Pitch Wars Interview with Adam Sass and his mentor Lisa Amowitz
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 . . .
Adam Sass – Mentee
Lisa Amowitz – Mentor
Adam: Why did you choose Lisa?
Lisa was an absolute tiger about my MS. Before I even submitted, she found my Pimp My Bio with my pitch and was all about it. She requested immediately and was so bursting with passion once reading it that there was just no other choice for me. Her passion matched my own, and she knew exactly what to do with my MS.
Lisa: Why did you choose Adam?
I found Adam on #pimpmybio and something about him just drew me to him. We interacted a little on Twitter and I kind of begged him to sub me. I was thrilled when he did. And I you know that kind of moment when you think you MAY be falling in love and worry something will go wrong? Well, clearly that didn’t happen and I fell hard for his MS. I daydreamed about what i wanted to do to make it even better. I quite a few other mss I also loved dearly—but in the end, Adam’s premise, his amazing voice, the dark, dark humor, and his generally great personality sold me. I then proceeded to growl like a pit bull at any mentor who came sniffing. I swear—I eyeballed that tentative list like a hawk, waiting to pounce. Not going to say if I had to or not in public. *wink, wink*
Adam: Summarize your book in three words.
Surrender. Overcome. Escape.
Lisa: Summarize Adam’s book in three words.
I come from a screenwriting background, so constant revision is in my blood. I’m not afraid to kill darlings. I understand the core story is what’s most important to preserve and that the outer layers must serve the core or get out. My MS is unique because as a student of improv, I know character is king—even in a twisted plot like mine. My MC is my favorite because he faces the darkness of this corrupt “gay conversion” camp with defiance and humor. He’s a dependable light lost in a wicked place.
Lisa: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know.
I designed stained glass windows for the NYC Metropolitan transit authority’s Arts for Transit. They are installed on the 2 and 5 line at Simpson Street, The Bronx.
Check out Lisa’s latest book…
She doesn’t just play—she kills it.
Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good.
Then she’s accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends are bursting withtalent, but they’re also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who’s so sweet that his very touch makes her fears melt away? Or Xavier, who’s trying to tell her something but is hiding even more?
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.