One awesome Literary Agent who is passionate about blends of literary fiction prose and genre tropes.
My novels play with convention and mainstream storytelling – the narrator is often not the obvious or easy character choice, and my books usually include meta-narratives, or moments of lampshading and self-awareness. My casts are usually queer, diverse, unafraid to tackle issues, and are socially or politically active. I’ve been repeatedly praised for my ability to convey emotion on the page, and spend a lot of time delving into motivation and emotional truth. My worlds are thoroughly crafted, filled with delicious details, and slow-burn worldbuilding that makes readers want to start rereading the book right away.
On the whole, my books err more on the side of Literary Fabulism or Light Speculative Fantasy rather than out-and-out mainstream Epic Fantasy and Space Opera Sci-Fi. While on the surface they contain elements of genre, my work tends to be more in the vein of character-driven literary fiction, where character’s challenges come from the context of the speculative world they inhabit.
I’m a self-marketing go-getter, a hybrid author with experience in both trade and self-publishing, and well-versed in the worlds of digital serialization and fandom.
“The thing that truly sets Frey’s work apart is the depth of emotional resonance she manages to pack into everything.”
-Kisa Whipkey, editor of The Accidental Turn series, and The Skylark’s Saga
“The Skylark’s Song “soars with action, adventure and clever world building. The details are perfect, the characters are snappy, clever and real. Strap on your seatbelts, it’s quite the ride!”
—Arthur Slade, bestselling author of the Mission Clockwork series.
“A romantic, action-packed and just plain fun adventure, The Skylark’s Song is a classic superhero origins story that also manages to subvert tropes and expectations. I give it five fabulous jet packs.”
—Adrienne Kress, The Friday Society & The Explorers series
“I would highly recommend JM Frey’s The Untold Tale. It’s easily the strongest I’ve read in the last year. Frey’s novel takes a familiar trope – the idea that every novel written creates an actual world that the reader can enter, and it’s corollary, that we might be living in such a world ourselves – and gives us an entirely new take on it. […] In The Untold Tale, however, we have the entirely fresh perspective of the story being told by one of the fictional characters. […] The fictional world = real world trope isn’t the only one Frey twists. She also plays with the ideas of the hero and heroic adventure, feminism, gender roles, and the role of the narrative itself, in innovative – and occasionally cheeky – ways.”
—Violette Malan, Dhulyn Parno Series
- THE WELSHMAN’S DAUGHTERS – A stereotypical Regency-era Gothic Romance, except in this one, the wealthy daughter of the lord is secretly in love with her hired companion, and a curse seems to stalk the romantic relationships of everyone who lives in the dark and twisted Tŷ ar y Bryn Manor, and there may actually be a real ghost.
- THE MADDENING SCIENCE – A Toronto Arts Council Grant winning first-person account of the life and loves of a pansexual (former) supervillian, told in a blend of memoir-style prose and fabricated ‘found’ documents. Based on my short story of the same name.
- SOON PARTED and NEST EGG – books two and three of the Measure of Worth series, following the queer, contemporary romantasy Nine-Tenths.
- LATE BLOOMERS – An adult-market graphic novel about a group of 30-something friends who secretly saved the world as Magical Girls in high school. Now the Big Bad is back, and they have to repair their fractured friendship while also grudgingly donning the ridiculous sparkles and bows of their youth.
- LETTERS – A lesbian vampire in a world where we’ve always known about bloodsuckers, fighting alongside her meal-ticket girlfriend against greedy gentrification and pro-deathers who protest medical bodily autonomy.
- NORTHANGERED – A modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey”, set in the world of Hollywood, insular film festivals, backstabbing celebutants, and smack-dab in the middle of the #MeToo movement. (This project needs a re-write to transfer it from YA Market to Adult.)
- IS SPIDER-MAN INTO BONDAGE? – Graphic novel script about a small-town girl moving to the big city and using a dating blog to discover who she is not only as a person, but as a proudly out queer geek. But when her blog becomes super popular, she faces a backlash of fannish hate, and has to come to terms with a brand of fame that’s come at the expense of others. (This project is still in the process of being converted from a screenplay to a graphic novel script.)
- TO A STRANGER – Mark Farthing is an unremarkable lawyer living an unremarkable life, when his twin brother is diagnosed with breast cancer. After Mark falls for his brother’s oncologist, life suddenly seems remarkable. But the tragic death of his brother puts the lovers on opposing sides of a legal dispute, and Mark learns that finding your way back to yourself sometimes means having to leave others behind. (This project is still in the process of being converted from a screenplay to a graphic novel script.)