A Hopeful Mentee: My #pimpmybio for #PitchWars 2016

PitchWars is an annual contest, created by Brenda Drake, where authors, editors or industry interns provide valuable mentorship to writers seeking representation for their manuscript. Visit Brenda Drake’s blog for details on PitchWars and follow #PitchWars on Twitter to connect!

This will be my second time entering PitchWars, but my first time creating a #pimpmybio!

PitchWars is so much more than a contest. It’s an opportunity to connect with new writer friends, improve your writing skills and forge a community of cheering and encouragement! Since last year, I learned so much from my writer friends….it has been an incredible journey so far!

group hug

About Me

I’m originally from Washington, D.C., but have lived in South Carolina for a long time. Sweet tea is in my blood, yet my driving doesn’t include any Southern hospitality.

I’m married with two kids, a 9yo and a 3yo, who are all the loves of my life.

I have a B.A. in English and a minor in journalism. I wanted to become a journalist, but somehow became a sustainability professional. I’m even a certified recycling professional. (Yes, I took an exam for that). However, I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember.

long ago

Science fiction and fantasy fascinates me and I never get bored with weirdly, imaginative stories. I grew up watching spectacular and bizarre 80s movies (see my list below!). I also enjoyed reading those Choose Your Own Adventure books. Who remembers those?

About My Book

My inspiration comes from a coffee shop and used bookstore that I used to work in. Go figure! But there was something about that setting and how I created a hidden world within it. I wanted to write a story that expressed crossover between worlds. The story itself evolved in revisions because I’m a pantser writer.

AN HEIR TO EXTINCTION is a Young Adult Fantasy about Ember, a 16yo girl searching for her father after a car wreck. Only she finds out that he’s part of a magical genocide in a world hidden under her family’s coffee shop. Ember’s journey not only includes the discovery of a strange family history, but five kingdoms filled with tattoos, ogres, assassins, Valkyries and a rebel guild. World building for this story has been so fun!

Why Pick Me?

I’m ready for this adventure!!!

Neverending Story

I want to absorb the awesomeness and expertise of mentors!

I think the only way to improve my writing will be through real feedback, constructive criticism, and loving encouragement. I like hugs!


I am prepared to make BIG revisions and whatever it takes to succeed! I’m a dedicated hard worker!

You want my cookies! Yes, I will send you my homemade soft ginger cookies (or any other cookies you want! REAL COOKIES! Yes. Consider this a bribe.)



Some of My Favorites:

Books: Wicked, Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Giver, The Grisha series, A Wrinkle in Time, White Oleander…and more!

Movies: The NeverEnding Story, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Legally Blonde, Mean Girls, Mrs. Doubtfire, Bring It On

TV Shows: Gilmore Girls, The Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy, Big Bang Theory, The 100, Alias, The Blacklist

Food: Dark chocolate anything and bacon (sometimes together)

Drink: Sweet tea and coffee


5 Random Facts About Me:

  1. My husband and I met while working at our the college newspaper.
  2. I never had a 16th birthday because I crossed the international dateline flying to Australia. We left on July 1, skipped July 2 and arrived July 3. (The pilot sang Happy Birthday and I got first class cookies.)
  3. You can always find me seeking out where things were filmed or a “Behind the Scenes” tour. Some tours I’ve been on include, The Sands Resort in Las Vegas, the West Wing of the White House, Le Reve in Las Vegas, Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, District 12 in Henry River, NC, and others.
  4. I’m a huge fan of Toby Mac and have met him a few times! He’s from my hometown of Annandale, VA!
  5. I once dressed up as a giant can to promote recycling to children.
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I hope that we will get to work together! Cheers!



If you’d like to check out the other bios! http://www.lanapattinson.com/pitchwars-2016-pimpmybio/



5 thoughts on “A Hopeful Mentee: My #pimpmybio for #PitchWars 2016

  1. Oh, if you come to Los Angeles you should do the Warner Bros. tour! Lots of behind the scenes stuff. Good luck in the contest!


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