Pitch Wars Mentee Bio - A sneak peek behind the curtain of ME

First off, a giant THANK YOU goes out to all the mentors and anyone involved in organizing Pitch Wars. Your dedication to the writing community is astounding.

Now, to cover some of the basics about me...

1. I write YA Contemporary. My previous manuscripts focus more on the kissy first love kinda thing--my most recent, THE SOCIETY, doesn't. (This is the one I'm hoping you love for Pitch Wars.) This one is grittier, although there is a romantic sub-plot.

 2. I'm a single mom with a fantastic 15 year old daughter who I am constantly roping into reading my stuff.
This is Hope.  We were on a GISWHES team together last week. We're like Lorelei and Rory, and I love it! =)

The fact that I usually end up with a houseful of teenagers every weekend works well with staying in touch with the teen voice and pysche.

3. Speaking of psyche, I am finishing up my M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, and have my undergrad degree in Secondary Education-English.

4. I love Supernatural. Probably to an unhealthy degree. If you could somehow morph Sam and Dean into one person, I'd make a crossroads deal to marry him.

5. I have experience working as a contracted writer for several websites, and had my work published in Everywhere magazine. I'm also a submissions intern for Entangled, so I get to see first hand what works and what doesn't. I've learned a lot by reading other people's work, and try to take those lessons and apply it to my own writing.

6. I work hard. For real. I can not only take criticism well, but WANT to hear what needs work in my ms. I won't cry or complain or throw tantrums when you tell me what needs changing. I know you're here to help....and this excites me to no end.

7. I'm into photography and have been invited to photograph and review several concerts and vacation destinations. Tons of fun! I've been lucky enough to interview many bands, including Breaking Benjamin, Slipknot (not my cup of tea but..oh well), Toby Keith and more.

8. I'm always coming up with new ideas to write about.

(okay, so this was a gratuitous Dean shot.)

9. I am a tad crazy. I was on a GISHWHES team again this year, and had no problem completing tasks that might make some people run the other way. Self-pride?

10. I will take all your suggestions to heart, and listen to what you have to say without complaint. Did I mention I'll work hard? You won't see any of this...(Well, maybe it will happen a little, but you won't see it.)

11. Coffee, candles, pie, and comfy sweaters are some of my favorite things. (Feel free to burst into song.)

In short....

*Special thanks to Dannie Morin for hosting this mentee blog hop! If you haven't added yours to the list, hop on over here to join in the fun!


  1. You had me until the Grey's gif at the end ;)

  2. Good luck with your sub! Bonus awesome points for the David Tennant pic and Penny gif. :-D

  3. Hi Jodie! We're back in the contest rounds together again! :) I'll be rooting for you!

  4. Gritty romance for a YA contemp sounds great! Best of luck with your PitchWars sub!

  5. I've always thought it would be funny if, when Slipknot took off their masks, they all spoke in RP with enormous, nuanced vocabularies. Please tell me that's reality.

    Congrats on your book, and best of luck with the contest!

  6. Thank you for giving me a great song to sing this morning: Favorite Things!

  7. Gratuitous Dean gif is totally acceptable. He's holding a pen, obviously he's about to write something. ;-)