Let me start with the important questions:
Cheese or chocolate – damn. Cheese. But if you caught me after dinner, I’d probably say chocolate.
Cake or ice cream – ice cream.
Cats or Dogs – BOTH! I absolutely can not decide, and believe me, I’ve tried.
Tea or Coffee – Coffee
Favorite book of all time – This is like asking a parent to pick a favorite child. I’m going to list 10 in a row that come to mind: The Testament of Gideon Mack, Coraline, And Then There Were None, Speak, Straight Man, Before I fall, The Stand, The New York Trilogy, We Have Always Lived in The Castle, Paper Towns. I just, I get so affected by so much of what I read it’d be impossible to narrow it down.
Favorite childhood book – A Wrinkle In Time and Wayside School is Falling Down.
Name something that’s always in your purse or pocket – to be honest, dunkin donuts napkins. I find them everywhere. I don’t mean to always have them, but I do. In terms of what I intend to have: my kindle and chapstick.
Okay, now it’s time for the REALLY important question:
What made you decide to represent CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN?
A few factors came into play, as they ways do when I decide to take something on. First, I ate it up. I didn’t want to put it down, I didn’t want to skim, I didn’t want it to end, but I had to know how it ended. Second, it fit perfectly on my list. I didn’t have a fun romantic suspense and I’d been looking for one. Finally, I liked that it was quirky and non-formulaic. It had all the best parts of a more basic romantic suspense story, but it was all it’s own and that’s important to me.
Tell us about some of your other clients and their releases.
I am all over the place, but I swear it’s just because I’m mercurial in my taste. I represent Young Adult authors and most recently sold Corey Haydu’s debut OCD LOVE STORY. That will be in out in 2013. It’s intense.It’s about a girl whose OCD leads her to stalk people. I also represent YA urban fantasy author ChanelleGray who’s book MY HEART BE DAMNED is schedule for an April 2012 release. And then, on the adult side, I represent literary novelist Kathleen Alcott whose debut THE DANGER OF PROXIMAL ALPHABETS is out October 2012.
What kinds of books are you hoping to find to represent?
Oh man, this list is a living document. I’m looking for more romantic suspense with fresh characters and great commercial hooks. Strong female protagonists in the line of duty. I love a unique mash-up inspirations, when the author has been inspired by things that don’t seem like they should go together but makes it work i.e. “Bourne Identity meets sleeping beauty.” I am looking for light commercial sci-fi and thriller, and mystery, particularly in YA, but also adult. I am also a sucker for a great premise. I’ve seen pitches for books about a girl obsessed with making a perpetual motion machine, Jane Eyre stuck in purgatory, a war between the signs of the constellations, phantom of the opera meets The maltese falcon etc… Obviously those are all taken, but if a query had a great premise, I’ll request the MS. But, always, voice and character are paramount. If I see amazing writing, I’ll want to keep going. And, conversely, If I see a fantastic concept, but the writing isn’t there it’s a “no.”
What’s the best way to query you?
Send a query letter toVictoria.firstname.lastname@example.org. You get an auto-response so you know I got it, and I always answer even if it’s just a form rejection. AND I post query updates on twitter and on my blog.
Okay, last question: Who’s your favorite character in CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC
This is a tough call. I’m, oddly, fond of Tony Delveccio. He’s not a good guy, but I like his shrewd sense and his confidence, and I like that he favors Maggie and Patrick in his own bizarre mob-boss way. If of think of “favorite” as who I most “got a kick out of”it’d be Delveccio. But, really, I loved Godzilla. He is surprising because he’s, of course, a funny, quirky, sort of “antic”character that makes this novel unique, but he’s more than just a gimmick, you know. He’s brave and sweet and grieving, too. Plus, he’s a fantastic guide and compliment to Maggie’s more from-the-hip-work-with-what-you-can approach to life.
Thanks so much for playing along, Victoria!
Okay Killer Friends: Tell me, what are some of YOUR favorite books of all time?