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Pitch Wars Interview with Chrystal Carver and her mentor, Allison Ziegler

Monday, 10 October 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  . . . 

C.M. Carver

Chrystal Carver – Mentee


Allison Ziegler

Allison Ziegler – Mentor



Chrystal: Why did you choose Allison?

I knew the moment I finished reading Allison’s wish list that she and I would work well together (and laugh a lot together). I’m not sure if it was her Harry Potter gif, her love of poop jokes, or the elements of Sci-Fi, humor, and heart sprinkled throughout her post — but all of her personality pulled me in. And let’s not forget her Labrador retriever, Mojo. I do have a soft spot for sweet, lovable, dogs.

Allison: Why did you choose Chrystal?

Chrystal’s book stood out in my inbox for its easy humor and fabulous voice. Her book features a girl scientist who’s not afraid to get a little gross, and I love that so much. This book makes my inner biology major sing, and it’s full to bursting with the kind of wacky antics that make great middle grade so charming. I knew from the start that her story was in such good hands, and I’m just so happy to have a part in nudging it toward perfection.

Chrystal: Summarize your book in three words.

Persistent fledgling scientist

Allison: Summarize Chrystal’s book in three words.

Undead Coffee Shenanigans

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

I’m a full time working mom who loves to bake and overuses the word bacillus. My husband and I have two middle grade readers and between the four of us we read more books in a week than most people do in a year. We love to laugh, take misguided adventures into the unknown, and come up with outrageous inventions that we will most likely never build. I have a 27 year-old pet turtle named Snappy that has lived more lives than a cat. He has an important role in my MS and may or may not be a zombie (my lips are sealed — sorry).

If you take science, humor, heart, friendship, caffeine addicted zombies, racing turtles, and an accidental trend setting hairstyle and you put them all into a blender and press PULSE, you’d get my MS.

Allison: Tell us about yourself. Something we might not already know.

Fun Fact: I’m totally pumped to be mentoring such a talented, funny, hard-working author. Except you probably already knew that. So…I sang a cappella in college, and we went to the same competition featured in Pitch Perfect! It’s a real thing! (We didn’t win.)

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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