Monday, August 17, 2015

My little #Pitchwars Mentee Bio :)

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Okay so....

I toyed with doing this....and realized it was my way to talk about some stuff's kind of personal, but I feel like I should share the story behind the story. Feel free to ask me any questions you want in the comments below....

Here it goes.....

In 2002 I made a new writerly friend named Michelle. We began writing daily and it turned into an obsession. Over seven years we created a massive bank of characters and stories so large that one may never need to invent a new character ever again. We had a daily routine. 8pm. Every. Single. Day. Four hours minimum (sometimes from the moment we woke up, until 4am!), new ideas, words on paper, no matter how bad they were. Michelle was my best friend and my writing partner. Sometimes relying so heavily on another writer can be bad. Sometimes I wondered if I’d ever be able to write on my own, but I didn’t care, because we were an awesome team. Unfortunately, I got the worst phone call of my life on the morning of April 5, 2009. Her brother called. She passed away over night from an asthma attack.

At first I thought it was a horrible sick joke, because it sounded like something we would write. Unfortunately, it was not. Michelle left behind her son, an amazing little boy who had to endure so much over his short life, diagnosed with autism, his dad leaving, and then losing his mom too. Her father and brother and sister-in-law took over raising him and they are one very awesome family now.

It took me a while to get back to writing after I lost her. I couldn’t bear to think about our characters, and I had no idea what to do, because that was my whole life. I eventually returned to writing to help me cope. I pretended she was writing with me, and kept going where we had left off. When I finally had better perspective on everything, I thought I should go back and focus on one particular story. I looked through all of our many, many, many story lines, and picked out one from four years before that was a little different than most of the things we had been working on, an experiment she had tried one day in, I believe, 2005. “We’re putting everything on hold and trying this one. Just go with it.” Little did I know she was about to kill off one of my most beloved characters, but then I had the chance to save him through our story...(sort of meta, looking back now, right?) We were introducing time travel...

While my book series has COMPLETELY morphed into something almost unrecognizable when compared to that original idea, it is still based out of her starting point: What would happen if said character had a couple of kids and was killed? Kids discovered time travel and could go back in time and save him.

In order to better preserve her memory, I decided to get serious about writing and really hone my skills. I went back to school for a Masters in Writing at the amazing Johns Hopkins University where I made some wonderful friends, critique partners, and mentors.

I guess I should talk about me outside of writing though? So let’s see. I live in both Maryland and New Jersey. I work in Property Management, and when I’m not working on the book series, you can probably find me either on the beach, or at the farm. The shore is my best place for makes me totally zen and I can get work done. The farm is awesome...we have a mini cow....I made a video of him yawning and it got loads of hits...

I also have a pony and I love, love, love her. She is way totally awesome (if you don’t want to talk horses, don’t ask me about her…! Haha). I also take riding lessons (English). Outside of writing, horses are currently kind of my life (and before you ask, yes, I managed to work horses into my time travel novel). On the topic of animals. I also have a dog, his name is Cooper and he's eleven and totally awesome.

I know we're writers, but do you like TV? I am obsessed. Here are just a couple of my favorites....
LOST (anyone who ever wants to talk about LOST...let me know stat).
Once Upon a Time, Revenge, ANYTHING on ABC Family (seriously, I watch almost every show), The Office, How I Met Your Mother, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, VEEP, Forever (SAVE FOREVER!), Grimm, and....I'll think of more and add them later.

Okay, I'm totally at a loss for what else to write here...

....I might make changes to this later when I am done freaking out about actually hitting send on that pitch wars form...!!!



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1 comment:

  1. Hi Jacqueline, what a sad, but inspiring story about Michelle. I am surprised how many violin-playing writers there are, but sadly I have no horseback riding experience. Good luck in Pitch Wars!


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