The Team Behind She Reads

Ashley Johnson

Lead Editor

Ashley has always been a writer at heart, receiving a diary from her mother at a very young age. Supportive book-buying parents influenced her love of literature and storytelling as she grew up. Her love for songwriting led the way to creating short stories and the start of her own blog where she documented her life as a college student. A fan of dark plot lines, Ashley picked up Stephen King’s It and never looked back. When she is not working on her first novel or new story ideas, Ashley can be found curled up with her rescue chihuahuas or exploring breathtaking locations throughout the US.

Courtney Floegel

Editor

Courtney Floegel is a digital marketing and publicity professional with a background in public relations, marketing and strategic communication. Her experience—paired with her passion (obsession) of all-things-books—makes her role at SparkPoint Studio a match made in heaven. She began honing her skills at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, earning a dual degree in marketing and finance, gaining experience in both the marketing and PR fields by juggling a vast array of activities and internships, and graduating cum laude. When she’s not working, Courtney can be found reading, traveling, or re-watching The Office.

Janay Lampkin

Editor

Janay Lampkin leads social and digital strategy for the SparkPoint Studio brands and is a self-proclaimed film buff, Netflix and Red Wine Aficionado based in Nashville, TN. Her background is in digital advertising and social strategy and focuses on brainstorming digital campaigns and plotting social media growth for our brands and clients. In addition to raising a very large English bulldog and trying new recipes, Janay is a voracious reader with a fascination with life-changing diverse fiction!

Maggie Ruf

Web Designer

Maggie fell in love with design from a young age, always spending more time on the look of a school project than the content. Her first “official” design gig was Design Editor of her high school newspaper, which led her to earn a degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina, with a concentration in editing and graphics. After graduation she followed an old friend out to Phoenix, and found a job at a local design agency. There she created websites and graphics for clients such as the National Blood Clot Alliance, Pioneer Electronics, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Her favorite part of design is finding a creative way to visually express the personality of a brand. Maggie was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana. When she’s not designing she can be found with hanging out with her Largi (Corgi/Lab mix), devouring novels with happy endings, or in a pool.

Allyson Gerrard

Editor

Allyson is a social media and PR professional with experience in digital marketing, public relations, social media, event planning and communications. She thrives in an environment where she can use creativity for good and share engaging content with the world. Prior to joining SparkPoint Studio, Allyson oversaw the communications and social strategy for the launch of a health and fitness brand. She used her creative and results-driven approach to marketing to create communications plans and run engaging social media campaigns to drive a successful launch of the brand.

Contributors

Alex Posey

Alex Posey is the Editorial Director at Scribd. From working with Scribd’s publishing partners to analyzing trends in the industry to writing features on her favorite reads, her focus is always on getting great books in front of readers who will love them. Alex is very involved in the literary community in San Francisco. As a former editor of the lit magazine Radio Silence, she helped found the Silent Reading Party with Lemony Snicket, a monthly event where local readers come together to read and drink for the benefit of San Francisco’s public schools. In 2015, she was recognized as a Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree.

Alisa Hammond

Alisa is a Michigan-based bookworm who is a self-proclaimed “book pusher.” Nothing excites her more than sharing books she loves and geeking out over literature. This love of reading and sharing inspired her to create @WorldsWithinPages, a bookstagram account with more than 10,000 fellow readers, some of whom have become her closest friends. In addition to being a voracious reader, Alisa is a devoted dog mom, married to her best friend in the world and an unashamed traffic stop karaoke singer/performance artist.

Alison Luther

Contributing Writer

Alison Luther is a freelance editor and writer based in Fredericksburg, TX, where she lives with her husband and two children. Her background is in digital consumer content and marketing strategies, but today she focuses on small business marketing, ghostwriting, and writing about all things books on She Reads. In addition to raising longhorn, chickens, and children, she loves to cook and is a voracious reader.

Angela Haupt

Angela Haupt is a writer, editor and dog-obsessed reader living in Washington, D.C. She covers health news during the day and writes about books and other fun topics, like local events and human interest stories, during her free time. She’s a diehard library loyalist and prefers to read alongside her feisty 5-pound toy poodle, Redwood.

Bridget James

When Bridget James isn’t being a willing hostage to a book, she’s a stay-at-home mom to her one-year-old son, Caden. She reviews books on her blog, Caden’s Paiges, and is very active in the book community on Instagram. Bridget has many passions. She is a Lupus advocate, something that affects both her and her son. She also runs her own home-based bakery called Caden’s Sweet Dreams. She hopes to one day merge all of her passions into one by owning a book store that sells her pastries, with a portion of proceeds going to Lupus research.

Brittany Beauchamp

More often than not, you can find me reading. I’m a lover of books, pins, coffee, photography, writing, adventuring to new coffee spots, film watching, the rain, yoga, self-care and tacos. I’m sure we can find something in common! In my non-bookish life, I am a therapist for kids and adolescents. I utilize reading, bookstagram (the bookish community on Instagram) and reviewing/writing as my primary form of self-care. My favorite genres are fiction, young adult, self-help/psychology, memoir, horror, science fiction, some non-fiction and graphic novels. However, I am always open to trying something new.

Caitlyn Mearns

Caitlyn is a writer and bookseller from the east coast of Canada. When she is not reading or writing – which, she admits, isn’t often – she spends her time hanging out with her cat and dog (Harley and Zooey, respectively), or kicking back with a bottle of local cider. Her reading motto is “the creepier the better,” and opts for titles like Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Du Maurier’s Rebecca. In addition to Gothic classics, Caitlyn also has a soft spot for folklore, with a special interest in fairy tales from around the world.

Cassie Gutman

Cassie is a book lover and reviewer, never playing favorites and reading some of every genre (usually all at once). Originally from a small, funny-named town near Louisville, Kentucky, she now edits words for a living and would like to be paid in ice cream. You can find her @happybooklovers on Instagram.

Courtney Marzilli

Contributing Writer

Bliss, Beauty and Books was founded in 2010 by Courtney Marzilli. Marzilli is a biblophile and beauty junkie. She has combined her love of both books and beauty and created a blog to share both with her adoring fans. As a freelance makeup artist and an avid reader, she is able to marry the two together in a unique way. On Bliss, Beauty and Books, readers will find must-have beauty products and everyday beauty tips along with straight-forward reviews of up-and-coming must- read books as well as interviews with best-selling authors. Marzilli has her finger on the pulse working closely with publicists to make sure her readers hear about AH-mazing books. Her unique features of “What’s in my Bookish {Beauty} Bag?” and “Open Book” allow readers to get to know their favorite authors in a fun and fabulous way!

Courtney Paasch

Staff Writer

Courtney Paasch is a book enthusiast and has been known to spend full days in the library. She worked as a digital producer at Cronkite News where she fell in love with digital media and website design. Courtney loves to find creative and innovative ways to push social media campaigns and draw reader engagement. Her favorite thing to do on a day off is load up her Jeep with her wife and two rescue dogs, Jaxson and Rosie and head out on an adventure.

Danielle Carey

Danielle is older than your sister and younger than your mum. The number of books she owns is between five to ten times greater than the amount of dollars she has in the bank at any one moment. She is a messy, fumbling, self-centred skeptic who somehow has been granted grace. Danielle writes and imagines and worries and trusts from a little Housie in south-east Queensland. She likes fruit smoothies, snail mail, secondhand bookstores, cheeseburgers, moleskines, 70% cocoa chocolate, and nieces and nephews. At times like these, she wishes she could afford to pay someone to write her bios for her, instead of clunkily chugging along in the third person.

Ebony Nolan

Ebony Nolan is the founder of BWRB (Black Women Read Books). She is a bookstagramer as well as a booktuber who is infatuated with all things books. She also loves plants, animals (who she sometimes read to) and good food.

Elena Nicolaou

Elena is an entertainment writer at Refinery29, where she writes about books, movies, TV, and whatever else she's obsessed with at the moment. Find her book picks on Instagram, too.

Ellanna Koontz

Intern

Ellanna Koontz is a senior in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, studying journalism with an emphasis in public relations. Koontz plans to graduate in spring 2018 with a degree in public relations and a minor in personal health. She will also graduate with a certificate in special events management. Koontz currently works at Barrett, The Honors College as a social media assistant and the Sun Devil Fitness Center as the marketing program manager. Within these positions, she generates social posts, edits photos and video, creates graphics and manages other students in the social media team.

Garrett Billings

Contributing Writer

Garrett (Gare), is the voice behind @gareindeedreads. His story is simple; he loves to read and loves movies. Gare love to watch movies based on the books he's read and growing up, he was always an avid reader. As he got older, classes, friends and work started to affect his reading game, only making time for the books he truly loved. Cue a few years later and he has finally found a balance between work, his social life and reading. Casting who he thinks would make great characters in the books he reads, Gare loves sharing his passion for movies and books with the world.

Georgia Francis

I'm a 23 year old beauty and lifestyle Youtuber living just outside of London who's been creating content on Youtube for just over 4 years now. I enjoy makeup, dressing in all black, musical theatre, and lots of travel (sometimes I try to daily vlog whilst travelling, but disclaimer: I suck).

Janelle Janson

I have a deep passion for books. I love reading them, admiring their beautiful covers, and learning about their authors. I have been obsessed with reading since I was a little girl because it fed my ever-growing imagination. In addition to books, I love learning about different cultures, food, traveling, and am obsessed with maps. I have lived in Northern California my entire life and enjoy how close I am to everything, whether it be the ocean, the mountains, or all that’s in between. I’m married to a loving husband who is the most caring person I know. It is a dream of mine to one day own a bookstore in the historic area of my hometown. I would love to feature book and beer pairings, possibly with a local brewery or a coffee shop next door.

Jena Brown

Jena Brown is a dedicated YA bookstagrammer, reviewer and writer. Collaborating with multiple publishers and a vast lineup of authors, Brown is on a mission to spread the word about the best books every YA fan should be reading.

Jenna Noll

Jenna Noll is an avid reader and book lover who spends her time taking gorgeous book photos and hanging out with cats. In addition to being a successful bookstagrammer, Jenna also enjoys writing on her blog about everything from adventures, to books to all of her random, yet valid, thoughts.

Jessica Duffield

Intern

Jessica Duffield is a senior at the University of Missouri- Columbia in the Missouri School of Journalism. She is studying journalism with an emphasis in magazine editing. Duffield plans to graduate in spring 2019 with a degree in journalism and a minor in English. In the fall of 2017, Duffield worked at the Columbia Missourian newspaper. In the years 2017-2018, Duffield has been writing for Paperback Paris online. She is currently working on her own book blog at jessicasabooklover.wordpress.com. Duffield has always been an avid reader, but she also enjoys binging Netflix shows, watching the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs and being with family and friends. After graduation, she hopes to continue to work in the book publishing industry in any capacity she can.

Kailey Costa

Kailey Costa is a book blogger living in Virginia with her husband and baby girl. An avid reader, Kailey joined the “Bookstagram” community about a year ago and has loved every minute of it! When she’s not reading, Kailey likes spending time with her family, working out & coaching fitness classes, and binge-watching The Office.

Kalli Maufas

Kalli Maufas is a voracious reader, bookstagrammer and blogger from the beautiful windy City of Chicago, Illinois. She can often be found taking photos of books for her bookstagram and making quite the mess in the process. She has a wide range of reading tastes and what she likes to read can vary based on her mood, but she always finds solace in Young Adult contemporary novels such as Fangirl and Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (she’s read them each three times!). When she’s not reading or photographing books, in her spare time, she loves to listen to music, dance to her favourite tunes and watch Marvel movies and classic films like Singin’ in the Rain.

Kate Olson

Kate Olson is a reader, blogger, librarian, wife and mother in Wisconsin. When not reading, she is buying books, taking pictures of books for Instagram, sorting and shelving books or writing about books. She is the founder of Kid Lit Exchange and blogs about lots of bookish things over at theloudlibrarylady.com

Kelly Gillespie

Kelly Gillespie is a book blogger based in Morgantown, West Virginia, where she lives with her husband. Her blog, Wild and Wonderful Reads, was created in 2017 as a space for her to share a love of reading. In addition to being an avid reader and blogger, she spends some of her time as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society.

Kenlee Savoie

Contributing Writer

Kenlee Savoie has a strong passion for literature and creative writing. She buys all of her books in print because, one day, she hopes to have a library as big as Belle's from Beauty and the Beast. She loves constantly disappearing behind a good novel with her Yorkie Poodle, Benson.

Kortney Gruenwald

The Modern Jetsetter was born in autumn 2016 as a way to share my affair with all things travel and lifestyle (and keep in touch with my family and friends in the USA). After working as a lifestyle editor in Germany for two years, I decided that the corporate journalism habitat wasn't quite for me. I craved a creative outlet of my own to grow to be a premier source of luxury travel, lifestyle inspiration and daily musings for professional women with wanderlust. Since that big risk, I've moved to New York City and I'm happy to say creating lifestyle and travel content for the readers of TMJ is my full-time job.

Krystiana Cornella

Intern

Krystiana Cornella is pursuing her master’s degree in Mass Communication and Public Relations at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Arizona. Her passion lies in communicating the message at the heart of a brand. She is developing skills in storytelling, campaign and content strategy, brand analytics, graphic design and journalism. She grew up in Carefree, Arizona in a medical family. Krystiana studied nutritional sciences in undergrad, but decided to change course for graduate school. This decision came about from a simple idea. She wanted to start a women’s t-shirt business that encompassed a personal story with every shirt. This interest in entrepreneurship helped her realize that she loves sharing stories and building brands that generate connection. So, she took the leap and headed to grad school this year in an unknown field. Krystiana loves what she is learning and is excited for all that is to come!

Linh Truong

Linh is a 16-year old book blogger residing in the Pacific-Northwest. She loves reading on rainy days, eating sushi and jamming out to Lorde.

Lisa Kompaniiets

Lisa Kompaniiets is a creative student and an avid reader. She spends most of her days studying and aspires to be a writer someday. She speaks four languages and communicates daily with fellow bookworms all around the world. In her free time, Lisa usually drinks coffee and plans her next trip abroad. She enjoys watching TV shows and discussing them with her friends. She is currently working on her screenplay, which one day she hopes will make it to the screen.

Madeleine Letellier

Madeleine Letellier is a student and bookstagrammer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a passion for books and reading, and aspires to one day work in publishing, though in the meantime is working as a bookseller at one of her favorite indie bookstores as she works her way through her final year at UC Berkeley. She reviews books on her Instagram, @bookishmadeleine, as well as on her blog that she created with her good friend Taylor, which they have titled Book Club for Two. She is an English Literature major, a cat lover, an avid coffee drinker, and a French and English speaker. She is a firm believer that literature holds the power to foster empathy in others, and strives to inspire others to read through sharing her love of books.

Madison Howard

Mad Howard is a senior English major at Northern Arizona University. When she isn't in class, she is probably writing poetry on her 1950s Mercury typewriter, singing and playing guitar, or reading recent book recommendations from her friends. You can find more of her work on publications such as Asterisk Magazine, The Mighty, and The Tunnels.

Marcia Marques

Marcia Marques is a book blogger based in New Jersey. She spends her days as a Financial Analyst at one of the Big 4 Accounting Firms. At night, she's either reading or writing, usually with a cup of coffee (sometimes wine) nearby. She started a local Book Club in March 2017, which has grown to 95 members. She reviews books on her blog, Trendy Simple Life, and is very active in the book community, both on Instagram and Twitter. She's also passionate about photography and loves to travel.

Marena Galluccio

Marena Galluccio is a freelance copywriter and journalist and lover of all things YA. She reviews fantasy, historical fiction, and historical fantasy YA books on her website’s blog, #MediaGalReads. When she is not writing creatively, Marena can be found planning her next trip to a Disney park, watching the latest movie in theatres, or visiting a history museum. She is currently based in Georgia.

Megan Prokott

Megan Prokott created her brand The Spines in August 2017 as a place to share her love of books, insider knowledge of the publishing industry and life in Chicago on the Internet. One year and nearly 12,000 followers later, The Spines has become not only an outlet for Megan to explore innovative marketing, content creation and beautiful aesthetics but also an authentic and well-read community of friends.

Morgan Hoit

Morgan Hoit is a 20-something content creator and book reviewer from NYC. By day, she works in the theater industry. By night, she reads and writes about how each book relates to her life in that moment: part journal entry, part book review. Morgan loves strong coffee, sunny days, and exploring this city she proudly calls home. You can find her at www.nycbookgirl.com or @nycbookgirl for NYC tips and tricks, all things book related, and more!

Nathalie Pierre

Nathalie Ann Pierre is a book lover and blogger currently living in Orlando, FL. She works at a local news station but her goal is to one day become a publisher/editor. Her absolute passion in life is reading, writing and, of course, coffee. She always carries a book around with her because you never know when you might be able to sneak in a few chapters. If Nathalie's not at home or at work you can usually find her at a coffee shop drinking her weight in iced coffee or at the nearest book store because she's always in search of a good book to read.

Renée Hicks

The book world is all so very new to me. My journey into reading began in January of 2016. I grew up playing sports and never really had spare time to read outside of the classroom because of it. My first couple of years of reading I mainly read motivational and spiritual books. I wanted to dig a little deeper and became intrigued with black history, my history. This is how Book Girl Magic was formed. I wanted to create a space in which we would celebrate, embrace and empower women of color. Who knew that books could form such a sisterhood.

Resh Susan

Resh Susan loves stories, eats words and tries to convince people that broccoli is an amazing vegetable. She can be found at her second home, @thebooksatchel on Instagram. She blogs at The Book Satchel

Stacey Armand

Stacey Armand is a writer and book enthusiast based in South Louisiana who passes her days as a lease analyst. By night, she is a voracious reader who dreams of one day working in publishing or opening her own book store/coffee shop/reading clinic filled with therapy dogs. She reviews books as a guest judge for Book of the Month, as well as on her blog, Prose and Palate. She is incredibly active in the book community on Instagram and she co-curates an online book club known as Salt Water Reads with her good friend, Kourtney Dyson. She is also a passionate advocate for child literacy and children with dyslexia. When she is not traveling with her family or roaming the aisles of Target, she can be found curled up in a corner with a good book.

Samantha Strom

Staff Writer

Samantha likes to tout herself as a cross-platform storyteller, but all that really means is that she likes creating media as much as she enjoys consuming it. In her role as an Editorial Project Manager at SparkPoint Studio (the parent company of She Reads), she manages the blog for SparkPress, but sometimes the content turns out to be better suited for She Reads.

Stephanie Elliot

Contributing Writer and Copyeditor

Stephanie Elliot writes for a variety of websites and magazines on topics such as parenting, mental health issues, relationships, and of course, books. She is an editor and book reviewer. Stephanie is also the author of the young adult novel, Sad Perfect, which was inspired by her own daughter’s journey with ARFID, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and their three children. For more info, visit www.stephanieelliot.com.

Suzanne Bluff

Suzanne Bluff has always been a book lover and a reader. It can all be traced back to battling through Middle Earth with Frodo, Gandalf and the gang and her book journey has taken her through nearly all genres. Now as a co-founder of Under the Covers Book Blog, Suzanne is dedicated to extolling all the virtues of reading romance for all the internet to see. Which is fantastic as her three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with anyone willing to listen. When not reading she can found listening to her favourite pod casts and geeking out on Doctor Who.

Terra Brown

Terra Brown is a writer, reader, yoga practitioner, and obsessed dog owner from Arkansas. She fell in love with books as a small child. Some (a.k.a. her mother) say she’s addicted, but she has no intention of getting help. She has worked as a social media coordinator, editor, and writer, and has contributed articles on budgeting, healthy living, organization, and, of course, book recommendations. She spends her free time practicing backbends, obsessively reading fantasy novels, petting her golden retriever, Gatsby, and writing the stories in her head. She shares her favorite books on her Instagram account and blog. She hopes to one day move to Scotland, renovate an old castle, and spend her days reading in a tower.

Victoria Colotta

Victoria Colotta is an artist, author, and award-winning graphic designer for her work at VMC Art & Design. Spending most of her day in her studio with her crazy dog Lizzy, Victoria loves to stay connected with readers, fellow book nerds, coffee addicts, and artists through social media. Catch up with her on her website, Instagram @artbookscoffee, Facebook, or Twitter @vcolotta to see what she is reading, writing, drawing, and whipping together in her kitchen.

Zyra Y

Zyra Yuzon grew up in the beautiful shores of the Philippines. She has since traded the colorful tropics for the neon lights of New York. Her grandfather accidentally taught her how to read when she was three, and she hasn't stopped reading since. Her favorite genres are contemporary and fantasy. She owns 13 different copies of the first Harry Potter book, likes to dress up as fictional characters, is an avid collector of Funko Pops (264 and counting!), and is a self-proclaimed Book Hoarder. She runs a bookstagram account called @bookhoarderproblems and is convinced that she can rebuild the Library of Alexandria out of her ever-growing TBR pile.

Contributing Authors

Megan Abbott

Guest Editor

Megan Abbott is the bestselling author of the blockbuster books Dare Me (optioned with Natalie Portman rumored to star), The Fever (picked up by Sarah Jessica Parker’s production company for MTV) and more. Megan is also a staff writer on the HBO show The Deuce and her new summer book, Give Me Your Hand (July 2018) is one of Entertainment Weekly’s most anticipated books of the year. She received her PhD in literature from New York University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Guardian, and The Believer. She lives in New York City.

Jessica Knoll

Jessica Knoll has been a senior editor at Cosmopolitan, and the articles editor at SELF. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and bulldog, Beatrice.

Roshani Chokshi

Guest Editor

Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of Aru Shah and the End of Time, The Star-Touched Queen, A Crown of Wishes, and The Gilded Wolves. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, and her books have appeared on Barnes and Nobles Best New Books of the Year and Buzzfeed Best Books of the Year lists. Chokshi lives in Georgia, but doesn't have much of a Southern accent. Alas.

Jacob Tobia

Guest Editor

Jacob Tobia is a writer, producer, and author of Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story with Putnam Books at Penguin Random House. From interviewing former US Presidents to working with queer and trans youth, Jacob helps others embrace the full complexity of gender and own their truth, even when that truth is messy as hell. Currently living in Los Angeles, Jacob was recently named to the Biden Foundation’s Advisory Council for Advancing LGBTQ Equality and the Clinton Global Initiative Honor Roll.

Marissa Meyer

Guest Editor

Marissa Meyer is a fangirl at heart, with a closet full of costumes, a Harry Potter wand on her desk, and a Tuxedo Mask doll hanging from her rearview mirror. Han and Leia are still her OTP. She may or may not be a cyborg. Marissa writes books for teens, including the NYT bestselling series: The Lunar Chronicles.

Kendare Blake

Guest Editor

Kendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories, most of which you can find information about via the links above. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Linklater, and the late, great Michael Jackson, I mean, come on, he gave us Thriller.

Kate Quinn

Guest Editor

Kate Quinn is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with “The Alice Network.” All have been translated into multiple languages. Kate and her husband now live in San Diego with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox.

Danielle Paige

Guest Editor

Danielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series and the Stealing Snow series. In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City.

Jasmine Guillory

guest editor

Jasmine Guillory is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School. She is a Bay Area native who has towering stacks of books in her living room, a cake recipe for every occasion, and upwards of 50 lipsticks. As well as writing books, Jasmine sometimes writes about books, pop-culture, and food, some of her favorite things.

Carola Lovering

Carola Lovering attended Colorado College, and her work has appeared in W Magazine, National Geographic, Outside, and Yoga Journal, among other publications. Tell Me Lies is her first novel. In addition to writing, Carola teaches yoga at CorePower. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

Camille Perri

Camille Perri is the author of The Assistants and When Katie Met Cassidy. She has worked as a books editor for Cosmopolitan and Esquire. She has also been a ghostwriter of young adult novels and a reference librarian. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from New York University and a master of library science degree from Queens College.

Anna Todd

Guest Editor

Anna Todd is a writer spending her days in Los Angeles with her husband. She has always been an avid reader and boy band and romance lover, so now that she’s found a way to combine the three she’s enjoying living a real-life dream come true. She now knows what life is like when you get to do what you love.

J.T. Ellison

guest editor

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series "A Brit in the FBI" with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the Emmy Award-winning show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband.

Georgia Clark

Georgia Clark is an author, performer and screenwriter based in Brooklyn. She wrote the critically acclaimed novel, The Regulars, and the "witty, sexy" (L.A. Times) The Bucket List, both Simon & Schuster. Her first books were the Young Adult novels She’s With The Band and Parched. Georgia is the host/founder of the storytelling night, Generation Women, which invites six generations of women to tell a story on a theme. She is currently developing The Regulars as a TV show for E!. A native Australian, she lives in Brooklyn with her girlfriend and a fridge full of cheese.

Jenny Zhang

Guest Editor

Jenny Zhang is an American writer, poet, and prolific essayist based in Brooklyn, New York. One focus of her work is on the Chinese American immigrant identity and experience in the United States. She has published a collection of poetry called Dear Jenny, We Are All Find and a non-fiction chapbook called Hags. From 2011 to 2014, Zhang wrote extensively for Rookie. Additionally, Zhang has worked as a freelance essayist for other publications. In August 2017, Zhang's short story collection, Sour Heart, was the first acquisition by Lena Dunham's Lenny imprint, Lenny Books, via Random House.

Mary Kubica

Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of four novels, including THE GOOD GIRL, PRETTY BABY, DON’T YOU CRY and EVERY LAST LIE. A former high school history teacher, Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children, where she enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter. Mary’s novels have been translated into over twenty languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide. She’s been described as “a writer of vice-like control,” (Chicago Tribune) and her novels have been praised as “hypnotic” (People) and “thrilling and illuminating” (Los Angeles Times).

Vanessa Hua

Guest Editor

Vanessa Hua is an award-winning author and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. For two decades, she has been writing about Asia and the diaspora, filing stories from China, Burma, Panama, South Korea, and Ecuador. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Newsweek, among other publications. She works and teaches at the Writers’ Grotto in San Francisco, and is on the faculty at the 2018 Mendocino Coast Writers Conference.

B.M. Hardin

I started my writing career in 2012, and since then, I've managed to write over 30 books! Now I'm helping other authors on their journey! Some of my best-selling titles are: "The Wrong Husband", "Your Pastor My Husband" & "The Good Listener".

Ali Katz

Ali Katz is a best-selling author, motivational speaker, self-care and mindful parenting coach and a meditation expert. Her mission is to inspire mothers across the globe to leave overwhelm, stress and guilt behind and to embrace a life full of balance, presence, and joy. Ali’s uncanny ability to make the concepts of self-care, mediation and mindfulness feel relatable and downright fun, truly sets her apart from the traditional self-help crowd.

Belle Brett

Belle Brett is a proud graduate of Grub Street’s Novel Incubator program. As a child, she produced what would now be called graphic novels, but alas, only the drawings remain as the words were strictly in the oral tradition. Now, several degrees and careers later (teacher, career counselor, researcher), she writes mostly novel-length fiction (no pictures, but with a cinematic flavor) about coming of age across the lifespan. She holds a Doctorate of Education in Human Development and Psychology. Her debut novel, Gina in the Floating World, will be published by She Writes Press in September 2018. It is the tale of a young, naive Midwesterner who faces an uncertain future when, of her own volition, her job description changes from bank intern to whore in 1981 Tokyo. The story was inspired by Belle's own experiences as a bar hostess in Tokyo several decades ago.

Brenda Novak

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has penned over 45 novels. A two-time Rita nominee, she's won The National Reader's Choice, The Bookseller's Best, The Bookbuyer's Best and many other awards. She runs an annual online auction for diabetes research every May at www.brendanovak.com. To date, she’s raised over $2 million. Brenda considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life.

Cara Alwill Leyba

Cara Alwill Leyba is a best selling author and master life coach who encourages women to live their most effervescent lives, celebrate themselves every day, and make their happiness a priority. Over 2.5 million listeners worldwide tune in to her podcast Style Your Mind each week for powerful conversations and a mega dose of inspiration. Cara’s glamorous approach to self-help has attracted thousands of women to attend her workshops and events around the country. She has been featured in Glamour, Shape, Entrepreneur.com, Success, Cosmo, Marie Claire, and many others. As a social influencer, Cara reaches her following of over 100,000 fans across all her social media platforms and inspires them daily with lifestyle tips, mindset advice, business strategies, and does it all with a chic and fashionable flair. Cara has collaborated with Macy’s, Kate Spade, SoulCycle, and others.

Courtney Peppernell

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Courtney Peppernell is the best-selling author of Pillow Thoughts. Her writing career launched in 2015 with her debut novel Chasing Paper Cranes. Her first poetry collection Pillow Thoughts was released in 2016 and reached number one and best seller in her category. Having also captured the attention of world renowned artists The Chainsmokers, Pillow Thoughts was then re published by Andrews McMeel Universal, along with her second poetry collection The Road Between in August 2017. Courtney also released her second novel Keeping Long Island in 2017.

E.C. Frey

Elizabeth Campbell Frey is a mixed blood who has worked in Fortune 500 companies, survived cancer, and completed a thesis on the Doctrine of Discovery and land issues in Indian country. She lives in Texas Hill Country with her husband, two gypsy-hearted kids, dogs, cows, chickens, a horse and a swarm of transient, kamikaze hummingbirds.

Elizabeth Ann Entenman

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Elizabeth Ann Entenman is a freelance writer, editor, and advertising copywriter living in Brooklyn, New York. When she’s not writing about books for HelloGiggles, you can find her doing improv, Instagramming her dogs (and ones she meets on the subway), and re-organizing her bookshelves again.

Erica Wright

Erica Wright's latest crime novel is The Blue Kingfisher. Her debut The Red Chameleon was one of O Magazine's Best Books of Summer 2014. Her followup The Granite Moth was a 2016 Silver Falchion Award Finalist. She is also the author of two poetry collections, Instructions for Killing the Jackal and All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned. She is a senior editor at Guernica as well as a former editorial board member for Alice James Books.

Esther Ludlow

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Esther Ludlow has been interested in true crime since she was a teen and has been podcasting since 2012. She launched her true crime podcast, Once Upon a Crime in June of 2016. In only 8 months, the podcast had over 1 million listens and the audience continues to grow.Her love for storytelling combined with her interest in true crime and her background in psychology creates a unique and compelling podcast.

Jamie Beck

National best-selling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than one million copies. A 2017 Booksellers’ Best Award nominee, her books have also hit Heavy.com‘s Top 10 Romance Novels of 2015 and been selected as a Woman’s World Book Club pick. Critics at Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly (including a starred review), and Booklist have alternatively called her work “smart,” “uplifting,” and “entertaining.” In addition to writing novels, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family.

Jen Doll

Jen Doll is the author of the debut young adult novel, Unclaimed Baggage and the memoir Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest. She's written for The Atlantic, Elle, Esquire, Glamour, GQ, New York Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Vice, The Village Voice, The Week, and many other publications. She grew up in Alabama and lives in Brooklyn.

Jill Coupe

Jill Coupe’s first job was gathering (collating) in her father’s printing plant in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. A former librarian at Johns Hopkins University, she has an MFA in Fiction from Warren Wilson College, in the heart of the Blue Ridge. The Southern Appalachians will always feel like home to her, but so does Baltimore, where she’s hard at work on her next novel, an excerpt from which has been published in the Summer 2016 issue of The Summerset Review.

Kirstin Chen

Kirstin Chen‘s new novel, Bury What We Cannot Take, has been named a Most Anticipated Upcoming Book by Electric Literature, The Millions, The Rumpus, Harper’s Bazaar and InStyle, among others. She is also the author of Soy Sauce for Beginners, a Kindle First selection, an O, The Oprah Magazine “book to pick up now” and a Glamour book club pick. She was the fall 2017 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence in Singapore, and has received awards from the Steinbeck Fellows Program, Sewanee, Hedgebrook, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Her short stories have appeared in Zyzzyva, Hobart, Pank, and the Best New Singaporean Short Stories. She holds an MFA from Emerson College and a BA from Stanford University. Born and raised in Singapore, she currently resides in San Francisco, where she is working on a novel about the counterfeit handbag trade.

Lisa Gabriele

Lisa Gabriele is the author of Tempting Faith DiNapoli and The Almost Archer Sisters, and The Winters, and is an award-winning TV producer, writer and director. Her writing has appeared in Vice, Nerve, New York Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times Magazine, Globe and Mail, National Post, Elle and Glamour. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies, including The Best American Non-Required Reading. She’s also the author of the international best-selling S.E.C.R.E.T. trilogy, under the pseudonym L. Marie Adeline, a series that’s been published in more than 30 countries.

L.L. McKinney

Leatrice "Elle" McKinney, writing as L.L. McKinney, is a poet and active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. She’s spent time in the slush by serving as a reader for agents and participating as a judge in various online writing contests. Elle's also a gamer, Blerd, and adamant Hei Hei stan, living in Kansas, surrounded by more nieces and nephews than she knows what to do with. Aside from rockin' the Favorite Aunt thing, she spends her free time plagued by her cat--Sir Chester Fluffmire Boopsnoot Purrington Wigglebottom Flooferson III, esquire, Baron o'Butterscotch or #SirChester for short--or defending the realm from the enemies of Azeroth. FOR THE HORDE!

Mackenzi Lee

Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Simmons College. She is the New York Times and award-winning author of This Monstrous Thing, Bygone Badass Broads, and The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, as well as its sequel, The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. She loves sweater weather, Diet Coke, and her sassy St. Bernard.

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Born and raised in New Orleans, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton studied creative writing at Dartmouth College and law at UC Berkeley. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, , was a 2017 National Book Award Nominee, a New York Times Notable Book of 2017 and a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. Her work has been published in The New York Times Book Review, Oprah.com, Lenny Letter, The Massachusetts Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, and other publications. She lives in the Bay Area, California, with her family.

Marissa Stapley

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Marissa Stapley is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novel Mating for Life and her newest novel, Things to Do When It’s Raining. Marissa also writes Shelf Love, a monthly commercial fiction review column for the Globe and Mail and reports on books and culture for the Toronto Star. She lives in Toronto with her family.

Mike Boudet

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Mike Boudet has been active in the world of podcasting since 2007. His background in audio engineering brings a high level of quality to the show, where he combines ambient sounds, music and foley effects to tell an immersive and visceral story. Among Mike’s many interests are fiction writing, which informs his ability to unravel a story and put the listener inside the listening experience. He’s also a documentary and true-crime TV junkie and can’t get enough of shows like Unsolved Mysteries, The First 48, American Greed and others. Mike’s love of broadcasting and desire to see higher quality independent podcasts led him to create Sword and Scale in late 2013, which combines his talents perfectly into possibly the best true-crime radio show out there.

Nancy Chadwick

I grew up in a north suburb of Chicago. After receiving a journalism degree at Marquette University, I got my first job at Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago. After ten years there, I couldn’t get to where I wanted to be in the agency business, so I reinvented myself and turned to the banking industry. Then, after another ten years, I realized I wasn’t a banker, so I quit and started to write, finding inspiration from my years in Chicago, and San Francisco and putting to use my knack for writing good descriptive scenery, an ear for dialogue and experience in human interaction.

Natalia Sylvester

In 2006, Natalia received a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. A former magazine editor, Natalia now works as a freelance writer in Texas and is a faculty member of the low-res MFA program at Regis University. Her articles have appeared in Latina Magazine, Writer’s Digest, The Austin American-Statesman, and NBCLatino.com.

Pam McGaffin

Pam’s short stories have appeared in the online literary journals, Eclectica and Amarillo Bay, and her non-fiction articles have been published in many Puget Sound-area publications and websites, including The Daily Herald (in Everett, WA), Bicycle Paper, the MS Connection newsletter, and Seattle Children’s Story Project. She has a BA degree in Communications Journalism from the University of Washington and certificates in fiction writing and advanced literary fiction from UW Extension. When she isn’t writing, she likes to think about writing, read, walk the dog, do sprint-distance triathlons, and devise ways to get her family to eat more colorful food.

Robin Kall

Robin Kall has always been an avid reader. From sneaking copies of Judy Blume from her childhood librarian to developing her own radio program, Reading With Robin, in 2002, Robin is a literary influencer and book pusher in her own right. Over the past 18 years Robin has built a devoted and passionate following both in her local Rhode Island, online, and wherever there are readers. In addition to her talk show, Robin has hosted countless can’t miss author events including her annual Evening With Authors and Summer with Robin, and the newly minted Point Street Reading Series. www.robinkall.com

Sara Zarr

Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, California. She is the author of How to Save a Life, What We Lost, Sweethearts, The Lucy Variations, Gem & Dixie, and the National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl. She is also the coauthor of Roomies, with Tara Altebrando.

Shalini Dua

An international upbringing and a love of stories laid the foundation for wanderlust. Shalini aspires to spend her time country-hopping and consuming pop-culture, comedy and good food but the reality is often frantically downing coffee, meeting deadlines at exactly the last second and working her unglamorous corporate job to fund all of the other pursuits. The Secret Lives of Royals is Shalini’s debut novel. Her other work includes published poetry and scripts only she has read.

Simone St. James

Simone St. James is the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. Her second novel, An Inquiry into Love and Death, was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel from Crime Writers of Canada. She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time.

Small Town Murder

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Crime in Sports and Small Town Murder are the hit true crime comedy podcasts hosted by James Pietragallo and Jimmie Whisman. Crime in Sports started in early 2016, and the guys worked their way into the ears and hearts of listeners around the world - in early 2017, Small Town Murder hit the iTunes charts...and let's just hope this isn't grace. When these assholes (not scumbags) aren't researching and recording their podcasts, you can find them on stage at a local comedy club.

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