Dorian Maffei

Kimberley Cameron & Associates

My Manuscript Wish List®

Dorian Maffei is actively building her list in a variety of genres in both YA and adult. While she appreciates most fiction that blends genre lines, she is especially interested in speculative fiction, literary science fiction, upmarket book club fiction, thrillers, reimagined fairy tales, magical realism, unique voices, contemporary novels with a dash of mystery, horror and suspense, and innovative storytelling that sometimes veers on the weird. She values work that provokes a deep-rooted connection after the last page and explores the peculiar within the mundane. She is always open to submissions with diverse experiences and characters, and welcomes underrepresented and marginalized voices. She hopes to find work that features these experiences as the norm.

At the top of her list right now is book club fiction with a speculative twist and a unique, interesting concept along the lines of The Measure, The Other Valley, or Never Let Me Go. She’s also interested in books in the upmarket space that have something to say and are full of suspense like the works of Angie Kim.

She is currently on the hunt for more horror and suspense in both YA and adult. She’s a sucker for anything that can be described as both haunting and beautiful, and would love to find something in these genres that has twists and turns, lyrical writing, and keeps her up past her bedtime. Atmosphere and mood are important, and she is always pulled into stories with rich world building. Give her spooky and spellbinding!

On the opposite end, she is also looking for fun, light reads, especially if they have a touch of magic or a wonderful voice. It’s easy for her to fall in love with a project if it has a great high-concept hook whether it’s upmarket, YA rom-com, or a page-turning thriller.

Lastly, she is open to YA novels-in-verse, especially if they comp to Me (Moth) by Amber McBride.

Authors she adores (in no particular order) include Toni Morrison, Peng Shepherd, Aimee Bender, Kazuo Ishiguro, Nova Ren Suma, Kelly Link, Charles Yu, Samantha Hunt, Manuel Gonzales, Amber Sparks, Isabel Allende, Karen Russell, Lucia Berlin, Ray Bradbury, Lydia Davis, Octavia Butler, Ben Marcus, Eowyn Ivey, Colson Whitehead, Miranda July, Neil Gaiman, Helen Oyeyemi , Amelia Gray, Roselle Lim, Gabriel García Márquez, Alissa Nutting, Tupelo Hassman, Adiga Aravind, George Saunders, Sarah Addison Allen, Karen Joy Fowler, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Shirley Jackson, and Tiffany D. Jackson.

Give me something that will grab me by the heart!

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