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A Pitch Wars Team Interview with Sonja Hutchinson and her mentor, Michelle Hauck

Tuesday, 15 January 2019  |  Posted by Lisa Leoni

Our mentors are editing, our mentees are revising, and we hope you’re making progress on your own manuscript! While we’re all working toward the Agent Showcase starting on February 6, 2019, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2018 Pitch Wars Teams.

Next up, we have . . .

Sonja Hutchinson
Sonja Hutchinson
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Michelle Hauck
Michelle Hauck
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Michelle, why did you choose Sonja?

Sonja wrote the rare kind of book where the action and the humor blend well together and carry on throughout the book. She has the sort of characters who you instantly identify with. And you also have a main character with tremendous power (magic) mixed with a tremendous handicap (a lack of long term memory) which provides so much potential. Plus it all revolves around the relationship of sisters.

Sonja, why did you choose to submit to Michelle?

Michelle loves the same authors I read, and her reputation as a mentor is outstanding. A 2017 mentee encouraged me to submit to her.

Michelle, summarize Sonja’s book in 3 words.

Hilarious. Unexpected. Sister-bond.

Sonja, summarize your book in 3 words.

Magic, Mayhem, Forgetfulness

Michelle, tell us about yourself. Something we may not already know.

Let one of the main characters in Sonja’s book, I have trouble telling my left from my right. I even wear a watch to help clue me on which is which.

Sonja, what do you hope to get out of the Pitch Wars experience?

Learn how to better self-edit, learn more about the craft, polish my ms/query letter, make connections to other writers, and become a stronger writer.

Sonja, tell us about yourself! What makes you and your manuscript unique?

I’m a homeschooling stay-at-home mom with directional dyslexia and a horrible memory, making me the ideal writer for a story about a forgetful dyslexic mage and her twin Xena-esque sister. Harmony and Melody Quinn might have cutsey names, but they are the FBI’s go-to crime fighters. They must figure out how genetic experiments, Harmony’s magical abilities, and a former mission all intersect before the villain steals the final item to unleash his plan: Harmony’s brain.

Check out Michelle Hauck’s recent release, STEADFAST:


The final novel in Michelle Hauck’s Birth of Saints trilogy, Steadfast follows Grudging and Faithful in telling the fateful story of Claire and Ramiro and their battle against a god that hungers for blood.

When the Northerners invaded, the ciudades-estado knew they faced a powerful army. But what they didn’t expect was the deadly magic that was also brought to the desert: the white-robed priests with their lethal Diviners, and the evil god, Dal. Cities have burned, armies have been decimated, and entire populaces have been sacrificed in the Sun God’s name, and it looks as if nothing can prevent the devastation.

But there are still those with hope.

Claire, a Woman of the Song, has already brought considerable magic of her own to fight the Children of Dal, and Ramiro, a soldier who has forsaken his vows to Colina Hermosa’s cavalry in order to stand by her side, has killed and bled for their cause. Separated after the last battle, they move forward with the hope that the saints will hear their prayers, their families will be saved, and that they’ll see each other once more.

A stirring conclusion to the Birth of Saints series, Ramiro and Claire’s journey finds completion in a battle between evil and love.


Thank you for supporting our Pitch Wars Teams! The Agent Showcase is February 6 – 11, 2019. If you’re an agent and would like to participate, you must register here: https://pitchwars.org/info-for-agents/.

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