What I'm Looking For
Commercial fiction across all genres including women’s fiction; police procedurals; clever thrillers; cosy crime; romantic comedies; accessible historical fiction focusing on 20th century and including dual timeline novels; sagas; emotional issues-led fiction. If you can make her laugh, cry or fall in love then you’re onto a winner!Submissions
What I'm Looking For
I’m looking for commercial fiction across all genres, with a strong voice, clear pitch, and fantastic characterisation; all of the key elements for a novel that you just can’t put down and have to tell your friends about!
Something I’m particularly looking for at the moment are small-town US settings in both contemporary women’s fiction, romance and crime novels.
Within crime and thrillers, I’m looking for thrillers with an unsettling ‘it-could-happen-to-me’ feeling like R.J. Parker’s The Good Neighbour. I’m also looking for police procedurals too with a wider cast of supporting characters who have the potential to develop throughout a series. If you have a non-standard protagonist such as in Colin Bateman’s Mystery Man series then you get extra points too! I love to be genuinely shocked by a twist, but only if it feels as though I had a chance to see it coming… nothing is more unsatisfying than an off-page character turning up at the eleventh hour and being responsible for the crime! Again, characterisation is key as well as the satisfying mystery.
When it comes to romance, I’m looking for everything from romantic comedies to cosy and destination romances. With romantic comedies, I need relatable characters like those by Bethany Rutter, Mary Jayne Baker, and Beth O’Leary. I love feeling as though you’ve made a friend when you put the book down! I’m also keen to find an author for LGBTQIA+ romance novels, like Double Booked by Lily Lindon, and of course, novels that will make me laugh out loud. For the latter, I found Nick Spalding’s Love on Both Sides and Lucy Vine’s What Fresh Hell? brilliantly relatable and utterly hilarious. Also, another area of the market I’m keen to work in is destination romances in a beautiful setting as I love novels that whisk me away. I’m looking for pure escapism in every genre!
And finally, I am also looking for commercial issues-led fiction with big moral dilemmas. Ideally, these will be focused on family, identity, and relationships such as those by Caroline Finnerty, Amanda Prowse and Kerry Fisher. If you can make me cry, feel torn by a decision, and utterly immersed in the narrative then you’re on to a winner!
With regards to all genres, I am particularly interested in voices from underrepresented backgrounds: such as writers of colour, indigenous communities, the LGBTQIA+ community, and those with disabilities.
My top books (outside of those I’ve worked on!)
The Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Everything that Emily Henry has written(!)
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Mystery Man by Colin Bateman
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Dear Edward by Anna Napolitana
Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton
My top TV shows and podcasts
Canadian series, Schitt’s Creek
Netflix series, Pose
Irish comedy series, Derry Girls
Netflix series, Bridgerton
American telenovela, Jane the Virgin
Netflix series, Feel Good
British crime series, Unforgotten
British crime series, Happy Valley
True crime podcast, My Favorite Murder
British comedy/facts podcast, No Such Thing as a Fish
True-crime podcast, Criminal
Romance podcast, This is Love