Pitch Wars Interview with Mary Keliikoa and Suzanne Park and their mentors Sarah Henning and Kellye Garrett
Sep28

Pitch Wars Interview with Mary Keliikoa and Suzanne Park and their mentors Sarah Henning and Kellye Garrett

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 . . . Mary Keliikoa – Mentee Twitter | Website Suzanne Park – Mentee Twitter | Website Sarah Henning – Mentor Twitter | Website Kellye Garrett – Mentor Twitter | Website Why did you choose Sarah and Kellye? Mary: The minute I saw their wish list and their love of mystery novels, I knew they were the team for me. I love their diverse experience in journalism, TV writing, teaching and editing. I knew with their mystery backgrounds, if chosen, I’d be in the master class of my life. Suzanne: Oh, that’s an easy question. Because I love Idris Elba, and they do too. I love the Wire, and Luther, and hunks with British accents. It was a mentor-mentee match made in heaven. But other than that, Kellye and Sarah were looking for submissions with strong voice and humor, and those were two things my writers group thought I had going for me. My genre was women’s commercial fiction though, not mystery, so I was worried they’d pass. I am so happy they picked me! Kellye and Sarah are the best! Sarah is a tiny bit cooler, though. Sarah and Kellye: Why did you choose Mary? Both of our first loves are mystery novels and Mary has written a different take on the classic P.I. novel. Imagine that instead of being a single loner with no kids, Kinsey Millhone was divorced with a pre-teen daughter and the mother-in- law from hell. Our wishlist theme was Idris Elba because we wanted to our mentee’s manuscript to have mystery, voice and humor.Mary gave us all of that and then some with her main character of Kelly Pruett. (The name didn’t hurt either!) Sarah and Kellye: Why did you choose Suzanne? Uh, did you not just read that voice? Her manuscript is full of it. We were both seriously laughing at our computer screens like crazy people. Not only that, but Suzanne did a great job of using that terrific voice and humor to navigate important social issues regarding finding one’s place and direction in the world all the while navigating what other people—parents, bosses, friends—want you to be. It was very relatable to us, even though we’re a few years older than Julia, the main character. Those concerns are just part of getting older and coming into your own as an adult. Summarize your book in three words. Mary: Deception. Debauchery....

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Pitch Wars Interview with Adam Sass and his mentor Lisa Amowitz
Sep27

Pitch Wars Interview with Adam Sass and his mentor Lisa Amowitz

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 . . . Adam Sass – Mentee Twitter | Website Lisa Amowitz – Mentor Twitter | Website Adam: Why did you choose Lisa? Lisa was an absolute tiger about my MS. Before I even submitted, she found my Pimp My Bio with my pitch and was all about it. She requested immediately and was so bursting with passion once reading it that there was just no other choice for me. Her passion matched my own, and she knew exactly what to do with my MS. Lisa: Why did you choose Adam? I found Adam on #pimpmybio and something about him just drew me to him. We interacted a little on Twitter and I kind of begged him to sub me. I was thrilled when he did. And I you know that kind of moment when you think you MAY be falling in love and worry something will go wrong? Well, clearly that didn’t happen and I fell hard for his MS. I daydreamed about what i wanted to do to make it even better. I quite a few other mss I also loved dearly—but in the end, Adam’s premise, his amazing voice, the dark, dark humor, and his generally great personality sold me. I then proceeded to growl like a pit bull at any mentor who came sniffing. I swear—I eyeballed that tentative list like a hawk, waiting to pounce. Not going to say if I had to or not in public. *wink, wink* Adam: Summarize your book in three words. Surrender. Overcome. Escape. Lisa: Summarize Adam’s book in three words. Anxious. Gay. Superpowers.   Adam: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I come from a screenwriting background, so constant revision is in my blood. I’m not afraid to kill darlings. I understand the core story is what’s most important to preserve and that the outer layers must serve the core or get out. My MS is unique because as a student of improv, I know character is king—even in a twisted plot like mine. My MC is my favorite because he faces the darkness of this corrupt “gay conversion” camp with defiance and humor. He’s a dependable light lost in a wicked place. Lisa: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. I designed stained glass windows for the NYC Metropolitan transit authority’s Arts for Transit. They...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Suzi Guina and her mentor, Alexandra Alessandri
Sep27

Pitch Wars Interview with Suzi Guina and her mentor, Alexandra Alessandri

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 . . . Suzi Guina – Mentee Twitter Alexandra Alessandri – Mentor Twitter Suzi: Why did you choose Alexandra? When I read Alexandra’s bio during the blog hop, so much clicked. But it went well beyond her wish list and my manuscript, to her as a person. We have A LOT in common. Alexandra wrote about being Colombian-American and how the Andes mountains feel like home. I have this same connection with the island of Faial in the Azores, which is the setting of my manuscript. Alexandra’s a poet; my first two manuscripts were poetry collections (though I hesitate to call myself a poet). She’s a college professor, teaching English and creative writing. I teach the same subjects at both the high school and college levels. But it was Alexandra’s connection to her culture that really drew me toward choosing her. My manuscript explores the feeling of being between two cultures and languages, Portuguese and American. I thought that out of all the mentors, she would get it. What I couldn’t have known was that Alexandra’s own Pitch Wars manuscript delves into many of the same themes as mine and she would be able to use her own experiences with that manuscript to help me with mine. It turns out we have even more in common than I realized! Alexandra: Why did you choose Suzi? The first inkling I got of Suzi’s story came in a tweet, when she asked several of us mentors  if we had aversions to mermaids, particularly Portuguese mermaids. I was intrigued by the  fact that Suzi was Portuguese and that her story’s setting was deeply rooted in her family’s homeland. I hoped she would submit, and sure enough, she did! Then, when I started reading, the connection to place was immediately palpable—and as I mentioned in my bio,  I’m a sucker for a strong sense of place. The setting is not just the setting; it’s an intricate  part of the story, and Isabel’s journey, as well as the plot, is deeply rooted in it. This  resonated with me on so many levels, not the least of which was the fact that my own Pitch Wars manuscript explored similar themes. In her answers to my questions, Suzi mentioned that writing this story was in a way a love  letter to her culture. And that blew...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Tamara Girardi and her mentor Molly Lee
Sep27

Pitch Wars Interview with Tamara Girardi and her mentor Molly Lee

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 . . . Tamara Girardi – Mentee Twitter Molly Lee – Mentor Twitter | Website Tamara: Why did you choose Molly? Molly’s Wish List attracted me right away when I read, “I love to see instances where a girl/woman is in a profession/situation that is tailored toward men and she’s hacking it right there with the boys.” My YA contemporary submission GRIDIRON GIRL is about a girl who competes against her boyfriend to be the starting quarterback of the football team, so the whole story is about her trying to hack it with the guys. Also, I want to say that I took the advice to ask questions of the mentors seriously when picking my six. Molly didn’t specifically mention sports,so I tweeted her to be sure she has an interest in them. Fortunately for me, she does! My nextstep was to read some of my potential mentors’ works (because narrowing down to six was HARD), and one chapter of Molly’s EDGE OF CHAOS had me in love. She made me feel instantly, and I knew that was a weakness in my own work. I needed to increase the emotional payoff. At that moment, Molly went to the top of my list, and there are no words for the emotional payoff I felt when she actually picked me! Molly: Why did you choose Tamara? The concept of GRIDIRON GIRL appealed to me right away—a girl going up against her boyfriend for the quarterback position? No question I needed to read this! Plus, I’d seen her ontwitter, actively asking questions of mentors and really putting that extra effort in to see who would be a good fit. I knew she was serious then and once I read her pages, I was hooked. Tamara: Summarize your book in three words. Epic. Female. Quarterback. Molly: Summarize Tamara‘s book in three words. Hot. Competitive. Heart. Tamara: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? My husband and high school sweetheart was the starting quarterback of our football team for three years, but he’s not the only quarterback in his family. He and his two brothers all played the position. Over the years, I’ve seen the backyard games, heard them compare their stats and accolades, and laughed at the intensity of their competition. One day, I got to thinking: what if they had had a little...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Tricia McKee and her mentor, Rebecca Yarros
Sep26

Pitch Wars Interview with Tricia McKee and her mentor, Rebecca Yarros

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 . . . Trica McKee – Mentee Twitter | Website   Rebecca Yarros – Mentor   Twitter | Website Tricia, why did you choose Rebecca? I chose Rebecca because of her Deadpool Gifs. Seriously, I chose her because she is an accomplished rock star of a writer who isn’t afraid to take on sensitive subjects. Rebecca is as direct as I am, she will give it to me strait and expect the best from me in return. Oh, and she has a great sense of humor. Rebecca, why did you choose Tricia and her manuscript? Tricia had me laughing from page one of her MS, which isn’t an easy task. Add to that her fresh voice, and stellar concept, and I was hooked. Tricia, summarize your book in three words. Funny. Sexy. Body-Positive. Rebecca, summarize Tricia’s book in three words. Sexy. Witty. Opposites-attract. Tricia, tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? A tomboy at heart, I raced a lot of BMX growing up and got into a decent amount of trouble, developed a love of hard rock music and good Irish whiskey and I will always prefer my Vans to my heels. I have a degrees in both accounting and sociology, and I wrote my honors thesis on the sociology of women’s sports. However, I much prefer to use my trucker-like vocabulary and dirty mind to spin tales of curvy heroines and the men who love them. When I’m not writing, you can find me reading (voraciously), swimming or participating in agility events with one of my two adorable dogs. I live in the North Dallas burbs with my husband of sixteen years and I know something about living large in a size six world. I’ve been where my heroine was, where a lot of women have been––insecure about my body––and I’ve learned to love myself because of my flaws…Not in spite of them. Find out more about Rebecca Yarros’s Ignite . . . It only takes a spark… In Legacy, Colorado, I buried my father alongside his elite Hotshot team. Ten years later, I’ve followed in his footsteps—fighting fires in the mountains of Alaska with my brother. Amid the flames, nothing ignites me like Avery Claire. She’s stubborn, strong, sexy as hell, and my best friend. She also has no idea that I’m in love with her. But...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Amelia Creed and her mentor, Marty Mayberry
Sep26

Pitch Wars Interview with Amelia Creed and her mentor, Marty Mayberry

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 . . . Amelia Creed – Mentee Twitter   Marty Mayberry – Mentor Twitter | Website Amelia, why did you choose Marty? I’ve made some amazing friends in the Pitch Wars community and they all recommended Marty. Word of mouth works, you guys. What sealed the deal was her amazing mentor bio, which I’m not ashamed to say I read at least half a dozen times. Her style really resonated with me and by the time I realized she also loves exploring ancient ruins, I was sold. Her dedication and excitement jumped out at me and wouldn’t let go. She writes YA romance and SF, as well as Adult romance (among others), which are the genres I gravitate towards in my own writing career. I knew I needed to get my submission into her inbox ASAP. I still can’t believe she chose me out of her 100+ submissions and I hope this relationship evolves past that of mentor-mentee. Marty, why did you choose Amelia and her manuscript? First, I want to point out that I had numerous excellent entries in my inbox. It makes me sad to think I had to pass on any of them. I had a true dilemma in choosing just one. Amelia is a fabulous, creative writer, and she writes wonderfully swoony kissing scenes. *fans face* Her book is clever, fun, exciting, and keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen next. Throughout the selection period, Amelia’s manuscript kept calling to me. I’d read a new entry, and then think more about her story. Read another entry, and then go back and read a particularly fun scene in Amelia’s. When I started jotting down ideas I thought could make it even better, I KNEW it was “the one”. I’ve been thrilled to discover the numerous Amelia and I connect, and I can’t wait to get to know her better. Watch out world. Amelia Creed is going places! Amelia, summarize your book in three words. Nerdy Spooky Showdown Marty, summarize Amelia’s book in three words. Gaming tournament w/kisses (I’m calling the last one word. LOL) Amelia, tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? Ah, the question writers fear will uncover their narcissistic tendencies (Oh, I’m alone in this? O—okay). Though I write contemporary and SF, always with a hint...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Angela Cappillo and her mentors, Trisha Leaver and Kelly Calabrese
Sep26

Pitch Wars Interview with Angela Cappillo and her mentors, Trisha Leaver and Kelly Calabrese

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 . . . Angela Cappillo – Mentee Twitter Trisha Leaver – Mentor Twitter | Website Kelly Calabrese – Mentor Twitter | Website Angela, why did you choose Trisha and Kelly? Trisha and Kelly were the first mentors I put on my list. When choosing whom to submit to, I started with the wish list. Once I knew they wanted something like my book, I checked their bios and editing style. I loved everything about them and knew they would be a great pick. Turns out, I was right. Kelly and Trisha, why did you choose Angela and her manuscript? Kelly – I loved Angela’s gripping premise! Trisha – Voice! The first thing that attracted me to Angela’s manuscript was the authenticity of her main character’s voice. Plus she was able to blend the creepy with the emotional, creating a character that makes all the WRONG decisions for all the RIGHT reasons. Love that!!! Angela, summarize your book in three words. Creepy. Emotional. Suspenseful. Kelly and Trisha, summarize Angela’s book in three words. Kelly – Creepy. Creepy. Surprising. Taboo. Trisha – Creepy. Emotionally-charged. Relatable. Angela, tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I live in a small town with my husband, four kids, and a multitude of pets. When I’m not shuttling them around, or watching them play sports, which feels like always, I write. I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing, and have always ventured toward darker material. Thank God, my mom was an avid reader and never restricted what I read because I loved scary books. I’m hard to scare now, I suppose because I was reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz by the time I was twelve. I didn’t actively pursue a writing career until about five years ago, though. I’m definitely a plotter. Sometimes I spend weeks thinking about my ideas before putting them to paper. When I do have an idea, I focus on what I can do to make the concept as unique as possible. I find the easiest way to do this is to focus on the MC and protagonist’s goals. I was really excited about writing a book with a stalker who was trying to create a perfect family. The biggest challenge of writing this book, though, was the multiple POVs. I turned to my teenage son often with questions on how...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Yael Mermelstein and her mentor Jessica Vitalis
Sep22

Pitch Wars Interview with Yael Mermelstein and her mentor Jessica Vitalis

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 . . . Yael Mermelstein – Mentee Twitter Jessica Vitalis – Mentor Twitter | Website Yael: Why did you choose Jessica? Jessica listed four things she’s looking for in a book and it felt like she’d listed all of my particular strengths as a writer. On top of that, I incessantly read MG and YA until way too late at night (Kindle rocks for those of us overseas) and Jessica’s list of favorite authors included SEVEN of my favorites too. And I loved her confidence – she’d written that she loves to critique and that she’s “darn good at it”. Everyone has their weaknesses but I enjoy people who aren’t shy about their strengths either. But the clincher was watching her on the live interview segment – her passion and personality oozed out of the screen. That’s when I decided I desperately wanted her to pick me! The funny thing is, while all of those things are still true, right now my enthusiasm for Jessica is amped up by much more than her professional expertise (which is EXCELLENT) – she’s a really special human being with a beautiful heart. And though we come from different walks of life – I think we have a lot of commonality and connectedness. Jessica: Why did you choose Yael? Yael is a talented writer with an outstanding voice. The themes in her manuscript resonated deeply with me and I couldn’t get the story out of my head. Plus, our early communications left little doubt that she’d be a dream to work with: she’s enthusiastic, dedicated, thoughtful, and an all-around great person. Yael: Summarize your book in three words. Heart. Mind. Journey. Jessica: Summarize Yael’s book in three words. Mystery, Neurodiversity, Road trip (that’s one word, right?) Yael: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? My home is nestled in the undulating Judean Hills of Israel, where I wake up some mornings to the bleating of the sheep as they’re shepherded through the valley outside my window. I live here with my husband and our SEVEN superlative and complex children. My husband and I met while working with the special needs population – one of our super-special charges introduced us! Today our home has a revolving door for all sorts of gorgeous kids with varied handicaps and our kids do most of...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Dana Kramaroff and her mentor, Melyssa Mercado
Sep22

Pitch Wars Interview with Dana Kramaroff and her mentor, Melyssa Mercado

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 . . . Dana Kramaroff- Mentee Twitter | Blog Melyssa Mercado – Mentor Twitter | Blog Dana: Why did you choose Melyssa? There were so many things that my MS and I connected with when I read Mel’s wish list, too many to write down so I just wrote FUN next to her name because, well, she sounded so fun! Plus, she loves roller skating and as fate would have it, my book has a roller skating par-TAY in it, so of course we were meant to be! Melyssa: Why did you choose Dana.? Wow, the first reason was that I saw potential for a storyline I haven’t yet seen in middle grade, a missing mirror for some very special MG readers. There were some really fun dynamics all throughout the manuscript, cool sub plots, and an adorable and passionate voice just waiting to be heard. The more I thought about Dana’s story, the more excited I became about getting it out into the world. I was all, ooooh, I can help with this and that and this and that (yup, totally brought out the visionary mentor mama in me). When I hinted at a full re-write to switch a sub plot to the main storyline, Dana didn’t flinch. In fact, I could practically feel the wheels turning in her head, even before she knew how passionate I was about her story. Great voice, important story, and an enthusiastic and willing writer? What more could a happy mentor ask for? (-: Dana.: Summarize your book in three words. Normal is overrated. Melyssa: Summarize Dana’s book in three words. Unique. Enlightening. Needed. Dana.: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I was voted Miss Congeniality once and try to live up to that title every day. I want the people around me to feel cared about. My story is unique because it deals with a juvenile knee condition that keeps twelve-year-old, Natalie, from doing all the things she loves to do—well, her knee pain and the pain of an ex-BFF middle grade Nemesis, which no amount of physical therapy can cure. My MC’s knee issue is the same one I had, when I was her age. I wanted to tell this story because I felt so alone back then. The feeling of not being able to play sports, be in gym class, jump, run, and roller...

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Pitch Wars Interview with J.K. Smejkal and mentor Jessie Devine
Sep21

Pitch Wars Interview with J.K. Smejkal and mentor Jessie Devine

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 . . . J.K. Smejkal – Mentee Twitter Jessie Devine – Mentor Twitter  J.K: Why did you choose Jessie? This is only easy question of the bunch! Jessie wanted YA with atmospheric world-building, dark themes, LGBTQIA+ representation, and romance, so I thought DEVIL’S CARAVAN would be a great fit. Plus, as a mentor, his candor appealed to me. I wanted someone who’d be tough on my work, tear it apart, and hold me accountable. I expect to shed many tears during this revision, but it’ll be worth it! Jessie: Why did you choose J.K.? I chose Jeannette’s book because it is dark and atmospheric, and I was in love with the characters from page one. It also has queer rep. Basically, she delivered everything I asked for. J.K.: Summarize your book in three words. Jessie used adjectives, so I’ll add some nouns! masks, delirium, loopholes Jessie: Summarize J.K.’s book in three words. dark, whimsical, powerful J.K.: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? Let’s see. I’m a first generation Canadian living in beautiful BC with my two kids (an aspiring unicorn and a magician-in-training) and my ever-patient husband. He’s the only realist in this family, bless him. Besides the cliched writer-staples like books, coffee, and solitude, I also love big trees, Lebanese food, and hoodies. My background is diverse and includes social and environmental work (if I listed everything, this bio would be obnoxiously long). I’m marvelously liberal and nothing raises my hackles more than intolerance. It’s a complicated thing: people are my favorite, except when they’re not. 😛 So I write to try to make sense of the world, both the beautiful and the ugly. DEVIL’S CARAVAN is either a dark story deceptively dressed in glittering costumes, vibrant color, courage, and romance, or a hopeful one swathed in black magic, lies, and despair. It all depends on how you tilt your head. 😉 Jessie: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know. Ah, jeez. After the hamster incident, I don’t know if there’s anything left to tell. Let’s see, a fun fact. I have a fighting national championship title! Thank you for supporting our Pitch Wars Teams! And don’t forget to stop by the Agent Showcase starting November 3rd to see how our teams do in the final round. Save...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Kristen Clouthier and her mentor, Jamie Howard
Sep21

Pitch Wars Interview with Kristen Clouthier and her mentor, Jamie Howard

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 . . . Kristen Clouthier – Mentee Twitter Jamie Howard – Mentor Twitter | Website Kristen: Why did you choose Jamie? After reading Jamie’s mentor bio, I knew I had to sub to her. We both shared a love of kickass heroines and books with a generous dollop of romance. She viewed the editing process as a collaborative effort, which was soooo appealing to me because I’d basically lived in a writing bubble. After becoming acquainted with the PitchWars community, I don’t know how I ever survived on my own. Jamie has tons of awesome editing skills, but her talent for bettering character relationships really drew me to her. In my MS, my character relationships really help keep the reader turning the page, so I need those to be as strong as they can possibly be. With Jamie’s help, I knew they would be! Jamie: Why did you choose Kristen? I’ve gotta say, the Pitch Wars competition was fierce this year, and choosing a manuscript was no easy task. But there was something about Kristen’s story that stuck with me long after I finished reading it. Maybe it was the witty banter or smart dialogue. Quite possibly it was the intricate dynamics between the main characters and their awesome relationships. Then again, it may have just been her swoon-worthy main character and the fact that I couldn’t get enough of him. Kristen: Summarize your book in three words. Spunky, Callen <3, Trust Jamie: Summarize Kristen’s book in three words. Adventurous. Heartwrenching. Addictive Kristen: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I recently finished my BA in Psychology and am working towards my MS in Clinical/Counseling Psychology. You’d think my writing would focus on psychological issues, however I am obsessed with all things YA fantasy. If a book has a strong heroine and is riddled with witty banter, I will find and devour it. I’ve always loved to read, but my passion for story telling started at the age of seven when I wrote a short story about a pumpkin coming to life and seeking revenge on any who dared eat a pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving! Although I spend most of my free time writing, I’m quite the adventurer. I’ve been sky diving, white-water rafting, have my motorcycle license, and was a contestant on a game show...

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Pitch Wars Interview with Meghan Jashinsky and her mentors, Lynnette Labelle and Destiny Cole
Sep21

Pitch Wars Interview with Meghan Jashinsky and her mentors, Lynnette Labelle and 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 . . .   Meghan Jashinsky – Mentee Twitter  Lynnette Labelle – Mentor Twitter | Website Destiny Cole – Mentor Twitter | Website Meghan: Why did you choose Destiny and Lynnette? Lynnette and Destiny seemed like the total package right from the start—both of them are writers who have feet in other aspects of publishing as well, from interning at literary agencies to freelance editing to digital marketing. They do it all! And then I saw “anything dark/twisted/creepy” on their wish list, and I knew I would love working with them. Destiny and Lynnette: Why did you choose Meghan and COURT OF GLITTERING CRIMSON? Lynnette: I chose COURT of GLITTERING CRIMSON because I loved Meghan’s voice and the premise. And, I became a little obsessed with it. I have to admit, I wish I wrote this book. It rocks. Destiny: I was hooked within the first 3 sentences of her query: “Princess Skylla is a nightmare from which her people will never wake. She will use their bones to clean her teeth and wear their intestines like ribbons. It’s the least they deserve after what they did to her family the night of the Slaughter.” Then I quickly flipped to the pages and prayed like mad it would hold up… which it SO did! Meghan: Summarize your book in three words. Dark. Fear. Puppeteer. Destiny and Lynnette: Summarize your mentee’s book in three words. Lynnette: good/evil swap places (It’s one word if you use a slash, right?) Destiny: Vengeance. Determination. Redemption. Meghan: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique? I grew up in the oldest city in the United States, and its local ghost stories fueled my passion for all things creepy. My favorite characters to read and write are the ones that you love to hate. Give me all of the antiheroes! The darker, the better! Two of my favorite books are Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I spend most of my non-writing time balancing my love of dark/gritty books by being crazy peppy on YouTube—whether it’s for my day job (producing educational children’s videos), or for the WordNerds (a YA literature themed vlogging group). My personality could probably be summed up as: the love child of Leslie Knope and April Ludgate, from Parks and Recreation. 🙂 Destiny...

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