Hi, I'm Wendy! I write psychological thrillers. I feel honored to have been selected as a Pitch Wars mentor. I will be reading each submission closely and requesting additional pages if necessary.
Fun facts about me: I am a Los Angeles native. I worked food service for a really long time and have been yelled at by a plethora of celebrities. I am the guardian of a very strange Boston Terrier who is eleven years into a failed suicide mission (he likes to eat bad things). My personality is kind of like a chipper Wednesday Addams.
I'm not looking for a perfect project. I'm looking for a book I can help, that I believe in, and for an author who's willing to put in the work.
Note: My inbox is a safe and supportive space for LGBTQIA+ authors, authors of color, authors with disabilities, authors of all ages, authors of all faiths and cultures, authors of all shapes and sizes, and authors from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Everyone is welcome, and everyone will be given equal consideration.
- Mystery (dark and pacey, not cozy)
- Suspense (fast-paced, i.e. Vertigo)
- Maybe horror. I could be convinced.
- Maybe literary fiction, if it's dark, pacey, and edgy
- Mixed Genre Mystery/Thrillers (I LOVE THESE):
- Scary vampires
- Haunted houses
- Southern gothic
- Cool historical settings
- Secret societies
- Cult/mystical/ritualistic elements
- Tough adventurous kids (Slumdog Millionaire, Stranger Things)
A note on domestic suspense/thriller projects:
I'm open to these, but the conflict in the story should be related to the thriller (not the domestic) elements for me to be a good match. For example:
- Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land: The conflict comes from the story around coping with having a serial killer mother. Domestic conflicts are the B story.
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: The conflict comes from an unreliable narrator's potential participation in a crime, and the domestic conflicts with the ex husband and roommate are secondary.
A note on New Adult:
I am open to these projects if you're willing to rebrand them as Adult/Crossover. This means the characters are college age or older and could potentially be marketed to an adult audience. There's a lot online about this, but here's a blog post I like.
How I Can Help
- Plot and pacing. According to my critique partners, this is how I'm most helpful.
- Disclaimer: I am best at commercial pacing. If your goal is literary pacing, you may be dissatisfied with my recommendations.
- Outlining and organization. I use beat sheets to organize my own books.
- Forensics, criminology, and other potential research sand traps. I am a relentless fact-checker.
- Mystery and thriller specific writing strategies such as placement of clues and reveals, red herrings and misdirections, and twist endings.
- Characterizations and psychology.
- Line edits, stylistic concerns, and grammar.
- Publishing industry info and advice.
I am not THE Best mentor For
SFF, Magical Realism, Speculative
Please DO NOT SEND ME
On page sexual assault of women written by cis male writers
Stories written by cis men where sexual assault is the motive for revenge
On page sexual assault or violence toward children or animals
Potential follow-up questions:
Q: I am a man writing about sexual assault of men. Can I send it to you?
Q: I am a woman/trans/nonbinary person and writing about sexual assault. Can I send it to you?
Favorite well-known Books in random order
Note: This list is ridiculously long. And yet it was impossible to shorten it. So here we are.
- Good Me, Bad Me, Ali Land
Before I Go To Sleep, SJ Watson
Jar of Hearts, Jennifer Hillier
You, Caroline Kepnes
The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ruth Ware
The Kind Worth Killing, Peter Swanson
Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough
Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Jeff Lindsay
Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
Smilla's Sense of Snow, Peter Hoeg
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt
Q&A, Vikas Swarup
The Mayfair Witches series, Interview With The Vampire series, Anne Rice
- Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
Kitchen, NP, Banana Yoshimoto
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
The Canon of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (I can’t pick a favorite.)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The ABC Murders, Murder on the Orient Express, And Then There Were None, and so many others, by Dame Agatha Christie
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Girls of Riyadh, Rajaa Alsanea
The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
The Big Sleep, Double Indemnity, The Lady In The Lake, Raymond Chandler
The Shining, Stephen King
The Black Dahlia, James Ellroy
I'll Be Gone In The Dark, Michelle McNamara
Shutter Island, Mystic River, Dennis Lehane