Monday, August 18, 2014

Sarah's Pitch Wars Mentee Bio

It seems like a lot of the Pitch Wars contestants are making bios. I wasn't going to, but, you know...peer pressure.

Hi. My name is Sarah (you might know me as appifanie, aka a bad phonetic spelling of epiphany) and I write YA Contemporary. I have ideas for some NA, but unless you're interested in the figments in my brain and my various Pinterest boards, you're out of luck for now. 

Why should you pick me? It took me thirty-something years to figure out what I wanted to be when I grow up. I was briefly waylaid by a high school English teacher who sort of beat the creative out of me. But now, I know what I want and I'm going to get it.

I'm a writer. With a BBA in Marketing and Management. 

There has to be a reason why I've moved all over the country and held a ton of different jobs, right? From toy store employee to working for a state Lt. Governor to working for an engineering firm to working for the Chancellor at a major university, I've met a ton of people and done a lot of things. I've lived in CT, NY, NH, ME, NC, VA and KS.  

I love constructive criticism. Regarding writing. Not much else though ;)

I'm a couch potato. I love books, of course, but I also love TV. My DVD shelf includes important things, like all things Joss Whedon. I also have Supernatural, Psych, Fringe, Eureka, Veronica Mars, Tru Calling, 2 seasons of Dawson's Creek, and the all important Wonderfalls. Right above this paragraph, Caroline Dhavernas as Jaye is annoyed if you haven't seen Wonderfalls. Pre-Pushing Daisies, Pre-Hannibal Bryan Fuller. Inanimate objects talk to her. And LEE PACE. So, you know. Go. Watch.

I'm a mom of a 2nd grader who was reading at almost a 4th grade level at the beginning of 1st grade (she's even smarter than I was!). She's sensitive and funny and smart and I love her the most. I also have an 11 week old Pug puppy, Arya Chickpea. 

My husband has been in the Army for 18 1/2 years and we only just moved to way the heck upstate NY. We spent almost 5 years in Fort Bragg, and as northerners, the south is just too hot for us. I get heat migraines. So, yeah, bring on the lake effect snow.

I'm a vegan. Don't worry, I won't make you eat any vegan food, but I make amazing vegan cupcakes and I've fed them to: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, Meagan Spooner, Amie Kaufman, Beth Revis, Jessica Spotswood, Nathan Kotecki, Alexandra Duncan... I'm sure there are more. I've been vegan for about a decade.

If you have any questions, let me know!


  1. Hi aren't the only one that hasn't been on a straight path to author-dom since they first held a pencil! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Arya Chickpea. Such a cute name for a pug :) good luck on PW!

  3. Vegans Unite! I fall off the wagon sometimes (read: because I'm addicted to sugary baked goods, and since I don't know how to bake, I buy them). I, too, love SPN. I can't wait for October. Season Ten. Wow.

    Good luck with #PitchWars!

    1. Oh yeah I was a crap baker once upon a time. You improve pretty fast, give it a try :D Vegan MoFo starts Sept 1st - give it a look!