Kieryn Ziegler joined DG&B in 2017 as the assistant to Michael Bourret in the West Coast office. She grew up in central Pennsylvania and moved to LA to study at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she graduated with a BFA in Writing for Screen & Television. She loves books about exciting new worlds, found families, fantastic female characters, and stories with diverse POVs — especially YA & MG. Aside from good books and good TV, she’s a big fan of dogs, road trips, and coffee shops with lots of outlets.
Kieryn wants to see more…
LGBTQ+ characters in sci-fi and fantasy!
Just as Professor Quirrell turned around to reveal Voldemort on the back of his head, my mom closed the book and said, “If it’s too scary for you, I’m going to stop.”
That snapped me back to reality. I was wedged in the corner of the couch with my hands over my face, not facing down Voldemort in a passage under Hogwarts. I quickly sat up. “Don’t stop! Don’t stop, I’m not scared, keep reading.”
I was six, and I didn’t have the words to describe what was happening — how I was scared, and I loved it. I’d let myself get swept away in a book, and I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since.
I have a hard time liking books casually. When I love a story, I want to soak up every part of it. I want my friends to read it. I want to call my sister and tell her all of my thoughts, no spoilers, also I already got you a copy, go read it. I want to take apart every line to see how the magic works, but I also just want to get lost between the pages. When I lend a book to a friend, I’m asking them to go on an adventure with me.
Working with books is a natural extension of this. I want to share that curled-in-the-corner-of-the-couch feeling with as many people as I can. I want to see books I love fill bookshelves and bedside tables and backpacks. Everyone’s invited on this adventure. Bring snacks.