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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Pitch Wars Interview with Annette Christie and her mentor, Sonia Hartl
Oct25

Pitch Wars Interview with Annette Christie and her mentor, Sonia Hartl

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 . . .  Annette Christie – Mentee Twitter | Website   Sonia Hartl – Mentor Twitter | Website Annette: Why did you choose Sonia? Sonia commented on my #pimpmybio and was very complimentary. I hadn’t crossed paths with her in the Twitterverse before that point, but once I started stalking–er, researching her, I got really excited. She’s smart, kind, funny, edgy, and so approachable. The day the mentor wish lists were revealed and I gained even more insight, I knew it was Pitch Wars love. At least on my end 😉 Sonia: Why did you choose Annette’s manuscript? I fell in love with Annette’s premise the moment I read her #pimpmybio, and I had all fingers and toes crossed she would sub to me. The writing totally held up, she’s got such an authentic YA voice. I was so excited when I had the opportunity to pick another mentee and instantly made a grab for Annette’s amazing story. I knew from interacting with her on Twitter she’d be a hard worker and she’s taken critique like a champ. I can’t wait to see where she goes from here! Annette: Summarize your book in three words. I’m going to use my MC’s M.O. as inspiration for this one: FLEE, FLY, FALL. Sonia: Summarize Annette’s book in three words. Unique. Swoony. Incredible. Annette: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I started out in theatre as an actor, playwright, and administrator. Once I started popping out babies I knew I needed a creative outlet and career more conducive to my new life. I started writing books, blogging more, and writing articles for online magazines and now I can’t stop. Even if I wanted to. Which I never, ever do.  I have the unique ability to marry the weird with the commercial and turn that relationship into a story. (I actually very much want this to be true about myself and my writing. I think I’ll just keep saying it until people believe it and/or it proves itself to be true.)  This manuscript is about a very unique sort of hobby that revolves around leveraging airline points systems in order to perpetually fly for free. Hobbyists are out there and, while there have been articles written about their lifestyle and knack for turning airline points into a flying career,...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Kelsey Rodkey and her mentor, Sonia Hartl
Oct25

Pitch Wars Interview with Kelsey Rodkey and her mentor, Sonia Hartl

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 #TeamBossBitches . . .  Kelsey Rodkey – Mentee Twitter | Website Sonia Hartl – Mentor Twitter | Website Kelsey: Why did you choose Sonia? There were a lot of reasons I chose Sonia. For starters, she was very active on the hashtag, always answering questions. While reading her wishlist, I felt that she was looking for *my* manuscript, though. THE BUSINESS OF BLACKMAIL hit so many things on her wishlist that she quickly became my number one choice. She mentioned wanting a 10 Things I Hate About You retelling, which is what my story started as; wanting strong female relationships; and she specifically said she loves blackmail and scandals. It felt like destiny already, but then I read through her favorite YA books of the last few years and not only did she mention both of my comp titles, including THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU by Lily Anderson, which inspired me to write this story, but she also mentioned my back-up comp title and other books I absolutely adored. Sonia: Why did you choose Kelsey’s manuscript? From chapter one I knew Kelsey’s ms had to be mine. Her voice is INCREDIBLE! It’s so smart and funny. Her MC is flawed in all the best ways, and strongly reminded me of me at that age. Her ms hit everything on my wishlist I wanted most, but her characters are everything. They are all complex and real, they breathed off the page for me. Mostly I loved the fearlessness in Kelsey’s writing, her MC made big mistakes without apology and owned the consequences. She’s the definition of badass. Basically it was love at first page and I protected her ms from other mentors for WEEKS like a fire-breathing mama dragon. Kelsey: Summarize your book in three words.  Blackmail. Revenge. Snark. Sonia: Summarize Kelsey’s book in three words. Smart. Hilarious. Amazing. Mentee: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’ve been writing on and off since I was 10, but BLACKMAIL is my first completed manuscript. I have a ton of incomplete stories, but this one spoke to me so strongly that I completed the first draft within a week (and then proceeded to change the plot, but semantics). My manuscript features blackmail, which is unique in YA right now, and realistic, flawed characters that fight and joke and love...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Jenny Howe and her mentor, Phil Stamper
Oct25

Pitch Wars Interview with Jenny Howe and her mentor, Phil Stamper

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 . . .  Jenny Howe – Mentee Twitter | Website Phil Stamper – Mentor Twitter | Website Jenny: Why did you choose Phil? I knew from following Phil on Twitter that he was awesome, and he mentioned video games in his Pitch Wars wish list, so I was really excited to submit CLOSER TO TOMORROW to him. I loved the idea of working with a mentor who had some knowledge about gaming, since it is so important to my story, and the other elements of my MS seemed to match his wish list as well, so I thought it might be a good fit for him. His description of his mentoring style also resonated with the way I revise, which made me think we could work well together. Phil: Why did you choose Jenny’s manuscript? There are plenty of reasons that factored into my decision, but the most important was simply that I fell in love with the book. I knew it was something special in the first fifty words, and it didn’t disappoint the rest of the way through. And more importantly, I had a clear vision for the manuscript. I knew there was a ton of potential in this (already great) story, and was very excited to see that Jenny was completely on board with my suggestions. Jenny: Summarize your book in three words. Anxiety. Gaming. Kissing. Phil: Summarize Jenny’s book in three words. What Jenny said. Jenny: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m an English professor. I have an amazing husband who sews his own bowties and cooks fantastic meals. We have an 11-year-old Jack Russell terrier who has the energy of a puppy. I knit (but only in straight lines) and crochet (but only in triangles) and I am trying (poorly so far) to teach myself to play guitar. I started CTT because I wanted to write a book about gaming. I played MMOs for a long time and really wanted to explore the communities created by those types of online, immersive games. But the story ended up being about more than gaming, too, and I love it for that: it’s got flawed friendships and a pretty messy love triangle, and a main character who is trying to figure out how she finds her own voice while struggling with anxiety. Phil:...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Laura Lashley and her mentors, J.C. Davis and Addie Thorley
Oct25

Pitch Wars Interview with Laura Lashley and her mentors, J.C. Davis and Addie Thorley

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 . . .  Laura Lashley – Mentee Twitter | Website J.C. Davis – Mentor Twitter | Website Addie Thorley – Mentor Twitter | Website     Laura, why did you choose J.C. Davis and Addie Thorley? Jenn and Addie were the very first mentors I added to my Absolutely-YES! list. Between their requests for whimsy and Nepalese sherpas, I felt like my weird little manuscript might have a home with them. Their thorough editing styles, favorite books, and hilarious, fun-loving personalities all sang (okay, rapped) to me that these were my people. Their own books sound amazing, too. A heartwarming Jesus-cheese story and sexy French poison mongers being all conniving and French and attractive? Yes, please! J.C. and Addie, why did you choose Laura Lashley/ IN THE NARROWS? J.C.: I fell in love with Laura’s main character, Riley, from the first page of IN THE NARROWS! Riley’s unique perspective on the world, her humor and determination really stuck with me. Laura writes so beautifully I get lost in the story. Another reason I chose IN THE NARROWS is because it really stood out. There have been a fair number of books featuring characters with neuro-differences lately, especially in children’s lit, but most of the books focus solely on those neuro-differences and the challenges associated with them. Riley has Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD, and while that is an integral part of the book, it’s not the main story. I adore the fact that Riley gets to have adventures, travel to a parallel world and overcome bad-guys. She isn’t confined to one type of story because she has ASD. Addie: The moment I began reading Laura’s pages, I knew I was in the hands of an amazing storyteller. Her writing is gorgeous and her main character, Riley, sucked me in right away with her completely charming “Rules for being Normal.” I’m also a huge sucker for sister stories, and I loved Riley and Quinn’s complicated and dynamic relationship. Add all of that to an insanely creative fantasy world, and I knew I had to have this manuscript. Plus, Laura is super fun—she sent as a hilarious lip sync video, which pretty much sealed the deal.  Laura, summarize your book in 3 words. Sisters squabbling inter-dimensionally J.C. and Addie, summarize your mentee’s book in 3 words. J.C.: Sisters. Parallel Dimensions....

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Pitch Wars Interview with Erin A. Tidwell and her mentor, Hayley Stone
Oct24

Pitch Wars Interview with Erin A. Tidwell and her mentor, Hayley Stone

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 . . .  Erin A. Tidwell – Mentee Twitter   Hayley Stone – Mentor Twitter | Website Erin: Why did you choose Hayley? It was love at first sight. I learned about Pitch Wars on a writing forum and I almost didn’t apply. I was in the middle of a different novel and I wasn’t sure I ought to switch projects. Then I came across Hayley’s bio. She had great experience as a writer and an editor. She was humorous but also included some serious warnings about what her mentee was committing to. And her list of wants was a really great match for the novel I was thinking of pitching. I knew immediately that I wanted to work with her. I did apply to 4 mentors. Hayley wasn’t the only mentor I thought would be a good choice. But I thought she would be the best choice for me and my novel, and I’m delighted that she agreed. Hayley: Why did you choose Erin? From the beginning, Erin’s manuscript subverted my expectations at every turn. The first chapter opens with a familiar character and situation to fantasy readers: an assassin has come to take out a political threat to his employer, an ambitious duke. That was enough to get my attention, but the MC must accomplish this murder in a way that does not threaten the psychology of the duke’s daughter who is present. Along the way, he shows compassion and concern to the servants of the estate, going so far as to give them money and put them out of harm’s way. Even more, the duke’s daughter, despite her young age, is not an angsty ingénue but a young woman struggling to figure out what she wants, and how to escape what she doesn’t. The end of this chapter concludes in a twist that I did not see coming, and delighted me immensely. Beyond the manuscript itself, I was impressed by Erin’s reception to my proposed edits (which, among other things, involve adding a second POV), plus her commitment to making her ms the best story it can possibly be. Talent is nothing without a positive attitude and strong work ethic—I’m pleased that my mentee has all three in spades! Erin: Summarize your book in three words. Magic, betrayal, trust Hayley: Summarize Erin’s book in three words....

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Pitch Wars Interview with Dave Swindler and his mentor, Lisa Lewis Tyre
Oct24

Pitch Wars Interview with Dave Swindler and his mentor, Lisa Lewis Tyre

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 . . .  Dave Swindler – Mentee Twitter   Lisa Lewis Tyre – Mentor Twitter | Website Dave: Why did you choose Lisa? The selection process was all about deciding what I felt my story’s strongest points were and pairing those strengths with a mentor who was looking for the same qualities.  I was seeking a partner who was looking for a story which contained two, maybe three of the elements which were contained in SNOW DAY.  Turned out, there were about half a dozen or so of Lisa’s “wish list” items sprinkled throughout SNOW DAY in some form or another.  While she was immediately on my radar, I actually did not have the final say in the matter.  I needed to collaborate with our nine year old daughter, Ashley, to see if she felt the match was a good one.  Only after I received the green light from her did we submit, and yes, it was Ashley who actually hit the SEND button. Lisa: Why did you choose Dave’s manuscript? Choosing a mentee is always so hard. There were several manuscripts that I really liked.  What I kept going back to was the uniqueness of David’s story, and the great voice of the protagonist. Plus, I had a few email exchanges with David prior to choosing and he kept making me laugh. That’s always a good sign! Dave: Summarize your book in three words. Let it snow! Lisa: Summarize Dave’s book in three words. It BETTER snow. Dave: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your manuscript unique? My family and I live outside of Akron, Ohio, and before you ask- no, I don’t know LeBron (although I really do like The Black Keys.)  We have two daughters who keep us hopping and a Havanese puppy named “Ninja” who keeps all of us in line.  You’ll not find any Oreos in our house, not because we don’t like them, it’s actually quite the opposite and the middle row seems to disappear before we can make it home from the grocery store… and we don’t live very far from the grocery store. My story, SNOW DAY, is unique because of the evolution it’s gone through.  I originally wrote it several years ago as a 4,000 word rhyming poem, and since then it has morphed into a 44,000 word adventure,...

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Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett . . . Cover Reveal!
Oct24

Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett . . . Cover Reveal!

  Title: Hollywood Homicide (Book 1 in the Detective By Day Series) Author: Kellye Garrett Publisher: Midnight Ink Release Date: August 8, 2017 Pre-order e-book or print edition: Amazon   About the book . . . Dayna Anderson doesn’t set out to solve a murder. All the semi-famous, mega-broke black actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. After witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she figures pursuing the fifteen-grand reward isn’t the craziest thing a Hollywood actress has done for some cash. But what starts as simply trying to remember a speeding car soon blossoms into a full-on investigation. As Dayna digs deeper into the victim’s life, she wants more than just reward money. She’s determined to find the poor woman’s killer too. When she connects the accident to a notorious Hollywood crime spree, Dayna chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes and movie premieres. She loves every second—until someone tries to kill her. And there are no second takes in real life.   Kellye Garrett Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog Kellye Garrett spent 8 years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for the CBS drama Cold Case. People were always surprised to learn what she did for a living—probably because she seemed way too happy to be brainstorming ways to murder people. A former magazine editor, Kellye holds a B.S. in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. Having moved back to her native New Jersey, she spends her mornings commuting to Manhattan for her job at a leading media company—while still happily brainstorming ways to commit murder. Her first novel, Hollywood Homicide, will be released by Midnight Ink in August 2017. It’s the first book in the Detective by Day series....

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Pitch Wars Interview with Megan LaCroix and her mentor, Summer Spence
Oct22

Pitch Wars Interview with Megan LaCroix and her mentor, Summer Spence

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 #TeamSheerMagic . . .    Megan LaCroix – Mentee Twitter | Website   Summer Spence – Mentor Twitter | Website   Megan: Why did you choose Summer? I chose to submit to Summer for many of reasons. First off, she writes YA fantasy, and her wish list included lots of goodies that fit my manuscript to a T. Also, she described herself as being relentless, which I think it a key quality in any successful creative-type. Oh, and I liked her sense of humor! People who are relentless and funny are super hard to beat! Summer: Why did you choose Megan? I chose Megan because her book haunted me. It was as though the world of her book took up residence inside me. Each gorgeous, vibrant word left a mark on my soul. I HAD to choose her. Her book wouldn’t leave me alone! I can’t wait to see how it develops. Not only is Megan’s book stunning, Megan herself is gracious, humble, eager, and thoughtful. I am thrilled to work with her! Megan: Summarize your book in three words. Tattoos. Magic. Kissing! Summer: Summarize Megan’s book in three words. Magical Woodland Adventure! Megan: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m a married, stay-at-home mom to two little girls, and I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, though I only became serious about writing a novel and pursuing publication a few years ago. Every idea I get is spritzed with magic, so fantasy is my thing. I love lush books with literary slants and hooky voices, and I’ve made my best attempt to write one of my own. My Pitch Wars manuscript is about a girl with ever-changing tattoos who must travel through an enchanted forest to save her town from a force that’s reversed the clocks. The story is packed with symbolism (some of it hidden like buried treasure!), a healthy dose of banter, magic, and adventure. And let’s not forget the kissing… 😉 Summer: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not know. Hmmm…. what can I tell you all that’s appropriate? 😉 I’ve never broken a bone! But I am the queen of stitches and butterfly bandages. When I was little, I thought I was Cheetara from ThunderCats, and I would try to run really fast down the hall and beat the...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Rosiee Thor and her mentor, Linsey Miller
Oct22

Pitch Wars Interview with Rosiee Thor and her mentor, Linsey Miller

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 . . .  Rosiee Thor – Mentee Twitter | Website Linsey Miller – Mentor Twitter | Website   Rosiee: Why did you choose Linsey? I knew I wanted to work with Linsey as soon as I decided to enter Pitch Wars–even before I knew for sure that she’d be mentoring. Her debut sounds amazing, and her dry humor on Twitter completely sold me. I wanted to work with someone who liked science, feminism, and speculative-fiction, and, well, her blog tagline is “Magic, Ladies, Books, Science,” so basically she’s a perfect human (assuming she isn’t an alien or a robot). Also she’s the pun master, and puns are my lifeblood, so it was a no brainer.   Linsey: Why did you choose Rosiee’s manuscript? I really liked the idea of pre-Industrial technology with post-1900’s medical theory, and I thought the main characters were touching and had so much potential to really be explored in the world Rosiee had created. And–even though I loved and still love the concept, writing, and characters–I knew what I could do to help, and I think that’s an important part of picking a mentee. Rosiee: Summarize your book in three words. Family, Failure, Future (because apparently alliterations are also my lifeblood) Linsey: Summarize Rosiee’s book in three words. Clockwork Nerd Misadventures  Rosiee: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I’m a competitive swing dancer, history nerd, and a devourer of all things bread. I have a deep love for history, magic, and intense, never-ending speculation, which is probably why almost everything I write has a healthy dose of all three. With CLOCKWORK HEART I really wanted to explore what might happen if a futuristic society regressed to a pre-industrial level of technology, and how people/society would react. It really tickled the historian side of my brain, but it’s also ownvoices and writing a bisexual main character played a strong role in my own personal journey toward accepting myself. Linsey: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I’m a YA fantasy writer represented by Rachel Brooks of the L. Perkins Agency, and my debut novel, MASK OF SHADOWS, comes out next summer. I’m an MFA student now, but my background is in biology. Almost all of my stories involve science history, Germ Theory as magic, pastries, and murder....

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