Heather Flaherty grew up in Massachusetts, and worked in New York City as a playwright during college. After a lot of country-hopping in her early twenties, she began her publishing career in the editorial department at Random House UK. She then became a Literary Scout, advising foreign publishers and Hollywood on the next big books. Now, as an agent, she’s thrilled to focus on helping authors find that same success
What I’m looking for:
YA fiction: I’m looking across the board in all genres. I especially love my YA Fantasy – whether epic and sweeping, or dark and gritty. I also adore good issue-related YA with humor and heart, and punchy contemporary YA that doesn’t hesitate when it comes to crazy. I’m a sucker for clever retellings of classic fairytales, myths, and folklore, as well as really good horror—not gory for gory’s sake, but dark, twisted, complicated, and even lovely.
Adult fiction: I’m looking for complex female-centric Thrillers and Commercial Women’s Fiction that is unexpected with solid storytelling and strong voices, both contemporary and historical. I’m also always on the lookout for fantastic Upmarket projects that bridge the gap between commercial and literary lists. And, I have a sweet-spot for good Horror; stories that are deep, dark, and disturbingly intricate.
Middle-Grade: I want it stark, honest, and even dark; contemporary or historical, as long as it’s accessible. Coming-of-age stories, dealing-with-difficulty stories, witness stories about adult issues seen through a child’s eyes, anything that makes you want to hold the narrator’s hand. These stories can have magical or fantasy elements as well.
Nonfiction: I’m looking for Humor and Pop-Culture projects with a strong platform that are funny, quirky, gritty, different, relevant, needed, and/or social-media-based. I’m also eager for deep, dark True Crime projects that speak to the heart.