and loss, and discovering that home can be far from where you started. About the author … Website | Twitter Kristin Bartley Lenz is a writer and social worker whose career has taken her through rural Appalachia, the California Bay Area, and inner-city Detroit. She is the co-editor of the Michigan Chapter blog for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The Art of Holding On and Letting Go is her first book.  ...

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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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