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What I'm Looking For
I’m looking for commercial and upmarket fiction stories that will be either the next compulsive read or a cosy winter comfort book. The most important thing for me is a great hook. An addictive premise that can be summed up in just a few words but will stay in the reader’s mind so that they’re unable to stop talking about it.
I love a feminist crime thriller and I’m especially drawn to merciless narrators who we can’t help but love (even when they do bad things) like YOU’D LOOK BETTER AS A GHOST, or characters that are so unpredictable we can’t guess their next move like DEATH OF A BOOKSELLER.
I’m also open to lighter crime reads and can’t get enough of crime capers with comedy at their heart like DIAL A FOR AUNTIES or any crime with a unique and original premise like THE THREE DAHLIAS or a high concept like FUTURE PERFECT or LA CASA DE PAPEL/MONEY HEIST.
In historical fiction, I’m looking for stories set from the Victorian era onwards, although I’m currently avoiding wartime fiction. I like anything that brings glitz and glamour like Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novels or that uncovers a surprising true story; be that connected to the history of an event, a place, or the untold secrets of someone we think we already know so much about. I loved LOOKING FOR JANE for its relatability today and for highlighting how history repeats itself and the ripples that are felt through the generations. I also love to see authors’ imaginations run wild solving true mysteries from the past like THE CHRISTIE AFFAIR or MISS AUSTEN. It’s a thrill to see authors who research the depths of their subject and find inspiration in the most minute details to bring a new set of eyes to an era or an issue. I’m particularly drawn to the idea of something set in old Hollywood and around the silent-to-talkies movie era.
I adore a dose of magic in just about everything I read whether it comes in the form of spirituality, family, or love. I’m talking about magical realism rather than outright fantasy (although I have a soft spot for witchy books in the vein of THE VERY SECRET SOCIETY OF IRREGULAR WITCHES). If you have a story that offers a family or community setting with a big heart that dives into the vulnerability of humanity with an added magical twist a la Toshikazu Kawaguchi and Elizabeth Acevedo, I must read it! I’m also obsessed with all kinds of superstitions so do send anything based around this theme my way.
Nothing pleases me more than a novel that can transport me around the world and I’m really keen to find underrepresented voices that can teach me about their country and culture. I also read in both Welsh and Spanish so if you’re a writer of one of these languages wanting to adapt your writing for the English market within any of the genres mentioned above, I would be thrilled to read your work!
My Top Books!
You’d Look Better As A Ghost by Joanna Wallace
Death of a Bookseller by Alice Slater
The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff
Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Looking For Jane by Heather Marshall
The Other Side of Mrs Wood by Lucy Barker
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
My Top TV Shows / Films
La Casa De Papel / Money Heist
Not Dead Yet
All About Eve