Hello, my normal bloggy audience and welcome visitors from #PitchWars. For those who don’t know what #PitchWars is, please read about it here. It’s basically the greatest agent-searching contest out there where you pitch your book to a mentor who will work with you to get your manuscript and pitch ready to be perused by fantastic agents.
I’ve been interested in this contest since last year, but this is my first time entering, and I’ve been told in an effort to help mentors make their very hard decisions (hundreds are applying, but only 75 mentors available! EEK!), it’s unofficially customary to write a mentee bio.
So… here’s me!
Uh…whoa. Wait. Maybe this is more appropriate.
But, basically I clean up well, and I’m banking that my manuscript, a YA contemporary called THE TRUTH ABOUT TWO SHOES, will as well. Here’s what you, oh awesome future mentor, might want to know:
My living is made writing, and I obtained the journalism degree to do it. Not only do I freelance on the regular for various magazines and websites, my day job is writing for an international relief non profit. The kind of copy I write varies from marketing to feature articles, but my predominant beat is U.S. Disaster Relief. However, just because I travel to write about really sad situations, that doesn’t mean I’m not fun!
In the above picture, I’m the one in the long sleeves dancing with a homeowner after a tornado rampaged through Mississippi. I was interviewing this lovely homeowner that my organization’s volunteers tarped a roof for (see the notebook still in hand?) when we all decided to have a dance break. And honestly, that’s how I try to make my books– smiling and laughing amid hard, often sad, situations. I guess, to me, that’s just how life is. And so, that’s what and why I write.
But more often than not, I’m basically like this:
My experience also spans more than 12 years journalism-wise (official portfolio here) with some highlights being…
I especially loved being a writing consultant because it not only taught me to be a meticulous editor and mentor for other writers. It taught me how to accept constructive criticism and personal mentoring writing relationships as well. So basically, I’m not only pumped and ready for this #PitchWars experience, but I have studied the mentor-mentee relationship on an academic level and have a huge respect for it.
While I’ve taken a hiatus from playwriting for the past couple of years to focus on my journalism career, at one point that was seriously all I did and I’ve had my plays performed from coast to coast. By the time I was 18, I had four short theatrical pieces performed at the Kennedy Center in D.C., and in college, one monologue performed off-Broadway in NY (which the monologue served as a basis of inspiration for the novel I’m entering).
I’d like to think that because of this background, my novels tend to be stronger in the dialogue and action department. But I guess only you will be the judge of that.
But now I’m enjoying novel writing as a way to basically have full on productions (in my readers’ heads, that is) without the headache of hiring a cast, painting sets, etc etc….
So yeah…that’s me in a nutshell. Regardless of who you pick, it’s been great mingling with the Mentors online and connecting even deeper with the writing community. Thanks for your consideration. I hope you like me at least half as much as I hope you’ll like my novel, THE TRUTH ABOUT TWO SHOES.