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Meet the Pitch Wars Committee

Brenda Drake
Founding Director, Advisor

Brenda Drake
Brenda Drake is the New York Times bestselling author of THIEF OF LIES, GUARDIAN OF SECRETS, and ASSASSIN OF TRUTHS of the Library Jumpers series, the Fated series, and THUNDERSTRUCK. Look for her upcoming release, ANALIESE RISING, coming January 8, 2019. She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She’s the founder of Pitch Wars and #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

Brenda is represented by Peter Knapp at The Park Literary Group.

FUN FACT: She came up with the idea for Pitch Wars while watching Cupcake Wars on T.V. in 2012.

 

 

You can find Brenda online:
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Kellye Garrett
Managing Director

Kellye Garrett
Kellye Garrett is a Pitch Wars mentee-turned-mentor. After being selected as a mentee in 2014, she sold her Pitch Wars novel HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE (then called IOU) to Midnight Ink. The story about a semi-famous, mega-broke black actress who investigates a hit-and-run she witnessed recently won the Agatha, Lefty and Independent Publisher “IPPY” awards for best first novel and is nominated for Anthony and Barry awards. HOLLYWOOD ENDING, the second book in the series, will be released on August 8, 2018. Prior to writing novels, Kellye spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for Cold Case. She now works for a leading media company and serves on the Board of Directors for Sisters in Crime as the organization’s Publicity Liaison.

Hollywood Homicide, available now from Midnight Ink

  • 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel
  • 2018 Lefty Award for Best Debut Mystery Novel
  • 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award for Best First Book – Fiction
  • Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • Barry Award Nominee for Best Paperback Original

Hollywood Ending out August 8, 2018. Visit KellyeGarrett.com and Chicksonthecase.com to learn more!

Kellye's Books

You can find Kellye online:
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Rachel Lynn Solomon
Agent Liaison

Rachel Lynn Solomon
Rachel Lynn Solomon is a YA author with Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. Her books include YOU’LL MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE (out now), OUR YEAR OF MAYBE (2019), and TODAY TONIGHT TOMORROW (2020). She has been a Pitch Wars mentor since 2014. Rachel lives, writes, and tap dances in Seattle, Washington.

You can find Rachel online:
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Sonia Hartl
Communications Director

Sonia Hartl
Sonia Hartl is a YA contemporary and mystery writer rep’d by Rebecca Podos of Rees Literary Agency. She’s been a Pitch Wars mentor since 2015, and lives in Grand Rapids, MI. Whenever she’s not writing she likes hanging out with her two kids or trying out new breweries, but not at the same time.

You can find Sonia online:
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Sarah Nicolas
Fundraising and Social Media Director

Sarah Nicolas
Sarah Nicolas is a recovering mechanical engineer, library event planner, and author. Sarah has published both traditionally and independently, and has also worked in the publishing industry in multiple roles. Sarah’s been a Pitch Wars mentor since 2012.

You can find Sarah online:
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Pintip Dunn
Mentee Liaison

Pintip Dunn
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction, whose books have been translated into four languages. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, and received her J.D. at Yale Law School. Pintip’s novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. In addition to the FORGET TOMORROW trilogy, her other titles include THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, and the upcoming STAR-CROSSED and MALICE. She was a Pitch Wars mentor in 2016 and a Pitch Madness co-captain in 2017.

You can find Pintip online:
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Roselle Lim
Mentor & Community Outreach Director

Roselle Lim
Roselle Lim is a Filipino-Chinese writer living on the north shore of Lake Erie. She loves to write about food and magic. When she isn’t writing, she is sewing, sketching, or pursuing the next craft project. Roselle was a Pitch Wars Adult mentor in 2015. Her book, NATALIE TAN’S BOOK OF LUCK AND FORTUNE, is being released in the summer of 2019 from Penguin/Berkley.

You can find Roselle online:
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Gail Nall
Mentor & Community Outreach Director

Gail Nall
Gail Nall lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her family, Bagle puppy, and more cats than necessary. She once drove a Zamboni, has camped in the snow in June, and almost got trampled in Paris. Gail is the author of the Aladdin/S&S middle grade novels OUT OF TUNE, BREAKING THE ICE, the YOU’RE INVITED series (co-authored with Jen Malone), and BEST. NIGHT. EVER. (co-authored). She is also the author of the young adult novel, EXIT STAGE LEFT (Epic Reads Impulse/HarperCollins). She served as a Pitch Wars mentor in 2013, 2014, and 2016.

You can find Gail online:
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Juliana Brandt
Mentor Liaison

Juliana Brandt
Juliana is a Middle Grade fantasy author represented by Natalie Lakosil of the Bradford Literary Agency. When not writing about strange and dreamy magic, she teaches Kindergarten and hikes in the mountains of Appalachia. She has mentored other writers through Pitch Wars since 2014.

You can find Juliana online:
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Michael Mammay
Mentor Liaison

Michael Mammay
Michael Mammay is a retired army officer and a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He is an adult science fiction writer, and his debut novel PLANETSIDE is due out from Harper Voyager on July 31st, 2018. He is represented by Lisa Rodgers of JABberwocky Literary. He was a Pitch Wars mentee in 2015, and was a mentor in 2016 and 2017. He lives with his wife in Georgia.

You can find Michael online:
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Gail D. Villanueva
Technology Director

Gail D. Villanueva
Gail D. Villanueva is a Filipina author based in the Philippines. She has 23 years of web design and development experience under her belt, and runs a home-based creative agency with her husband in the outskirts of Manila. Gail considers herself a dog and duck whisperer. She loves pineapple pizza, seafood, and chocolate, but not in a single dish together (that’s gross). She is represented by Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media Group. Gail’s debut middle grade novel, MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY, will be published in 2019 by Scholastic. She was selected as a Pitch Madness participant in 2015 for a different novel, and was a Pitch Wars mentor in 2017.

You can find Gail online:
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Laura Brown
Advisor

Laura Brown
Laura Brown lives in Massachusetts with her quirky abnormal family, consisting of her husband, young son, and two cats. Hearing loss is a big part of who she is, from her own Hard of Hearing ears, to the characters she creates. She has two books out with Avon, SIGNS OF ATTRACTION and FRIEND (WITH BENEFITS) ZONE. She’s proud to be part of the Pitch Wars community, having mentored in 2016 and 2017.

You can find Laura online:
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Kat Cho
Advisor

Kat Cho
Kat Cho used to hide books under the bathroom sink and then sneak in there to read after bedtime. Her parents pretended not to know. This helped when she decided to write a dinosaur time-travel novel at the tender age of nine. Sadly, that book was not published. She was a Pitch Wars YA mentor in 2017. Kat’s YA contemporary fantasy debut, GUMIHO, comes out with Putnam Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House in 2019.

You can find Kat online:
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Claribel Ortega
Advisor

Claribel Ortega
Claribel A. Ortega is a former reporter who writes YA & MG fantasy inspired by her Dominican heritage. When she’s not busy turning her obsession with eighties pop culture, magic and video games into books, she’s traveling for her day job in book marketing or making GIFS for her small graphic design business, GIFGRRL. She was a Pitch Wars YA mentor in 2017. Her debut middle grade novel GHOST SQUAD will be released in 2019 by Scholastic.

You can find Claribel online:
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Rajani LaRocca
Advisor

“Rajani
Rajani LaRocca writes middle grade novels and picture books when she’s not practicing medicine. She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky with her nose forever buried in a book, and now lives in the Boston area with her family. She is represented by Brent Taylor of Triada US. Her foodie Indian-American middle grade debut, MIDSUMMER’S MAYHEM, will be published in summer 2019. She spends much of her free time baking and trying unsuccessfully to resist eating the fruits of her labors. She was a 2017 Pitch Wars mentee, and is a 2018 Pitch Wars Middle Grade mentor.

You can find Rajani online:
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