Howdy! Welcome Pitch Wars mentors, mentees, and other creepers. I never know how to begin these things, so let’s just hop right into it.
My name’s Katie, and I am a true Katie, not a Katherine and also not a Kate because that would make me Kate Hudson, which is a name that’s already taken by this fabulous lady.
I’m a 21-year-old English major at Texas A&M University where we greet each other with ‘Howdy’ hence the greeting above. I’m from a small Texas town with a population of less than 5,000. My upbringing was basically an episode of Friday Night Lights considering my dad was a football coach and my mom a high school counselor. Julie Taylor and I even both love English (though, I pride myself on being 100x less whiny than the Taylor daughter).
I’ve always liked writing, but then the Harry Potter series happened to me in middle school. I was determined to be a novelist from the moment I read “To Harry Potter–the boy who lived!” I’ve finished several manuscripts since then. Most of them are so bad that I’ve locked them up in a box and plan to burn them or throw them in the ocean. I haven’t quite decided which option to go with yet hence the reason they still live. I’ve been working on my craft for several years now. As I head into my senior year at my university, I feel more confident in my writing than I have in a long time.
Now to cut to the good stuff.
The manuscript I’m submitting for Pitch Wars is a YA fantasy. I was in a writing slump, but then I saw this video and was inspired. What would a world be like if everyone was colorblind? What would it be like to write a colorblind character who got to see colors for the first time? And then COLORBLIND was born. I took inspiration from the American Colonial era when writing. The romantic subplot is based on PERSUASION by Jane Austen because the angst was too good to pass up.
On this post, I don’t want to include what will be in my query, so I will try to write some aspects of the story that aren’t in it.
My main character investigates terrorists to earn her colors one by one from the goddess that rules over the one color she can see. After each color she receives, there is a flashback to an experience she had with her love interest that connects to the color. Her love interest is the only person she knows that has always been able to see all colors, so she relates the colors to him. In my mind, while writing, I separated the story into colors (e.g. she earns green in this chapter, so the next few chapters are the green section) and tried to play around with the “theme” of the color in its section, which was a lot of fun!
Choice is the main theme of the book, and it begins with a choice she made before the story began–allowing her parents to persuade her against marrying the boy she loves. Romance is a large factor of the story, but my main character’s relationship with the refugee that moves in with her family, along with her relationship with her parents are also central to the plot. My main character also finds a parental figure in the goddess that gives her colors which becomes a defining relationship for her and her development. When writing my main character, I wanted someone average with no title to her name or magical power other than her passion for the world and the colors she receives and what those colors represent to her. This story means a lot to me, and I hope I can find a mentor that will love it as much as I do!
- I’m a former Walt Disney World cast member
- I won two state championships for high school theatre (Yes, Texas has competitive theatre)
- I have a poodle named Elvis and a chiweenie named Chewbacca
- I’m the middle child of three girls
- I’d go to the movies every day if my bank account allowed it
- I’m a Gryffindor
- I love Fall so much it hurts (cool weather, sweaters, the smells, holidays, football)
- Tex-Mex gives me life
- I can’t stop listening to Hamilton
Favorite Books and Authors:
- Harry Potter (of course)
- Sarah J Maas (I’m basically Feyre which means I must end up with a Rhys. Right?)
- Anything by Jane Austen (Mr. Darcy *swoon*)
- The Infernal Devices
- The Lunar Chronicles
- A Song of Ice and Fire series
- Vampire Academy series
- The Hunger Games
- JRR Tolkien and C.S. Lewis (the ultimate writer-friendship)
- Percy Jackson
- And so many more
Favorite TV Shows:
- Game of Thrones (I met GRRM and brag about it every chance I get)
- The 100
- Gilmore Girls
- Boy Meets World (Cory and Topanga are everything)
- Friday Night Lights
- ATLA (Zuko has my heart)
- Vampire Diaries
- The Walking Dead
- Jane the Virgin
- And so many 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. I’m awful at blogging. This is my first post in almost a year, but you can find me on Twitter @katiebhudson. If there are any other mentees who would like to talk please don’t be shy! Find the info for the Pitch Wars Blog Hop on Lana Pattinson’s blog here.
I look forward to hearing from you soon,
(Me and George RR Martin)