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Pitch Wars Team Interviews with Katie Bohn and her mentor, Kate Lansing

Monday, 18 November 2019  |  Posted by Rochelle Karina


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 starting on February 5, 2020, we hope you’ll take a moment during your writing breaks and get to know our 2019 Pitch Wars Mentor and Mentee Teams.

Next up, we have . . .

Katie Bohn – Mentee



Kate Lansing – Mentor

Website | Twitter

Kate, why did you choose Katie?

The first thing that stood out to me was Katie’s strong and authentic voice. Her manuscript made me laugh out loud on the first page (no small feat!) while also completely enthralling me. The murder mystery, told in two timelines, was handled SO WELL, and I loved the theme of friendship—of two childhood friends learning to be there for each other as they pursue different passions. And as I was reading, I kept getting ideas on how the story and characters could be elevated even more. Then, of course, Katie was such a pleasure to chat with in our early emails that I had no doubt she would be fantastic to work with. Which she absolutely is!!

Katie, why did you choose to submit to Kate?

Kate’s enthusiasm jumped off the page of her wishlist blog post! She came off so warm and encouraging and nice, which I quickly learned is her mentoring style, as well 🙂 In addition to saying she wanted mysteries of any kind, she also said she liked to laugh. While some parts of my manuscript are a little dark, my main character can be witty and sarcastic, so I decided to submit!

Kate, summarize Katie’s book in 3 words.

Friendship, Justice, Gothic

Katie, summarize your book in 3 words.

Murder, Friendship, Otherness

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

I write cozy mysteries that center around food and wine, which include recipes and suggested pairings by yours truly! I’ve always loved cooking, but coming up with my own recipes has been a fun new challenge!

Katie, what do you hope to get out of the Pitch Wars experience?

After so many drafts on my own, I needed someone to help point out the weak spots, both in the book and my skills as a writer. I’m hoping to make my manuscript the best it can be while also growing my writing skillset.

Additionally, I’ve seen glimpses of the Pitch Wars community on Twitter prior to applying this year, and I wanted in on that sweet, sweet action! In the short time I’ve been a mentee, I’ve already gotten so much support and camaraderie from the community, and I think that’s so important as a writer.

Katie, tell us about yourself! What makes you and your manuscript unique?

I wanted to write about how growing up sometimes means growing away from someone you’ve been close to your entire life. Friendships in high school are going to look different from friendships in your twenties and thirties, and what happens during that shift? I’ve always been interested in true crime (I share that trait with my MC!), so murder and mystery obviously play a starring role, as well. But more than anything I wanted to write about women, and many different types of relationships between women.

Check out Kate’s upcoming release, KILLER CHARDONNAY.

A young winery owner won’t let one sour grape ruin the bunch in the first installment of this exciting cozy mystery series.

Parker Valentine has always dreamed of opening her own winery in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. But she gets more than she bargained for when a food and wine critic unexpectedly shows up at Vino Valentine on opening day. A negative review could be fatal for her business, and not only does he seem to hate her chardonnay, he also collapses and dies shortly after drinking it.

Although Parker hoped that the attendees would put a cork in it, soon her winery is at the center of a social media firestorm. With #killerchardonnay trending online, Parker’s business is in danger of closing, and she has no choice but to investigate the murder herself.

To restore her reputation, catch a killer, and keep her struggling business open, Parker needs only one thing: some good proof.

Goodreads | Berkley

Thank you for supporting our Pitch Wars Teams! The Agent Showcase is February 5 – 10, 2020, and our next Twitter Pitch Party on #PitMad is December 5, 2019! Want to know more about #PitMad? Go here


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