Colleen Oefelein

Colleen Oefelein

Inklings Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

As I train to take my own clients, I’m scouting and requesting on behalf of Inklings Literary Agency.

In MG, I’m looking for mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, low fantasy, paranormal, all with a thread of subtle or not-so-subtle humor.

In YA/NA, I’m looking for re-tellings/heart-rending love stories, contemporary, romance, mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, comedy, low fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, and anything  fast-paced.

I’m weary of politics, school shootings, dragons, vampires, faeries, and werewolves, and I usually don’t enjoy high fantasy, sword and sorcery, lyrical tales, heavy/spacey scifi, literary fiction, or women’s fiction.

I love a fresh premise (or a fresh twist on a familiar story line) coupled with a strong, genuine voice. Just plain weird is right up my alley, and dark, quirky characters , make me sit forward. Clean writing with plenty of white space and story telling full of subtle nuances that give my brain room to imagine will pique my interest. I like a strong hook. Make me laugh, gasp, sigh, smile, sit forward, or read through my fingers on page one please.

I also love a story with cliffy chapter endings and prefer characters who take a book by the balls and yank it forward. An antagonistic protagonist, an unreliably evil villain, flawed characters, and antiheroes are definitely my favorite, as is a high-adrenaline plot. I love anything unexpected, dark, edgy, weird, funny, or so wrong it’s right.

Lastly, I enjoy working with authors who show social media savvy and who haven’t alienated one half of the nation or the other with intolerance.

Fun facts about me:

I’m a retired chemical engineer, Air Force officer, and disabled veteran who’s worked 911 dispatch for Alaska State Troopers and currently teaches Irish Dance and volunteers in my son’s Kindergarten class as the nose wiper, POUT POUT FISH reader, and janitor. I speak German, can fly a helicopter, net a salmon, navigate a river, and pack a chute. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, I now live in Alaska, but still root for the Steelers and Penguins. I hold a BS in Chemical Engineering with a focus in Biotechnology, and a BS in German, both from Penn State University. I also have one pointed ear. 🙂

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Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Fantasy, Horror, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Military, Mystery, New Adult, Picture Books, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary YA, Contemporary Young Adult, Domestic Suspense, Literary Middle Grade, Magical Realism, Military, Military Sci-Fi, Psychological Thrillers, Romantic Suspense, Speculative Fiction, Steampunk, Suspense, Urban Fantasy
I’d like the next…
  • YA Faustus retelling
  • YA with a MC suffering social anxiety or OCD
  • YA inspired by U2’s ACROBAT
  • YA inspired by Tracy Chapman’s FAST CAR

My favorites include…
  • Bram Stoker’s DRACULA
  • SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater
  • SHUTTER ISLAND by Dennis Lehane
  • OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacey Jay
  • ROYAL BASTARDS by Andrew Shvarts
  • THE STAND by Stephen King
  • TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer
  • Anything by Patrick F. McManus

TV’s Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Alaska State Troopers


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