Pitch Wars Pimp My Bio, uh, pimpage.
So now that the novel, Tripping Stone, is nearly ready to query, I'm swallowing all doubt to enter the Pitch Wars contest this year. Scared, AF, but hopeful! So, for anyone who's stumbled upon my page as a result of the blog hop, welcome!
First... the novel. Nora Stone can see your soul and struggles to maintain sanity as a nefarious force is sucking the life out of her neighbors.
Tripping Stone is a comic horror piece of 70,000+ words that I've been working on for a few years. It started out as a tiny seed of an idea when a psychology professor said that a possible theory of how LSD works is that it shuts off the mechanism in our brains that filter out sensory noise. The hallucinations are a result of our brains being bombarded with information and processing it the best way it can. So, if you're taking that to the extreme, the things people see when on LSD might actually be there. So, what would happen if someone were born without this filter? My answer is, all manner of awesome and crazy and nightmarish shit.
Nora was born with Sensory Perception Disorder, which has dialed her senses up to the extreme, including her intuition, and has given her the ability to see the souls of all living creatures. This may sound like a fun time but after being abandoned by her biological parents, shuffled between foster homes and spending most of her childhood in a psychiatric institution, she just wants shed the labels they've saddled her with and live a normal, boring life. At thirty-four, she thought she had her crazy pretty much handled until she witnesses a woman's soul being destroyed in its body and is tossed into a cyclone of nightmares that threatens her life, her family and her sanity. Being stalked by this unprecedented and malicious force, she must embrace her oddities or lose everything she's worked her whole life to maintain.
Why I think you'll love Tripping Stone.
I wrote this in first person because, as I was fleshing Nora out, I completely fell in love with her. She's dry, snarky, strong, determined and deeply flawed. She thinks she knows so much about herself and the world around her but even for all her gifts, she's as clueless as the rest of us. I knew I had to let her voice shine and feel like I've done just that.
It's more on the psychological side of horror, so no serious gore. Nora's story is a struggle to resist madness in a nightmarish yet beautiful world when the universe seems determined to throw all the shit at her it can.
And now, a bit about me.
My two passions in life are writing and horror. Being a successful writer is my life-long dream. Not pursuing publication just isn't an option. So if you pick me, you'll get someone who lives and breathes to improve their craft and I'll absorb every single iota of advice you can spare. While I have to admit that praise will ease my self-doubt, obviously, that's not what I'm here for. I'm a writer who recognizes that if one is to grow, they have to know exactly what their weaknesses are. I want you to give me your worst. Rip it to shreds and set it on fire! If it's ever going to be great, or even good, I first have to know how it sucks.
My literary faves are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, David Wong, Christopher Moore, Anne Rice, Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, Mark Z. Danielewski, Chuck Palahniuk, Jack Ketchum, Joe Hill, and Ray Bradbury. I love all horror, from schlock to gore to psychological and everything in between.
What I want in a mentor...
I need someone who's blunt and can accept blunt in return. I won't argue with you, but I may explain my reasoning to see if it makes sense. If my darlings still need to go, so be it.
My mentor should enjoy sarcasm, dark humor, and not be afraid of some strong language and a sex scene or two.
Above all, I need a mentor who believes in my book, my dream, and me.
Here's a link to the blog hop for those interested: http://www.lanapattinson.com/pitch-wars-2017-pimpmybio-contestant-blog-hop/