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Pitch Wars Team Interviews with Tara Martin and her mentor, Laura Brown

Thursday, 14 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 . . .

Tara Martin – Mentee

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Laura Brown – Mentor

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Laura, why did you choose Tara?

Tara is someone I’ve requested from in the past, and I always love her voice when I see it. This year her chefs competing for a coveted space to expand their businesses grabbed me from the start. Older single mom, sweet cinnamon roll guy, with a strong supporting small town character base, it’s just as yummy as the food the main characters cook!

Tara, why did you choose to submit to Laura?

This is my fourth time entering Pitch Wars and I’d submitted to Laura in previous years. Last year, she (along with her co-mentor) gave me some really helpful feedback, so I knew I liked her mentoring style. I also felt my ms hit several items on her wish list. Lastly, Laura is Pitch Wars veteran and I know she’s dedicated to helping her mentees make their books the best they can be!

Laura, summarize Tara’s book in 3 words.

Baking. Competition. Heart.

Tara, summarize your book in 3 words.

Snarky chefs compete.

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

I once accidentally walked into the boys’ bathroom in third grade and even though no one saw me I’m still traumatized by this experience!

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

I think I’ve gotten so much already! I’ve gotten help nailing down what needs work and have direction to go forward with fixing it. I know that no matter what I’ll come out of Pitch Wars with a much improved manuscript and a wonderful community to go along with it.

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

I live in central Virginia with my husband and our four cats. Yes, four. I never wanted this many, but the cat life chose me. I’m very crafty and have several hobbies from art journaling to baking.

I think my story is unique because it’s set in a fictional city near my home in Virginia. It has tons of charm, and features two renowned chefs using it as their home base. It also features a quirky competition for a mutually coveted vacant restaurant space.

Check out Laura’s latest release, A PERFECT MISTAKE.

When social worker Nica Anders indulges in one night of sexual passion with delicious Deaf man Cam Thompson, the last thing she expects is to see him the next day while visiting her dying client. He’s Cassie’s grandson and caregiver, the one treat she shouldn’t have tasted. Now her job is on the line, demanding she stay away.

But their attraction is building like a raging inferno and Nica can’t help but get burned.

Cam Thompson’s life is a mess. He’s losing his grandmother, the one person who’s supported him his whole life, and her dying wish is for him to settle down with a good woman–specifically her social worker Nica Anders. Despite Nica trying to hold tight to her ethics, he’s falling for her hard and fast.

Yet Cam’s grandmother isn’t the only matchmaker in his family, and someone’s determined to keep him and Nica apart.

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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