Hello my pretties! Bring me all your words.
I’m so pleased to be mentoring for Write Mentor again this year. I had a lot of success even though I only offered a sub package, I ended up with 3 mentees – one with a developmental edit report, one with revisements until ready and one sub package. Two of them now have agents and the third will be snapped up in no time. Although officially I am again only putting forward for the sub package of synopsis, query and first 3 chapters, if I find something I fall in love with or can easily see how to make it work, I may upgrade that offer.
I’ll kick off by telling you a little about me. I’ve been writing for over fifteen years and have a very fast output, I’ve just finished the first draft of my 17th novel! I can get a tad obsessive and need to get those ideas out when they hit, otherwise I’ll just explode. Sometimes I wish I could just download my brain. I tend to write urban fantasy, paranormal, and grounded sci-fi. But I also have an interest in mental health. My latest sees an main character who has mild depression and doesn’t know her best friend is an A.I.
I have two books coming out this year: The Shadow Keepers with Magnolia Press in July and The Unadjusteds with Write Plan in October (You can find out more about them on other pages) and I’m am currently looking for my 3rd agent! Although my first partnership was great, and the agent had a fantastic reputation, a couple of books just kind of died out on submission and we decided we weren’t the best fit for each other. The second agent only wanted to rep one of my books (The Unadjusteds) so I am seeking a relationship for an agent who will understand my whole body of work. I thought getting an agent was the biggest hurdle. And it is, to start with, but it doesn’t automatically gain you a book deal. A lesson I learned the hard way.
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Tea powers me when I am writing. Well, at least half cups, as I always forget to drink the whole thing and then take that really disgusting gulp of cold brew. I’m kind of addicted to Ben & Jerry’s, and to make up for the sugar, I swim several miles in a pool every week.
I adored The Hunger Games and Twilight. Right up my street. If you’ve got anything like that, send it my way. In my opinion, vampires are still cool. I grew up inhaling Christopher Pike, Dean Koontz and Stephen King. I will claim anything twisty and dark. It’s mine. MINE. MINE!!!!
I’m not so great with high fantasy, although I’m willing to give it a shot, but there are a couple of other mentors that might be a better fit for that. I want all the urban fantasy, all the Greek mythology, all the dystopian, all the vampires and werewolves and witches and zombies and fairies and dragons and griffons and unicorns and any other magical creatures. Horror! Bring me all the murder and the ghosts and the creepy settings. Make me jump, scare me into nightmares – I dare you! Fairy tales & re-tellings – make ’em dark and creepy! I’m so there!
As for TV and movies:The Walking Dead, Supernatural and Game of Thrones top my list. Stranger Things! Westworld! I’m also partial to a bit of Nashville, and I adored Buffy and Charmed back in the day. The Haunting of Hill House was a stunning Netflix series. My favourite movie is Karate Kid. Also love Spiderman – the Toby Maguire version. Anything with an underdog really pulls at my heart strings. And I have to mention The Greatest Showman – there’s no blood or guts, but it pulled at my heartstrings and made me want to conquer the world.
As a mentor, I will be using track changes in Word. I’ll also give you a detailed report of my impressions. Although I can’t commit to a full manuscript review this time around, I will absolutely give you plot points to think about and areas for development that I hope you will follow through to in the rest of your book. I’m really good at compliments when I see good stuff too! I can help you with your elevator pitch (Essential for queries, especially in America) and I’ve got a few formulas for knocking out that synopsis. I’ll will be your champion and advocate and root for you all the way! I have various exercises to help you such as character development increasing you tension, so may well get you doing a few of those. So, If I sound like a good fit for you, send me all your dark and twisty words!
And if you want to talk to my mentees from last time they are Hannah Kates @HannahKates1, Amy McCaw @YAundermyskin and Clare Harlow @clareharlow. Feel free to throw me a question on twitter: @Marisanoelle77