The Asia Literary Agency has appointed editor and scout Thalia Suzuma as an agent.
Suzuma has worked as an editor for publishers including Pan Macmillan, HarperCollins and Bloomsbury, and at Bloomsbury Qatar she acquired books in translation. She has worked with authors such as Cecelia Ahern, Lauren Weisberger, Tony Parsons and Barbara Taylor Bradford. In 2014 she moved to the Middle East to publish authors such as Saud Alsanousi and Mai Al Nakib, with the aim to diversify the types of narrative available to an English-reading audience.
Kelly Falconer, founder of the London-based Asia Literary Agency, said: "Thalia is charming, incredibly bright and a real self-starter. She comes to us with an impressive CV, a growing network of up-and-coming editors and a taste complementary to mine.
"Although the agency will continue to focus on Asian authors, experts on Asia and writers living in the Australia-Asia region we shall, with Thalia now on board, be expanding our scope and reach."
Suzuma said: "Matchmaking brilliant writers with the best editors has been a passion of mine for years, and I’m delighted to be formalising this work with Kelly at the ALA. Kelly’s vision and dedication is inspiring. She’s built up a beautiful and diverse list of literary voices from around the world, and I can’t wait to add some commercial page-turning fiction to the agency’s roster."