Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Mentee Bio

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my mentee bio! I'm really excited to be involved in #pitchwars, and first I'd like to say a massive thanks to all the mentors for taking the time to run this for us!

My tastes

I read mainly YA and Adult fantasy/historical.

I write YA fantasy/historical fantasy.

For me, there's nothing better than exploring an original, well-crafted world!

My approach to writing

I first started writing when I was in primary/elementary school, but the first stories I remember penning involved ALL THE BOY BANDS. I once took Westlife and the Backstreet Boys through an Egyptian pyramid. Where that story was going is impossible to guess now but I do remember having a lot of fun! Thankfully I've moved on since those fangirling days...maybe.

I took some time out of writing thanks to life getting in the way back in my teenage years. I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) and it was impossible to juggle writing with school. Thankfully the illness is behind me now and for the last four years I've been writing again. My Pitch Wars manuscript originates from how inspired I was when I first discovered The Lord of the Rings many years ago. I created a little cast of characters, a map, and a general concept. The concept has drastically changed and the characters are more complex, but the world itself remains virtually unaltered.

Aside from this project, I'm working on another YA fantasy, and a YA historical fantasy. However, my main focus is the manuscript I've submitted to Pitch Wars.

In terms of my writing style, I draft as quickly as I can and spend the majority of my time revising. For me, it's the best way to really get inside the story I'm trying to tell. 

Not to mention that I ADORE revising. I love taming a wild first draft into submission!

With that in mind, if you choose me as a mentee, you can expect me to work hard to get my manuscript into the best possible shape, because editing is a process I genuinely enjoy. I write daily, so I intend to revise/consider revisions on a daily basis. I'll consider all suggestions, and will take the time to decide what resonates with me.

So basically, this is my approach to editing:

About me

Writing aside, here are a couple of facts about me.

I have a degree in English Literature, and a second degree in Law.

At the moment, I'm writing full-time.

I enjoy browsing auctions and antique fairs/stores...they are a wonderful source of inspiration! Soooo many jewels and trinkets *grabby hands*.

I'm an (obsessive) teddy bear collector.

I love coffee, and cookies, preferably together.

Thanks for taking the time to read my bio! For my fellow Pitch Wars hopefuls, remember one thing - by entering this contest we're all at least one step closer to publication than we were. So whatever happens, it's worth it.

Now the selection process is underway, it's easy to feel lost when we don't have immediate access to our email, where requests may (hopefully) be found.

So let's all go and work on something new and reveal day will arrive before we know it. I will TRY not to refresh my inbox every five minutes. :)

Thanks again for stopping by!