#PitchWars Mentee Blog Hop!

by | Aug 18, 2014 | Lists, Métro, Boulot, Dodo, Writing | 6 comments

Oh! Hello there! I am delighted to be participating in Brenda Drake’s fantastic Pitch Wars contest this year, and figured I ought to throw my bio out there as part of the Mentee blog hop! If you have no interest in learning more about me, or for some reason really hate obnoxious amounts of GIFs, well, you might want to move along.

First off, I’m Lyra! (Yes, it’s my real name, and yes, the Golden Compass books were based entirely on my life.) I’m 26, and live in the Best City in America, aka Boston.

I’ve been writing since a very young age. My mom recently unearthed a short story, written and illustrated by eight-year-old moi, about a farmer tying chickens to pigs in order to prove the old adage “when pigs fly.” In 5th grade, I wrote a novel about a warrior princess named Jade and her trusty unicorn steed. My stories have since become slightly more sophisticated.

I’m pretty bad at Twitter. Like, I still don’t really get it?

I read. A lot. My worst nightmare is people asking me what my favorite book/author is–that question has no answer. I love fantasy first and foremost, but I’ll read just about anything. The last book I cried over: Leigh Bardugo’s Ruin and Rising. The last literary book I read: Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. Book I’m itching to get my paws on: Sarah Rees Brennan’s Unmade.

I graduated from the University of Florida. With a major in Political Science and a minor in English. I once took a class called “Victorian Vampires” from a Romanian professor named Dragan who wore only black. (You can’t make this stuff up.)

I play the piano, sing, paint, and do calligraphy. My husband says I belong in an Austen novel since I’m such an “accomplished young lady.”

I am a fangirl. Full stop. I belong to more fandoms than I care to name. Supernatural, Doctor Who, BtVS, Battlestar Galactica, GoT…the list goes on. And on. I have no shame. What can I say, I love to squeeeee!

When I’ve had a few glasses of wine, I start to sound reeeaalll Southern. But that’s okay–there’s something to be said for growing up in the South.

And that’s me in a nutshell!

Be sure to head over to Dannie Morin’s blog to check out the other Mentee bios!


  1. Lise (@lisefrac)

    Boston is the best city, agreed 🙂 Although I don’t dare live IN it, or really even the suburbs. (I live out in Central MA).

    I’ve yet to dig into Ruin and Rising. I expect pain, though I honestly have no idea how Bardugo can wrap this series up in one book in a satisfying way.

    Best of luck in Pitch Wars! What was your submission?

    • Lyra Selene

      Central MA has its perks too!

      I was actually pretty impressed with how Bardugo wrapped up the series–I too had my doubts. It was satisfying and unsatisfying in all the right ways…we’ll see about the spin-off!

      I submitted a Roaring 20’s inspired alt-universe fantasy! Fingers crossed 🙂

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. Jenna

    “Accomplished young ladies” are rare these days:) Great bio!

    • Lyra Selene

      Thanks for visiting!

  3. ermckeon

    Your chicken/pig story actually sounds awesome. My kids would read a story like that. 🙂

    Good luck with your Pitch Wars submission!

  4. Tammy Gibaud

    Don’t feel too bad about having twitter dumbs. I had to play at it for a bit to figure out what I was doing. Good luck in #pitchwars this year.