Hello my pretties! Bring me all your words.
I’m so pleased to be mentoring for Write Mentor in its first year. I’ll kick off by telling you a little about me. I’ve been writing for over ten years and have now written over fifteen novels. I can get a tad obsessive and need to get those ideas out when they hit, otherwise I’ll just explode. I’m on my second agent – Yasmin Standen. 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. 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. Anyway, my first book with my Yasmin is out on sub now, so keep those fingers crossed for me.
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 tend to write urban fantasy, paranormal, and sci-fi. But I also have an interest in mental health. If your browse around my website you can see a little blurb about the books I have written.
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).
As for TV and movies. The Walking Dead, Supernatural and Game of Thrones top my list. I’m also partial to a bit of Nashville, and I adored Buffy and Charmed back in the day. My favourite movie is Karate Kid. Also love Spiderman – the Toby Maguire version. Anything with an underdog really pulls at my heart strings.
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. 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! So, If I sound like a good fit for you, send me all your dark and twisty words!