I'm thrilled to be participating as a YA mentor in my first Pitch Wars this year!
Also, I've never … used? Blogged? Giffed? a gif in my life, which makes me feel a little unprepared to write an awesome bio about myself, since I'm diving headfirst into a pool of beautifully-giffed bios here with all the other fantastic mentors. But fear not; I'm ready to gif-lessly whip your manuscript into top shape!
About me: I'm the author of CONVICTION, coming May 19th from Disney-Hyperion, and NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY (coming 2016). I'm a member of the NaNoWriMo Associate Board and lead creative writing workshops for teens, and am represented by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary. I have an MFA from San Francisco State, where I loved nothing more than sitting in fiction workshops. I tweet here.
What I’m looking for (YA only): I love character-driven fiction. I love anything literary. I love moral complexity, gray areas, family dramas, difficult choices, and complicated, nuanced people. I love stories about faith, stories with a strong sense of place, and stories that ask difficult questions. I love diverse books. Some of my favorite YA titles are SPLIT by Swati Avasthi, WHERE THINGS COME BACK by John Corey Whaley, anything by Chris Crutcher, and the FACE ON THE MILK CARTON series by Caroline B. Cooney.
Why you should pick me: I believe the best critiques are those that faithfully reflect the story back to the author, so the author herself can do her best work of making sure the story in her heart matches what's on the page.
What to expect if you get picked by me: editorial notes with lots of probing and questions about your manuscript to help you push it deeper. Also, lots of midnight tweets. I'm a night person.
Looking forward to reading all the great entries, and good luck! For more information, or to enter, visit brenda-drake.com.