Trinica Sampson-Vera

New Leaf Literary & Media

My Manuscript Wish List®

Trinica Sampson-Vera is a literary associate at New Leaf Literary & Media accepting children’s and adult fiction and nonfiction. Across age groups, she loves adventurous, character-driven stories with largely emotional stakes. Trinica is passionate about championing diverse and marginalized voices.

Trinica’s Manuscript Wishlist

  • Speculative fiction (especially horror, cozy-to-high fantasy, hopepunk, and near future science fiction)
  • Romance and romcoms (especially featuring sapphic/queer relationships)
  • NA campus stories (especially dark academia)
  • Caribbean (especially Trinidad & Tobago) characters/settings
  • Reality TV premises
  • Unreliable narrators
  • Stories that support women’s wrongs
  • Found family
  • Messy, doomed, heartbreakingly passionate tragic romances featuring people who make each other worse (aka lovers to enemies with the intensity of Louis/Lestat in AMC’s Interview with the Vampire)
  • Retellings – I prefer retellings that are “inspired by” rather than faithful retellings. I love to be surprised by a twist or a new way of imagining an old story.

Fun facts about me:

  • I play online Survivor (like the CBS show!) and have won twice.
  • My name comes from Trinidad and California, where each of my parents was born.
  • I’ve cooked my way through two cookbooks and am always looking for new recipes to try!

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