Pitch Wars 2017: Pimp My Bio

Hey there. My name is Lainey and I’m entering Pitch Wars 2017 for the first time with my #ownvoices YA fantasy project Sharp Hollows.



When a courtesan meets a rogue guard of a dead king’s tomb, she and her crew go to a land with magic and dead gods in hopes to restore her disgraced family’s name.

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  • adventure desert road trip
  • multiple pov (four)
  • found families
  • a courtesan with ambition
  • a gunslinger with sass
  • a gambler with heart
  • a bodyguard with secrets
  • Deaf main character
  • very close sibling bonds
  • f/f romance
  • street smarts crew
  • biracial rep
  • teasing, slowwww burnnnn romance
  • world inspired by America’s Industrial Revolution
  • and ancient Babylon
  • unique religion/magic system involving multiple gods
  • manipulative, morally grey and brave characters with vigor and heart
  • for fans of The Mummy (the good one from the 90s), Indiana Jones, and family dynamics of Shameless



My project was heavily influenced by my own race. I am a light-skinned biracial and having two of my main characters biracial was important to me. I think light-skinned biracials are under-represented in YA. There are so many struggles light-skinned biracials deal with, most of it being identity, a theme that is definitely woven into my characters who are trying to find where they fit after being told they aren’t (blank) enough or too (blank).

I  have other marginalized representation as well. One of the main female characters is Deaf. Also, she is gay.

The majority of the crew is darker-skinned.



I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2014 with a degree in English Literature. I work in healthcare now, but my endgame is to be a writer. My favorite movies are action — the more explosions and car chases the better, my favorite TV show will forever be Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and my favorite YA books are Falling Kingdoms, The Winner’s Curse, Six of Crows, and The Kiss of Deception.

As a mentee, I work extremely hard because I want to make my MS the best it can possibly be. In a mentor, I want someone who believes in the project as much as I do and wanting to take it to the next level. I want to be a great team.



Below are my character aesthetic pics of the four main characters. Sisters Romy and Penna, their best friend Luca, and the mysterious bodyguard, Dove.

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Click here to find the blog hop of other PitchWars hopefuls and thank you for stopping by!


3 thoughts on “Pitch Wars 2017: Pimp My Bio

  1. Lainey this looks and sounds amazing! Good luck with Pitch Wars, I’m entering too, a YA portal fantasy with elemental magic 😄 Hope to catch you on the Twitter hashtag!!


    • Thanks Fallon! I read your bio too and your MS sounds awesome, good luck with getting in! We need more biracial rep that isn’t added as an afterthought in ya for sure.


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