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Pitch Wars Interview with Angela Cappillo and her mentors, Trisha Leaver and Kelly Calabrese

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 . . .

Angela Cappillo – Mentee


Trisha Leaver

Trisha Leaver – Mentor


Kelly Calabrese

Kelly Calabrese – Mentor


Angela, why did you choose Trisha and Kelly?

Trisha and Kelly were the first mentors I put on my list. When choosing whom to submit to, I started with the wish list. Once I knew they wanted something like my book, I checked their bios and editing style. I loved everything about them and knew they would be a great pick. Turns out, I was right.

Kelly and Trisha, why did you choose Angela and her manuscript?

Kelly – I loved Angela’s gripping premise!

Trisha – Voice! The first thing that attracted me to Angela’s manuscript was the authenticity of her main character’s voice. Plus she was able to blend the creepy with the emotional, creating a character that makes all the WRONG decisions for all the RIGHT reasons. Love that!!!

Angela, summarize your book in three words.

Creepy. Emotional. Suspenseful.

Kelly and Trisha, summarize Angela’s book in three words.

Kelly – Creepy. Creepy. Surprising. Taboo.

Trisha – Creepy. Emotionally-charged. Relatable.

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

I live in a small town with my husband, four kids, and a multitude of pets. When I’m not shuttling them around, or watching them play sports, which feels like always, I write. I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing, and have always ventured toward darker material. Thank God, my mom was an avid reader and never restricted what I read because I loved scary books. I’m hard to scare now, I suppose because I was reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz by the time I was twelve. I didn’t actively pursue a writing career until about five years ago, though. I’m definitely a plotter. Sometimes I spend weeks thinking about my ideas before putting them to paper. When I do have an idea, I focus on what I can do to make the concept as unique as possible. I find the easiest way to do this is to focus on the MC and protagonist’s goals. I was really excited about writing a book with a stalker who was trying to create a perfect family. The biggest challenge of writing this book, though, was the multiple POVs. I turned to my teenage son often with questions on how he talks to his friends, and I’m pretty sure he hated every moment of those conversations. I can’t wait to rip this book apart. Revising is my favorite part of the writing process, and I have complete faith in Kelly and Trisha.

Kelly and Trisha, tell us about yourselves. Something we might not already know.

Kelly – I just complete my first triathlon! Whoop!

Trisha – GO KELLY!!!  As for me, I am deathly afraid of octopuses. I know, not exactly a rational fear, but think about it…those buggers can come at you from eight different directions!!!

Check out Kelly Calabrese’s novel The Growing Years. . .

A book of poems about discovering, remembering, dreaming and believing. Facing truths that seize you. Words released because they needed to breathe.The present caught leaving.








Find out more about Trisha Leaver’s The Secrets We Keep . . .

Displaying tswk cover poster copy 2.jpgThe Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver is a fast-paced, powerful story about identity, sibling love, and accepting yourself.

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy’s shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she’s chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy’s world.
When―after a heated argument―Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy’s death and everyone’s grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy’s life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options―confess her deception or live her sister’s life.

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