From September 21-26, we’re posting mini-interviews with most of the 2020 Pitch Wars mentors. We thought it would be fun to have them answer one question. A question that would give you an idea of their likes and personalities. And possibly point out a mentor you may have missed on your exhaustive search for which mentors you’ll submit to when our submission window opens. Don’t know what Pitch Wars is START HERE.
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This is the question we asked our mentors to answer: Invite three authors (living or dead) to dinner – who and why?
And here are their answers …
“Oophf. The Baird – obviously. Ms. Bev—(Beverly Jenkins) because there isn’t a single thing she says that isn’t both interesting and relevant. And La Nora (Nora Roberts) for the sheer amassed amount of craft and publishing knowledge she’s sitting on. I don’t think I’d say a word all night. I’d just listen and soak up as much as I could. “
“Let’s talk horror and mystery with Edgar Allan Poe, Jorge Luis Borges, and Agatha Christie. Poe of course, because he invented the detective with C. Auguste Dupin in “The Murders of the Rue Morgue,” Borges because of his cerebral writings, many of which paid homage to Poe and Poe’s works of mystery, and finally Christie because she mastered many of these elements, bringing them to wider audiences.”
“If I’m to invite authors to my table, I’d rather ask the dead ones, because who knows I might still have a shot at meeting those who are still alive. Edgar Allan Poe, for sure, because, wow, the stories he’d tell—all dark, poetic and chilling. I could ask him what he thought of the current crop of top crime and horror authors. Shakespeare, not because I have a beef with him for making us read him in college (maybe), but his work. The dialogues, the plots, the poetry. I’d like to hear him talk. The third would be Flannery O’Connor, because she would know just the right acerbic things to say, and make Poe and Shakespeare sit up and take notice. And I’d take crime-writing advice from them all!”
“I’d invite VE Schwab, SA Chakraborty, and Melissa Caruso, with the caveat we’re only allowed to talk about worldbuilding. Need someone to pass the salt? Gotta be in worldbuilding terms.”
“I’d pick the two biggest prudes in fiction plus Oscar Wilde. I’ll sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy the show.”
Enter for a chance to win one of our mentors’ or committee members’ books. We’ll choose ten winners to receive one book each. All you have to do is search our mentors’ and committee members’ books, pick one you’d like to receive should you win, and enter it in the rafflcopter at the bottom of this post. The book must be one from our 2020 mentors or committee members.
You can find our mentor pages here: https://pitchwars.org/mentor-status/active/ And you can find our committee members here: https://pitchwars.org/about/meet-the-pitch-wars-committee/
It’s open internationally, but only for books available on the Book Depository. Make sure to go to their site and verify the book is listed for sale before choosing your book in the Rafflecopter.
I find it exceedingly cool that two authors mention Poe. Be still my Telltale Heart! Also genre masters Like Christie, along with the great Bard. This is my first year to know about Pitch Wars and I’m finding it a rich gift particularly with the state of matter we are now all facing more or less together. Thank you!