Pitchy Pursuit… Pitch Wars 2016

It’s that time of year again… Pitch Wars!  (certified GIF-free post – but I do have a slideshow!)

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I participated last year with a manuscript that I thought was ready to go… yeah, I was mistaken. I shelved that story for a bit and worked on some other projects, but the story kept nagging me. So, I hauled out that story and dusted it off (digital cobwebs are the worst!) It’s gone through some minor tweaks and one major overhaul (massive thank you shouts to the two ladies who kindly served at crit partners and beta readers, and gave me some amazing tips!)

So… let’s see… a bit about me…

What am I pitching?

Adult / Thriller

The Lies We Tell – I’m still straddling the fence on whether to call this a thriller, or a romantic thriller, or a romantic suspense. Either way, it’s a bit on the dark side. And a bit on the twisted side. And it’s got some sexy goin’ on.

A former police officer with some serious commitment issues finds evidence pointing to a serial rapist on the loose, but her digging means she may be next on the victim list.

When she meets a noted forensic psychiatrist, she’s got more on her mind than the case at hand, but he’s not interested in her no-emotions approach to relationships.

Who the heck am I?

Despite my love of too many ellipses, overuse of dashes, and tendency to start sentences with conjunctions, I spent most of my career as a magazine or newspaper editor. These days, I’m a freelance writer whose work covers everything from home decor to adult sexuality, politics, women’s issues, and just about everything in between.

Outside of work, I love to cook and frequently entertain. I also make wickedly good, and wickedly sneaky cocktails. I’ve recently started working on getting back into shape, so the family diet has changed significantly as I try to craft healthier dishes that are still delicious.

I’m mom to two kids and two step kids – two in college, one in the military, and one still deciding what he’s doing with his life. I’m wife to an awesome hubby who supports me in my crazy pursuit of fiction writing and puts up with my cooking experiments with remarkable patience.

What else? Coffee addict, lover of good chocolate, owner of a more than occasionally foul mouth, city dweller, and oh so much more.

What do I like to read?

A little bit of everything. Trite, but true. I’m a sucker for a good, classic horror story and I blame Stephen King for my deciding to pursue writing fiction (I still love reading his older stuff). I grew up reading James Herriot, but I never wanted to be a veterinarian (perhaps because I grew up on a farm). I loved Harry Potter, but have little interest in most middle grade or young adult books. I recently went through a kick of reading a bunch of romantic suspense, now I’m leaning toward things heavier on the crime and thriller end (bonus points if it’s also sexy).

Is there more?

Sure, there’s always more… I’m a prime example of how you should never judge a book by its cover. I’m easy to get to know… find me on Twitter (@Rochelle_Karina), or on Facebook if you’d like to know more. I love connecting with new people and making new friends from all walks of life!

One last thing… good luck to all my fellow mentee hopefuls! Just participating in the selection process last year was fun, challenging, and incredibly helpful! I’m already Twitter stalking the mentor list, and can’t wait to see how things go this year.

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