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August 2015 #PitchWars

Published August 17, 2015 by Rebecca

I enjoy reading others bios more than writing my own. Please feel free to ask me anything. 🙂

I’m a single mom to young man, who is starting college tomorrow. I. Can’t Believe. It. (I was young, okay?!?! :D)

Currently, we’re living with my parents. My dad was diagnosed three years ago with early onset dementia. My mom has her own health issues and can’t take care of him by herself. She watches him during the day, and I stay up at night, which is when I do my writing. Writing is the best escape imaginable when you’re watching an unrelenting disease take over someone you love.

We have animals. Seriously, it’s like we have a Vacancy sign on our house. We’re holding steady at six cats, one dog (our other passed away last month), and currently, a baby squirrel we’re rehabbing to release back into the wild. Apparently we’ve got a penchant for taking care of others. Last year, it was two orphaned kittens who are now healthy and happy residing in their forever home–here.

I love books, much like everyone else. I’ve always read, but never thought I was smart enough to be a writer. It’s not like there was a college track for being a best-selling author. So, I went to college for pre-med, and did well (I know that makes no sense: not smart enough to be a writer, so I studied to be a doctor. Perhaps that tells you the high regard I have for words). However, the year before I was supposed to take my MCATS, we moved and my plans evolved. I took a short course in medical assisting and phlebotomy, went to work in a doctor’s office to work my way through college, and had a realization–I HATED it. It was heartbreaking to see people needing treatments they couldn’t afford and not being able to do anything about it. I took a year off school and started subbing for my son’s school district, and realized I loved the creativity involved in working with children, but still didn’t consider writing a viable profession (for me), while trying to raise a child on my own. I started studying the craft during my down time, and finally started writing.

But again, life happened, and it wasn’t until 2009 that I started the story I’ve submitted to #PitchWars. It was shelved on and off for a year or two, but I never forgot it. It’s been through many revisions and rewrites, and I’d love to have a mentor help me take it to the next level.

Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King (particularly his older stuff), J.K. Rowling, Sarah Addison Allen, Leigh Bardugo, H.P. Lovecraft, Holly Black, Laini Taylor, A. Lee Martinez, and Terry Pratchett, just to name a few and in no particular order.

The two best books I’ve read in the past month are CUCKOO SONG by Frances Hardinge and BONE GAP by Laura Ruby.

The books on my nightstand to read this month are: TROLLHUNTERS by Guillermo Del Toro and Daniel Kraus, RUNEMARKS by Joanne Harris, THE LAST WILL OF MOIRA LEAHY by Therese Walsh, HELEN AND TROY’S EPIC ROAD QUEST by A. Lee Martinez. and THE GIRL FROM THE WELL by Rin Chupeco.

I’m sorry I’m not on Twitter more, but I enjoy catching up on the #PitchWars feed when I can. Good luck to everyone who entered the contest!!