Prior to becoming an agent, Stefanie spent her career advocating for marginalized folks in publishing as a technical editor at a national laboratory, senior editor at the literary journal F(r)iction, and book coach and editor for women of color. She is Asian Latina (Mexican, Japanese, and Irish) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, both from the University of California at Davis. Aside from reading, she enjoys hiking, swimming, baking, and playing the piano, but spends most of her time spoiling her fur baby Samson. Her favorite place in the world is Yosemite National Park. You can find her on Twitter @fiction_tech.
Stefanie is primarily looking for BIPOC stories, inclusive of intersectional identities (LGBTQ+, disability, mental illness, neurodiversity…). In all genres, she adores stories that incorporate food, animals, the outdoors, and intergenerational relationships. She also loves when stories explore “messy” feelings like rage, fear, guilt, grief, etc. in empowering ways. Please don’t send her books where the protagonist dies at the end or that revolve around abuse, suicide, or self-harm (though they can be in a character’s past). If your story mentions these topics but does not revolve around them, please include a content warning.
She’s looking for heartfelt stories about family, facing your fears, and/or finding your place in the world. She especially loves brave, quirky heroines.
Middle Grade and YA
She likes contemporary and urban fantasy and coming-of-age stories. She loves mystery and is also open to the right high fantasy or romcom.
She’s looking for romcoms, mysteries, thrillers, and urban or contemporary fantasy. She’s also open to historical fiction that empowers BIPOC individuals and communities.
Two of her specific wishes are for a mystery or thriller helmed by a BIPOC woman, and for historical fiction centering a BIPOC cowgirl/boy/person.