This will be my third year entering Pitch Wars. I haven’t been picked yet to be a mentee, but maybe the third time’s the charm…especially since I’m trying out a new age category (MG). You can find me on Twitter at @nicolelynnhoefs.
I’m submitting a f/f MG contemporary manuscript this year. Below you’ll find a short summary for The Fine Art of Friendship & French Pastries, plus a novel aesthetic. And the Pinterest inspiration board can be found here.
Twelve-year-old Emma is used to the same routine on endless repeat: going to school, helping her mom at her French baking school, and then back home again. But when Talia comes into her life, everything changes. The girls spend every free minute together. During one of those moments, Talia confesses that she likes girls. But what surprises Emma is the feelings she starts to develop. Middle school is already a headache with navigating precarious friendships, and an extra dose of hormones. But add in a girl crush on her new best friend, and Emma’s life is on a whole new level of complicated.
Writing influences/Why I want to be a mentee
Previously, all my manuscripts have been YA contemporary romance. Last year one of the mentors kept saying I should change my age category to MG, because they really wanted to read my manuscript. That story needed to be YA though. But after watching the way my nine-year-old niece devours books, it made me remember how important books were to me way back at her age. I started reading young, and I haven’t stopped since. Well except for some reading slumps here and there. But who’s counting those?
As to why I should be chosen, all I’m going to say is that I’m a hard worker. And like everyone else in the contest, I’d love the opportunity to work with any of the amazing mentors that are donating their time.
Since I listed some of my all-time fave books last year, here’s a list of my recent faves (within the last year or so):
- This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
- Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
- P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
- Boomerang by Noelle August
- Drama by Raina Telgemeier
- Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
- Saga Volumes 1-6 by Brian K. Vaughan
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
- Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
- The Deal by Elle Kennedy
- The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
- Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers
- Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo
- Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
- Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein
I still live in Waukesha, WI–and starting tomorrow, I’ll have been at my day job for exactly five years. Crazy how time flies. I got my Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, majoring in English – Creative Writing with a minor in Business Administration.
- I’m a Ravenclaw through and through. I’m not sure what my hybrid house is though. I’ve taken quizzes that give me different answers: Slytherclaw, and Ravenpuff. One thing I’m not is a Gryffindor. I’m so not brave.
- I’m a really picky eater, but I’m trying new things…sometimes. Hey, picky eaters weren’t made unpicky in a day!
- Kids and pets love me, but I have neither.
- Once again, I’m telling you about my love for Netflix. My watch list is insanely long (I’m newer to streaming TV), but two of my more recent faves are iZombie, and Supernatural.
- My major love for writing started after reading Harry Potter. I was OBSESSED with Draco Malfoy; I still kind of am. Seriously, I would fight over him with my best friend at the time. And my love for him poured out into fanfiction from the ages of 13-19. I have a lot of stories left that need to be posted, so I’m debating going back to fanfiction as a creative outlet that’s enjoyable, and just for me.
- I can be a bit of a rambler…at least on the internet…if you couldn’t tell. Haha.
*Sorry these are kind of the same facts as last year. I’m awful at figuring out fun facts about myself.