This is my #BoostMyBio for Pitch Wars, a wonderful online writing “contest” and an amazing writing community! You can find me on twitter @abbiei – please say hello. Thanks for reading!
I’m a writer, director, manager, teacher, communicator, fundraiser and library-lover living in Northern Virginia. Since writing one of these bios last summer, three big things happened:
1) I got my dream job: Managing Director of a fantastic nonprofit, professional theatre company in my community! It's challenging but I love every moment.
2) I'm a debut author! I am now a published, unagented author. My debut, THE LAST FIRST DAUGHTER, released with Evernight Teen on December 8, 2017. It has been a wonderful experience, and I've learned so much. Hundreds (or at least one hundred) people have read my book! There are copies in (my local) library and (my local) Barnes & Noble (where I used to work). But still!
3) I became a mom! My little girl is a spring baby. Caring for this gal has certainly cut into my reading time, but she's made everything I choose to do that much more important.
I cannot top the past 12 months—I'm the luckiest! But getting a mentor in #PitchWars might be close :)
Interests: Books, theatre, Shakespeare, aviation, hiking, traveling, yoga, snowmobiling, tap dancing, management/ leadership/ entrepreneurship and cozy coffee shops.
Some Favorite Books: The Golden Compass, The Scorpio Races, Six of Crows, I’ll Give You the Sun, A Darker Shade of Magic, Wolf by Wolf, Strange the Dreamer, Ender’s Game, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept.
I’ve been storytelling for 18 years as a theatre director, and writing fiction (since 2013) has felt like a natural extension. When I’m not collaborating with artists in a rehearsal room, I do my storytelling in a different way: writing. I think my experience as a director is a strength in my writing. I’ve had great feedback on my dialogue and action in manuscripts—behavior and language are the main tools of a director! I love comparing and contrasting the forms, figuring out what I can steal from one creative process to help with the other. I wrote about some of that thought process here.
I love my writing time, and I find the revision process to be equally or even more exciting than drafting. I’ve worked with multiple critique partners, beta readers, a writing group, and a freelance editor. Collaboration is the best thing ever.
Pitch Wars + Abbie
I would love to be selected for Pitch Wars this year. I am creatively ready to be pushed by a mentor. I have a flexible communication style, and I’m told I’m easy and pleasant to work with. I have so much respect for the mentors’ time & talents, and I promise I will make the most of it!
I’ve decided to enter my YA Fantasy manuscript, SISTERS FROM THE SKY.
I call it my "sister story." I wanted to explore the love and hate that can exist between sisters, showing both points of view. I love all things STEAM (STEM with the Arts) so one sister builds flying machines and the other excels at a magic system I’ve created where magic is manifested through the arts (spoiler alert, the writer is the most powerful!). Of course, two sisters means double the romance. There’s diversity and monsters and political intrigue. But mostly it’s a complicated sister story. More about it here!
I’m looking for a mentor to help strengthen the manuscript, with particular focus on the world-building and the twisty political stuff—I think. I trust the mentors!
That's it for now! I look forward to learning more about the Pitch Wars hopefuls and mentors! Please tweet me at @abbiei
And here's the bloghop for the other #BoostMyBio entries!