So, the day is here! The announcements of Pitch Wars mentees and mentor matchups!
I am beyond thrilled to announce that I am welcoming KA Blaser to #TeamTruth (find out later why this is my chosen team name for the year!)
Here’s the pitch:
Native American ONE OF US IS LYING x SADIE When another girl is murdered on the Blackfeet Reservation, Mara and her friends doubt the Tribal Police will solve it. If they don’t investigate it themselves, they’ll be the only suspects—or worse—the next victims.
So what stood out to me about KA’s book? Well, first off, gut instinct. When I read my mentee’s book, my heart instantly said:
And then there’s the fact that it’s got amazing characters who leap off the page in so many complex ways. Each one of them is a mix of heartfelt and concerned, strong and confused, determined and wise, naive and deceptive, all in different measures. In short, they felt real. And they were flawed (wonderfully so.)
And then the depth behind the story. Not only does it have a kick-ass plot as a thriller… it also touches on the very real issue of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. Please go to https://mmiwresources.carrd.co/ to find out more about this incredibly important issue.
The writing is beautiful and evocative. The culture leaks off the pages. And the intimacy with which KA invites you into this world is astounding. How could I have possibly have said no?
And why have I chosen #TeamTruth this year as a team name? Because our readers deserve the truth. Our MMIW deserve the truth. And I want to work with KA with as much truth and intensity and passion as I can bring to the table.
So here’s looking at you Pitch Wars 2021! It’s going to be a heck of a ride!
For an accessibilty friendly version of this wish list follow this LINK.
Hi everyone and welcome to my Pitch Wars wish list!
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