Pitch Wars Interview with Elle Evans and her mentor, Sarah Cannon
Oct15

Pitch Wars Interview with Elle Evans and her mentor, Sarah Cannon

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 #TeamStrangestThings . . .  Elle Evans – Mentee Twitter   Sarah Cannon – Mentor Twitter | Website Elle: Why did you choose Sarah? Sarah listed comp titles for her forthcoming novel, ODDITY, which read with a tone and wavelength I aspire to in my own work. Add to that ODDITY’s intriguing premise (and throw in what I knew about her agent’s unusual, and stellar, tastes)–and I knew this was an author who would totally get the off-kilter world and characters I love to write. Sarah: Why did you choose Elle? Honestly, SAMTO DIES AGAIN was impossible to say no to. It had everything I was looking for: larger-than-life setting, an adventurous plot, an engaging cast of characters, and a terrific sense of humor to top it all off. Elle responded to my questions like a total pro, and I could hear her rolling up her sleeves. I knew it was a fit. Elle: Summarize your book in three words Swamp-cursed Achilles or if “Achilles” might seem too misleading toward Greek thinking: A swamp, a curse, a hero Sarah: Summarize Elle’s book in three words. Bayou tall tale. Elle: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I set out to write a book that would make boys laugh. I’m also an outdoor lover from Arkansas, and I wanted to root my story in a visceral Southern setting, one where readers would experience a different world. So in the end, the Southern voice, mixed with the magical swampy setting, give it a unique flavor. And I think it ended up dead-funny. Sarah: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Ha! I tend to think of myself as an open book. OK, how about this: I’m an avid gardener, but I move roughly every four years. So basically, I am the Johnny Appleseed of native wildflowers, herbs, and fruit trees/bushes. And I’m starting all over RIGHT NOW. Seeds and transplants welcome.   Sarah Cannon’s debut MG novel will be coming out next year . . . ODDITY, follows 11-year-old Ada Roundtree as she searches for her missing twin sister Pearl in Oddity, N.M., where the dumpsters can be carnivorous, aliens big and small walk the streets, and the local Protection Committee defends citizens from the Blurmonster roaming the town outskirts– though the organization...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Dianne Freeman and her mentor, E.B. Wheeler
Oct15

Pitch Wars Interview with Dianne Freeman and her mentor, E.B. Wheeler

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 . . .    Dianne Freeman – Mentee Twitter E.B. Wheeler – Mentor Twitter | Website   Mentee: Why did you choose E.B. Wheeler? When Brenda Drake released the mentor blog hop, E.B. Wheeler was the first name I clicked on.    The more I read of Emily’s bio and wish list, the more excited I became.  Help with sagging plots and character arcs – nice.  She likes mystery and history, so this might be a good fit.  I liked her sense of humor, and critiquing style.  I got to the end and started over.  That’s when this passage jumped out at me:  “Not sure if you have enough historical detail, or too much?  I’m your girl.”  I knew she was talking to me.  Reading THE HAUNTING OF SPRINGETT HALL, clinched it.  I really wanted to work with her.  I don’t know how it happened, but I got my wish.  And I feel very lucky. Mentor: Why did you choose Dianne Freeman? I loved Dianne’s manuscript. The story caught my attention and pulled me all the way through. It’s already a great story, and I could immediately see how to make it even stronger. In my interactions with Dianne, it was clear that she was enthusiastic, easy to work with, and ready to roll up her sleeves and get some editing done. Mentee: Summarize your book in three words. Deception, Death, and Debutantes Mentor: Summarize your mentee’s book in three words. Rollicking Victorian mystery Mentee: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? Edith Wharton really messed with my adolescence.  I was 13 when I read the Buccaneers.  It was an old copy my mom had.  The story sounded fascinating.  Five young women leave their dull lives in America, seeking excitement in London society.  Wow, that sounds like fun! It wasn’t fun.  It was heartbreaking. Even worse, I got to the last page and the story wasn’t over.  What?  Who publishes a book that isn’t finished?  I cried in my frustration.  My mom explained that Wharton died before finishing it, so I cried about that too. (I was a very sensitive kid)  I read more of her work, and found the completed novels held even more misery.  House of Mirth.  That should be a giggle-fest, right?  Wrong!  This continued for some time.  I read and cried...

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