I'm actively looking for thought-provoking and nuanced literary, upmarket, and Southern Gothic (grit lit) fiction projects.
I help clients develop high-stakes fiction that moves: clear goals, conflict, strong character development, interesting protagonists, complex antagonists, and situations that drive the story.
I’m particularly interested in nuanced stories with a strong sense of place, where setting and culture shape the characters and influence the beats. As a lover of words and ideas, I help clients craft sentences, phrases, and dialog that leap off the page and take root in my mind.
More recently, I’ve developed an interest in working on projects that lend themselves to screen adaptation. In addition to an understanding of story structure, genre conventions, and the market, high stakes, strong character arcs, and attention to setting are a must.
When it comes to subject matter, my taste is eclectic. When it comes to client type, I’m most interested in working with professionally minded writers with more than one book project in mind and specialize in working with authors who aspire to be traditionally published.
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, stories and a novella by George Saunders
A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Watchers by Dean R. Koontz
Secret Window, Secret Garden by Stephen King
A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Joyce Carol Oates