Welcome to Zoe, who Michelle found through Brenda Drake’s event Pitch Wars! In Pitch Wars,writers apply to be mentored by a writer (or team of writers) to help them polish their pitch and their manuscript. Michelle was definitely wowed by her campus mystery, mentored by Elizabeth Little (author of the terrific PRETTY AS A PICTURE). Here’s how Zoe describes her novel:

“[it] follows a young black history professor who’s just minding her own business, teaching her classes and going on bad first dates when she’s anonymously attacked one night—and in the same way that her colleague was just murdered, no less. She wants to know why. Although it’s a mystery and it takes on some dark topics, I think what makes my story unique is its light tone and quirky characters (which, frankly, academia generates at alarming rates, anyway). I’m very proud of the fact that the majority of my characters are women of color, daughters of immigrants, and/or queer. And that we get to see them having fun and goofing off and looking for love in all the wrong places while also being so damn smart and totally badass and ready to knock you out. While drinking margaritas. And buying Lizzo tickets.”