Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pitch Wars Pimp My Bio

It's Pitch Wars time again! Don't know what that means? Check out Brenda Drake's website. (Hi mentors and fellow contestants!) I've updated my bio for this year.

About me: I was born in Illinois, so I am a midwestern girl, though I spent many years in the Southwest and a year in the South. I studied violin at Arizona State University and received both a Bachelor and Master of Music in Performance. After that, I had four beautiful daughters, all of whom I've taught a musical instrument:

I am a licensed practical nurse and  occasionally pick up shifts at in a long term care facility aka "nursing home" when I'm not teaching violin lessons or homeschooling my girls. I am married to the sweetest man anywhere.

My writing: Lately, I've been working on a YA fantasy set in a fictional middle east/African-like world, but decided that wouldn't be ready for the contest, so I'm entering a YA contemporary that wasn't quite ready last year, but has gone through lots of crits and edits since. Think Emily Martin's The Year We Fell Apart meets Sara Zarr's The Lucy Variations. It's on the quieter, intense weepy side with LOTS of music. (Here's a playlist.)

  My Favorites 

2016 Books: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, Beyond the Red by Ava Jae, Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake, Days Made of Glass by Laura Drake
pre-2016 Books: Lilith by George MacDonald, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Strangers and Sojourners by Michael D. O'Brien, LOTR by Tolkien, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
TV Shows: Outlander
Authors: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Maggie Stiefvater, Tahereh Mafi, Diana Gabaldon, Michael D. O'Brien, Regina Doman, Jandy Nelson, Rainbow Rowell, Sarah Dessen
Movie: Life is Beautiful
Place to visit: a huge Polish cemetery near Chicago.
Color: blue (green is a close second)
Food: something with chocolate in it.

Other random info:

I do not understand how pantser's do it (beat sheets/outlines are a must!)
I love drafting
Revising is not my favorite (but I will do it!!!)

Really Random info:

I can't scream (truly), but my kids will tell you I can yell
I have no idea how to do gif's
I love happy endings (the irony is my MS is more bittersweet)
It's not easy to make me laugh, but I can break into hysterics over things no one else gets
I have extraordinary focus at times
Love You Forever makes me cry
I can't stand seafood

A big thank you to Brenda Drake and all the people who help pull Pitch Wars off, and also to Lana Pattinson for hosting the Blog Hop. Thanks to you too for reading my bio. Any questions? Just ask.

Looking for other #PimpMyBio posts? See here. Found my post there? Comment below and I'll check your bio out!


  1. Love it! So great to see another home educator in the mix. (: Also, I was *just* thinking yesterday how much I'd love to learn to play the violin. I think I'm a bit jealous. ;) Good luck in Pitch Wars!

  2. Hey, Bokerah, thanks for visiting!