Over the course of her dynamic career she has sold over seven hundred titles to every major publisher, and has built a client list of more than forty authors spanning the commercial fiction genres, primarily in the areas of fantasy, science fiction, romance, mystery, and young adult fiction.
Her authors have been honored with the RITA, Golden Heart, National Readers’ Choice, Romantic Times and Colorado Book Awards, and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Clients include such bestsellers as Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill, Faith Hunter, Susan Krinard, Rob Thurman and many others.
She’s also an author in her own right with her Vamped young adult series and the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy novels. Further information is available on The Knight Agency website and her author site.
We asked Lucienne some questions about her job. Here are her answers.
1. What would most people be surprised to know about you?
Hmm, I’m a pretty open book. I’m not sure what would surprise anyone about me. Everyone knows at this point that I met my husband when we were working as actors at a haunted house and that I have a not-so-secret goth side. I’ve mentioned in many interviews that I nearly went to graduate school for forensic anthropology. (Yup, I’d have been Bones.)
How about the fact that growing up I wrote my own plays and cajoled all the neighborhood kids into acting in them, charging our parents a quarter each to see the performances? (It’s possible I’ve always been pushy. Directing or agenting was probably always in my future.)
2. If you could go anywhere on vacation and money was no object, where would you go and why?
Can we also make teleportation a thing? Because there are so many places I’d love to go but don’t want to sit on a plane for 24 hours! Narrowing it down…nope, can’t do it. Egypt, Turkey, the Greek Isles, India, Austria, China… If money were no object I’d have to take a full year off and travel the globe.
3. What excites you about your job?
I’m a deal junkie. There, I said it. I love making sales. There’s nothing like that call to an author that I’ve got an offer in on his or her book. It’s such a high. I’m also thrilled to work with such amazing, talented people who blow me away with their ingenuity on a daily basis.
4. What would you like authors to know about working with an editor or agent?
Communication is key, and that goes both ways. We’re not necessarily privy to every conversation with your editor or publicity team, but you should pass along anything relevant and keep us in the loop. Likewise, agents need to keep authors in the loop about submissions, rejections, reviews, sales and all the other things associated with their careers. Sometimes, though, we all get so busy doing that we forget to report back. It’s important that both sides know when to pick up the phone or drop a line to ask and to tell.
5. What would you absolutely love to see come across your desk right now?
The next Hunger Games, of course! I’m not talking about the next YA dystopian novel, but the next new thing that will blow everyone away and really put a subgenre on the map. I want something fresh and exciting and brilliantly written with characters I’ll read about compulsively. I’m not so concerned about what genre as what voice and what story is being told. If I love it and can’t stop thinking about it, I want to be the one to share it with the world.