Hello everyone! Exciting news! As my WIP is rapidly approaching its final stages, I’m gearing up to send it out into the world. One of my fellow writer friends stumbled upon PitchWars, a mentoring program that could potentially help me improve my novel and get it ready for agents. So now it’s time to #BoostMyBio and introduce myself to them (and everyone else).
My name is Sarah Tanzmann and I’m from Austria (not to be confused with Australia). I’m a student of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna and I try to surround myself with as much English as possible.
A few fun facts
- I’m a real Potterhead. My bookshelves are filled with way too many Harry Potter books, some even in languages that I don’t speak (because why not?)
- German is my first language, but I haven’t read a German book in more than 5 years!!! Sorry, English is just way better.
- I lived in the USA for a total of 18 months (Chicago, Florida, Pennsylvania) and it will forever be a home away from home.
- I’ve kept every movie ticket I bought in the last ten years. Is that weird?
Some books I love
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda AND Leah on the Off-Beat
- The Hate U Give
- A Closed and Common Orbit
- The Mortal Instruments Series
Favorite book genres
- fantasy! (mostly in writing)
- sci-fi (I’ve already got an idea)
- contemporary YA
But now on to the most important part…
My debut novel: SEELIE PRINCESS
This YA fantasy novel is the first full length novel I’ve ever written (in English, thank God no one will ever see the ones I wrote in German). It’s the first part in a series of two called THE CROWN OF TÍR NA NÓG. It is also set in the same realm as my two short stories (click here for more info).
What’s it about?
Kayla lives in the bustling city of Chicago. She and her family moved there when her father went missing, or, as Kayla’s mother believes, died in a car accident. But Kayla’s mother thinks that faeries only exist in stories. One day, encouraged by a mysterious message she receives hidden in an acorn, Kayla embarks on a journey into the lands of the faeries to find her lost father.
What to expect
- faeries! lot’s of them
- f/f romance
- strong female characters
- a magical realm (where words such as gay and lesbian just don’t exist, because everyone is open-minded)
- elements of Celtic mythology
- names that are pretty on the eye but you won’t be able to pronounce them (sorry, not sorry)
Why this story is worth your time
It’s been about four years since Kayla entered my heart. Ever since then, she’s been by my side as I struggled through heart-break and depression. She gives me strength when I have none left. She’s more than a character on paper (or screen), she’s my friend.
So for four years I’ve poured my heart and soul into this novel. When I first had the idea, I had this vision of a young girl, embarking on this big journey of finding her father and falling in love for the first time. I knew from the very beginning that this novel would tackle the issues of loss and queer love. And I always knew what I did not want: a coming-out story. While Kayla has to overcome many obstacles, this isn’t one of them.
So, to summarize, SEELIE PRINCESS is a story about love, loss, and friendship, all sprinkled with a good amount of faerie dust.
Why pick me as your mentee?
I am determined and diligent. I don’t give up easily. The best example for this is my novel. It took a year to plan it, another to write it, and two more to edit it. I never rushed this, but instead took the time to show it to some beta readers and share it with fellow writers. I have spent countless hours (days, months!) with the feedback that I’ve been given. But it’s all worth it, if it helps me achieve my dream of having this book published (so I can hold it in my hands and sniff it, hihi…).
No matter how much time I’ve spent on this novel, there’s only so much I can do. I’m not a native speaker (sadly) and I’m not an experienced writer. So now I’m looking for a guiding hand who’ll help me along this crooked path to become a published author.
You can find me on twitter @sarah_tanzmann