Pitch Wars Interview with M.L. Brown and her mentors, Brooks Benjamin and Caroline Thompson
Oct28

Pitch Wars Interview with M.L. Brown and her mentors, Brooks Benjamin and Caroline Thompson

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 . . .  M.L. Brown – Mentee Twitter | Website Brooks Benjamin – Mentor Twitter | Website Caroline Thompson – Mentor Twitter | Website ML: Why did you choose Brooks and Caroline? I have long been a big fan of Brooks and his legendary hair. 🙂 His debut, My Seventh Grade Life in Tights, is a book after my own middle-grade heart. I subbed to him in last year’s Pitch Wars with a different book, and his kind, insightful feedback made me want to work with him even more. I am also a big fan of Caroline’s hair, especially since she reminds me of a character in my manuscript who has purple locks. The character even loves cosplay like Caroline and dresses in a horse costume. In Twitter-stalking Caroline’s feed, I found a Vote For Pedro hashtag, which I interpreted as code for “Sub to me and all of your wildest dreams will come true.” Mentors: Why did you choose Michelle? We fell in love with Michelle’s concept as soon as we read it. It had some serious competition, but there was something incredibly special about Marty and his story. It was one we found ourselves chatting about long after we’d read it. The humor, the heart, the nostalgic feelings of some of our favorite classics it conjured up while reading it. It didn’t take us long to realize we had a really special manuscript on our hands. And we can’t wait to share it with the Pitch Wars community! ML: Summarize your book in three words. Space. Sitcom. Spewing Mentors: Summarize ML’s book in three words. Zombie in training. ML: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I live in a small town in the Midwest where I direct children’s theater, help my husband build custom puppets, and dream of doing roller derby. I write everything from musicals to picture books to middle- grade and am the founding (and only) member of Alliteration Addicts Anonymous. I once heard Stephen King talk about writing out his fears through his books. The two phobias I face in LIGHTS! CAMERA! BRAINS? are heights (the main character, Marty, wants to be an astronaut) and zombies (he ends up playing one on a sitcom to earn space camp money.) This gets really interesting because Marty is extremely weak-stomached. He’s pretty...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Lindsey Frydman and her mentor, Judi Lauren
Oct28

Pitch Wars Interview with Lindsey Frydman and her mentor, Judi Lauren

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 . . .  Lindsey Frydman – Mentee Twitter | Website   Judi Lauren – Mentor Twitter | Website Lindsey: Why did you choose Judi? The moment Judi mentioned a love for Supernatural in her bio, I was sold! Just kidding – (but it didn’t hurt!) There were so many things that had me nodding my head, going, “Yes, yes, yes!” Call me crazy, but I just had this feeling about her. In the end, what truly sold me was this line: Basically, when the picks are announced, you may meet your new best friend. That’s the kind of person I want in my writing corner! Judi: Why did you choose Lindsey and Project Aiden? Oh gosh, because this book is so amazing! When I wrote my wishlist for Pitch Wars, I debated on putting sci-fi on there because sometimes I just prefer contemporary, but I added it at the last second and I’m so glad I did. This was pretty much everything I was looking for in a manuscript, including strong characters and an adorable love story. And, like my other mentee, Lindsey is everything I could’ve asked for when working with a writer. Lindsey: Summarize your book in three words. Fugitive. Freedom. Hope. Judi: Summarize Lindsey’s book in three words. Strength and love (I wanted to say “utter perfection” but it’s only two words) Lindsey: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I write YA and NA romance, and although some of it’s purely contemporary, I have a deep affinity for a sci-fi or fantastical element. The idea for PROJECT A.I.D.E.N. stemmed from an interest in what might happen if the line between man and machine became so blurred, you could no longer tell the difference. It’s a story about what it means to be human, what it means to be free, and what it means to love. Some fun facts about me: I’m a video game super-nerd, I can read Hebrew (but don’t you dare ask me to translate it), and I’m a burlesque performer – because I enjoy giving my introversion a worthy adversary. Judi: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I don’t have enough cool secrets to answer this twice! Can’t I just talk more about 80s music like I did in my bio? I love...

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It’s here! Check out the cover for my upcoming release, CURSING FATE …
Oct28

It’s here! Check out the cover for my upcoming release, CURSING FATE …

  I’m SO excited to share with you the cover for my upcoming novel, CURSING FATE, releasing November 21, 2016. It matches my characters perfectly and I love the color. But first, if you haven’t read TOUCHING FATE, it will go on sale for $.99 starting October 31st for a limited time only. Trick or Treat!! Come back on the 31st to enter for a chance to win one of our many Pitch Wars mentors’ books. There will be tons of winners. So don’t miss it!     And here is the cover for CURSING FATE. Drum roll, please … > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Add it to Goodreads! Here’s the synopsis of the book … There’s something strange about the Layne sisters, and Wade Diaz wants nothing to do with them. Especially the one who ripped his heart out and set it on fire before tossing it in the garbage several months ago. Iris. He can’t even think her name without unconsciously rubbing the spot in his chest where she left a gaping hole. But now her sisters are claiming some evil spirit is after his soul, and Iris is the only one who can save him. Well, at least his heart would stop hurting, right? Didn’t sound so bad. Iris Layne has always been the sweet sister. She’s kind to everyone, including her best friend Wade… Until she makes a horrible mistake and breaks his heart. All she wants is to go back to before ‘the dumping’. Of course, Wade would rather see her in hell first. But then Iris touches her sister’s tarot cards and unleashes an evil curse intent on playing a deadly game where no one Iris loves is safe, especially Wade. How do you convince someone they need your help when you’re the one who hurt them...

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