I’m glad I’m not the only potential Pitch Wars mentee that finds writing about themselves painful and panic-inducing. It’s just one more sign that I’ve FOUND MY PEOPLE and so let’s all jump into this canyon of self-consciousness together!
What helps me grit my teeth and burst through my comfortable introvert bubble is the treasure-trove of people who make up the writing community. Every conference, contest, twitter party, and manuscript swap have left my life so much richer (and full of excellent book recommendations).
Just a few gems I’ve read recently are Uprooted, Seraphina, and Etiquette & Espionage. After strenuous revision, reading is like roto-tilling fresh compost into a dead garden – I can see all the green shoots of new ideas coming to life.
Other favorite reading:
- Terry Pratchett everything, but especially the Tiffany Aching series
- the Penderwick books
- Harry Potter
- Narnia & Lord of the Rings
- Diana Wynne Jones
- Shannon Hale
- Dorothy Sayers
- Billy Collins & Gerard Manley Hopkins representing for poetry
- 30 Rock
- Avatar (Korra is on my to-watch list!)
- The Great British Baking Show
- The Princess Bride
- Stranger Than Fiction
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- And I’m currently on my first watch-through of Firefly!
If you’re nodding along to all of the above, and feeling the kindred-spirit-vibe, then I hope you’ll love my book. It’s a Young Adult Fantasy with four female protagonists – princesses, in fact – but it’s a light, humorous take on the trope. Think Princess Academy meets the quirk of Howl’s Moving Castle. In a fortress-turned-ambassador-boarding-school, four princesses from wildly different cultures are already having trouble getting along. But when Synne discovers that the school’s purpose is to indoctrinate them, she triggers an irreversible sequence events that leaves them trapped, alone in their school, and pawns in a plot to start a world war. But these damsels are more than their captors bargained for. With a little help from their pet goat, they break the enchantment that traps them, turn the school into their fortress, and scrape together a survival plan that may just have a sorcerer’s army running for cover.
And lastly, the biggest reason I’m entering Pitch Wars is because you can’t get anywhere without a lot of honest, hard, uncomfortable work. As one of my favorite authors says:
Cheers, everyone! It’s already been a pleasure.