Pitch Wars Author Bio!

I am SO excited to have thrown my hat into the ring for Pitch Wars this year! Jumping on the #PimpMyBio bandwagon as well, so here goes:

I’ve been writing since I was six years old. I entered lots of writing contests as a kid and submitted to the (small) pool of magazines that accepted children’s stories back in the day. I got published in Stone Soup when I was thirteen, and won fourth place and an honorable mention, respectively, in the Written and Illustrated By… competition when I was fourteen and fifteen.

Since 2005, I’ve written almost six full novels and parts of three others.

My Pitch War submission is a novel I first drafted in January of 2010, and it took about six weeks to write. I creeped myself out in several parts whilst writing it, which I took to be a good sign.

I have a lot of favorite books, but if pressed I’d say my favorite is Return of the King. I adore Jane Austen, I love George Eliot’s Middlemarch, and I’m completely obsessed with Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series (I need the next book NOW!!). A few years ago, I got to (briefly) meet Gail Carson Levine at a book talk, and she signed my copy of Ella Enchanted, which made my not-really-all-that-inner-twelve-year-old VERY happy.

I’ve been teaching piano lessons for almost fifteen years, and have a 6′ 1″ Yamaha grand named Prince Imrahil in the living room of the apartment I share with my awesome husband. It’s not as crowded as you might think. 🙂

I love seasons, rain, and trees, and I live in Gilbert, Arizona, which unfortunately has none of those things. Bring me to a rainy green forest and I’ll be your friend for life. Fill that forest with black currant tea and Oreo cookies and books and cats, and we’ll be BEST friends for life.

Also, I have an adorable kitty named Bertram:

Oh, and once I went to Edinburgh and found the TARDIS:

I think that about sums it up. 🙂
Onward to the Pitch Wars!!!