Monday, August 3, 2015

#PitchWars Mentor Bio Blog Hop: A/NA Fantasy

I'm so excited to participate in Pitch Wars again! And, like last year, I'll be mentoring new adult and adult fantasy submissions.

What am I looking for?

  • Romantic fantasy
  • Paranormal romance
  • Epic/high fantasy
  • Dark fantasy
  • Historical fantasy
  • Urban fantasy
  • Unique dystopian
  • Magical realism
  • Space opera

Romance and thinking vastly outside the box gets you bonus points.

I am NOT a good match for Tolkien-esque stories, paranormal crime-fighting, or hard science fiction. I'm also not a good fit for manuscripts with erotic scenes* or excessive violence.**

About Me:

I'm a writer (obviously), a Trekkie, a mom, and a Mormon. I have an unhealthy obsession with eyeglasses. I'm a traditionally published author currently with 47North, which is the speculative fiction imprint of Amazon Publishing. I'm the author of The Paper Magician series and Followed by Frost, the latter of which releases September 22nd. I also wrote "Salt and Water," which debuted in last year's My Bloody Valentine anthology. I'm agented by Marlene Stringer.

Why submit to me? (AKA that awkward part of this post where I have to talk about how great I am.):

I'm an Amazon- and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. I actually have a degree in editing. I'm super good with semicolons. I'm also internationally published and don't have a day job, which means I answer emails pretty quickly. ;)

I got my agent through old-fashioned cold-querying. I'm good with queries and know what works and what doesn't.

Still not sure if I'm the mentor for you? Here are some of my favorite books so you can get a feel for what I like (some of these are YA, but you get the jist):
  • Anything by Brandon Sanderson
  • Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
  • Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  • I Am NOT a Serial Killer by Dan Wells
  • The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Howl's Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones
  • Blackdog by K. V. Johansen
  • Soul of Smoke by Caitlyn McFarland

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*Don't get me wrong, I like sex just like the next romance-reading gal. But if it gets steamier than The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (N. K. Jemesin), then I'm not a good match for the story.

**AKA I don't read Stephen King. ;) (Despite his being a genius)


  1. Do you like Douglas Adams? Neil Gaiman?

    1. I actually haven't read either, but I certainly like Neil Gaiman's premises.

  2. How would you feel about near future sci-fi with psychic soldiers? Are space operas the only sci-fi you're really looking for?

    1. Unfortunately, space operas are the only heavy science fiction I'd be good at mentoring.

    2. Aww drat! I totally understand the limited focus though. I'd been the same way with some genre/cat matches. Oh well - good to know before I submitted. Thanks for getting back to me, and I'm wishing you tons of awesome subs that fit your wishlist perfectly! :)

  3. We have a lot of favorite books in common. Kinda wish I would have signed up. Ah, well, I'll just have to hope any of my fulls out come back with an offer.

    1. I'm pretty sure there's no early sign up required...

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