Kiana Nguyen

Kiana Nguyen

Donald Maass Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

Newly minted Assistant Literary Agent at Donald Maass Literary Agency. I focus primarily on YA Contemporary, but would love to work with low/high Fantasy and Sci-fi. I am HUNGRY for queer and POC voices, especially if the narrative is as much driven by the main character(s) as by a high-concept plot. Think THUG, ONE OF US IS LYING, THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS. Recent Fantasy: FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS, THE FIVE DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON, WINTERSONG.

I am looking for queer gang ensemble casts in any YA genre/sub-genre that kick ass physically, mentally, at the arcade or in a high-stakes heist. Some of my favorite badass teams right now are in The Flash, Wynona Earp, The Craft (obviously), The Diviners by Libba Bray, Feral Youth edited by Shaun David Hutchinson. They all have their strengths, weaknesses, and quirks and each are wholly unique in their own ways. Also, COVENS.

I’m looking for an achingly bittersweet queer love story with thriller or genre spin like FAR FROM YOU and THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END. I want my heart broken with all things dark and twisty.

Give me the girls with skinned knees and boys weak with jealousy and queer kids who couldn’t be good if they tried. All the gray morality and friendships they would kill to keep. Nothing cookie-cutter for me!


Fun facts about me:

I was a park ranger for the High Line for two seasons.

I did an urban forestry Americorps service in NoCal.

I died as a character in Shane Kuhn’s HOSTILE TAKEOVER.

I cry a lot watching TV/reading books even when it’s not sad. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE Law & Order SVU, Criminal Minds, and all things twisted murder.

Lil Kim told my dad I was beautiful.

Submission Guidelines

Not currently open to queries.


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Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Commercial, Fantasy, Horror, LGBTQ, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres:
I’d like the next…

Stephanie Kuehn

Kara Thomas

Brandy Colbert

Suicide Notes for Beautiful Girls

Wynona Earp (especially the queer bit)

YA Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan

My favorites include…

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Feral Youth Edited by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Diviners Quartet by Libba Bray

Suicide Notes for Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Shadowshaper and Shadowfall House by Daniel Jose Older

Labyrinth Lost Duology by Zoraida Cordova

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Lets Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

A Line in the Dark by Malindo Lo

Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore

The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

You by Caroline Kepnes

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn



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