My Manuscript Wish List
I'm looking for lyrical novels grounded in reality which weave in a fantastical element--especially if that element is used as another perspective with which to explore the emotions, connections, and humanity of a novel's characters. I love magical realism (think Aimee Bender), especially those that lean a little dark/darkly whimsical (Pushing Daisies), and anything that makes me feel. My absolute sweet spot is myth-retellings, like Madeline Miller or if Rick Riordan wrote for adults--particularly those that explore BIPOC cultures, like GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW and anything written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
Outside of the SFF etc, space: I'd love a complex and character-driven mystery (Tana, always Tana), a fast-paced and snarky thriller (SIX OF CROWS, but adult!), a haunting and devastating suspense novel. I'm also always on the look out for some psychological, gothic horror in the vein of REBECCA--if you have the next Daphne du Maurier, I'm your girl. Outside of genre fiction, warm, ultimately uplifting stories about human connection with friendship, familial, or romantic love at its core (particularly LGBTQ+) will always pull me in. If the writing melts like butter, and your characters leap of the page, don't consider any genre a barrier.
In terms of nonfiction, I would love a narrative that offer a fresh perspective on an old story, as well as books written by passionate, qualified writers who will make me feel absolutely geeky about their topic, even if I've never heard of it before. I want to learn--but I'd love to not feel like I am.
Finally, and most importantly, any book that makes me hungry--fiction or non-fiction. I love food as the center of the story, especially as a way to enter culture, family history, a nation's history--truly, any way you write it, I want to read it. In nonfiction, I would love to see how food culture intersects with other dimensions of life i.e. social justice, climate change/justice, war, media, and so on.
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