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Tasneem Motala

Assistant Agent

Tasneem's literary journey traverses various realms, with picture books, graphic novels, young adult, and adult fiction on her short but talented list. She might be picky, but when she’s in love with a story, everyone will know it!

As much as she’d love to represent the things that made her into the adult she is today, like Beyblade and Yu-Gi-Oh!, Tasneem will happily immerse herself in stories that give her that same sense of joy but for older audiences. Contemporary adult-aimed books on the power of friendship, nostalgia, bittersweet endings, second chances, and regrets like those told in anime like Flavors of Youth and Barakamon, are always on her radar.

All of this being said, Tasneem also has proven time and  time again to step outside of her comfort zone and help facilitate new trends and ideas. Intrigued by the convergence of speculative fiction and societal contemplation, Tasneem is currently captivated by sci-fi tales that delve into the multifaceted realms of futurism, cyberpunk, and the exploration of humanity from marginalized perspectives. She seeks narratives that challenge conventional notions, daringly exploring what it truly means to be human in a rapidly evolving world.

With a keen eye for stories that resonate on deeper levels, Tasneem's literary pursuits extend beyond the boundaries of genre and tropes, embracing narratives that provoke emotions and challenge perceptions regardless of the settings and tools they use to do so. Her passion lies in representing diverse voices and narratives that leave an indelible mark on readers' hearts and minds, no matter the age group.

Tasneem’s QueryManager is a safe space solely dedicated to BIPOC who want to shoot their shot, but she does take referrals from other agents at TRF for those who don’t identify under that umbrella.

Interested in: 

Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Middle Grade, New Adult, Science Fiction, Young Adult Contemporary YA, Cyberpunk, Fairytale Retellings, Low Fantasy, Magical Realism, Robots/A.I., Steampunk, Urban Fantasy

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