#PitchWars Mentee Bio: Thea Monyee´
Here is what you should know about me and why we will make perfect #LEMONADE together!
Before finding this twitter space I was literally a floundering hot mess of a writer…
Then I found other hot messes who were really much better than they thought but just needed a little love and support…like me!
Since there are so many amazing mentors to chose from I decided to follow the lead of some of my fellow writers/mentee contenders (what’s up Audrey!) and tell you a little bit more about me.
First, I’m super west coast!
Which means that I love writing from where I live, Leimert Park, South Los Angeles, Crenshaw District. Yes, I am a very black woman, and I have love for my EAST COAST Fam!
Second, I go hard for Social Justice issues…because it’s 2016 and I’m over hate and ignorance.
Yes. My life is Lemonade. She literally sang my life..sooooo…I go hard for Bey.
I suppose it is also important to mention that I am a mom, wife, and a therapist, but most people who know my writing met me through HBO Def Poetry’s original Dust to Side Chicks spoken word anthem.
Yup. That was me with a press and curl.
But since then I have performed all over the country, appeared on television a few more times, dabbled in radio, self-published a collection of poems, “Murmurs of a MadWoman”, and finally pushed myself to pursue my real dream, writing novels.
Which brings us here!
My main writing influences are:
- Octavia Butler
- James Baldwin
- Alice Walker
- Toni Morrison
- Maya Angelou
- Khalil Gibran
- Mildred D. Taylor
- Suzanne Collins
- Ghost Summer, Tananrive Due
- Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor
- Of Water And The Spirit, Malidoma Patrice Some´
- This Is Women’s Work, Dominque Christina
- Re-reading Ishmael, Daniel Quinn
It pains me to decide on specific films but here is a general overview:
- Anything with Denzel Washington….anything.
- Marvel Films (I go se them all, #TeamWakanda)
- Black RomComs…Cause we like love too (please refer to social justice section above).
- Lars and the Real Girl, Silver Linings Playbook and Good Will Hunting (Cause you know, the therapy parts!)
- Stranger Than Fiction
- Inside Out
- The Lion King
- School Daze
- Beyond the Lights
- I’m forgetting so many!!! But you get the idea…
Current Television Addictions:
- All things SHONDALAND
- Ray Donovan
- Greenleaf (I am surprised..but yes, I am tuned in!)
- Mr. Robot (though my husband has to translate each episode)
Okay…. so this does not give you very much insight….or does it?
I am the very definition of eclectic. I DESPISE boxes so genres have always been hard for me. I read as much about the metaphysical and psychodynamics as I do fiction. I watch as many documentaries as I do superhero flicks. I have never been good at choosing just one thing, because…why should I?
And this is what I have come to accept as one of my greatest strengths! I work intuitively and connect things that seemingly should not be connected and suddenly…
Which also makes me a great mentee because NOTHING IS OFF THE TABLE and once things click I go into BEASTMODE! I cannot rest until I have completed the task!
The manuscript we would be working on together is a YA Spec perfect for #ownvoices mentors! Moles of Malaika is about the life and challenges that seventeen-year-old V faces living in an underground black village, secretly built beneath gentrified South Los Angeles. Did I mention it’s 2027 and a race revolution is underway days before her eighteenth birthday?
So if you are looking for a mentee who is ready to get in FORMATION and CHANGE THE WORLD through storytelling …
Until then my friends…