Sam B. Farkas
I see so many things comped to Naomi Novik that those comps have kind of lost meaning for me, but nevertheless I love romantic and literary fantasy that draws from folklore, especially if it's interrogating heavier topics, as SPINNING SILVER interrogates antisemitism. #mswl
Sam B. Farkas @SamBFarkasI think it's time to start a 2021 #MSWL thread. I'll add to this as I think of things, but for now, here is what I would love to see in my inbox.
Picture books! I've had a blast working on picture book texts recently and I'd love to see more of them.
I like fresh concepts with strong illustration potential and language that pops. #MSWL
Sam B. Farkas @SamBFarkasWhile everyone fights for Three Houses, give me Radiant Dawn.
I will write the Micaiah and Sothe story we all need in our lives.
Also, may I suggest Roller Coaster Tycoon and/or Zoo Tycoon, but make it horror. twitter.com/gildedspine/st…
You know, I don't really want to write Roller Coaster Tycoon Horror, but I want to read it, so if you have MG or YA amusement park horror, please send it to me. #mswl.
In MG I'm really drawn to books that include deeply flawed adult characters who influence the narrative beyond the standard parent/teacher roles. Examples: SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS by Jack Cheng; THE BOOK OF BOY by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. #MSWL
My SFF feelings apply to YA, too -- although in YA I am more open to Contemporary Fantasy/Paranormal than I am in Adult.
In YA and MG, I'm really looking for everything and anything, but lately my tastes have skewed more Contemporary. #MSWL
On to SFF! I am here for light SFF. I have trouble with space operas and anything with elves, orcs, etc.
I like my sci-fi techy and plausible (i.e. RECURSION by Blake Crouch) and my fantasy grounded in history/folktale (think SPINNING SILVER, CITY OF BRASS, THE POPPY WAR). #MSWL
I would also commit crimes for a novel from the PoV of Marie-Anne Lavoisier. CRIMES, I TELL YOU.
Swoony romance. Scientific partnership. The conservation of mass. A weird milk diet. THE FRENCH REVOLUTION. * bangs pots and pans * #MSWL
In a similar vein, I love biographical novels, and I would love to read about some lesser-known people.
Favorites: THE SECRET HISTORY by Stephanie Thornton; LOVE & RUIN by Paula McLain; UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY by Nancy Horan #MSWL
Sam B. Farkas @SamBFarkasHi! Since I am now open to queries, I'm going to do a #MSWL thread. I'm open to most categories and genres (see our website for details), but I'm especially eager for the following:
Adult Historical Fiction.
Think Kate Quinn or Alice Hoffman -- upmarket book club fiction that brings history to life.
Favorites: WATER FOR ELEPHANTS by Sara Gruen; THE HUNTRESS by Kate Quinn; THE DOVEKEEPERS by Alice Hoffman; I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU by Erin Lindsay McCabe #MSWL