Good morning all!
Today we’re chatting with Reiko Davis BUT I have a quick announcement to make before we get to the good stuff (see how I keep you all in suspense….). This Thursday, Sept. 11, is the last day you’ll be able to register for our fall conference On the Road to Sparkling Children’s Literature. There’s still time if you want to hop on over and register – go ahead, I’ll wait!…
Done? Great! Onto our chat!
Reiko Davis is an agent at Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency and will be presenting “Landing an Agent” at On the Road to Sparkling Children’s Literature. As to what she looks for as an agent? In fiction, she loves beautiful writing, but a book always has to have a compelling story to draw her in. She’s interested in both literary and commercial fiction. She loves a strong narrative voice, smart, funny heroines, narrowly located settings (towns in the South and Midwest, small communities), and stories that cross borders (in culture, geography, or tradition). For children’s books, she loves young adult and middle grade fiction—whether contemporary, historical, or fantasy.
And your favorite snack?
Peanut butter toast. Or popsicles!
You had me at peanut butter…
What was your favorite book as a child?
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Anne Shirley was my hero. I was captivated by her exuberant character—the way she found “scope for the imagination” in almost anything, her longing for “kindred spirits,” and her love of Prince Edward Island, the Canadian province where her story is set. She’s one of those brilliant literary creations who always stays with you.
And now for another tough question, what’s your favorite book as an adult?
That’s a tougher call! A recent favorite of mine is The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Permanent favorites include To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, Empire Falls by Richard Russo, and Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.
You magically find a $100.00 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it? (Key word: Frivolous!)
A massage at one of those fancy spas that serve cucumber water and play wood nymph music.
You’ve been locked in a bank vault Twilight Zone style, so you finally have time to read! Your glasses are fine (whew!) so what’s the first book you crack open?
I’ve really been wanting to read We Are Not Ourselves, a debut novel by Matthew Thomas. It was featured in the Adult Buzz Panel at BEA this year. I’ve heard it’s riveting. Then I’d crack open Landline, Rainbow Rowell’s new adult novel.
If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?
Running a florist shop. During high school I was a delivery girl for my local florist. I loved helping with the arrangements, taking orders from customers and driving around Kansas City, my hometown, delivering vases. I learned a lot about flower design and it was exciting to go into work and see the new shipments they brought in each morning.
For one day, time travel is a reality and you can visit any famous deceased author you want. Who do you pick?
- Scott Fitzgerald.
What’s your favorite motivational quote?
“Reading is not optional.”—Walter Dean Myers
If you could sum up your best advice for new writers or illustrators in only four words, what would it be?
Find a trusted critic.
Thanks again and we’re looking forward to seeing you at the conference!