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Pitch Wars Interview with Amelia Creed and her mentor, Marty Mayberry

Monday, 26 September 2016  |  Posted by Nikki Roberti

PW Interviews

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 on November 3rd-9th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2016 Pitch Wars Teams.

And now, we have . . .

Amelia Creed

Amelia Creed – Mentee


Marty Mayberry


Marty Mayberry – Mentor


Amelia, why did you choose Marty?

I’ve made some amazing friends in the Pitch Wars community and they all recommended Marty. Word of mouth works, you guys. What sealed the deal was her amazing mentor bio, which I’m not ashamed to say I read at least half a dozen times. Her style really resonated with me and by the time I realized she also loves exploring ancient ruins, I was sold. Her dedication and excitement jumped out at me and wouldn’t let go.

She writes YA romance and SF, as well as Adult romance (among others), which are the genres I gravitate towards in my own writing career. I knew I needed to get my submission into her inbox ASAP. I still can’t believe she chose me out of her 100+ submissions and I hope this relationship evolves past that of mentor-mentee.

Marty, why did you choose Amelia and her manuscript?

First, I want to point out that I had numerous excellent entries in my inbox. It makes me sad to think I had to pass on any of them. I had a true dilemma in choosing just one.

Amelia is a fabulous, creative writer, and she writes wonderfully swoony kissing scenes. *fans face* Her book is clever, fun, exciting, and keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen next.

Throughout the selection period, Amelia’s manuscript kept calling to me. I’d read a new entry, and then think more about her story. Read another entry, and then go back and read a particularly fun scene in Amelia’s. When I started jotting down ideas I thought could make it even better, I KNEW it was “the one”.

I’ve been thrilled to discover the numerous Amelia and I connect, and I can’t wait to get to know her better.

Watch out world. Amelia Creed is going places!

Amelia, summarize your book in three words.

Nerdy Spooky Showdown

Marty, summarize Amelia’s book in three words.

Gaming tournament w/kisses (I’m calling the last one word. LOL)

Amelia, tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique?

Ah, the question writers fear will uncover their narcissistic tendencies (Oh, I’m alone in this? O—okay). Though I write contemporary and SF, always with a hint of romance, I love reading all genres, with a soft spot for Fantasy (hello, SIX OF CROWS, my current literary crush). My claim to fame so far is a short story, published in the Short Fuse Publishing romance anthology, “The Stockings Were Hung”. One of my goals is to one day write someone’s OTP. When I’m not glued to my keyboard, I dash between lecture halls, daydreaming about my plot bunnies and gorging on dark chocolate.

I’m an official nerd, Comic Con badge and all. So I wrote a novel about 17 year-old Masha, who meets her crush at Comic Con, only to find out he’s her sworn online enemy—and they’re both in the same gaming tournament. The premise had been running through my head for a while, so what’s a girl to do but write? That’s how my YA Contemporary novel was born/furiously written in the dead of night.

I’ve always empathized with ambitious, diverse characters, so my main character had to Bring. It. Which I believe she did, along with a healthy dose of badassery. Since I love tormenting my characters, I thought it would be fun to take them straight from Comic Con to a creepy, possibly haunted hotel for the tournament. It’s a great place to explore what it’s like to be a girl in the gaming world, right?

Spoiler alert: it can get rough.

Marty, tell us about yourselves. Something we might not already know.

I grew up on a dairy farm, milking cows. Riding a horse. Taking calves for walks on dog leashes. Herding chickens (another story). And (embarrassing fact here), I was crowned the local county’s Farm Bureau Queen when I was sixteen.

I secretly love reading “older” fantasy novels, especially Robin Hobb, David Eddings, Anne McCaffery, and Dave Duncan.

Thank you for supporting our Pitch Wars Teams! And don’t forget to stop by the Agent Showcase starting November 3rd to see how our teams do in the final round.

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