Pitch Wars is upon us, so I’d thought I’d go ahead and make my bio! Thanks to Lana Pattinson for hosting #PimpMyBio. You can find her website and the blog hop here!
My name’s Katie, and I’ll be submitting a middle grade sci-fi. I’m a recent college grad from Texas that will be starting my first job (oh my gosh real world!) as a high school English and theatre teacher in the fall. I write science fiction and fantasy for middle grade kids and young adults from my not-so-fantastical apartment/lair. I’m a proud Gryffindor that enjoys going to the movies once a week, travelling though I have no money, and belting out Disney songs in my car named Luna. My greatest achievements have to be getting moved from the worst seat at an Ed Sheeran concert to the front row, meeting George RR Martin (GOT starts this week!!!), and surviving a semester working at Magic Kingdom in Disney World. Graduating college is up there, too, but definitely below the Ed Sheeran concert experience.
Now cut to the good stuff.
I will be submitting VIRTUAL TALE, a MG sci-fi that follows Poppy, a 12-year-old who wakes after a car accident to discover she’s living in a virtual reality world designed after fairy tales while, in the real world, her body sleeps in a coma.
Poppy couldn’t care less that the VR company has made her and eight other disadvantaged children its charity project. All Poppy cares about is that she gets to live in a free world of castles, enchanted forests, and magic, instead of the controlling, cage-like walls of her parents’ house.
However, Fairy Vale isn’t the perfect escape the company promised. Conceited prince charmings badger her about the location of a key she knows nothing about, Poppy’s stern supervisor forbids her from trusting her hermit of a fairy godfather, and an evil witch, known as the North Witch, returns from the dead to take over the minds of Fairy Vale’s guests—including Poppy’s.
Along with teaming up with the cautious Oliver and offbeat Eliza, Poppy must trust her instincts and her heart if she is to discover the location of the key that opens the North Witch’s prison. If the key gets into the wrong hands, the witch could take control of Poppy’s mind. Time ticks down before the witch gains her freedom, or worse, Poppy’s time in Fairy Vale ends, and she’s forced back to the real world. There, only a coma awaits her, and in the real world, not even true love’s kiss can wake her from that sleep.
Fun facts about VIRTUAL TALE:
- At my university, I was taking a course on fairy tales while writing the manuscript, so I got to put all my fairy tale knowledge to use.
- Poppy’s parents are strange and distant, so there’s definitely something fishy about them.
- One of Poppy’s friends was slightly inspired by Paris Geller from Gilmore Girls.
- Though it is a sci-fi, it feels like a fantasy since a majority of the story takes place in a fairy tale VR world.
- Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- Sarah J Maas and all her stories
- Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
- Jenny Han and her lovely writing
- JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis’s friendship and their books
- Game of Thrones
- The 100
- Gilmore Girls
- And so much more
Why Would You Want To Work With Me?
I am willing to devote myself to making this novel as close to perfect as we can get it. I’m so grateful for all the mentors and everyone running the contest. I would never waste your time. I take critiques well and am flexible. I’m completely willing to go on an Elle-Woods-after-Warner-says-she’s-not-smart-montage and work hard. I also would love to form a friendship with my mentor. Writing-friends are such a great kind of friends.
If you made it this far, thank you for reading. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram @katiebhudson. If there are any other mentees who would like to talk please don’t be shy!
I can’t wait for our next adventure,