As shoes to Imelda Marcos, so books to me. I love to read them; I love to hoard them; I love the feel of them. I work in my main areas of interest—women’s fiction and children’s books. I only take on a small number of new clients but when I do I become a passionate advocate for their work. My tastes are catholic and commercial. Nothing excites me more than the whiff of a bestseller.
In children’s books, I am interested in writing for all age ranges, from picture book texts for the very young, fiction for the middle years, and full length novels for teenagers. Plotting, storytelling, humour, exciting worlds and contemporary life are all the things that excite me. In adult books, I particularly look for richness of storytelling.
I was thrilled to be one of six shortlisted for the prestigious Literary Agent of the Year Award 2012.
My list is open to every sort of work. I particularly devour contemporary and historical fiction and quirky and imaginative children’s books.
Dream projects to arrive on my desk today might include: a spellbinding novel for our time, a bold contemporary UK teen voice, an accessible, well-plotted (and don’t hold back on the funny) book for middle grade and a potentially classic picture book text for younger children. It is also my mission to build-up a list of extraordinary illustrators who capture the life of their characters and have a real love of story-telling at the heart of their artwork.
I am an unremittingly passionate advocate of those I represent; I love the challenge of finding the best home for them in the market – that perfect place on the shelf.
I am delighted to be one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars 2016.