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Pitch Wars Team Interviews: Hannah Whitten with her mentor Monica Hoffman and Gina Urso with her mentor J.C. Nelson

Monday, 2 October 2017  |  Posted by Brenda Drake

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 1st-7th, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2017 Pitch Wars Teams.

And now, we have . . .

Hannah Whitten – Mentee


Monica Hoffman – Mentor

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Hannah, why did you choose to submit to Monica?

Monica’s wishlist fit my MS perfectly. She wanted fairytale reimaginings with rule-based magic, court intrigue, and romance… all of which this book has in spades! Plus, she used lots of Kylo Ren gifs in her wishlist blog post, which is truly the quickest way to my heart.

Monica, why did you choose Hannah?

Hannah’s query for RED AND THE WOLF pulled me in instantly! Her story has mashed together three of my favorite fairy-tales and magic to round it off. And let’s not forget the voice. I had a hard time putting down the first chapter to ask for the full. Even now I can’t wait to reread it after she’s done with the revisions. I love everything about it!

Hannah, summarize your book in 3 words.

Dark, Romantic, Hopeful

Monica, summarize ’s book(s) in 3 words.

Magic. Fascinating-slow-burn-romance. Twisted.

Hannah, tell us about yourself! What makes you and your MS unique?

This is the book of my heart. I started writing it with no real plan, no outline — just a late-night idea for the book I wished I could find on the shelves. Basically, the book came about by just writing exactly what I wanted to read. I’d just had a baby, and I remember painstakingly typing story notes on my phone with the brightness turned all the way down in the middle of the night while she slept on my chest. Sometimes I wonder if the extreme sleep deprivation actually helped my creativity.

I completed the first draft in only 3 months, because the story just seemed to flow so easily — I remember being SO excited to sit down and spend time with these characters every day! Honestly, I still feel that way. I’m thrilled beyond words that Monica loves this story and these characters as much as I do. She knows exactly what this MS needs and how to get there. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with her and make this book reach it’s full potential!

Monica, tell us about yourself. Something we may not already know.

I hate clowns and monkeys.

And next, we have . . .

Gina Urso – Mentee


J.C. Nelson – Mentor

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Gina,why did you choose to submit to J.C. ?

JC’s mentor bio was custom written for my book and my style so I knew whatever he might have in mind for my work would be epic. He wants Sci-Fi that makes you question what it means to be human? One big lie? Technology’s effect on society? My book is all that. Add in his love of caffeine and wicked dry sense of humor and I knew it was a fit. The goat was the deal sealer. I’m just saying.

J.C., why did you choose Gina?

From the first chapter on, she had me engaged with the story, and it ticked off so many check boxes on my wish list. SF that looks into what it means to be human, that blurs

Gina, summarize your book in 3 words.

Lonely Cadaver Seamstress

J.C., summarize ’s book(s) in 3 words.

Living Cadaver Mystery

Gina, tell us about yourself! What makes you and your MS unique?

I have 3 bulldogs, ten chickens, eight rabbits, two guinea pigs, two birds, an iguana, a sugar glider and fish. That’s a bit out of the ordinary but I love animals. As for my manuscript, my main character Amar is everything and nothing all at once. She struggles with the definition of being human and how one creates a sense of self in ways that I hope are thought provoking. That and she cuts people into pieces for a living. 🙂

J.C., tell us about yourself. Something we may not already know.

I have a pet goat who sits beside me while I write and distracts me. It’s like twitter, except the goat never says “well, actually.”

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Thank you for supporting our Pitch Wars Teams! The Agent Showcase is November 1st-7th, and our next #PitMad is December 7, 2017!

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