Pitch Wars Interview with Meghan Scott Molin and her mentor Kelly Siskind
Oct03

Pitch Wars Interview with Meghan Scott Molin and her mentor Kelly Siskind

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 Spandex . . . Meghan Scott Molin – Mentee Twitter Kelly Siskind – Mentor Twitter | Website Meghan: Why did you choose Kelly? Kelly’s personality just jumped off the page and smacked me in the face (in a good way)! My book is cross-genre, and I knew I’d need someone spunky, quirky, with a good sense of humor, and with a good sense of adventure! Kelly: Why did you choose Meghan? Meghan sucked me in from her first line. First page. First chapter. She sucked me into her wacky world and didn’t let go until the final period. In my wish list, I’d asked for a contemporary superhero romance à la Deadpool. Although Drag Net is its own beast, it combines comic books, mystery, quirky humor, and the world of superheroes in such a fresh way. I couldn’t pass it up! Meghan: Summarize your book in three words. Superheroes & Drag Queens. Kelly: Summarize Meghan‘s book in three words. Vigilantes. Geekdom. Kissing. Meghan: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m 32 and live in Colorado with my family and what equates to a small zoo. This book had me literally laughing out loud when I was writing it—anyone with a geeky heart will love it—and the romance is just swoony enough to be satisfying. I wanted to wrap the reader up in this world where a normal person without superpowers could become a superhero—with or without the Spandex. 😉 Kelly: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Well, you already know I like kissing books, gummy bears, and Chardonnay. I also enjoy writing kissing books, eating gummy bears, drinking Chardonnay, and I used to be a competitive downhill ski racer. Check out Kelly’s latest release . ....

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Pitch Wars Interview with Faith Hough and her mentor Joy McCullough
Oct03

Pitch Wars Interview with Faith Hough and her mentor Joy McCullough

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 . . . Faith Hough – Mentee Twitter | Website Joy McCullough – Mentor Twitter | Website Faith: Why did you choose Joy? I’d heard people talk about Pitch Wars before, but on the day I finally decided to click over to Brenda’s site, the first thing I saw was the links to mentors’ wish lists. Joy was the first MG mentor listed, so I clicked her name…and decided, “I NEED to enter this contest because I want this writer to help me with my book!” Even in that one post, it was clear that Joy and I had a lot in common and very similar tastes in books. My story is about a homeschooling family, and I’d been feeling nervous that no one would ever want to read about that very under-represented group of children. So when I saw that Joy was hoping to see books about homeschoolers, that settled it. As it turns out, we have much more in common than that, so working with her has been an incredible pleasure. Joy: Why did you choose Faith? I had lots of fantastic subs, but from the very first pages of Faith’s marvelous book, I was head over heels for the voice. I don’t want to overuse the Penderwicks comp, because Faith’s book stands on its own. But Jeanne Birdsall’s Penderwicks books are some of my all time favorite books of any category, and their timeless feel and family-focused, relationship-driven stories are SO deceptively difficult to nail. Faith’s book nailed that feel while making it her own, and sustained it throughout a manuscript I couldn’t put down. (It was a bonus when I did a bit of stalking and found Faith and I have a lot in common!) Faith: Summarize your book in three words. Old-fashioned Newfangled Girls! Joy: Summarize Faith‘s book in three words. Voice, Heart, Sisters! Faith: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? My manuscript and my life have a lot in common! Both are very centered around family, particularly the life of a large, homeschooling family. Like one of my story’s main characters, I love old-fashioned things, so I spend a lot of time knitting, gardening, baking bread, handwriting letters, and trying to live life artfully. I have four daughters and a baby boy, and I hope to raise them all to be creative and...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Julia Darcey and her mentors Katie Bucklein and Megan Lally
Oct03

Pitch Wars Interview with Julia Darcey and her mentors Katie Bucklein and Megan Lally

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 . . . Julia Darcey – Mentee Twitter Katie Bucklein – Mentor Twitter | Website Megan Lally – Mentor Twitter | Website Julia: Why did you choose Katie and Megan? Megan asked for “cannibal fantasy” in her wishlist and I was like THIS IS IT! But seriously, I was really impressed with Megan and Katie’s experience with PitchWars: they had three agented former mentees between them, and Megan is a freelance editor to boot. Everything on their wishlists spoke not just to my MS, but to so many things I LOVE in general: weirdness, darkness, freaky carnivals, touching male friendships. On top of that, they were encouraging and full of excitement (exclamation points!!!!), and I knew we’d be a good fit. Why did you choose Julia? Katie: From the first chapter, I knew we’d be in good hands with Julia’s manuscript. She has such a unique way with words—some of her descriptions are so beautiful that, as I read, I sent Megan messages that pretty much consisted of “brb sobbing from the beauty.” And FAMINELAND is jam-packed with action, intrigue, mystery, battles, darkness, hate-to-maaaybe-something-more…all of the things I love in books, wrapped up in a gorgeous story with some of the most unique characters I’ve encountered in YA. Plus, Julia’s personality just clicked with ours from the very first email—I knew from the get-go that we’d get along beautifully. Megan: From the very start, I was hooked on Julia’s concept. I mean, cannibals? Check. Romance? Check. Death and mayhem? BIG check. And then by the end of her first chapter I was totally obsessed. Julia is an incredibly talented writer, and has some descriptions—both of setting and of emotion—that’ll just break your heart, they’re so beautiful. And as a bonus, she’s also a total sweetheart. We really hit the jackpot with her. Julia: Summarize your book in three words. Cannibal war roadtrip. Summarize Meghan‘s book in three words. Katie: Explosions, heartbreak, cannibalism Megan: Hostile cannibal takeover Julia: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I love YA fantasy of all kinds! There’s something about young characters on adventures in strange worlds that speaks to the quest for purpose and belonging in us all. I’m continually looking for my place in the world; I love adventure, travel and the outdoors. I live in Africa and have been to every continent except Antarctica (I’m...

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