PitchWars Mentee Bio

For anyone who’s missed it, PitchWars is a writing contest organized by the fabulous Brenda Drake. It’s a bit different from other writing contests. While this one also requires a completed, polished manuscript, what the mentees “win” is more than simply getting their manuscripts in front of an agent. Instead, they first win a mentor, who will read the entire manuscript and coach them to make it shine even more. I want this! More about me and my manuscript below.
As an added bonus, a contest like this is a great way to make new writing friends. Dannie Morin is one of the mentors, and she organized a blog hop for the contestants to get to know one another, so thank you, Dannie!
My name is Kip Wilson, and I write historical YA that takes place in 20th Century Germany. I love to read historical YA in all eras and settings, but I find that the research is such a time thief (and I mean that in the nicest possible way, dear research) that I always end up coming back to what I studied and read for my Ph.D. in German Literature.
The manuscript I entered in the contest, THE MOST DAZZLING GIRL IN BERLIN, takes place in a queer cabaret in the Weimar Republic era. I was lucky enough to already meet a new writing friend the first days of PitchWars who drew my characters for me!
Other than writing historical YA, another thing I love to do is read historical YA! Some of my recent favorites include PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG by Anne Blankman and A MAD, WICKED FOLLY by Sharon Biggs Waller (both YA debuts this year). I also loved both of the YA historicals which got the Morris nomination last year, so if you’re a fan of historical fiction, I highly recommend IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winter and BELLE EPOQUE by Elizabeth Ross.
Beyond writing and reading, I love swimming (I generally go at 5:00 am on the days I’m not at #5amWritersClub), cooking and eating delicious things, and playing with my six-year-old twins. Can’t wait to meet the rest of the entrants! I’m especially on the lookout for other YA historicals to stalk, so make sure to comment if you’ve got one of those!

7 thoughts on “PitchWars Mentee Bio

  1. Cabaret is just one of my favorite shows ever (if not my single favorite) so the book sounds super exciting. I also think learning more about Weimar Germany would greatly benefit Americans in particular. Also, I don’t know what 5 AM Writers Club is, but OHMYGOD.

    Good luck with Pitch Wars!

    • kiperoo says:

      Thanks, Chris! I adore CABARET. And check out the #5amWritersClub at the hashtag on twitter. Tons of crazy and fun folk there. 🙂

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book taking place in Germany. I’m excited to read your book! 🙂 GOOD LUCK!

    And gosh I love cooking too. And OMG you have twins! I really want to have twins when I become a Mom one day. I think it’s exhausting and awesome at the same time. 🙂

  3. I love reading YA historicals! A Mad Wicked Folly was one of my fave’s this year. Have you read Robin LaFever’s Grave Merc y? It’s awesome, so is the sequel.
    Best of luck in PitchWars!

  4. I saw your pitch on #writeoncon before the website crashed. I didn’t read any contemps, but I hope you got a lot of great feedback. Good luck in #PitchWars! See you around twitter. 😀

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