I am a literary agent, and I run the Original Audio and Podcast department.
I am lucky enough to represent a wonderfully eclectic and talented list of authors, varying from on-topic commercial women's fiction to beautifully lyrical literary fiction, (as well as) full-blooded historical saga to the very best of crime. I am always on the look-out for really smart new fiction, whether it be commercial or offbeat. I don’t believe in 'commercial or literary', simply in jolly good writing.
I confess to a bit of a fondness for debut authors, and handle a number of successful authors whom I have nursed through from their debut novels. I am very proud to represent several Curtis Brown Creative alumni, such as Kate Hamer, Jane Harper, Rachel Marks, Fran Quinn and Catherine Bennetto. It is a privilege to work with authors from the earliest of days.
I love crime and thrillers with a cosy/family or very unusual element to them. I am also keen to expand my non-fiction list with my taste being on the personal side; think Henry Marsh Do No Harm and I Am I Am I Am by Maggie Farrell. Most important is a strong and compelling narrative strand.
At the moment, I am also focusing on finding a fantastically written novel with a twist of the magical or supernatural, but based in reality, much like The Girl in the Red Coat by my author Kate Hamer. Think along the lines of The Familiars or The Binding. I am also longing to read something to make a reader feel warm and perky inside - think One Day. I am happy to be contacted via email with submissions directly relating to my current wish list.
I joined Curtis Brown in 2003 as an assistant, and also to launch and develop the audio side of their ever-expanding business. I now lead the Podcast and Original Audio department which is permanently exciting and interesting. We handle clients for existing podcasts, as well as helping current clients to develop both podcasts and books written for the audio format only.