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Pitch Wars Interview with Cass Scotka and her mentor, Kelly Hopkins

Friday, 30 September 2016  |  Posted by Heather Cashman

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 TEAM KISMET!!!!



Cass Scotka – Mentee




Kelly Hopkins – Mentor

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Cass, why did you choose Kelly?

First and foremost, I chose Kelly because of her true enthusiasm for the fantasy/paranormal genre. This genre is not always one everybody prefers, but her blog displayed such passion I could feel it! Kelly has also worked with similar themes in her books as are in mine, which adds a deeper layer to her editing with me for PitchWars. Lastly, Kelly used references to both X-Files and Twilight in her blog, which showed we’re pretty much kismet!

Kelly, why did you choose Cass’s manuscript Muse?

When I read MUSE for the first time, I was hooked by the immediate action that Cass packed into the first chapter. That kept me reading. By the time I made it to chapter three, I was in love with the characters and rooting for all of them! Cass’s book is part fantasy, part love story, part coming of age. I love books that skim the edges of multiple genres. MUSE had me at HELL-O! When I talked to Cass about her book, that’s what really sold me. She was open to changes and I just knew we would make a great team—and we have!

Cass, summarize your book in three words.

Muse hunts killer (If looking for more plot oriented)

Kelly, summarize Cass’s book in three words.

Action-packed romantic fantasy.

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

In my youth, I devoured books from authors such as L.J. Smith and Christopher Pike. As an adult, I still binge-read writers like Kresley Cole, Maggie Stiefvater, and Lauren Kate. My goal is to inspire a new generation of readers to continue the joy of discovering fresh versions of age-old tales of magic and inspirational characters. I pulled from my Irish cultural background to create a new twist on Muses and the powers used to inspire. To sound a bit trite, I’m of the Buffy generation, and offer a powerful female lead who knows her abilities from the start and isn’t afraid to assert herself.

Kelly, tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know.

I have three horses; two are rescued Standardbreds and one is a Quarter-Appaloosa that I’ve had since he was a babe. In my spare time, I am a color guard instructor for our local high school marching band. GO LIONS!


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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