Ravena Guron was born in London, went to school in London, went to university in London and now works in London. She has a degree in Biochemistry but soon realised life in a lab was not for her, and is now a trainee lawyer turned author.
She writes Middle Grade and Young Adult, and loves creating big worlds and adventures with lots of twists and bags of fun. In her spare time, she loves reading (of course), and falling asleep to her thousandth re-watch of Friends.
Ravena was a 2019 WriteMentor mentee, mentored by author Lindsay Galvin. Although it was a different novel that secured her agent representation, Ravena’s experience with WriteMentor helped her find that all-important writer’s voice.
WriteMentor chats to Ravena to find out more about her experience of the programme and her own writing journey.
What made you apply for the WriteMentor programme?
I heard about WriteMentor as a passing comment made by someone on Twitter. I knew that something wasn’t quite working with my story – though I couldn’t put my finger on what. Working with an experienced mentor who would provide me with guidance really appealed to me.
What was your experience like?
Life-changing and eye-opening! I did the summer WriteMentor programme in 2019, and for some reason I was determined that my story was a Young Adult fantasy. I had done my absolute best to meet all the conventions for a story for that age-group. And yet the first thing my mentor, Lindsay Galvin, said to me was “have you considered ageing this story down? The voice is more Middle Grade.” It was like something clicked for me – I cut 30k, many, many characters, and embraced all the whimsy I’d been holding at bay. Lindsay taught me loads about how to make sure each chapter was really pulling its weight, and helped me find my voice.
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