Julie Crisp has signed up her first author as a literary agent following her departure from Pan Macmillan.
Crisp will represent Sam Hawke, an Australian fantasy writer from Canberra, who has written a novel called Proof, described as “intelligent fantasy concentrating on issues of race, gender and equality full of action, drama and original characters.”
The novel centres around the two-faced character of Jovan who is outwardly the the lifelong friend of the Chancellor’s charming, irresponsible heir but in secret a master of poisons and chemicals, trained to protect the Chancellor’s family from treachery. When the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison and a revolutionary army lays siege to the city, Jovan and his sister’s structured world unravels.
Hawke is Crisp’s first client since leaving Pan Macmillan last month where she was commissioning editor of the Sci Fi and Fantasy imprint Tor, to set up her own business as a freelance editor, script doctor and literary agent.
Crisp said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be representing Sam who is a fabulous writer. Proof is fast-paced, full of action, intrigue and intelligence. It’s exactly the sort of book I would have loved to have published when working at Tor.”
Hawke added: “I am so excited to team up with Julie, and delighted to have the benefit of her stellar record in nurturing genre talent – and no doubt her fierce red pen – turned to me. I'm looking forward to sharing a long and productive career together!”
Hawke writes online at samhawkewrites.wordpress.com and tweets as @samhawkewrites.