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Pitch Wars Interview with K. Kazul Wolf and her mentor, J.C. Davis

Tuesday, 6 October 2015  |  Posted by Nikki Roberti

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Meet K. Kazul Wolf and J.C. Davis

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Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 8.36.41 PMJ.C. Davis, tell us a little about yourself.

I’m JC Davis, though I answer to Jenn, “Hey you” and “Mom! It’s an emergency” as well. I’m a book addict and I devour books every spare second I have. I read a little bit of everything but YA and MG are my favorites and speculative fiction seems to dominate my book shelves these days. My to-be-read pile is extensive enough that I need to look into a cryogenics program so I can be revived after my death and have more reading time.

I live in an equal opportunity geek household: my husband is a Star Wars fanatic and I’m a Hufflepuff-Whovian-Browncoat who wouldn’t have minded living in Sunnydale and carrying a few stakes. Both of our kids read comics and love nerdy things too, so clearly we’re raising them right.

I’ve owned 10 hedgehogs to date, seven of them at the same time. All but one of have had names beginning with P. My hedgehog obsession is thanks to a Harry Potter fan fiction story I wrote ages ago. Which just goes to show how fun and dangerous fan fiction can be.

My favorite place to write is on the train during my commute to and from work. There’s something about the noise and movement of the train cars that makes my muse happy.

I write YA and MG novels, primarily speculative fiction. Although the book I signed with my agent for is a YA Contemporary called CHEESUS WAS HERE about a tiny Texas town beset by crazy miracles and girl determined to prove they’re all a hoax.

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 8.31.15 PMK. Kazul Wolf , tell us a little about yourself.

Hi, my name is K. Kazul Wolf (though a lot of people call me Bacon), and I’m a fantasy addict. I’m mostly drawn to kidlit in my reading and writing, though I’ll read anything with words put in front of my face. My top two favorite authors are Diana Wynne Jones and Laini Taylor for immersing me in worlds different than my own, but in two totally different stylistic ways. Diana Wynne Jones was actually a huge influence on my Pitch Wars manuscript, hopefully it lives up to a modicum of her awesomeness!

J.C., why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?

While I entered Pitch Wars last year, I wasn’t picked by any of the mentors. Despite that, I had a lot of fun, met some wonderful people, picked up a critique partner or two and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I love the spirit of Pitch Wars and the fact that it’s so much more than any other contest. Pitch Wars helps writers to improve their craft in a real and tangible way and it’s an amazing opportunity to give back to the writing community. How could I not participate?

K., why did you decide to participate in Pitch Wars?

For awhile I was actually planning not to enter Pitch Wars. I was an alternate last year, and it felt a little like double dipping. However, none of my critique partners could pinpoint what was still off with my manuscript, and I knew I needed a new set of eyes to rip it apart. But I wanted someone I could trust and had the time to invest in it. Considering that’s pretty much what PitchWars is, I had to see if I could get in!

J.C., what are you most excited for?

I wanted to find a book to fall thoroughly in love with and I absolutely did. I’m so excited to see how Kara’s book evolves through Pitch Wars and to watch her progress on her writing journey as she finds an agent and goes on to be published.

K., what are you most excited for?

Would it be masochistic to say ripping my manuscript apart? Because totally that.

K., describe your novel in 3 words.

Magic, Lies, Ovens

J.C., describe your mentee’s novel in 3 words.

Fun, Whimsical, Soul Zombies (Soul Zombies TOTALLY counts as one word, mostly because I really want it to)

 

Check Us Out …

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K. Kazul Wolf, Mentee

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K. Kazul Wolf (most commonly referred to as Bacon) is a fantasy author who spends a lot of her time playing too many video games, reading too many books, perfecting her leegndrary typo skills, and being a dragon. However, her interests lean more toward rescuing cats and dogs in distress as opposed to princesses and hoards of gold. Her pursuits consist of attempts to conquer the world through her culinary and pastry arts, and bouts of obsessive writing.

 

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 J.C. Davis, Mentor

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J. C.  spent her childhood inventing secret worlds and finding forgotten places. Busy reading her way through the local library, she never imagined writing books of her own until one day, all grown up, she fell in love with a children’s book and decided to rediscover a few of those secret worlds she’d invented. A programmer by day, Ms. Davis lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, two kids and a pair of hedgehogs with nerdy names. Ms. Davis is an amateur photographer, runs the third largest Harry Potter meet-up group in the U.S. and is an unrepentant book addict. She always keeps a few books stashed at work and in the car in case of emergencies. Ms. Davis is represented by the fabulous Mandy Hubbard of the D4EO agency.

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