The #PitchWars Mentee Bloghop!

Hello #PitchWars peeps! Welcome to Mermaids and Margaritas. I’m Becka, head mermaid and margarita-maker.

I live in Charleston, SC, although I’m originally from Lansing and Grand Rapids, MI (and married a boy from Detroit). Said boy and I have been married for 9.5 years (been together for 15) and have lived in Charleston for eleven. We have two American Staffordshire Terrier mixes (one is part Dachshund. I know: ouch!), three cats (one came with us all the way from Michigan!), and five chickens. Three of those baby chickens arrived in a box barely bigger than a shoebox three days ago, and I’m already in love with them ❤

The babies! 6 is checking out Max, Ripley is poofing in the middle, and Mononoke just wants to escape the coop!
The babies! 6 is checking out Mad Max the rooster, Ripley is poofing in the middle, and Mononoke just wants to escape the coop!

This year, I submitted a manuscript called SPEAK THE OCEAN, and you’ve probably guessed that it’s about mermaids. Creepy mermaids. My mermaids can’t grow legs and become human. In fact, they’re one of the apex predators of the sea (sharks can and do kill them, but not often). Just like in the original Hans Christian Andersen story, my mermaids turn into seafoam when they die, which is why it took so long for humans to find them (no bodies). Because of my background in fisheries biology, my fantasy story is very much grounded in science, right down to the feeling of the electroshocker.


In college I was a dumbass and electrocuted myself while trying to collect fish in a river. That shit HURTS. Which is why—if you’re the MC and you feel that—you’re reluctant to use it on anything else, even a fish. Especially a fish that looks pretty damn humanoid. And a fish that’s pretty damn humanoid doesn’t learn to be quiet if it’s not shocked every time it makes a noise.


I think you see where this is going. Actually, you may not, because StO isn’t a romance. It’s more like this:


Once more with feeling. And blood. Lots of blood.

The whole marine biology thing didn’t work out because I enjoy working in a lab with chemicals that change color and things that go BOOM on occasion. I’m now a nuclear chemist—NO I DON’T MAKE BOMBS. I actually protect you from the bombs that are being made. I test water, soil, vegetation, and tissue samples for radioactivity, PCBs, pesticides, and herbicides, to make sure the bad things aren’t getting into the water and food supply. I’m one of the good guys 🙂

Hops and Bou – two of the best

I’m a Whovian, a Cylon, a level 74 Night Elf Hunter (although it’s been a while), and a My Little Pony fanatic (I no longer collect, but I pre-date the Bronies by about 30 years). I have somehow turned into a backyard farmer.

Fearless Fury staring at the camera, while Max hangs back.
Fearless Fury staring at the camera, while Max hangs back.

But I’ve always been a mermaid.

Told you my mermaids were creepy. This is Erie.
Told you my mermaids were creepy. This is Erie.

Finally, my amazing CP Michael Mammay (who is also participating in PitchWars, but doesn’t have a blog to do a fun post of his own), wrote a testimonial for me:

Hi. My name is Mike, and I’m also entering Pitch Wars. I’ve worked with Becka on writing for the last year, and I’d like to provide this testimonial on her behalf.

She once killed a man with her bare hands. Don’t worry, he was totally a bad guy. He was mean to a puppy or something. And she may or may not have a Pegasus for a pet. I’ve never seen it myself, but South Carolina is a small state, and people talk. Oh, you want to know about writing? She knows like ALL the words. Rumor has it that she wrote the dictionary.

Seriously, she’s great to work with and takes feedback better than anyone I’ve ever met. And you can trust me on that. Because I’m Batman.

It's true!
Actual video of Mike in his pajamas 😉

Mike is an amazing CP, and anyone would be lucky to have him as a mentee. Mostly because he’s willing to keep that secret about what happened to the mean-puppy guy…


You can find the other mentee bios by following this link.


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Rebecca Enzor

Rebecca Enzor is a chemist in Charleston, SC who writes Young Adult and New Adult Fantasy and Magical Realism. Repped by Eric Smith of P.S. Literary. Her debut novel, SPEAK THE OCEAN, comes out with Reuts Pub in Fall 2018!

9 thoughts on “The #PitchWars Mentee Bloghop!”

  1. Baby chickenses! They are adorable. Mine are becoming obnoxious, and they’ve learned how to break out of their enclosure even with things covering the top to keep them in (they’re 8 weeks now). Ugh. It’s almost time for them to graduate outside with the big girls. As soon as we figure out how to keep them separated so no one is pecked to death.

    1. I loves them! But Max has to go. He was crowing at 5:45 this morning! IT WAS STILL DARK OUT! And he attacked one of the babies 😦

      Hops the dog is in absolute love with the babies too. It’s adorable. They don’t feel quite the same way about her 😉

  2. Go #PitchWars! I’m rooting for you, because StO is a great story! 🙂
    The new chicks are so cute. My girls are wearing me down to get a coop. We might have room for three. (I can’t even believe I’m considering it, but one of the local feed stores is supposed to have some available in a month.)

  3. Great bio and best of luck! Loving the creepy mermaids, and Erie is a fabulous name (though I’m partial, being from Erie County, NY 😉 And I love how big a comeback My Little Pony has had (or maybe, they never went away?) I was obsessed as a kid in the 80s.

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