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!


Why I Decided to Shelf My Last Project

As a lot of you know if you follow my channel or my Twitter, I am very very close to querying again with Sharp Hollows, my YA Fantasy novel. This isn’t the first time I have queried. I first had my bouts into the querying process last year, from the last few days of March to around mid-June. I documented the entire process in my writing vlogs for those months and then I sort of… stopped. Here are some reasons I quit querying so soon (three months isn’t a very long time to query) and how I decided it was time to shelf my Red Riding Hood retelling, Through Villains and Wolves.

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Camp NaNoWriMo: Week Four & Wrap-Up

Camp NaNoWriMo is over for the April session and I was incredibly productive during the entire month. I don’t know what it is about these challenges that make me have the best accomplishments of the month, but I’ll go with it. My goal was to reach 100 hours. I did hit that, which I am proud of, but I did more than I thought I would goal-wise that I’m more proud of where I’m at in my revision process than what I did. Time for me to break down the last week of Camp, what I accomplished, and what I’m doing moving forward.

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Camp NaNoWriMo Prep!

Camp NaNoWriMo: April starts Saturday. If you don’t know what Camp is, well, it’s one of two sessions (next one is in July) that is like, a companion to NaNoWriMo, which takes place every November. While the event in November has a specific goal: write 50k words in a novel, the Camp sessions are more personal goal-oriented and making it what you want of it. You can check out the Camp NaNo site here.

I’m participating this year! And I’m going to lay out all my goals for this month. A lot of you know I have been working on the first draft of my new novel Sharp Hollows since I started it, you guessed it, NaNoWriMo 2016 back in November. Here is an extremely short comp blurb of what I am working on:  Continue reading