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Karah Sutton
Karah Sutton is not mentoring this year, but has mentored Middle Grade
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Karah Sutton
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Karah Sutton is an MG writer based in New Zealand. Originally from Kentucky, Karah spent four years working in her hometown’s bookstore, where the joy of helping children find a new favourite book inspired her to try her hand at writing her own fiction. Her books are fantasy adventure stories, often with elements incorporated from fairy tales and usually celebrating her love of animals and the natural world.

Karah was selected as a mentee for the 2017 Pitch Wars and Query Kombat showcases, and has volunteered with #DVpit and #WriteMentor, as well as Pitch Wars.

Karah also works in marketing for the entertainment industry, where she has been fortunate enough to learn about world-building from concept designers and about tension and pacing from video game developers. She has had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s most respected and well-loved entertainment companies including Disney, DreamWorks, Fox, and Cartoon Network.

In her spare time, Karah loves hiking in the forests of New Zealand, analysing films for their plot structure, listening to musical theatre cast albums, and playing board games with her partner and friends.

Karah is represented by Katie Grimm of Don Congdon Associates

For Pitch Wars 2020, Karah Sutton is co-mentoring with Graci Kim.

Favorite Books

ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON by Grace Lin
OTHER WORDS FOR HOME by Jasmine Warga
PAX by Sara Pennypacker
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE by Diana Wynne Jones

Years Mentored
2019