Hurrah! Pitch Wars is finally winding down to a close! Before I get to the BIG QUESTION, I just want to thank everyone who helped Pitch Wars to be such a great experience — my mentor, Rebecca Yarros, and her mentee Carrie Ann. They were fantastic in every single way. I also want to thank Brenda Drake for organizing PW, and C.M. Franklin for organizing this super cool event!
So~ now that’s out of the way… to the blogy blog question:
Why I Wrote My Pitch Wars Book
I wish I had one straight answer to this, but to understand HEART OF IRON you need to take a trip with me back to high school. No, more importantly, back to Across the Universe (not the Beth Revis book — a story I wrote about two years before she published). It was about a princess — a protector of Earth — who unwittingly throws herself into the running to be the King of the Cosmos’s Queen. But the story never quite synced up the way I thought it would, but I loved the mythology of the universe that I created. I loved parallel worlds, and galaxies far, far away. I particularly liked this one world I created, Eros.
Fast forward until last NaNoWriMo. Hot off the trials and tribulations of editing my debut novel. I was spent. No, I was worse than spent. I was DOA.
“I don’t know what to write,” I complained to one of my best friends.
She gave me a blank look. (She’s the no-nonsense type of reader who abhors contemporary YA in favor for The Hunger Games and Legend.) She told me, “Write something new.”
“Like something I’d like to read. Write a sci-fi.”
And the challenge was born. I love sci-fi. I’m a sci-fi-aholic. Star Trek, Mass Effect, Stargate, Galaxy Quest, Alien — if it includes SPAAAAACE I love it. This challenge couldn’t be that hard.
Yet, it was.
But like all good ideas, mine came in the middle of the night. I had this idea — a girl and an android, trying to jump from one ship to the next through a ship port. No, not just jumping… boarding. Seizing. The girl was brazen, bold, dark skin and caramel dreadlocks. The android a sheen of pure silver — sort of how the Exos look in Destiny — and I began to think. Why would they be boarding? Where in space are they? Who are they?
And then I remembered my old friends from my story years before — those characters who never quite seemed to die — and I realized they never did. They just changed, and shifted, like souls leaving one life for the next. That became the core of HEART OF IRON. It became about humanity, and soulmates, and love that branches across time and space. It became about an heir to an empire on the brink of a civil war. It became about a revolution of androids who wanted their voices heard. It became about one family’s greed, and one mother’s sacrifice to save her child.
But most importantly, it became about family. And love. And trust. And friendship.
It became about a whole hodgepodge of things I can scarcely describe, but they’re all wonderful. What became a challenge turned into a story that revolutionized my own style of writing. I learned so much through each draft of HEART OF IRON. I met so many people who beta’d and CP’d this little story that could. They’re all beautiful. The experience was fantastic.
If nothing else comes from this story, I’m simply thankful for the adventure. It’s been one hell of a ride.
…And that is why I wrote my Pitch Wars book.
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Carleen Karanovic: HOPE ON A FEATHER
Heather Truett: RENASCENCE
Tracie Martin: WILD IS THE WIND
Susan Bickford: FRAMED
Rachel Sarah: RULES FOR RUNNING AWAY
Amanda Rawson Hill: GRIMM AND BEAR IT
Charlotte Gruber: CODE OF SILENCE
Kip Wilson: THE MOST DAZZLING GIRL IN BERLIN
Mary Ann Nicholson: CALAMITY
Nikki Roberti: THE TRUTH ABOUT TWO-SHOES
Anna Patel: EXODUS
A. Reynolds: LE CIRQUE DU LITERATI
Susan Crispell: WISHES TO NOWHERE
Ron Walters: THE GOLEM INITIATIVE
Rosalyn Eves: THE BLOOD ROSE REBELLION
Ashley Poston: HEART OF IRON
Mara Rutherford: WINTERSOUL
Janet Walden-West: Damned If She Do
Kazul Wolf: SUMMER THUNDER
D. Grimm: WITCHER
Kelli Newby: THORNVAAL
Tara Sim: TIMEKEEPER
Elliah Terry: POCKET FULL OF POPPIES
Alessa Hinlo: THE HONEST THIEF
Rachel Horwitz: THE BOOTLEGGER’S BIBLE
Whitney Taylor: DEFINITIONS OF INDEFINABLE THINGS
Lyra Selene: REVERIE
Natalie Williamson: SET IN STONE
Robin Lemke: THE DANCE OF THE PALMS
Stephanie Herman: CLIFF WITH NO EDGE
Shannon Cooley: A FROG, A WHISTLE, AND A VIAL OF SAND
Ruth Anne Snow: THE GIRLS OF MARCH
Elizabeth Dimit: PHOEBE FRANZ’S GUIDE TO PASSPORTS, PAGEANTS, & PARENTAL DISASTERS
Elliah Terry: POCKET FULL OF POPPIES
Gwen C. Katz: AMONG THE RED STARS
Jennifer Hawkins: FALSE START
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