Katie spent the last 25 years at HarperCollins in a variety of roles including Group Rights Director, Managing Director of Collins non-fiction and senior positions in William Collins and 4th Estate, Fiction and Children’s. She was Executive Producer on Channel 4’s 2019 critically acclaimed TV adaptation of the much loved classic The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr which was awarded an international Emmy. Her extensive and varied experience across a range of publishing and rights management, puts her in a unique position to be able to work with an author to offer representation and guidance across all media and in all markets.
As a new (ish) agent, she is looking for authors in both non-fiction and fiction. In non-fiction she is looking for memoirs with a strong narrative voice, and ideas based books that offer different ways of thinking about life. Also smart true crime, nature, lifestyle and books around female and family issues from experts, journalists or people with a strong platform who have something new and different to say. Her personal interests are in history, fashion, style and sport so anything in these areas is likely to pique her interest.
In terms of fiction, her interests are broad and varied. She likes contemporary and historical, commercial and reading group fiction. It could be anything from a sweeping love story (she has a soft spot for a good romance) to a historical crime novel to a clever and sharply written romantic comedy. All will have believable characters that you can root for, immersive settings and compelling storylines. Ultimately it could be anything that draws her in with the exception of sci-fi, fantasy and children’s authors.
She is committed to increasing representation and accessibility in the industry and served as a judge on Owned Voices Novel Award in 2020. Books that she has read recently and loved include The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller, The Girl with The Louding Voice by Abi Dare, Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Read, Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton and An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Recent non-fiction reads include Empire Of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe, How To Fail by Elizabeth Day and Educated by Tara Westover.