Lisa Dunn


Editor for @AnaiahPress and author of THE CHASMARIA CHRONICLES. Wife. Mother. Believer in messes made lovely. None of my metaphorical caps are for sale.

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Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 4d

I've loved John Knowles since middle school. If you could call your MS "A Separate Peace" for Christian teens, I want to read it. I'm not sure how you'd make it "Christian," but I work for a Christian press, so I have to have some faith element. Just don't be cheesy :). #MSWL

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 4d

One specific #MSWL for Christian #YA: I live in a small southern town, and I'd love a narrator with that undercurrent of commentary on everyone else and their "kin" who learns the hard way that the crazies around her are HER PEOPLE. Be sure to include a covered dish scene.

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 4d

For #contemporary #YA, smart, humorous, introspective first person is more likely to draw me in, but I can fall in love with a sweet, dreamy voice, too. My tolerance for sap and cliche is pretty low, so be very careful with those. #MSWL

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 4d

I DO love allegory, but I'm very particular about HOW it's done. Rich, gently tended symbolism is a must. Be clear, but not obvious; be original, but true to the source. #MSWL #CF #YA

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 4d

I love Lloyd Alexander's simple, beautiful characters and the grace with which he treats even his villains, but most of all, I love his themes of honor being found among the lowly. I would love to work on a MS that makes me feel like I've found a new Prydain. #MSWL

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 4d

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn

With #FaithPitch coming up in a few weeks, I want to share a few #MSWL items...…

I'm just not into angels. Same goes for demons, werewolves, vampires, witches, and memoir, especially when pronounced meh-MWAH. anti-#MSWL

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · Feb 3

Speaking of allegory, I am all about rich, layered symbolism at every turn - names, characters, plot, setting, tiny, seemingly insignificant details that are actually hugely symbolic of glorious truth. If you have a #YA #CF #fantasy like this, I'd love to see it. #MSWL

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 12 Sep 2018

I’m specifically looking for #YA Christian Fantasy. I’ll take Contempory YA #CF, too, but I really want to get lost in a new world! #MSWL

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 12 Sep 2018

I'd love to find a lyrical #YA Christian fantasy that doesn't shy away from struggle and loss, but ultimately conveys strong themes of redemption, restoration, and hope. #MSWL #CF

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 12 Sep 2018

I hope to post more specific #MSWL items throughout the day, but this will give you a general idea what I'm looking for and how to query me at @anaiahpress. No Twitter pitches, please! :) #YA #CF…

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 31 Mar 2018

Whether allegorical fantasy or contemporary #Christian #YA, if your manuscript feels like @NeedtoBreathe - raw, honest, mud-longing for beauty- I'd love to see your query. #mswl

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 21 Feb 2018

I'm still on the hunt for #Christian/#Ispy #YA fantasy and contemporary. If you see your story on my #MSWL, I'd love to hear from you!…

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 24 Jan 2018

I'd love to see some #YA #Christian #Fantasy along the lines of C.S. Lewis, Donita K. Paul, and my ever adored Lloyd Alexander. Dragons welcome. Angels, demons, werewolves, vampires, and the like not so welcome. #mswl

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 18 Jan 2018

I hope to steal a few moments of this busy day to scroll through #IWSGPit. In the meantime, if you have something that fits my wishlist, please feel free to query me. #YA #F #Contemp #CF #MSWL…

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 11 Jan 2018

I really love Lloyd Alexander. His work is simply beautiful on so many levels. If you can add a #Christian element in a #CSLewis-esque manner - obvious, but not overwhelming, and generally enjoyed regardless of the reader's faith - I would be over the moon. #MSWL #YA, #Fantasy

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 10 Jan 2018

I'd also like #Contemporary #Christian/#Inspy #YA featuring homeschooled students in an honest, ultimately positive light. Showcase the weird and wonderful side of this diverse community with humor and love. #MSWL

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 10 Jan 2018

Fantasy retelling of a biblical story - maybe Esther, Jonah, Hagar, or Hosea and his unfaithful wife. Set it somewhere new and magical. Add depth and imagination, but not heresy or gratuitous sex/violence. Lead reader through mud to beauty. #MSWL #Christian #YA #Fantasy

Lisa Dunn @AuthorLisaDunn · 9 Jan 2018

I'd like a down-and-dirty youth missions trip in which stereotypes fall away to reveal beautiful human beings who never thought they'd be friends. Room for romantic element, but not necessary. Make me laugh, then cry. Steer clear of cheesy. #MSWL #Christian #YA #Contemporary