(This is a blog post that was on another site which I am slowly doing away with. I am simply moving this post. As an update— I did NOT win or make it to the mentor phase for 2015)
For those of you having a “What the….?” moment, allow me to explain. #PitchWars is a Twitter contest for writers and I am creating this bio as a fun and informational way to pass on interesting (or not!) facts about me to potential mentors.
Anyone already bored?
About me in general: I’m originally from Oregon but I live in Colorado. I am married and have three boys, aged grumpy teen, sweet & surly pre-teen and spastic second-grader. I am also lord & ruler to three dogs, a cat and a semi-neurotic feline-type creature.
Random things that may have warped my personality:
I have a well-earned fear of bears, though I find Teddy Bears to be tolerable most times. My family has been sought out by bears for most of my life and I’m convinced they have a personal vendetta against me.
I am a nurse. I’ve worked in cardiac care units, ER and home care.
I wear my sunglasses at night because 1) I am a child of the 80’s, 2) I convinced myself at a young age that wearing sunglasses reduces squinting and thus, wrinkles, and 3) because I honestly just forget to take them off
I am a black belt in June Fan Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee shout out) and am testing for my 2nd degree black belt (= 3rd black belt) this fall.
In my younger days I competed against–and beat–men. I once knocked an opponent unconscious during a tournement. That was long before Rhonda Rousey, yo. (I felt guilty for weeks, though!)
I possess an extreme amount of will power. I once dieted for an entire day.
I worked for a circus once. OK, it was one day. I sold tickets and popcorn, but being a carnie is still in my skill set.
I also worked at a truck stop and lived in a tent. Not a high point in my life but it was an adventure.
I have been bitten by humans more times than I’ve been bitten by animals (but not in a fun or sexy way).
About my #PitchWars manuscript and dream mentor:
My manuscript is a YA historical fantasy about a princess who was raised to be queen but finds herself betrayed by her family in their quest to overthrow another king.
I am hoping for a mentor who will be as passionate about this book as I am. Someone who can share my vision, be brutally honest about the changes that I need to make as well as what already works.
And…if chosen, I will video tape my happy dance for all the world to see