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Our Mentors

Denise Williams
This 2021, Denise Williams is mentoring Adult
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Denise Williams
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Denise Williams wrote her first book in the 2nd grade. ‘I Hate You’ and its sequel, ‘I Still Hate You,’ featured a tough, funny heroine, a quirky hero, witty banter, and a dragon. Minus the dragons, these are still the books she likes to write. After penning those early works, she finished second grade and eventually earned a PhD in education. After growing up a military brat around the world and across the country, Denise now lives in Iowa with her husband, son, and two ornery shih-tzus who think they own the house. Her day job in education administration involves her ideal mix of people, spreadsheets, planning, and teaching. Her sophomore novel, The Fastest Way to Fall is out Nov. 2021.

Sharon Pelletier
Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

For Pitch Wars 2021, Denise Williams is co-mentoring with Charish Reid.

Other Published Works

How to Fail at Flirting (Berkley, December 2020)
Do You Take This Man (Berkley, September 2022)

Favorite Books

Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan
Kulti by Mariana Zapata
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen

Years Mentored
2020, 2021
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