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24 Aug

#PitchWars Mentee Bio

In Uncategorized by MK England / August 24, 2015 / 0 Comments

Okay, Imma do the thing!

This year I’m participating in #PitchWars, a contest for unpublished, un-agented writers with a complete and polished manuscript to share with the world. You can learn more about it here. Everyone who’s submitted is going mad waiting for September 2nd, the day we find out if we were selected by a mentor, so to distract ourselves a bunch of us are doing the #PimpMyBio Contestant Blog Hop. My official website bio is over here, but I think I can elaborate on that in gif form. Yessss.

I wasn’t even going to enter Pitch Wars. I had already started querying my manuscript, though I’d only sent a few, and figured I’d just continue with that. But the awesome Mara Fitzgerald (beta reader extraordinaire, #PitchWars alternate last year, and now agented YA writer) made lots of convincing noises and I decided to throw my hat in the ring.

Then I dragged my amazing-lovely-outstanding critique partner and writing wife Lisen Minetti into the fray.

I’ll just quote her: “Megan and I work well as crit partners because we are super awesome nerds outside of writing. We go to conventions together, have family game night together, drink beer around campfires together, go out to eat together, run a writing group together, buy the same car on the same day together. Basically we’re married. Just ask our husbands.” She’s fantastic and I love her and you can’t have her … but you can have her MG supernatural mystery manuscript!

I’m a YA librarian. I spend my day planning programs for teens, buying teen fic/nonfic/graphic novels/manga for the collection, coordinating our volunteer program, doing community outreach, helping kids of all ages learn to use computers, and much more behind-the-scenes boring stuff (budgeting, policy, security, etc.). I love my job and the teens I work with every day!

I’ve been an enormous nerd since forever and I love it. I’m a Ravenclaw. I play video and tabletop games (including tabletop RPGs), I cosplay, read and write fanfiction, go to conventions, consume anything sci-fi/fantasy … I do it all. My first-ever fandom was Farscape back in 1999, and it taught me what it meant to be part of a fan community. I love adventure, out-there humor, big damn heroes, fantastical powers—I want books that make me feel like I can take on the world. I also demand diversity, and am especially particular about gender and sexuality. I’m bi and genderqueer and 100% over narratives with nothing but straight white cis dudes in them.

(and I swear BBC Sherlock is not one of those. the subtext is there. the truth will be revealed. trust.)

Some random favorite things: Guardians of the Galaxy, Young Avengers, Ms. Marvel, The Fifth Element, Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra, Babylon 5, Firefly, Stargate: SG-1/Atlantis, Warehouse 13, and my Top 25 Books. I’ve been a Star Wars fan since forever. My parents’ first date was to see A New Hope in 1977. It’s in my blood.

And, uh. BBC Sherlock. Just in case that wasn’t obvious. We can’t talk about it. I have no chill.

Let’s end with two random facts. Because why not? I am a complete and utter tea addict. Seriously, I have a problem. I spend way too much money at Adagio Teas, especially in their Fandom Blends section. I drink hot tea year-round no matter the temperature, and typically down several cups per day. I have it bad.

I’m also a dog person. I have two dogs who are extremely smelly and irritating and adorable. Don’t even try to disagree.

So, that’s it. That’s me. My manuscript is a YA Space Opera called Space Academy Rejects, and I freaking love it, okay? Also, to all you #PitchWars mentors and organizers out there? I think you’re …

Check out the rest of the mentee bios here!