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Pitch Wars Interview with Astrid Scholte and her mentors, Mara Rutherford and Joan He

Friday, 16 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 . . .



Astrid Scholte – Mentee


Mara Rutherford

Mara Rutherford – Mentor

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Joan He

Joan He – Co-Mentor

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Astrid: Why did you choose Mara & Joan?

My mentors’ wish list read like a breakdown of my ms and what I wanted to achieve. And, as a cat lover, I couldn’t pass up #teampusheen!

Mara & Joan: Why did you choose Astrid?

Mara: Astrid’s book was fun, fast-paced, and reminded us of some of our favorite YA fantasy.
Joan: Her main character has a reputation for charming people right before robbing them. Well, she charmed me and stole my heart! Bonus points: I thought the twist was great when I read it in the synopsis, but I worried if it’d be executed well. Safe to say, I was completely blown away even *knowing* what was going to happen.

Astrid: Summarize your book in three words.

Dark, suspenseful, sly

Mara & Joan: Summarize Astrid’s book in three words.

Twisty kick-ass fantasy

Astrid: Tell us about yourself. What makes you and your MS unique?

I work in film, visual FX and animation, which has led to being surrounded by 10-foot-tall blue Avatars, warring spaceships and tap-dancing penguins. I love cats (did I mention that already?) and all things Disney. My YA manuscript is a murder mystery set in a fantasy world with a unique narrative structure.

Mara & Joan: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know.

Mara: I’m a triplet (identical sister and a brother) born on Leap Day.
Joan: My diet is 99.9% carbs.


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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