Okay, first things first: The book shown in the picture above? It’s totally real and sitting on the shelf in Hayden Library at Arizona State University. Poor Sven Sandstrom. He “obiosly” could have used a Pitch Wars Mentor!
So here’s about me:
I’m Kelly from Phoenix, Arizona. I grew up as a voracious reader and loved to write. In school, I was the nerd who couldn’t wait for the teacher to assign book reports. The one who entered every school essay contest. After high school, I started college in the creative writing program at ASU. At the time, I really struggled. I was hyper-sensitive to any criticism and had a hard time with the program. Don’t stop reading here because I’ll come back to this later!
I ended up changing my major to graphic design. Since then, I’ve worked in the marketing departments of a bunch of companies who make professional haircare product. I love the work and the people. No one is as much fun as writers, but hairdressers come close!
I’ve never lost my love for writing. A couple of years ago I started working on my novel, The White Lehua. I’ve reentered the creative writing program at ASU and just finished my second semester.
I could go on and on about writers like Maggie Stiefvater and Richelle Mead who inspire me as a YA author, but the book that actually made me want to be a writer is this:
It’s called Trixie Belden & The Secret of the Mansion. First published in 1948, it’s the first in a series of detective novels that feature thirteen year-old Trixie Belden. I walked to the library almost every day in the summer between fourth and fifth grades to read each book in the series. If you’ve been to Phoenix in the 100+ degree summer, you know I really loved those books.
I’m happily married and have a wonderful eleven year-old daughter. When I’m not reading or writing, I love to knit – especially hats and gloves. I’m a pop culture junkie addicted to Gilmore Girls, Supernatural, Pretty Little Liars and Project Runway. I curse the network exec that cancelled Firefly! I love vintage video games from the 80’s and 90’s, especially turn-based RPG’s like Earthbound. I like to try, and mostly fail, to recreate DIY stuff from Pinterest.
Here are the top ten reasons you want me as your Pitch Wars Mentee:
1 – I have the cutest Yorkie puppy named Cocoa
Cocoa is only seven month old. If you don’t choose me, you will break the tiny heart of a tiny puppy.
2 – I appreciate you
Remember that part about being sensitive to criticism? I’ve really had to deal with that issue on my personal journey. As a result, I think I’ve become more appreciative of the value of constructive criticism and the role it plays in creative growth. I will sincerely appreciate the time you take and the help you provide in polishing my MS.
3 – I’m insanely good at an obscure 1950’s board game called Careers
Seriously, I win every time. And I will teach you my secrets.
4 – I LOVE to network and make writer friends
Here’s me with Hooked author Liz Fichera in case you need proof.
5 – I knit hats and there could be one in your future
Here’s me Disneybounding with my daughter (we’re Captain Hook and Mr. Smee). I made the hat I’m wearing.
6 – I met Alex Trebek
He said something like, “Kelly would be the best mentee any Pitch Wars Mentor could choose.” Or maybe it was, “Do you know where I could get a bottle of water?” It’s been a while, but I’m pretty sure it was the first thing.
7 – I think my MS has some unique elements
I think Polynesian mythology and legends are incorporated into my MS in a unique way. In my imagination it has the Hawaiian Royal Seal of approval.
8 – I work hard
Here’s a plug for David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done. Best time management system ever and I follow it religiously.
9 – I own this mug
Stare deeply into the eyes of the monkey.
10 – I need you
Please, please help me polish my MS!!