Saturday, August 2, 2014

Mentee Bio!!!


You have no idea how thrilled I am that you stumbled across my mentee bio J

This is my first year doing #PitchWars and although I am excited, I am a complete hot mess of emotions right now. I have anxiety which sometimes gradually steers my actions and intentions in a direction I don't particularly want to go, such as a restraining order from a famous author - kidding- or breaking down in front of an audience of people as I sing "my heart will go on" -wish I was kidding-.

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A little about me;

I am curvaceous and I like it that way. I'm happy in my own skin, even if that makes other people uncomfortable. Too bad.

I am a Libra/Virgo. Some years I'm a Libra, some years I'm a Virgo. Pretty damn cool right?

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I have three birds. I love them with all my heart.

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I had a lot of boyfriends in high school who I claimed to be the one. I threw my entire heart and soul into each relationship and these boys would always take a little piece of me with them when they ultimately left me for my clinginess -yes, I was one of those girls-.

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I quit writing one year. One of those boys I dated, one of the many ones read a book I was writing and called it trash. So I legitimately threw it in the trash. My father, without previously knowing about that conversation, fished out all the papers from the trash and told me that I should consider writing as a profession.
I went with Child and Youth Work instead.

The actual One came around when I was ready to give up on love. He pursued me, I tried to friend zone him but he just wouldn't have it. Our first year together, we went camping that summer. He came across a story I was lazily writing to pass time and convinced me to continue writing, even if it was just for fun.

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My first manuscript took 2 and a half years to complete.

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My second one took six months.

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It takes a while to complete a manuscript because I pursued a job in Child and Youth Work. I am a registered Child and Youth Worker who advocates for youth in Hamilton, Ontario. As rewarding the job is, it's a hard one. I work with a vast range of youth with mental health and behavioural issues.
I love my job and I hope that I reflect that in my books.

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I love Avatar

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Both versions.

In the sixth grade, I was writing and a boy picked up my work and flashed it around school. He read from it to the entire school in a mean kid kind of way, which humiliated me. I still can't bear to read/hear my writing out loud. It makes me anxious.

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Oh funny fact!

In high school, I was in a drama class and I had a crush on a very masculine girl. I thought she was a boy.
Definitely questioned my sexuality for a while there, but I identify as a straight female. J

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I've been an artist since the 12th grade. I took drama all through high school, but it was all filled up. The only class open was a 10th grade class for art. I pulled up my big girl pants, swallowed my pride and dominated that class. Art now holds a very special place in my heart.

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I believe in mermaids. I'm not kidding. Not the kind like Ariel, but the kind that was in that documentary a couple years ago. "Mermaids - the body found"

Favourite Authors/novels that has inspired the author within me;

Lauren Kate - Fallen, Teardrop
Becca Fitzpatricks  - Hush, Hush,
Colleen Houck - Tiger's Curse
Veronica Roth - Divergent
Laini Taylor - Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Shannon Hale - The Goose Girl
Gayle Forman - if i stay
Andrea Cremer - Nightshade
Stolen (A Letter To My Captor) - Lucy Christopher
Neil Gaiman - Coraline

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Shiver - Maggie Stiefvator
The Host - Stephenie Meyer
The 5th wave by Rick Yancey

A little about the novels I write;

I write Fantasy, Paranormal, and the subplot is always a swoon worthy romance. My partner suggested I try writing horror novels because I become scared quite easily. You can guess how that turned out.

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The novel that I submitted into the #PitchWars contest is a Young Adult, Fantasy novel about a world segregated by Elemental beings and humans. I called it The Borealis Girl. My main character is a Fire Elementist girl who is abandoned by her people as an infant, and thrown into the human world to fend for herself without much of an explanation why.

I got the idea one day when I was sitting outside with a co-worker and a flash of lightning parted the skies. And I thought to myself, "holy crap, what if..." and from that, The Borealis Girl was born.

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Thank you so much for reading my blog, if you have any questions please feel free to message me :)

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