Meet the Mentees: Post # 4

Showcasing the talent of the #TeenPit Class of 2017!

Mentee: Rachel Schweitzer

Mentor: Julie Artz
Title: Mystics
Genre: Fantasy
I started writing when I was in elementary school, but started writing seriously in about 6th grade. My #TeenPit project was inspired by the daydreams in my mind. I love extraordinary things, therefore, my characters are able to do extraordinary, supernatural things. My favorite author would be Rick Yancy, I love his writing style. It’s really difficult for me to choose a favorite book. I would  have to go with my all time favorite City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare. My advice for other teen writers would have to be, never give up! There comes a point where you may think your writing is terrible but that’s what editing is for! Always continue in what you’re passionate about!
Mentee: David King
Mentor: Tracy Gold
Title: Infinitum
Genre: Adult Sci-fi
1. When did you start writing? I started writing back in the winter/spring of 2016, with a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel, The Void, which was cancelled, but may be revived in the future.

2. What inspired your #TeenPit project? I was wandering around, thinking about cool sci-fi ideas, and I thought about first contact novels between aliens and human, thinking about how I could breathe new life into it, and thus, Infinitum was born.
3. Who is your favorite author? You have to ask the hard questions… I think Andy Weir, he’s only written one novel, but it was awesome, and I can’t wait for the next novel to come out.
4. What is your favorite book? I’d have to say Leviathan wakes
5. Is there a piece of advice you’d like to give other teen writers about revising, working with a mentor, entering a contest, etc? When you’re writing your novel and you get stuck, write, just write, if you need to, go research stuff related to your book to give you inspiration. Just focus on your project, and pump out the words.

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