When my critique partner introduced me to Pitch Wars, I was so amazed by the many busy writers willing to give their time to help other writers grow in their craft. Huge TARDIS full of thanks to all the mentors! Thanks also to the amazing YA writer and marketing guru Lana Pattinson for hosting this PitchWars mentee blog hop.
A bit about me:
As young girl, I tossed away the dolls that came with my dollhouse and replaced them with the
cast of Star Wars and Star Trek. Chewbacca went to school, C-3PO cleaned house, and Spock taught school. (I think my husband might have married me for those Star Wars toys.) And when I grew up, I wanted to be a ninja-Jedi-princess.
I can’t run a four-minute mile, and I lost my tiara along the way, so instead of a lightsaber and the ability to use Jedi mind tricks on my children–that would make cleaning the house a WHOLE lot easier–I make up stories about people with fantastic powers, fighting battles in far-off places, and/or mischievous hacking skills.
I also have a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders, and as a speech-language pathologist with a boutique private practice I’ve found another way to put my toy collection to good use–Star Wars toys make speech therapy so much more fun.
As far as what to expect from me: I appreciate the mentors giving their time, and their time is valuable. I want to learn more about the art of writing, and I want to grow as a person. That takes hard work, stuffing my ego under the couch, and probably throwing some little darlings down the garbage disposal. Eating chocolate might come in handy, too. I’m a cancer survivor and a mom of a child with autism, so I’m not afraid to work hard.
I write YA spec fiction. My YA cyber suspense manuscript for Pitch Wars was a finalist in the 2016 YARWA (Young Adult RWA chapter) Rosemary Contest and won second place in the 2016 Wisconsin RWA chapter (WisRWA) Fab Five Contest.
Another of my manuscripts, a YA fantasy, came in third in the same 2016 WisRWA Fab Five Contest and was a finalist in the 2015 Washington, DC, Romance Writer’s Marlene contest, the 2015 Toronto Romance Writer’s Catherine Contest, and the 2014 YARWA Rosemary contest.
Some of my fav things…
Books: SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Steifvater (what an amazing lyrical writing style), BEYOND THE RED by Ava Jae, and MIND GAMES by Kiersten White. For interpersonal conflict, TINY PRETTY THINGS by the amazing Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton kept me up late and thanking God I had no dancing ambition. Also ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis. Some classics: ENDER’S GAME, and almost everything by Terry Pratchett (I’d even read his grocery lists). I also loved THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson, CINDER by Marissa Meyer, and STORM SIREN by Mary Weber. Of course, HARRY POTTER (could read those over and over), HUNGER GAMES (such a deep message about humanity). I love suspense too–NEARLY GONE by Elle Cosimano and DANGEROUS GIRLS by Abigail Haas.
TV/movies: Anything written by Joss Whedon, Flash, Avatar the Last Airbender, Star Wars, Young Justice, Batman, almost anything superhero. Loved the new Wonder Woman movie. It wasn’t just that she was a beautiful woman saving the world. It was that she had the compassion of a maternal figure with the heart and courage of a warrior.
Some other things about me. I have two children, a Lab mix who thinks he’s a cat, and a rescued Greyhound who grins in his sleep.
When I have time, I enjoy making fun cakes: