What are your manuscripts about? I want to know!
Thanks so much for your interest! Makes me feel all fuzzy inside. My current project is undergoing edits with my agent, so I’m not talking plot details online—at least one thing I’d mention would inevitably change or get cut altogether. That said, my latest manuscript is a gay YA contemporary, as is my work-in-progress. I post occasional snippets from my manuscripts on Twitter (@mobrienbooks, under photos) if you want to check those out!
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Jandy Nelson, J.K. Rowling, Hannah Moskowitz, A.S. King, Maggie Stiefvater, Gail Carriger, Daniel Handler / Lemony Snicket, E. Lockhart, Lauren Oliver, Leigh Bardugo…
Who are some of your favorite authors who you know personally / are friendly with and are therefore totally biased about but holy cow they write good books anyway?
Becky Albertalli (I met and adore her!), Adam Silvera (I met and adore him!), Marieke Nijkamp (beta reader!), Fox Benwell (I beta read for him!), Dahlia Adler (I met and adore her!), Helene Dunbar (she was my mentor in a writing contest!)…
Recommend me a book!
This isn’t a question, but can do! Here are some you have to read, in no order:
YA: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, The Raven Boys (book 1 in The Raven Cycle) by Maggie Stiefvater, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, Gone Gone Gone by Hannah Moskowitz, everything else by Hannah Moskowitz, Daughter of Smoke and Bone (book 1 in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy) by Laini Taylor, We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson, and More Happy Than Not and History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.
Adult: Room by Emma Donoghue, Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Soulless (book 1 in the Parasol Protectorate series) by Gail Carriger, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, The Bone Season (book 1 in The Bone Season series) by Samantha Shannon, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh.
How’d you get your agent?
Hey, I have a blog post about that!
Can you recommend me to your agent?
Nope. Sorry! But no. If I’ve read and loved your manuscript, maybe. Otherwise, no. I just don’t have time to vet everyone’s manuscripts like I’d like to. You’re free to query her, though!
Will you read (and love) my manuscript?
I get an increasing number of requests for this, so I’m instating a rule I’ve seen friends use: unless you know the answer is “yes,” no. I wish I could, but I’m pressed for time as is. (And even if I love your manuscript, I probably won’t recommend you to my agent—your book has to be something she’d, you know, want.)
What’s your favorite Taylor Swift song?
…all? I can’t pick one, so here’s three per album with my top favorite on each album underlined:
Taylor Swift: “Teardrops on My Guitar,” “A Place in This World,” and an underrated one, “Mary’s Song (Oh My My My).”
Fearless: “Fifteen,” “Forever and Always” (listen to the piano version if you want to cry), and an underrated one, “The Best Day.”
Speak Now: “Enchanted,” “Sparks Fly,” and an underrated one, “Dear John.”
Red: “All Too Well,” “Treacherous,” and an underrated one, “Holy Ground.”
1989: “New Romantics,” “Style,” and an underrated one, “You Are In Love.”