Welcome to the Pitch Wars Team Interviews
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Meet Ambiguous A and Jaye Robin Brown
Team On Fire
I’m an omnivore when it comes to books. And if a book isn’t available, I’ll read the cereal box. I like books that make me think about human connections, whether set on this earth or elsewhere, books that make me laugh and cry, and books that keep me up at night turning the pages. As for my writing style? I hope I bring the feels. And I hope I tell a good story. To me, a great novel does that first and foremost. Literary style is the icing on the cake.
I’m an adorer of all things Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and carry a pocket-sized version of Jane Eyre in my purse. I love high concept and different and imaginative, which means I’ll read in any genre if the idea hooks me. I’ve never written the same exact genre twice. I started writing as a straight-up pantser, but have mutated into the kind of plotter that dreams of a wall-sized whiteboard to write her ideas out own (preferably one with a rolling library ladder to move around on like in Beauty and the Beast). As for my writing style: literary? I enjoy long, pretty sentences.
Jaye, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?
This is my third year as a Pitch Wars mentor. Honestly, I can’t remember why I agreed that first year, but the experience was so incredible I’ve come back ever since. I love the people I’ve met. I’ve loved the opportunity to help an author on the brink of crossing over to the agent side. It’s just a whole lot of fun.
Ambiguous A, why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?
I’ve been working on this MS for two years, a year longer than any other manuscript I’ve written, and I was determined to make this one the manuscript to land me an agent, so I set myself a goal of finishing by my birthday in August, which was also just in time for PitchWars submissions! The writing community has been wonderful to me over the years, and I’d been chosen for a couple big contests with other manuscripts, but there’s something special about PitchWars that I had to try. It’s such a great opportunity to learn from a more experienced writer!
Jaye, what are you most excited for?
Seeing what happens for all of the mentees, but especially for Allie. Her manuscript is so unique and for me it was so fun to read something unlike much of what I’ve been reading, and I feel certain some savvy agent is going to feel the same way!
Ambiguous A, what are you most excited for?
The before and after transformation of my manuscript, thanks to Jaye’s advice :).
Ambiguous A, describe your novel in 3 words.
Hmm. That’s tough, but I’ll try. How about this: Trust your instincts.
Jaye, describe your mentee’s novel in 3 words.
They are here.
Check Us Out …
Hello! In the writerly world I go by Ambiguous A, because I enjoy a healthy air of mystery and my last name is quite a mouthful.
Jaye Robin Brown, Mentor
I’m Jaye Robin Brown, Jro to my friends, and I’m the author of NO PLACE TO FALL (Harper Teen 2014), WILL’S STORY: A No Place To Fall Novella (Epic Reads Impulse 2016), and GEORGIA PEACHES AND OTHER FORBIDDEN FRUIT (Harper Teen 2016).
The Sky Is Everywhere meets This Lullaby in a sexy and poignant debut novel about family, friendships, and first romance.
Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends Friday nights hanging out at the house of her best friend, Devon. But when she learns about an audition at a prestigious arts school, Amber decides that her dream–to sing on bigger stages–could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out. The more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.
Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world–and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between right and wrong, there’s a whole world of possibilities.