Rather than explain the intricacies of Pitch Wars (since most of you reading this post will be mentors and fellow mentees), I’m posting a link here. Basically, it’s an online contest for writers hosted by the fabulous Brenda Drake.
Even though I already have a page entitled About Me on this blog, I felt like I needed to up my game for #PitchWars. Hence, some more fun facts about me:
- The New Adult romance that I’m entering in Pitch Wars is based on my own experiences as an archaeologist. If you ever wanted all the “dirt” (sorry!) on the behind-the-scenes action at an excavation, then I’m your source. It’s true that working on a dig site is nothing like the Indiana Jones movies, but there’s still a lot of steamy action.
- I’m prepared to work hard if I get chosen for Pitch Wars. Having queried two other novels, I know how much time and effort goes into revisions. I’m no stranger to feedback, because I meet with a local critique group twice a month, some of whom are extremely opinionated. I also use a lot of beta readers.
- In addition to New Adult romance, I write young adult fantasy and science fiction. At the moment, I’m revising my YA novel, Piper Girl, a contemporary retelling of The Pied Piper fairy tale. In general, I’m a huge fan of fairy tales–the originals and the reimagined versions.
- I’m the mom of two teenagers, which helps a lot when I need a quick update on current technology (“OK, explain again the difference between Instagram and Snapchat”).
- Baking is like therapy for me, because it makes everyone happy. And I love to bake for other people (hint, hint). My go-to recipes include: brownies, chocolate crumble bars, raspberry-chocolate cheesecake, Texas sheet cake, cranberry bread and banana chocolate-chip muffins.
- Musical theatre was my salvation in high school, and I’m still a fan of musicals today. I love the feeling of waiting for the curtain to go up, whether you’re in the wings or seated in the audience. If you want to read more about my love of musicals, I’ve posted about it here and here. Some of my favorites include: Oliver, Jesus Christ Superstar, Catch Me If You Can, The Book of Mormon, Next to Normal, Avenue Q, Chicago, Bare, and Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson.
- I love to read and I read widely. Every time I read a great book, I’m inspired to become a better writer. Some of my favorite books include: Graceling (Kristin Cashore), Ready Player One (Ernest Cline), Poison Study (Maria V. Snyder), Mortal Engines (Philip Reeve), People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks), Alamo House (Sarah Bird), Palace of Illusion (Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni), and The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls). Among my most-treasured children’s classics are: The Hobbit, Ozma of Oz, Harriet the Spy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Other bits of random trivia:
- I wrote my first “real” book when I was fourteen. It was loosely based on the life of Mary Magdalene, so it was basically Biblical fan fiction. The next book I attempted was The Crew of the Alpha IV Ship, best described as Star Trek meets The Love Boat. It was awful.
- I’m a huge fan of the original Star Wars (Star Wars IV: A New Hope) and I think Princess Leia is one of the coolest heroines ever.