I’ll start by saying I’m not 100% sure I’m going to do Pitch Wars this year. But I’m also not 100% sure I won’t, so I figure it’s a good idea to put my bio out there. What’s the worst that can happen? I meet new writers? Ohhh terrible!

About Me

Me and Pitch Wars:

If I apply to Pitch Wars this year, it will be my third time. My first year I applied with a MG Fantasy, my second with a YA Contemporary and this time I have an adult science fiction novel.

Me and Writing:

Although I have written a wide variety of genres and age ranges, I am settling into the realms of science fiction, fantasy, and all of their sub-genres. Unfortunately, I still cannot pick an age category as I find stories to tell to all ages of people.

I’ve been writing seriously for about three years. In this time I’ve grown a lot as a writer. Besides the three novels I’ve written, I’ve also worked on a novel worth of short stories and poetry. In recent months, I’ve had some luck getting my short stories picked up by various publications.

The Artist is based on the same world as the book I will be submitting and is currently published in Luna Station Quarterly.

Digital Nomad, also based in the world of Casual, was short-listed for the James White Award last month.

Me, Personally

I am an American living long-term in Bulgaria. I moved here ten years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer. Near the end of my service I met my husband and decided to stay with him.

Fun Fact!

I haven’t been back to the United States in almost ten years. I will go there for the first time this October, and I am quite nervous about it.

I have two children, who are both beyond adorable and quite a handful. They don’t understand what it means to be a writer yet, but I hope someday I can share my stories with them and they will be proud of me.

Besides family and writing, I have a recent obsession with blues dancing and hope to find more of it in my life (even though it doesn’t exist in our small town).

My Pitch Wars Entry

Our web designer did a mock-cover for my MS, which I have fallen in love with.

The Basics

Title: Casual
Genre: Science Fiction
Word Count: 93k
Comps: Black Mirror and Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens.

What’s It About?

I’ll give the nutshell, query version:

Pregnant woman relies on a neural implant, Casual, to control her anxiety and depression.

New laws require she turn off her implant in order to register as the sole caregiver of the child.

Turning off the implant sinks her into a dangerous depression, making her an inadequate parent.

But wait! There’s another option! She can implant her newborn with a similar (albeit untested) device in a new trial to get the neural implants approved for children.

She must decide what she’s willing to give up for her child and what kind of life she wants her child to have, before the government steps in and makes the decisions for her.

My Journey

I started writing this book about a year ago. It was an important book to write as it explored my own mental health issues that were exacerbated by pregnancy and postpartum issues. At times writing this has been downright therapeutic.

However, at the same time I feel I have taken my craft to the next level with this book. I’ve been working on writing full time for the past six months, and it is amazing the growth that occurs when I have that kind of time and energy to dedicate to it.

Earlier this year I subbed this story to #revpit. It got two full requests (the most I’ve ever gotten from this type of contest) but was not chosen. Since then it has been through two major revisions and six more beta readers.

That’s about it! You can find other pitch wars bios on the #boostmy bio tag or webpage. I look forward to meeting many of you and happy pitch wars.

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