#PimpMyBio 2017 / Pitch Wars Mentee Bio


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Hello Mentors & Pitch Wars Participants!

I may be late to the party, but I am here! My name is Marti Parham and I write YA that can fit into the genre of #Fantasy or #Urban Fantasy. If you are searching for me online I can be found on Twitter.

I heard about Pitch Wars after I started following Tomi Adeyemi’s blog and Twitter page sometime last year. Since then, I have been kinda-sorta obsessed with the community that Brenda Drake has created. If you don’t know about it already, you can read more about Pitch Wars here.

So, here’s a lil’ something about my entry.

*If you have an interest in any of these, you just may like THE WORST GIFT EVER:

-Female heroines
-The not so distant future
-Environmental Diseases
-Conspiracy Theories
-Black Girl Magic
-Female revolutionaries
-Mother/daughter drama
-Secret societies
-Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
-Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
-The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
-Gattaca by Andrew Niccol
-Get Out by Jordan Peele

Here’s a visual for ya too.

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*Stories & Authors I Like:
-Kindred by Octavia Butler
-My Soul To Keep by Tananarive Due
-Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
-The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
-The Diviners by Libby Bray
-Delirium by Lauren Oliver
-The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
-Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
-Hungers Games by Suzanne Collins
-Caraval by Stephanie Garber
-An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
-Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
-The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
-The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


*Why Did I Choose An MC Of Color? As an African-American woman, I wanted to create an #ownvoices story that gives teens, like many of the ones that I work with in Chicago, a young adult fiction story that they can see themselves in. YA books that show the true diversity that we live in can only help stretch the imagination of today’s youth, and I want to be a part of that movement.

*Why Should A Mentor Pick Me? I work very hard on the things that I commit to, and this project has been and continues to be, my most passionate commitment thus far. I am all about doing what it takes to make this manuscript the absolute best that it can be. SERIOUSLY. Constructive criticism from a mentor who sees the amazing possibilities of this story is exactly what I need and want. Teamwork makes the dream work, right? So please, if you’re looking for a team player PICK ME! PICK ME!

Find out more fun facts about me by clicking my “Have We Met?” page.

Big thanks to Brenda Drake and the PW crew and Lana Pattinson for creating these opportunities for writers. Read more PitchWars bios by clicking here.