June 3, 2021
#PitMad Twitter Pitch Party (8AM – 8PM EDT)
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.
Ayana Gray is a young adult fantasy author with a passion for stories steeped in #blackgirlmagic in all its forms. An Atlanta native now living in the Sunshine State, when she’s not reading or writing, you can probably find her portrait sketching, watching a documentary about something dark, or traveling the world with her husband! She is currently represented by Pete Knapp of Park & Fine Literary and Media.
Gail D. Villanueva is a Filipino author and web designer born and based in the Philippines. She has 25+ 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. Her writing is represented by Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Birch Path Literary. Gail is the author of SUGAR AND SPITE (Scholastic, 2021). Her debut novel, MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY (Scholastic, 2019), was a 2019 Kirkus Best Book of the Year, an Amazon Best Book of the Month Editor’s Pick, and an NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. She was selected as a Pitch Madness participant in 2015, and was a Pitch Wars mentor in 2017 and 2020.
Kellye Garrett is a Pitch Wars mentee-turned-mentor. She also served as its Managing Director in 2018. 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 won the Agatha, Anthony, Lefty and Independent Publisher “IPPY” awards for best first novels. The second, HOLLYWOOD ENDING, was featured on the TODAY show’s Best Summer Reads of 2019 and was nominated for both Anthony and Lefty awards. Her next #ownvoices crime fiction novel, LIKE A SISTER, will be released by Mulholland Books in March 2022. In addition to working with Pitch Wars, Kellye serves on the Board of Directors for Sisters in Crime and is a co-founder of Crime Writers of Color along with Walter Mosley and Gigi Pandian.
Sonia Hartl is the author of THE LOST GIRLS, NOT YOUR #LOVESTORY, and HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME (Page Street), which received a starred review in BookPage and earned nominations for the Georgia Peach Book Award, YALSA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, and ALA’s Rise: A Feminist Book Project List. She’s also the author of an adult romcom, Heartbreak for Hire (Gallery). When she’s not writing or reading, she enjoys playing board games with her family, attempting to keep her garden alive, or looking up craft projects she’ll never get around to completing on Pinterest.
Irene Reed writes adult mystery and suspense. A native of Chicago’s South Side, Irene received her AB in Government from Harvard College and her JD from Harvard Law School, while sneaking in as many creative writing classes as possible. Irene was a 2018 Pitch Wars mentee and has a deep love for the Pitch Wars community. A Kimbilio Fellow, Irene is also a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Crime Writers of Color.
When Irene isn’t writing, reading, working, or caring for her two young boys, she’s scrambling to find her overdue library books. When she’s lucky enough to sleep, she dreams of more time to write. Follow her on Twitter at @IreneMReed1.
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Michael Mammay is a science fiction writer. He is a retired army officer and a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He has a master’s degree in military history, and he is now a full-time writer. He is a veteran of Desert Storm, Somalia, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His debut novel, Planetside came out in July, 2018, and was selected as a Library Journal best book of 2018. The audio book, narrated by RC Bray, was nominated for an Audie award. The sequels, Spaceside and Colonyside are available now. Michael lives with his wife in Georgia.
Leigh Mar is a marketing and communications professional and a young adult author represented by Elana Roth Parker at Laura Dail Literary Agency. She loves to travel (both in reality and through fiction), has an excellent sense of direction, and only ever gets lost on the internet. She was a Pitch Wars mentee in 2015 before becoming a mentor in 2016 and 2017.
Rochelle Karina is a 2018 Pitch Wars mentee and former magazine and newspaper editor now working as a freelance writer in the heart of Baltimore. When not at her desk coming up with new ways to torment her characters, she can often be found in the kitchen, glass of wine in hand, cooking a meal for friends.
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Anna Kaling writes mostly British contemporary romances featuring lots of tea, rain, and passive-aggressive queuing. By day she writes about concrete erections for a construction firm, and by night she… well, never mind. She’s working towards being an old cat lady and is a big fan of sharks, bad horror movies, and the Loch Ness Monster.
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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.
Luke Hupton is a YA author represented by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency. Beginning his career in the British film and television industry, Luke now lives and works in beautiful British Columbia with his husband, their guinea pigs and cheeky miniature dachshund, Tilly.
Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area with her wonderful family and impossibly cute dog. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, she spends her time writing novels and picture books, practicing medicine, and baking too many sweet treats. Her middle grade debut, MIDSUMMER’S MAYHEM (Yellow Jacket/Little Bee Books), an Indian-American mashup of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and competitive baking, was an Indies Introduce selection, an Indie Next pick, and a Kirkus Best Middle Grade Book of 2019. Her debut picture book, SEVEN GOLDEN RINGS: A TALE OF MUSIC AND MATH (Lee & Low, 2020) is set in ancient India and introduces the basics of binary numbers. She is represented by Brent Taylor of Triada US. She was a Pitch Wars 2017 mentee and has been a Middle Grade mentor since 2018.
Susan was a 2018 PitchWars mentee and 2019 mentor, as well as the 2019 Golden Heart Winner for YA Romance. She begrudgingly left NY to move to Los Angeles, where she works as a HR executive and is a pet-mom to two misbehaved chihuahuas.
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 lives in anticipation of adventure. She freelance edits and has mentored other writers through Pitch Wars since 2014.
Remy Lai writes and draws for kids. She was born in Indonesia, grew up in Singapore and currently lives in Australia. She is the author-illustrator of PIE IN THE SKY and FLY ON THE WALL, and her latest book is a middle grade graphic novel, PAWCASSO.
Bethany Mangle is a YA contemporary author represented by Jennifer Wills and Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency. Her debut novel, PREPPED, will be released on February 23, 2021 by Simon & Schuster/McElderry Books. Although she was born in Korea, she was adopted and raised in New Jersey. She currently lives and writes in Mississippi with her husband and their spoiled rotten dog.
J.Elle is the New York Times bestselling author of WINGS OF EBONY, which Ms. Magazine calls, “the debut fantasy we need right now.” Elle is also the author of the forthcoming sequel to Wings of Ebony (2022), along with PARK ROW MAGIC ACADEMY (2022), a middle grade series. She has a Bachelor’s of journalism and an MA in educational administration and human development. She grew up in Texas, but has lived all over, from coast to coast which she credits as inspiration for her stories. She’s a prolific writer with a wide range of publishing experience from plucking gems from the slush as an intern at literary agencies, freelance editing, and mentoring multiple writers who have gone on to sell six-figure book deals to major publishers. These days the former educator can be found binging reality TV, loving on her three littles, getting lost in the woods on a walk, or cooking up something true to her Louisiana roots.
Emily Thiede is a Pitchwars mentee-turned-mentor, co-host of the Basic Pitches podcast, and a board member for Writer House, a nonprofit in Central Virginia. When not writing, she can often be found fostering kittens, tweeting too much, and getting lost in the woods. Her debut, This Vicious Grace, is the first book in a young adult fantasy duology coming June 28, 2022 from Wednesday Books.
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.
Her novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix del’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the TomeSociety It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award.
Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE.