Welcome, fellow Pitch Wars contestants, mentors, agents, baffled strangers stumbling across me in a Google search! My name is ADAM SASS (a real name–it’s German/Nordic), I’m entering 2016’s Pitch Wars as a YA author, and this is my “PIMP MY BIO”!

TwinPeaks

I’ve just gone through a major life change. Growing up in the farming outskirts of Illinois (ever seen A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN? There!), I dreamed of living in a city so full of energy and different people that I’d never have the same day twice. I achieved that goal ten years ago when I moved to Los Angeles to write stories and make sketch comedy films with my new friends. I did that and did it well: I made the best memories of my life. Last month, I re-achieved my childhood goal when I scooped my husband and two dachshunds and moved to New York City!

I recently finished the manuscript for my YA Contemporary Fantasy that began life the way I begin all my writing: in Sharpie on the back of Starbucks pastry bags. Sometimes I got so swept up scribbling that I forgot to make your latte–I apologize with the deepest, red-cheeked embarrassment!

Sawyer

I’m figuring out my next story, eager to duplicate that addictive, Pop-Rocks-in-a-Pepsi-bottle feeling that I got from this one. It’s tough because I can’t get this book out of my head!

About my book:

A teenage LOST, SURRENDER YOUR SONS is an escape adventure set at a gay “conversion therapy” camp on a secluded island. It’s off the radar from mainland society–a perfect dumping ground for kids of families who want their children straight by any means necessary. The camp has operated for years without supervision, but their newest camper is about to blow this happy harmony to smithereens. MARCOS MAJOR is sixteen, abandoned, and guarding a secret: electricity bursts from his hands when anxiety attacks hit him. As Marcos digs deeper into the camp’s thorny history, he discovers they know more about his power than he does. These religious fanatics view Marcos’s electricity as “The Devil’s Power,” yet another sin to be purged. He’ll have to conquer his anxiety to control his power or he’ll never find his way home.

I adored writing Marcos because he’s terrified. I put him through the ringer, and he kept surprising me by meeting challenges with strength, warmth, and humor. He’s Marty McFly by way of Jon Snow.

Meanwhile…

While I’m sorting out the Next Book, I’m exploring my new city (thanks, Pokemon Go!), finding my nearest library, writing for queer geek entertainment site GeeksOut, and preparing for Brooklyn’s Flame Con (LGBTQ Comic-Con)–which I desperately wanted to take part in last year but was stuck in LA. Not anymore!

Goron

More about me:

*I’m a Zelda head. Specifically Ocarina of Time. I could live in Zora’s Domain.

*RAVENCLAW. I know, I’m far from the only gay writer Ravenclaw (I’m not even the only gay writer Ravenclaw reading this bio probably), but I bleed Blue-n-Bronze. Give me a puzzle to solve (hi, Zelda).

*INTROVERT. This throws people when they meet me. I may be outgoing, chatty, and speak my mind in a full, booming voice (yet I still get ma’am-ed on the phone). However, I’m a party-phobic person who prefers one-on-one coffees or recharging my batteries alone with an Agatha Christie. Please don’t make me stay out too late. I’ll stay up late writing, but that’s only because I can create chaos and destruction on the page instead of in real life (which WILL happen if I’m up late).

Ben book club

*Former contestant on VH1’s WORLD SERIES OF POP CULTURE. I lost but showcased my “circa 2006” long, luscious locks for the viewing public. It’s buried online somewhere.

*My husband is an ICU nurse, so I’m always bugging him with writing questions like “would this type of accident kill someone?” or “are you super sure they couldn’t survive?”

My faves:

Books: Recently, my standouts are Andrew Smith’s GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE, Becky Albertalli’s SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, Adam Silvera’s MORE HAPPY THAN NOT, and Alex London’s PROXY and GUARDIAN. YA fiction is the tip of the spear with LGBTQ characters, way ahead of TV and movies. Let’s keep these queer kids kissing!

StarWars

TV: LOST (because of course), TWIN PEAKS, X-FILES, MURDER SHE WROTE, and much to my delight, the new LADY DYNAMITE on Netflix. Basically any show where people are confounded, in over their head, and trying to solve something (quite a Ravenclaw list, no?)

Movies: MULHOLLAND DRIVE (gays! puzzles!), BATMAN RETURNS, KILL BILL, REAR WINDOW, JURASSIC PARK (I have a thing for characters in jungle peril!)

Milhouse

Music: Currently playlist is Aimee Mann, Carly Rae Jepsen, Lana Del Rey, Smashing Pumpkins, and Squirrel Nut Zippers.

In conclusion, why should you pick me/befriend me?

Damn, you’re a tough sell, aren’t you? You read all this way down and still on the fence? Well, okay, here’s one last pitch:

Sayid Shannon

Whether you’re looking to mentor me or just want to be writer buddies, you’re going to get the same level of commitment. I love to collaborate and gush about stories. It’s probably the biggest reason I pursue traditional publishing because I believe that it takes a village to write a book. Also, I subscribe to the “we serve no wine before its time” school of thought about revision. Get it right. If a part isn’t working, it doesn’t matter if I love it or my mom loves it. It’s gotta go.

So, now you know me. You know all about me, but I know nothing about you! That hardly seems fair, don’t you think? Jump into my comments. Find me on Twitter (@TheAdamSass) and say “hi.” And if you’re in New York, let’s meet up. I’m new and eager to make memories!

Witches

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Adam Sass

ADAM SASS is a journalist and copy editor for Mediaplanet, which prints in USA Today. His short story appeared in the anthology STARLING SCI-FI: NEW TALES OF THE BEYOND and was nominated for Best Science Fiction Story by Writer’s Digest. He lives in New York City with his husband and two dachshunds.

Keep up with Adam’s pop culture blogging at GeeksOut.org and on his (over)active Twitter: @TheAdamSass.