Pitchwars 2016 Mentee Bio #pimpmybio   8 comments

In case you don’t know, PITCHWARS is a writing contest run by the fabulous Brenda Drake! Writers and mentors are paired up in order to revise a manuscript before the agent round.

I debated whether or not to enter Pitchwars this year. I’ve entered the past three years with no success in snagging (or is that snogging???) a mentor. Despite my best efforts. LOL.



I’ve been in the query trenches a long time.ONCE MORE INTO THE BREACH

The novel I’m entering is not the one I originally thought I was entering. I figured I enter the same one I did last year since it’s been revised and rewritten. But…but…I have a new one I’ve been working on and I think it’ll be ready by August. It’s a young adult contemporary. It’s different than any other book I’ve written and I’m so excited about it. It was a challenge to write because it’s written in a non-linear style. Back to front and sideways and…well, that’s all I’m going to say about it at this point.

SECOND UPDATE: Okay, yes, the dark YA will be done! I’m blazing away on it so this is the one I’m entering!!! I so appreciate the beta readers who helped me with feedback!!!




I’ve done independent publishing and published with two small presses, Gypsy Shadow Publishing and Muse It Up Publishing. I do freelance editing and have worked as a college instructor teaching English Composition and Literature courses. I have a Master’s in Children’s Literature with an emphasis in creative writing for young adults.

I have a kitten who vexes me every morning to get up and feed her. Usually at six. I love her too much to be annoyed. She’s the sweetest cat I’ve ever had.


I drink both coffee and tea and wish I lived in the UK.


Feel free to look around my posts to learn more about me. I am a hard worker and I love to edit and revise until my manuscripts are polished.


I love to read and read a novel in an hour or two (depending on the length) so I read a lot! I’m an eclectic reader but  YA is my fave to read. I don’t tend to read (or write) romance but I don’t mind a bit of it as long as it’s not the main plot.


I live in sunny Los Angeles (expat from Michigan, LOL) and have for the past three years.


I’m a huge pop culture fan. Harry Potter. Sherlock. Buffy. Wonderfalls. Firefly. Doctor Who. Supernatural. Gilmore Girls. Star Wars. Star Trek. Avengers. X-Men.I love Jane Austen and the Bronte sister’s books, old black and white Bogie and Bacall movies and anything Bette Davis did. I love the old horror movies Vincent Price did (The Tingler!). I also love to listen to pop music, Taylor Swift (unless she’s still dating Tom H. then no), classic rock and roll, smooth jazz and blues. Nina Simone is a favorite and Billie Holiday.

There’s more layers to me but that’ll do for now!


And that’s me!




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Posted June 19, 2016 by kathleea in Uncategorized

8 responses to “Pitchwars 2016 Mentee Bio #pimpmybio

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  1. They say perseverance is what it takes to make it in this business and you are owning it. Good luck!

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  2. Glad you decided to give it another. There’s a Japanese expression. Something like: fall down nine times, get up ten!

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  3. Good luck!


  4. Hi, Kathleen! ❤ So glad to see you this year. Good luck!


  5. So many people from socal! Now I’m even more determined to move back one day to hang out with everyone 😛
    Good luck with everything this year!!!


  6. Awesome end GIF. Glad to read your post. Your new novel sounds intriguing.


  7. Sending powerful good vibes your way!


  8. Best of luck in PitchWars! I’m entering this year with a different MS in a different genre as well.


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