Meet the Agents: An Interview Meg DavisHarry Bingham
Meg is an established literary agent, having worked for MBA for over 25 years, representing writers in all media, and in all genres except non-fiction, children’s and poetry. Besides working hard for my clients, she likes to get involved with the bigger picture, so have served on the council of the Association of Authors’ Agents, and is currently on the council of the PMA (the other relevant trade association). You can see the Ki agency page here, Meg’s twitter feed just here and of course, her Agent Hunter profile here!
Q. What books/authors do you love in commercial fiction? (Crime, women’s) Give us some examples and say why you liked these books/authors.
I don’t really like women’s commercial fiction (although, that being said, I loved Ann Leary’s The Good House). We got to love her and fear for her, even though we could see she had her weak and annoying bits, and it said something authentic about human experience. I like crime if it’s plausible and has good characters, rather than the derivative or bandwagon stuff. The late lamented Ariana Franklin is a good example of great crime writing, as far as I’m concerned.
Q. What books/authors do you love in literary/historical/book group fiction? Examples and reasons, please!
Historical fiction needs to say something to us today, or at least have compelling characters in a well-drawn setting. I’m not a good bet for literary or book group fiction.
Q. How about sci-fi/horror/fantasy/paranormal/YA dystopian/erotic? What would you be interested in, and what’s a big no?
I like sci-fi, horror, and fantasy. Lois McMaster Bujold is a good example of a great storyteller, but I like the very individual voices with big imaginations, like Jonathan Carroll or Ted Chiang. Possibly all-time favourite writer is R A Lafferty. Nothing with unicorns or talking animals.
Q. On the non-fiction side, are there particular areas that interest you? Does your non-fiction list have a particular slant to it?
We’re pretty eclectic in this department.
Q: What character (from any book) would you be and why?