I am a Pitch Wars Mentee!

I still feel like I am in the beginning of my favorite Queen song.

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

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In all seriousness, someone pinch me (but not too hard), because I must be dreaming. Not only did I get chosen for Pitch Wars, but I am also lucky enough to have snagged a dream team!

Agent or not.
Publication or not.
I am so incredibly grateful to be given this opportunity to not only improve my book, but also my writing abilities. I intend to work my ass off and push myself further than ever, but I did not get here on my own. 
I have a few people that I want to thank.

Rebecca Sky and Stacey Trombley, I cannot thank you enough for believing in my book. After years of entering contests and years of coming close to winning, but not close enough, this means that much more to me. Thank you for spending your time on little ole me.

Francesca Grandillo, Einat Segal, and Tara (TK) Yeager have been my biggest supporters and motivators.  Without your encouragement and your advice, I’m not sure I would have had the faith in myself to enter Pitch Wars.  Your endless support means the world to me and you deserve ALL of the cookies.

Thank you to Brenda Drake, Heather Cashman, and all of those behind the scenes of Pitch Wars.  The amount of time and effort you put in to this contest is amazing. You and your team are selfless, inspiring, and a blessing in the writing community.

ALL of you kick ass.

So, what now?

I will be attempting to blog about this journey–my struggles, my triumphs, and everything between.  Attempting is the key word here, because my edits, school, and teaching come first. Well, and time with my family of course, but they’re always number one.

To start off, my mentors sent me the most amazing edit letter ever. My strengths and weaknesses became more prevalent to me than ever before, their ideas for new scenes are off-the-charts, and the letter is so organized that breathing became easy again.

After reading their letter, the first thing I did was completely restructure the chapter outline.  New chapters and scene ideas were added, previous chapters were moved around and restructured, and I cannot tell you how satisfied I am already. I feel like I know my characters and story more and I haven’t even started REALLY editing/rewriting/writing/throwing my coffee mug at the wall in frustration.

I’m confident in Team Gingersnaps and what we are going to accomplish these next few months.  Having experienced authors help guide me into making my book better than ever is truly a blessing.

So, come with me on this journey.  You’re in charge of bringing snacks.

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#PitchWars 2017 – Pimp My Bio

Oh boy.  I’ve done it.  I’ve officially decided to enter Pitch Wars, which then made me decide to create a blog, which then made me decide to perform the pimpage of the bio.  Breathe.  We will get through this together.

(I have no professional headshots, so here is an amazing Snapchat filtered version of myself.)

Who Am I?

I am an avid YA fiction reader in all genres, but most specifically fantasy. There’s just something about young people facing dire circumstances with brave faces. I live vicariously through them because I’m an adult that is still afraid of the dark. I see you smiling. Don’t laugh! The night is dark and full of terrors.

I’m a student, an educator, a wife and a mother of two children who don’t look like me.

My first story was a zombie book that I posted on Wattpad. The writing is absolutely atrocious. But I have decided to keep it posted for aspiring writers to see because I’ve come a long way, like galaxies long, and I’m proud of it. I hope my experience can inspire others to keep writing because practice is everything.

When I finish my middle school education degree, I want to open an elective course for students to explore creative writing as an expressive outlet.  Middle school is a rough time and I want to give kids a healthy way to express themselves and dive into an imagination they might have never thought they had.

MY BOOK

I’ll be entering my YA fantasy, A CROWN OF BONES.  It is PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN meets THE HUNGER GAMES with a diverse cast of characters, romance and kickass heroines.

Because I love aesthetics:

Show him you’re not a damsel to be trifled with.”

Illustrations by AgataFiszer can be found on the art page.  Here is a delicious taste:

A CROWN OF BONES EQUATION

Pirates of the Caribbean + The Hunger Games + Six of Crows + Moana + girls who kick ass + girls who save themselves + romance + hot kissing scenes + an asshole named Pudge + angry land gods + sea sister goddesses + witty banter + betrayal + a pig on a leash + epic action scenes + love/hate relationship + best friends + island witchcraft + crafty metaphors

Feels Soundtrack Includes:


    ME, THE MENTEE

    What I offer as a mentee:

    • Never-ending gratitude
    • Fierce determination.  I am a Slytherin after all.
    • An open mind to critiques
    • Gif magic
    • Game of Thrones references

    ALL THE FAVS

    MOVIES

    • Armageddon.  ALWAYS. BRUCE GETS ME EVERY DAMN TIME.
    • Kill Bill 1 & 2.  The Bride is my dream level of badass.
    • Everything Marvel.
    • Sound of Music (with Julie Andrews).  That movie is everything a musical should be.

    TV SHOWS

    • Game of Thrones.  Team Jon for the crown.  But I would still be happy if somehow he and D somehow split it.
    • The Walking Dead.  Richonne for life.  Carl needs to die already.
    • True Blood up to season 4.  I refuse to acknowledge the rest of the mess of that show.  YOU RUINED IT HBO.
    • My Little Pony.  After watching with my daughter, I’ve become addicted.  I’m a Pegasister and proud.
    • Stranger Things.  If I were a little boy, I would be Dustin.  He channels me.

    BOOKS

    • Harry Potter, obviously.  Slytherin in the house.
    • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
    • Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
    • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Mayer
    • Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
    • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
    • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
    • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

    EXTRAS

    • Pinapple/Canadian bacon pizza
    • Bacon burgers
    • Maple bacon donuts (I’m noticing a theme here…)
    • Football.  Arkansas Razorbacks. Green Bay Packers.  MY BOYS BETTER KILL THIS SEASON.
    • Moana is the best Disney Princess.
    • I can bend my pointer finger all the way back.
    • I grew up with a lisp and was bullied throughout school for it.
    • Video game wise: love the Sims, Assassin’s Creed, and beating my husband’s ass at UFC.

    I have done it!  I have finally created my first website and blog post.  Good luck to everyone in Pitch Wars!  Thank you to all the mentors for dedicating their time to help others and to Brenda Drake for her brilliance.