Pitch Wars Interview with Patty Lenz Bovie and her mentor, K.C. Held
Oct26

Pitch Wars Interview with Patty Lenz Bovie and her mentor, K.C. Held

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 . . .  Patty Lenz Bovie – Mentee Website K.C. Held – Mentor Twitter | Website Patty: Why did you choose KC? I loved reading about K.C.’s passion for mysteries and historical settings and I enjoyed many of the same books she listed on her profile, including The Borrowers and Holes. I was also really curious about K.C.’s MFA in costume design. Who studies costume design? Someone cool. Mostly, I was drawn to her because of her interest in “digging in” on a manuscript and working with me to make my book the best it can be. (Plus, I’m a K.C. and the Sunshine Band fan so I figured maybe K.C. Held and I were destined to be together.) KC: Why did you choose Patty’s manuscript? THE SECRET OF SAGAMORE HILL has so many of the elements I love in a story: a mystery entwined in history, hidden secrets, an unusual setting, a smart heroine on a compelling quest, and the promise of things to be discovered! Plus, I have a character in HOLDING COURT who is an Eleanor Roosevelt superfan so I couldn’t resist the Roosevelt connection! Patty: Summarize your book in three words. Roosevelts. Mystery. History. KC: Summarize Patty’s book in three words. Grave secrets revealed! Patty: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I am a twin, I love show tunes, camping and thunderstorms (though not at the same time) and I have more than a dozen different nicknames ranging from Rat and Pate’ to Patty-Trish, Pbo and Patrilla. I now live outside of Boston with my husband and two daughters (14 and almost 11). I grew up on Long Island and visited Sagamore Hill many times as a kid. I loved hearing stories about Theodore Roosevelt and his family and was drawn in by the history of the place and its beauty, right on the water with lots of trees and a huge rolling lawn. After reading Peter Collier’s biography The Roosevelts as an adult, I learned things about Alice Roosevelt’s childhood which inspired me to write this story. I have a passion for history and the Roosevelts, and for what happens behind closed doors in people’s homes—not the inappropriate stuff, but the stuff that makes us who we are. I think what’s inside of people is much more...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Allison Castle and her mentors, Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta
Oct26

Pitch Wars Interview with Allison Castle and her mentors, Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta

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 . . .  Allison Castle – Mentee Twitter | Website Kate Karyus Quinn – Mentor Twitter | Website   Demitria Lunetta – Co-Mentor Twitter | Website Allison: Why did you choose Demitria and Kate? Choosing mentors can be a daunting task because there’s so much awesome to pick from. Aside from looking for my genre, Kate and Demitria both have great credentials, with several published books under their belt, so I knew they know their stuff. Their wish-lists got me excited and intimidated at the same time, so I knew I had to try my hand with them! Mentors: Why did you choose Allison’s manuscript? Demitria: I LOVE video games and the idea of telling a story from the point of view of game character hooked me, then Allison’s writing reeled me in. 🙂 Kate: I love any story with a clever twist and this had one in the first chapter which immediately grabbed me. Add to that a story that deals with big existential questions like what makes a person a person and what is real. Well basically I just fell in love. Allison: Summarize your book in three words. Game character betrayed. Mentors: Summarize Allison’s book in three words. Demitria: Existential virtual assassin. Kate: Um maybe, MATRIX meets BLADE RUNNER? (Obviously I’m counting BLADE RUNNER as one word). Allison: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I live in Vancouver, BC, and work at a digital effects studio by day, working on TV shows like “Zoo” and “The Magicians.” I’m also an identical twin, though my sister doesn’t write at all. Hopefully my MS is far more interesting than me! It’s set inside a virtual reality game and is told from the perspective of a Non-Player-Character who’s convinced she’s real. Mentors: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Demitria: My favorite video game is Pikmin. I once called off “sick” from work so I could finish it without stopping. I actually bought the WiiU specifically to play Pikmin 3. I have a problem. Kate: I really DON’T like video games. I’ve never won one and don’t really care enough to try. I do however enjoy a good time wasting smartphone game like Candy Crush or Bubble Witch. Check out Kate Karyus Quinn’s latest book . . .  Down With the Shine There’s...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Elesha Teskey and her mentor, Nazarea Andrews
Oct26

Pitch Wars Interview with Elesha Teskey and her mentor, Nazarea Andrews

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 . . .  Elesha Teskey – Mentee Twitter | Website Nazarea Andrews – Mentor Twitter | Website Elesha: Why did you choose Nazarea? Nazarea seemed really cool and shared my love of Supernatural. When I read her Pitch Wars bio, I thought, “This is someone who could really get my manuscript.” There were some aspects on her wish list that, though my manuscript didn’t have, I loved. She seemed like a kindred spirit. Nazarea: Why did you choose Elesha/Shards of Souls? I loved Shards of Souls. It was a fantastic piece, one of the earlier submissions I read and it hit my short list almost immediately. The voice and plot captivated me. And then there was Elesha. I liked her social media, and I loved the read I got on her from her query—and she likes Supernatural, which certainly didn’t hurt. 😉 Elesha: Summarize your book in three words. Soul stealing brother. Nazarea: Summarize Elesha’s book in three words. Brilliantly crafted with a unique voice. (That’s more than three. Sorry.) Elesha: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? The manuscript I entered in Pitch Wars, Shards of Souls, is the third I’ve written. It was inspired by a non-fiction book title, Bringing Back the Recently Deceased, and is a different take on necromancers. In Shards of Souls, I also incorporated my knowledge of energies in the body. I’ve loved books all my life and am lucky enough to have jobs that allow me to work with them. I’m a publicist for Pen & Kink Publishing, and a circulation clerk at a library. I’m a co-founder of the Twitter chat, #DarkLitChat, for writers of darker fiction. Nazarea: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Oh, lord. Um. Something you DON’T know? I grew up shy and on military bases and that helped foster my love of reading and stories—they were my escapes. In a very real sense they still are—the stories I write and read are a way I cope with depression. I can be found (with all my books) at NazareaAndrews.com or you can find me babbling about fandom at ForeverFangirl.com   Check out Nazarea Andrews’s latest book . . . The Scionless House (The Scion Legacy Book 1) Twelve Houses. Twelve vampire lines. We ruled from the shadows, and...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Tracie Martin and her mentor, Destiny Cole
Oct26

Pitch Wars Interview with Tracie Martin and her mentor, Destiny Cole

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 . . .  Tracie Martin – Mentee Twitter | Website Destiny Cole – Mentor Twitter | Website Tracie: Why did you choose Destiny? As a writer with a sweet tooth for lyrical language and character-driven work, I knew I needed a mentor to help me make sure the plotting and pacing of my novel kept people turning the pages. I originally submitted to Destiny and Lynnette, and I got lucky beyond all words when Destiny won a wild card slot and chose to mentor me on her own. I couldn’t be more thrilled, because Destiny is warm, gracious, kind, and — most importantly — a crackerjack at dark material and thriller plots. Destiny: Why did you choose Tracie’s manuscript? I loved the concept, the narrative style, and the moral complexities this book has! It was one of the first MSSs that Lynnette and I requested and I never stopped thinking about it. When I was lucky enough to be randomly selected to mentor a second manuscript, there was NO question that BEGGARS was my wildcard pick and I’m so excited to work with Tracie! Tracie: Summarize your book in three words. Dark. Strange. Lyrical. Destiny: Summarize Tracie’s book in three words. Obsession. Cultish. Regret. Tracie: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your manuscript unique? I write dark things, like dark-dark. The kind of dark where you need a glass of red wine nearby, with some good chocolate as a chaser. People who know me well and then read my work are often shocked, because in real life I’m a cheerful, dorky speculative geek with old-fashioned hobbies! I first began writing my manuscript when someone in my family experienced a profound shift in personality. It was terrifying, because we build our lives around the people in them, and it showed me how fragile those foundations can be. Your only choice in that kind of situation is your own reaction: you can try to help, or you can wait and hope they come back to you. Destiny: Tell us about yourself. I am equally obsessed with both celebrity gossip and economics. I can tell you which celebrity is dating who and in the next breath explain why quantitative easing never works the way governments want it to.     Thank you for supporting our Pitch Wars Teams! And don’t forget to...

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