Pitch Wars Interview with Rachelle Harp and her mentor, Dan Malossi
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 . . .
Rachelle Harp – Mentee
Dan Malossi – Mentor
Rachelle: Why did you choose Dan?
Since Dan also writes sci-fi thrillers, right away, I knew he’d be a good match. And we both liked a lot of the same authors and seemed to have similar sci-fi interests. And of course he’s awesome!
Dan: Why did you choose Rachelle’s manuscript?
I loved the writing right away. The story had great potential as well. I love the idea of the dark future of social media taken to such imaginative ends, where everything is available about everyone twenty-four seven, and gang wars take place in cyberspace. This is West Side Story waged in digibits in a dark future, which I dig. The characters ring true…which is essential.
Rachelle: Summarize your book in three words.
“Twitter on steroids”
Dan: Summarize Rachelle’s book in three words.
“Twitterish, futuristic hellscape”
Rachelle: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique?
I’m a Texas gal with a serious coffee addiction. I write all types of spec fiction–adult to YA, short story to novels. My first pro-published sci-fi short story will appear soon in Galaxy’s Edge Magazine. I teach music in my non-writing life, spoil my cat, and look for any reason to watch Firefly or go to Starbucks.
My manuscript, #FeedWar, is an adult sci-fi thriller with a pulp-noir feel to it. Kind of like Blade Runner meets the Godfather. It’s a near future story of a girl caught up in the cyber mafia, trying save her loved ones. And there’s a guy as well–you have to have a little romance, right?
Dan: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know.
I’m a high school English teacher in New York, which means I read a great deal of bad writing every single working day of my life (and some good; don’t think I’m embittered). It’s actually a joy to teach writing, but at the same time it increases awareness of how hard it is to develop a unique and salable voice. This is part of the reason Ms. Harp’s MS stood out from the rest for me.