When I’m not in Author Mode, I’m a marketing communications professional (a content strategist doing UX writing, if we’re being fancy) with two MAs in History (Providence College, Brown University) and an MBA (Clark University). I’m a Ravenclaw, sports fan, foodie, recreational triathlete, cat enabler, and traveler-every-chance-I-get. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll get your fill of tweets about writing, snacks, cats, Boston sports, and assorted daily minutiae.
Book 1: adult contemporary that got a lot of agent interest, but no deal. Book 2: a humorous contemporary MG that landed me an agent and two rounds of submission but no book deal. Book 3: a YA historical thriller with fantasy elements that my first agent didn’t like…and so she dropped me. Five weeks later I signed with Ginger Clark, and after much revision, I got a two-book deal the following year with Tor Teen (SPECTACLE and its sequel).
I’m a Round 4 AMM Mentor. I loved it, which is why I’m back! I’ve worked as an academic editor (4.5 years) and a manuscript reader for a literary agent (about 2 years), and I’ve been a freelance writer and editor for years. I studied European History in school (my two MAs are in that), and I speak French and German. I am a beta for several writer friends, one of whom has an agent.
I wish I’d had a mentor when I was in the early stages of my journey. I bonded with fellow newbies, which was great, but it wasn’t *this.* I love the idea of rooting someone on and helping them get to that next level. A lot of writers–and I saw this as a manuscript reader–are B+ writers. I want to help writers present their A game. And I really enjoyed being a Round 4 mentor!
I like stories that are dark and creepy and intense, most any genre. Historicals, mysteries, psychological thrillers, suspense, ghost stories (and other supernatural), not-high fantasy (I’m picky about fantasy), horror. I love plot twists, a great voice, and distinct characters with depth. ALSO, and completely different: Anything really funny or quirky.
- Magical Realism/Fabulism
I’m not one for high fantasy, complicated world-building, or worlds full of creatures (fae/vampires/etc.). Dark and complex mysteries/thrillers/plots, yes. Cozy mysteries and formulaic thrillers, not so much. Quirky is good, as is funny.
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Lots of emails!
I like to give notes directly in an MS, and these are often stream-of-consciousness (as a reader will perceive). Then I offer summary notes, and from there, any back-and-forth questions/follow up/clarification.
Someone who conducts themselves professionally and is open to feedback (not defensive with regard to input). Someone who understands that feedback is designed to nurture and bring out the best. Someone who “gets” social media and uses it well. And a sense of humor!
I love dark, creepy works, set in any time or place. Historicals with a mystery, thriller, or magical bent (but not historical romance). Ghost stories (or anything supernatural). Straight-up mysteries and psychological thrillers. Horror. And, randomly enough, humor. #balance
DO NOT SEND ME:
Romance isn’t my thing. I’m also not your best bet for high fantasy, complicated world-building, overly creature-y works, or cozy mysteries.
A few favorites I’ve read in the last year or two, not in all caps because then this whole section would be all caps, and then you’d think I was shouting the titles at you: Last Seen Leaving, White Rabbit, The Hazel Wood, The Cuckoo Song, Sharp Objects, Genuine Fraud, We Were Liars, Into the Water, People Like Us, and Bone Gap, to name a few. TV shows: Mad Men, Black Mirror, The Walking Dead, Westworld, Game of Thrones, Bates Motel, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, the first half of American Horror Story each season because it always collapses after that. Movies: anything by Wes Anderson, anything Marvel, animated shorts, psychological thrillers. If it’s intense and well done, I probably like it.