Kira Watson

YA & MG Sci-Fi and Fantasy

In Revision

Growing up with a fascination for space and things that fly, Jamie turned that love into a career as an Aerospace Engineer. Combining her natural enthusiasm for Science Fiction and her love of reading, she now spends a lot of her time writing Middle Grade and Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Jamie lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, Andrew and her dog, Rogue. When she isn’t being a Rocket Scientist by day and a writer by night, she can be found catching up on the latest sci fi TV, books, and movies as well as spending time on Twitter (maybe a little too much time :-P). And no, the rocket science jokes never get old!

When I first started writing, I worked on a YA fantasy. That manuscript is unfinished in a drawer. From there I wrote a MG Sci Fi that I queried and only got a few partial requests on. After that I wrote a YA Sci Fi/Thriller that I got partial and full requests from both querying and contests. Most requests led to rejections with similar feedback. I did a rewrite and queried some more. That version got a Revise and Resubmit request from an agent. I chose to revise with the notes in mind. That agent offered representation and I accepted. My first offer of representation came in 5 years and 1 day after I sent my first query. I also have a MG fantasy and a MG sci fi with STEM elements I’m working on.

As an engineer I do a lot of mentoring of young women to inspire them to pursue careers in engineering. I use many of those skills with my critique partners many of which went on to get agents and book deals before I signed with my agent. In terms of my writing, I’m completely self taught. I read a lot of blogs on writing, take classes at conferences, and attend workshops. I enjoy sharing knowledge I’ve learned with other writers. I also love leveraging my engineering background in my writing and to help others with their sci fi writing.

I love helping others and seeing promising writers succeed. I believe anyone can get an agent and get published that is willing to learn and grow their craft. I look forward to helping other writers achieve their writing dreams and I know perseverance pays off. My writing story is proof of that.

Send me all the YA and MG… sci fi… and fantasy, …. and sci fi,… and paranormal… and did I mention SCI FI? Because I really love Sci Fi!
Aliens? yes please
Space operas? for sure!
Superpowers/Superheroes? Check!
Advanced technology? You betcha!
Anything else sci fi, send it over!
But I also enjoy a good fantasy or some good paranormal, vampires, werewolves, fairies, ghosts whatever I’m probably game!

  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi
  • #ownvoices
  • paranormal

While I love paranormal and fantasy, my sweet spot is science fiction. Space, Aliens, Advanced Technology, you name it I love it! I’m an action hound so I’m not the best person for contemporary or issue books, but if there are elements built into a sci fi or fantasy world I’m okay with that.


  • Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
  • Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
  • Skype or phone call
  • Freestyle in chat

I’m open to a lot of options in terms of how a mentee prefers to receive feedback or work through edits. If we need to get on gchat, Skype or some other format to brainstorm ideas I’m all for it. I tend to make in line comments as I read with some big picture notes in an email. I’m one of those throw enough stuff up on the wall and eventually something sticks kind of people when I critique. So my mentee will likely get a lot of in-line notes from me noting everything from awesome parts to areas that need work and possible things to consider. The mentee is of course welcome to use what feedback resonates and ignore the rest.

Someone that is open to feedback and isn’t afraid to cut, add, and/or move things around as needed. Someone that isn’t afraid to go through multiple rounds of edits and step back and re-evaluate when needed. And lastly, someone that will work hard and be appreciative of the time we put in.

I love superpowers, but they are a tough sell, so something with superpowers but with a unique angle would be high on my list. But really anything Sci Fi is a huge MSWL. Also anything with a STEM angle, especially girls in STEM would be awesome.

Issue books. If the books is just about an issue or is largely contemporary, it’s probably not for me.

Ender’s Game is my all time favorite book. In the YA realm I enjoy series like Across the Universe, I am Number Four, Traitor’s Game, Nightshade series, and of course Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. My most favorite MG’s are The False Prince series and Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls. I watch entirely too much TV, so if it has a sci fi or fantasy angle I’m probably tuned into it. I also watch a lot of superhero TV and movies.