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Pitch Wars Interview with Kristen Clouthier and her mentor, Jamie Howard

Wednesday, 21 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 . . .


Kristen Clouthier – Mentee



Jamie Howard – Mentor

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Kristen: Why did you choose Jamie?

After reading Jamie’s mentor bio, I knew I had to sub to her. We both shared a love of kickass heroines and books with a generous dollop of romance. She viewed the editing process as a collaborative effort, which was soooo appealing to me because I’d basically lived in a writing bubble. After becoming acquainted with the PitchWars community, I don’t know how I ever survived on my own. Jamie has tons of awesome editing skills, but her talent for bettering character relationships really drew me to her. In my MS, my character relationships really help keep the reader turning the page, so I need those to be as strong as they can possibly be. With Jamie’s help, I knew they would be!

Jamie: Why did you choose Kristen?

I’ve gotta say, the Pitch Wars competition was fierce this year, and choosing a manuscript was no easy task. But there was something about Kristen’s story that stuck with me long after I finished reading it. Maybe it was the witty banter or smart dialogue. Quite possibly it was the intricate dynamics between the main characters and their awesome relationships. Then again, it may have just been her swoon-worthy main character and the fact that I couldn’t get enough of him.

Kristen: Summarize your book in three words.

Spunky, Callen <3, Trust

Jamie: Summarize Kristen’s book in three words.

Adventurous. Heartwrenching. Addictive

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

I recently finished my BA in Psychology and am working towards my MS in Clinical/Counseling Psychology. You’d think my writing would focus on psychological issues, however I am obsessed with all things YA fantasy. If a book has a strong heroine and is riddled with witty banter, I will find and devour it. I’ve always loved to read, but my passion for story telling started at the age of seven when I wrote a short story about a pumpkin coming to life and seeking revenge on any who dared eat a pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving! Although I spend most of my free time writing, I’m quite the adventurer. I’ve been sky diving, white-water rafting, have my motorcycle license, and was a contestant on a game show (Wayne Brady and I ate ice-cream out of a shoe!).

Interestingly, my PitchWars manuscript, The Gatekeeper, was inspired by a dream (move aside Stephanie Meyers! kidding). I’ve had night terrors for years, and somewhere between seeing things that weren’t there and waking up whilst sprinting down halls, I found this story. Although there are some darker, world-ending themes in this book, the main focus is on my MC and the sassy, confident way she deals with her swoon-worthy love interest and the doom and gloom heading her way.

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

Something that not many people know is that I work with a local dog rescue and foster some of their rescued pups. So, a lot of the time when I’m typing away at the keyboard, I’ve got another furry friend keeping me company. While sad at times, it’s been an incredibly rewarding experience. And for a bonus tidbit about me, I recently discovered the utter creepiness of kangaroos. I always thought they were these adorable animals, but nope, they’re definitely nightmare material. Seriously.

Check out Jamie Howard’s book . . .

Bianca Easton is the perfect senator’s daughter.

Law school? Check.

Camera-ready smile? Check.

A dull and boring existence? Double check.

But that was before. Before she lost her best and only friend in a tragic accident. Before she found that friend’s unfinished bucket list. Definitely before she turned her life upside-down by deciding to stay in New York for six months to finish it.

It’s while she’s checking off her first item on the list–buy coffee for a stranger–that she meets Ian Mathis. Between the tattoo sleeve curling up his right arm, his guitar-roughened fingertips, and the secrets shadowing his past, he’s a complication Bianca doesn’t need but desperately wants.

With every item they cross off the list together, Bianca uncovers a piece of herself that she’s buried under what’s expected, all the while breaking her own rules by falling hard for Ian. But when her six months run out, Bianca has to decide if she’s willing to risk her empty but picture-perfect life for a chance at real, messy love.

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.


One Comment
  • Amaris Glass says:

    Jamie: Kangaroos are TERRIFYING. Their pointy faces, creepy-buff chests, abdomen-slicing claws… *runs away and cries*

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