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My Pitchwars Mentee Bio   14 comments

Those writers entering Pitchwars (brenda-drake.com) writing contest want potential mentors to look at their bios too so here’s mine:

DAVID TENNANT WAVES HELLO

I”m Kathleen (@kathleea) and I write in different genres but young adult is my favorite. I read young adult and I write it. I write speculative fiction/fantasy. And a question the YA mentors were asked about what genre they’d bring back? Mine would be dystopian and vampires. Not together although that might be fun.

I’ve been writing since I was old enough to hold a pencil and probably before that too. I use a laptop to write on because I can’t write fast enough if I use pen/paper.

To go back to reading for a moment. I’m an avid reader and can read a novel in a day, sometimes two if the novel is shorter. The last book I read was:

THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER COVER

not young adult but magical realism

My all time favorite books (in no particular order):

SHADOW AND BONE COVERTHIS DARK ENDEAVOR BOOK COVERMADMAN'S DAUGHTER BOOK COVERDAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE COVERDRAGONRIDERS OF PERN COVERVICIOUS BOOK COVERANNA DRESSED IN BLOODHP ILLUSTRATED BOOK COVERTHE DIVINERS COVER

I can’t survive without coffee.

COFFEE IS A HUG IN A CUP GIF

As a certified Anglophile (yes, there’s exams and everything!) tea is fine too.

TOM HIDDLESTON DRINKING TEA

I love BBC dramas and period pieces notably:

Endeavour_S1_DVDPERSUASION COVERpride_and_prejudiceINSPECTOR LYNLEY COVERsherlockBeing-Human-Wallpaper

Movies (there are more than this!):

LORD OF THE RINGS COVERHUNGER GAMES COVER AVENGERS COVER

More TV shows:

FireflyopeninglogoWONDERFALLS COVERTORCHWOOD COVERDOCTOR WHO LOGOGILMORE GIRLSBuffy-the-Vampire-Slayer-TV-Series

I love music of all kinds:

I’ve been published with two small presses, Muse It Up and Gypsy Shadow.

I have two cats:

Toffee at 5.5 monthsIMG_1673

This is what I think of Pitchwars:

Dean says You're Awesome

If you pick me as your mentee I promise to work hard and cut my darlings without whining. I like brutal edits, tell me what’s wrong and don’t sugarcoat it. I can’t fix what I don’t know is broken.

The book I’m pitching is a Victorian Gothic YA Frankenstein retelling with Jack the Ripper elements. Creepy? Yep. Horrorific? Uh-huh. Will make you want to leave the lights on at night? Yes. *smiles* And there isn’t much romance in it because I don’t do romance (well, maybe one little kiss but that’s it).

I love to write YA horror, fantasy and paranormal. Witches. Zombies. Vampires. Werewolves. Ghosts. I’m there.

I REGRET NOTHING JACK SPARROW

And in case you want to read my free zombie short story that’s a retelling of the Grimm’s Brother’s fairytale, The Robber Bridegroom it’s  on Wattpad here: https://www.wattpad.com/myworks/45969976-the-zombie-bridegroom

ZOMBIE BRIDEGROOM COVER

Go here for more Pitchwars mentee bios: http://christopherkeelty.com/pitchwars-2015-pimpmybio-contestant-blog-hop/#comment-47621

Thank you for reading! Please leave a comment below!

And for your viewing pleasure!

Kathleen

Cover Reveal for Library Jumpers!   Leave a comment

 

Our fearless writing contest leader, Brenda Drake has a book coming out in January and I’m one of the lucky bloggers who gets a sneak peek at the cover and I thought I’d share with all of you! Isn’t it gorgeous???

Library Jumpers

by Brenda DrakeLibrary Jumpers Cover

Release Date: 01/05/16

Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound. 

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.

 

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About the Author

Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school until her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward the fantastical.

When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores,and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

 

Author Links:

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