Hi, future Pitch War Mentor (Will you be my mentor?). I’m Hannah. Or as everyone on social media knows me: @imhannahhunt. I’m like Bond. James Bond. Only slightly more innocent looking (most people mistake me for Castiel if they tried to match me with a character) but just as deadly. I’m also a twenty-three-year-old woman. So we have our differences.
So, yeah, um. I’m awkward. And introverted. As an INTJ I plan to rule the world some day but may not actually get around to it due to lack of motivation and fear of socializing with others. So I write books instead.
I’ve been writing for about ten years now (9 really, but a decade sounds nicer). I wrote my first novel during the summer between middle and high school after reading Twilight. I’ve had two works reviewed by editors at HarperCollins with a lot of encouragement through the now-decomissioned Inkpop.com by the time I was 17 and have published several short stories.
I earned my BA in English Literature and graphic design from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and am working as an interior designer while saving to move to New York and snatch myself a job in publishing either as a graphic designer or as part of a marketing team, or–if I could pick any job–as a literary assistant (small future-agent dreams).
My one true love in terms of genre is YA. I think there are a lot of boundaries that are pushed and truths that come out thematically across the group, but if I had to pick a genre to read for the rest of my life it’d be Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Which, luckily, is what I write.
I also have some random facts about me, in case you’re curious:
- I will maim your feelings with my stories
- I rode and showed Quarter Horses for 10 years
- I’m left-handed
- I love criticism. The more red-ink the better.
- I live on Disney GIFS
- I write and edit insanely fast. So don’t be surprised at emails from 3 or 4 am.
- Slytherin for the win
My fictional idols:
- Sherlock Holmes (BBC)
- Tony Stark (Iron-Man)
- Enda Mode (The Incredibles)
- Peggy Carter (Agent Carter)
- Delilah Bard (A Darker Shade of Magic)
- Jay Gatsby (Gatsby)
- Mushu (Mulan)
- Miguel & Tulio (The Road to El Dorado)
- Anastasia (Fox Studios)
My living idols:
- Kiera Knightly
- Natalie Portman
- V. E. Schwab
- Benedict Cumberbatch
- Nikola Tesla (except he’s dead)
- Mary Wollstonecraft (also dead)
My Pitch Wars 2017 YA manuscript is one I’ve tentatively titled BEAST. In short, it’s a futuristic retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. With darkness, Cyborgs, and a Western flair with themes similar to Westworld.
Here, have some novel aesthetics.
Essentially this manuscript stars Kay, an eighteen-year-old exo-mechanic with rebuilt hands, who spends her days building prosthetics for other people’s pets. Sounds cute, right? Wrong. In Kay’s world, her work is illegal–anything not fully human is wrong, impure. So Kay works in secret, taking clients where she can to make enough to keep her and her horse fed and hidden from the prying eyes of the Purists.
But when one of her builds goes rogue and leads the town to her front door, she runs.
Luckily, she falls into the ranks of the Robot Jazz Band as a mechanic (similar to the troupe in Stations Eleven). When word of Kay’s monstrous abilities to re-gift life catches up with them, the route becomes anything but fine. And when the Purist movement pushes back, afraid of a Bionic uprising, Kay must make the ultimate decision of who she’s going to become: the monster they make her out to be, or the human girl she yearns to remain.
What this manuscript includes:
- F/F friendships
- LGBTQ+ character hints
- Bittersweet moments
- Dry humor
- STEM girls
- Ableism/Disabled characters
- PONIES *cough* Horses.
- Speakeasies (for the music)
- A dash of dual POV
- Friends turned enemies
What Inspired BEAST
My love for horses + my brain’s knack for plausible sci-fi + the value of humanity (what makes someone human) + dystopia + my love of Frankenstein and the relationship between man and monster + Westworld + the US political climate + my relationship with a few disabled friends + did I mention my love for horses?
This is my eighth manuscript — the third I plan to query — and I really hope one of you fabulous mentors out there likes it. There’s a lot of darkness and grit in it and I really feel like it has a place somewhere in the YA Sci-Fi genre. And I hope you’ll agree.
Me as a Mentee
In case you haven’t noticed, I write. A lot. And I write FAST.
I’m willing to work and work HARD.
I throw myself into projects and will use every spare moment I have when it comes to revisions.
I love criticism — the more red ink the better. And I will ask questions if I don’t understand something.
I’m also very blunt. And consider myself rather witty.
I will admit I have a problem with grammar — specifically, it’s vs its (which tends to happen in oversight), and semicolons and comma usage. Just a heads up.
And there you have it, friends. You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest as @imhannahhunt if you’re curious. Thanks for reading!