Monday, August 10, 2015

Pitch Wars Mentee Wannabe- Sheena Boekweg

Hey there Mentors considering my weird little story, THE WAXLING, to be your Chosen One in Pitch Wars!




ABOUT MY BOOK:


The Waxling is a story about a girl made of wax and the broken boy who falls in love with her while trying to steal her heart. It's a slightly creepy, character lead YA fantasy heavy on the romance (sweet), with lots of world building, set in our contemporary world.

Here are my characters in gif form.


Blake:






He's not just the bad boys trope (He doesn't even wear a leather jacket, so you know he's original. Snort.) But he's a lonely broken boy desperate to save his mother, and trained to steal, or kill.


Sarah (The Waxling):




(^ RIGHT?! RIGHT?!)

 Sarah is sweet, creepy, innocent, and ethereal, all at the same time. Her choice will determine if she will save Blake's heart, or the world. (I love a girl with the ability to choose)

Speaking of which, meet...

Ari:




Ari is my favorite character in the book. She's Sarah's Protector. She's been in a world of pain herself, and she carries a secret, even from herself, that will change Blake's life.


Ari's best friend Henry:




I have nothing to say. *sigh*

Okay, I have a few things to say. Henry is an artist. An awkward, slightly chubby dorky artist. He's loyal and kind, but not actually very brave, not the way Ari is.

But he stands with the Waxling no matter what, no matter what knife is pointed at him.

Blake's Uncle Cease-




Blake's uncle has ruled his family for a long time. He will get his hands on the Waxling's wish, no matter what he has to do to get it.

BOOM.


WHO I AM:
I'm Sheena.

Howdy.

I've subtly inserted my fandoms into the gifs and videos. But there are more.  I adore Neil Giaman, Mean Girls, Steven Moffat in all his forms, Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett, Maggie Stieftvater, Library Cards, Netflix, PLL, FNL, Parenthood, Downton Abby, Agent's of Shield, Agent Carter. I grew up on Harry Potter, Gilmore Girls, and Roald Dahl. I fell in love with Shakespeare because Shaun Hunter fell for a girl with a book of Shakespeare's sonnets in her purse, but stayed for the iambic pentameter. 


I have a type. Shaun Hunter, that broken wisecracking loner who just needed a hug started it, but Jess Mariano set it in stone. I can write Blake because I've done extensive lifelong research into this type of a character.

*Blink, blink*

Luckily I read a lot,  and while Jess imprinted himself into my head at a tender age, so did Roald Dahl's Matilda, Terry Pratchett's Granny Weatherwax, and Jane Austen's Every Female Character. 

I'm married to my absolute best friend, (who has gorgeous brown hair, makes wisecracks, and occasionally needs a hug or a smack on the back of the head, how'd you guess) and we have three kidlets. I stay inside and write all day while the kiddos destroy my house, unless the weather is gorgeous, and then I stay inside and write with my windows open while the kiddos destroy my backyard.
Actual footage from my house. No, wait I'm lying.

I believe in honesty in all things, except Driver's Licences ( Yes, Officer. I do only weigh that much) and I love people who are real. I love truth. I consider Luna Lovegood a close personal friend.

My first published novel, Funny Tragic Crazy Magic has sold more than 15,000 digital copies. My second novel, Alchemy (Cowritten with Melanie Crouse and Sabrina West) made Amazon top 100 Hot New Releases, and was voted # 42 (Don't Panic!) of Indie Authorlands top one hundred Self-Published books worth reading.

The Waxling is my eighth completed novel, and I'm ready to find my agent.

HOW I WORK:



 I've written a million words in my lifetime, so I know the power of the right one, and also how common they can be. I've rewritten a chapter eighteen times before in order to get it right, and if I get feedback that I believe in, I won't hesitate to go for nineteen.  I fall in love with my story, not my words, so I'm not afraid of changing anything in order to unearth my story's truth. But mostly, I write because it's fun.



*Yes, sobbing alone in my room about the death of a fictional character I created is fun. I knows how to party.*

 I've co-written three novels, so I've learned to listen, learned to work in a partnership, and also I've learned to trust my own gut on what's right for my story.

WHAT I WANT FROM A MENTOR:




Honesty.

 In all things.

I'm a low maintenance Introvert, but I'd like to make a friend here, and not just until the Agent Round. I'd like someone who can help me navigate the the unknown of the Call, and someone I could talk to about making decisions in the future, or someone who can tell me to keep going when I strike out. Someone I can cheer on, and who will cheer me on. I'm looking for a big sister, really. And I have the best big sisters in the universe in my own family, so I know whereof I speak.



Yes, I secretly love most Disney Channel Movies. (Have you seen the descendants? SO GOOD!)

I speak music. ( But to be clear I don't adore the Cheetah Girls, or anything pop screech) So if you ask me to add a little more "Hozier, Wrecking Ball, or Arcade Fire" to a scene, I'll understand that you want a bit more guilt, desperation or just pure destruction.

I want feedback, in any form you can give it, because I want to make my story the best I possibly can, and I know it will get better with your help.

So pick me.

 

Here's the link to more amazing mentees-in-training, hosted by Christopher Keelty.

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