Admission time: this is my first experience with Pitch Wars. I’d heard of the contest before, of course. I saw the hashtag floating around Twitter, and I read about other writers’ experiences with the contest. But I’d never felt ready to give it a shot.
This year, though, I think I’m ready. And to start, I’d like to introduce myself to others in the Pitch Wars community, as part of the Pimp My Bio blog tour.
First things first: I’m Miranda Burski. I live in the Canadian Prairies, I have a rabbit that thinks she’s some sort of dog-goat-toddler hybrid, and I hate that I have to go down to the States to get Vanilla Coke. (Seriously… why don’t they just sell it here? You can’t tell me there wouldn’t be enough of a market.)
Books are a huge part of my life. I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember, and my taste spans genres and categories. My bookshelves are like my music collection: chances are, no matter who you are, you’ll find something you enjoy. And then I’ll overwhelm you when I start telling you about all of the other things I think you should be reading.
Writing is at the heart of who I am, but I’m also an amateur photographer. I really just take pictures for fun, though, which is why so many of them feature either food or my rabbit, Cookie. But I also love to cook and bake, so I have plenty of material to work with.
If you’re more interested in my professional life, though, then here it is: I have a degree in journalism, which eventually led me to the communications field. Currently, I work as a communications consultant in the agriculture industry, which means I probably know more about livestock and crops than most people who didn’t grow up on a farm or ranch.
It also means I have a lot of experience with editing and marketing. And I’d love to be able to use that to help sell my books, bringing me to…
I’ve been writing fiction for, oh, about 15 years now. I don’t remember exactly when I started, but I do know it began with fanfiction. More specifically, Harry Potter fanfiction. I eventually delved into original short stories and poetry, which led me to novels.
Most of my fiction falls within the fantasy genre, though I also dabble in horror and, even more occasionally, contemporary fiction. I also try to incorporate a comedic element, when it fits.
I have a couple of different manuscripts in the works right now, each in a different stage. This is due to two things: I alternate manuscripts between revisions, so that my eyes are fresh, and I start a new manuscript each NaNoWriMo. Right now, though, I only have one that I feel is ready for agents’ eyes: OF VIDEOS AND LEPRECHAUNS (or V&L, as I’ll refer to it).
My Pitch Wars novel
To sum V&L up in a sentence: It’s the story of three leprechauns who have to retrieve blackmail evidence to save their species. It’s an adult comedic fantasy, told from multiple points of view. Sure, it gets a bit violent at times, and there’s definitely a lot of swearing. But there’s also a puppy and more than a few Sherlock Holmes references, so I figure things balance out pretty well.
I’ve loved working on V&L, and I’m hoping there’s a Pitch Wars mentor out there who’ll love working on it with me just as much. Or at least half as much.
So, that’s me in a nutshell. If you read all the way through, then thanks! I hope to see you in the Pitch Wars thread on Twitter.