I'll send out some more in-depth #mswl tweets next week, but in the meantime, two things I'd really love to see more of in my inbox are dual timeline narratives and crime / mystery novels, historical or contemporary. Send 'em!
Atlas Obscura @atlasobscuraOnce known as “the Black Eden of Michigan,” Idlewild was a thriving African American resort community founded in 1912. From roughly 1920 to the mid-1960s, Idlewild was one of the premier holiday venues for African Americans. trib.al/dGBUYUB
Someone write me a historical romance set at Idlewild. #MSWL
History Lovers Club @historylvrsclubFirst Ladies Nancy Reagan, Ladybird Johnson, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rosalyn Carter, Betty Ford, and Barbara Bush.... See more pictures: cmore.pics/Ya6CK pic.twitter.com/V9wLqTSAZn
#mswl for this ex first ladies club
Nonfiction: books about food (always!), travel, history, art, and culture. I love to see projects that show the intersections of these topics. For instance, I'd love to see one on food deserts in America and how they disproportionately affect minority communities. #mswl
Fantasy & Sci-Fi: I gravitate towards fantasy that's very much grounded in the real world, and SF that's light on the sci, heavy on the fi. Give me characters I can't let go of with rich world building and a runaway plot. #mswl
Mystery: historical--again, especially diverse historical--cozies, and mysteries with so much atmosphere you can practically wring it out of the pages. If your setting is integral to your story, I want to see it! #mswl
Time for some #mswl tweets! Here's a peek at what I'd love to see in my query inbox. Romance: historical--especially diverse historical--rom suspense, and contemp romcom. As a general rule, I'm far more likely to fall for a story that makes me laugh than one that makes me cry.
Someone who shall remain nameless (ahem @heroinebook) sent me down the Wikipedia rabbit hole yesterday, where I stumbled across Belle Gunness. Someone needs to write a book about her, and I am here for it when you do. #mswl
It finally feels like Fall here, and it makes me want a story with a bite in the air. Give me wind and rain and secrets and mysteries, maybe a hulking castle or lonely croft on the moor. Something you can practically squeeze the atmosphere out of. #mswl
#MSWL for nonfiction projects about books and authors as well! Caroline Fraser's PRAIRIE FIRES, Anne Boyd Rioux's MEG, JO, BETH, AMY, John Matteson's EDEN'S OUTCASTS, and Deborah Lutz's THE BRONTE CABINET are all great examples of the types of projects I'd love to see.
Special #MSWL call for books about books and our favorite characters. I'd love to see fiction projects like Sarah Miller's CAROLINE or Sarah McCoy's MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES. I'd especially love to see books that re-imagine the classics like Lisa Gabriele's THE WINTERS.
Atlas Obscura @atlasobscuraImagine you live in the 19th century. Most restaurants are closed by 8 p.m. Where do you go if you want a meal at a late hour? The answer: Night lunch wagons. pic.twitter.com/Ro4sR7OnxG
Someone write a book for me about these night lunch wagons. Maybe with a hint of magic? Because how could magic not be involved in this gorgeousness?? #mswl
History Lovers Club @historylvrsclubBlizzard of '88: Looking North on Fifth Avenue from Washington Square Park, March 12, 1888. Photograph by C.H. Jordan, published by Hegger. Geographic File, PR 020, New-York Historical Society, 54861. More photos: cmore.pics/qeoMB pic.twitter.com/5YfypxK4Pw
Saw this and immediately started thinking of a mystery / thriller / suspense set in 19th-century, blizzardy New York. #mswl