Hi there! My name’s Leighton, and I write YA Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Contemporary novels! I’ve been writing for about 14 years now, and I currently graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Fiction Writing. What I’m looking for from a critique partner is someone who’s experienced in writing and takes it seriously. I want in-depth constructive criticism, and also someone who’s gonna fangirl (or fanboy) over my characters with me. I’d also prefer someone who writes in the same genres as I do, since that’s what I enjoy reading. I promise to also give you constructive criticism and to fangirl when appropriate!
If your novel is character-driven and has great characters, I can almost guarantee I’ll love it. I also really enjoy commercial fiction, where the writing is easy and fun to read. Tropes are great, too, especially if they’re tackled in a unique way. Oh, and ROMANCE. I love romance. It’s not a deal-breaker for me if your novel doesn’t have romance (some books work better without it!) but it’s definitely a selling point for me if there is a romance.
I’m probably not the best CP for literary fiction. In some rare cases I really enjoy it, but a lot of the time I feel it drags a story down.
Book 1: Contemporary fantasy. Features a bisexual lead. Involves magic, a hate to love romance, and a fun group of quirky characters. Takes place mainly at a boarding school.
Book 2: Contemporary romance featuring the “wrong number” trope, but with a twist. Very gay, very romcom-esque. Involves a love triangle.
Book 3: Dystopian sci-fi featuring superheroes and villains. Includes a lot of action and battle scenes.
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