Michele Bidelspach, Executive Editor of HQN and Graydon House, was born and raised in Virginia. Michele began her publishing career at Grand Central Publishing (then Warner Books) where she acquired women’s fiction and romance for 15+ years. She joined Harlequin Books in 2018. Throughout her career, she’s had the privilege of working with amazing authors, both bestselling and debut alike. Michele is particularly interested in mainstream fiction about the complicated bonds of family and friendship and the complexities of marriage, especially when told with wit and emotional depth. She would love to find a big, beautiful, heartfelt book about the struggles that immigrant families face in the modern world.
Meet Our Editors
April Osborn joined MIRA Books as an editor in 2018, after a decade in the publishing industry during which she’s had the opportunity to work with bestselling and award-winning authors in many genres. She enjoys editing a broad range of fiction projects, from rich family sagas with strong plotting and complex relationships to psychological suspense and thrillers that make her spine tingle. She loves books that feature strong female protagonists from diverse backgrounds and propulsive plots balanced with compelling characters, and books that have something interesting to say about the world we live in. She also appreciates any book that can make her laugh out loud like a lunatic.
Laura began working at Harper Collins in 2013 and joined Park Row Books in 2018. She has worked with national bestselling and award-winning authors, whose books have graced the cover of the New York Times Book Review and have been named a B&N Discover Pick. Laura is drawn to exceptional writing from unique and underrepresented voices, with a propulsive plot, strong emotion, and cast of unforgettable characters.
Margot Mallinson, Assistant Editor for MIRA, has been with Harlequin since 2006 and spent a good chunk of years honing her skills as a copyeditor, working on everything from series romance debuts to #1 New York Times bestsellers, always with ultimate respect for author voice. She was thrilled to join the MIRA Books team because the wide range of stories in the catalog suits her eclectic tastes perfectly, from literary with a genre twist to page-turning thrillers, always anchored by unforgettable characters. She feels there’s nothing better than helping an author realize their vision in the most impactful way possible.
Katie Gowrie is the editorial assistant for Series Romance in Toronto. She primarily works on Harlequin DARE but provides support to the Harlequin Heartwarming and Worldwide Mystery & Suspense teams—and has tons of fun writing for SYTYCW! Katie graduated university with a degree in Journalism and English Literature, but after a short stint on the municipal politics beat, she realized her true passion for storytelling lay in fiction. She’s on the lookout for red-hot contemporary romances featuring strong heroines and gorgeous settings! When she’s not reading, Katie loves watching crime shows and historical dramas, travelling (whenever she can!), and hanging out with her family.
Dina Davis is the assistant editor for Harlequin’s Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense imprints. Before starting at Harlequin, Dina worked her way up from editorial assistant to assistant editor at Guideposts Books and Inspirational Media and served internships at Good Housekeeping Research Institute, amNewYork, and Guideposts magazine. She graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology and met her husband while spending a year studying abroad on NYU’s campus in Florence, Italy. Outside of the office, she loves traveling, visiting family in Pittsburgh, watching television dramas, and going to brunch with her friends. Dina is interested in acquiring uplifting romance novels that pull the reader into the story with relatable characters, exciting and suspenseful plots, and emotional confessions of love.
Sareeta Domingo joined the Harlequin team as an Editor for Harlequin Medical Romance and Harlequin Romance in April 2017, having worked for several years in children’s publishing before going freelance to edit a wide range of fiction. She’s thrilled to now be able to focus full-time on one of her passions – romance! Sareeta is also a published author, having written several short stories as well as her debut novel, The Nearness of You, in May 2016.
Sara Jafari is an Editorial Assistant for the Harlequin Historical Romance series, joining the team in March 2017. Sara knew book publishing was her dream since she was a teenager, and her BA in English & Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London solidified her belief that she needed to work with books. A lover of all things romance, Sara can’t believe she gets paid to read about handsome Regency rakes, rugged highlanders, and passionate cowboys. In her spare time Sara designs and edits her own indie magazine, and of course – reads!
Natalie Hallak is an Assistant Editor for Park Row Books, Harlequin’s literary fiction imprint. Prior to joining Harlequin in 2015, Natalie developed her editorial skills during internships at Touchstone, Putnam, and Writer’s House Literary Agency before graduating from St. John’s University with a BA in English and minor in Creative Writing. She’s looking to start building her list in whip-it smart, emotional literary fiction with commercial appeal, as well as speculative fiction, psychological suspense, and narrative nonfiction/memoir. She has a particular interest in underrepresented voices and loves books that fearlessly blend genres. When Natalie’s not reading, she’s either traveling, playing the French Horn, experimenting with photography, or watching cat videos.
Julia Williams has been editing books for more years then she cares to mention. Quite by chance while working on teen fiction at Scholastic, she realised she was a closet romance addict, and that her formative years spent reading Jean Plaidy had been put to very good use. Since then she hasn’t looked back, and has even written some romantic fiction of her own. After several years in the freelance wilderness, she is thrilled to be working as an Editor on the medical team at Harlequin Mills & Boon, which feels very much like her spiritual home.
Charlotte Ellis is the Editorial Assistant for the Harlequin Romance and Medical Romance series, joining the team in September 2016. Despite a BA in Sociology from Durham University and a year as a sports graduate she soon realised that books were her dream job and so working on the Harlequin Romance and Medical Romance teams is a dream come true – almost like living a real-life version of Grey’s Anatomy! In her spare time Charlotte is a keen netballer and gym-goer, although she’s just as keen to curl up with a good book and mug of tea.
Vicky Britton joined the Mills & Boon team in August 2016 as a Commissioning Editor and acquires books across the Romance, Presents, Medical and the Historical lines. Being a freelance editor for the team for over 3 years means she was already fully immersed in the magical world of romance and so was thrilled to join the in-house team! A Yorkshire girl through and through, when not lost in a new acquisition, Vicky enjoys nothing more than being wellie-clad, knee-deep in mud, rambling through the Dales with her husband. Vicky holds a BA in English and History from the University of Hull and has since gained over 10 years editorial experience across both fiction and non-fiction publishing. Vicky is keen to acquire creative new voices for all the UK acquired lines.
Megan is an editorial assistant for the amazing Romantic Suspense and Special Edition teams. She started at Harlequin in November 2015, and before that she was in the trenches as a bookseller at an independent children’s bookstore and Barnes & Noble and also spent a summer learning about publishing at NYU. When she’s not reading, Megan is an avid hockey fan and Irish dancer. When she is reading, she’s always on the lookout for fresh, thrilling voices and twists on classic stories that make her excited about having a long commute to read them on.
Emily Ohanjanians always wanted to be an editor, and joining the fantastic editorial team at Harlequin was truly a dream come true. She acquired her first author within six months of becoming an editorial assistant with Harlequin MIRA and has never looked back! Now she is lucky enough to enjoy working with authors in various genres, so life is never boring. She has a slight obsession with story structure and nothing hooks her like dark, psychologically complex stories with—for lack of a better term—messed-up characters.
Margaret Marbury is the Vice President of Women’s Fiction Editorial, which includes Harlequin MIRA and Harlequin TEEN. Margaret has been an editor at Harlequin for 20 years. She has had the pleasure of working with many talented and bestselling authors in variety of genres from historical romance to thrillers. With the best editors and authors in commercial fiction, she’s excited about the challenges and opportunities ahead!
Melissa Endlich is the Senior Editor for Love Inspired and Love Inspired Classics. Melissa’s love affair with romance novels began when, as a young adult, she stole her mother’s copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s A Rose in Winter and swooned over the dreamy hero. And she’s been swooning over dashing knights, hunky cowboys and sexy single dads ever since. Though she’s a native New Yorker, Melissa is also a romantic who believes in true love. She feels blessed to have landed her dream job at Harlequin Books, and still loves working with her amazingly talented authors every day.
Susan Swinwood has been with Harlequin since 1999 and has worked on everything from Series romance to commercial literary fiction. After ten years with the MIRA imprint where, among other things, she developed and managed Harlequin’s erotic romance program (Spice), she is now fully back in the romance fold as the Executive Editor for HQN. In between manuscripts, she likes to relax with her husband at their farmhouse northwest of Toronto, and sometimes even reads for fun.
Deirdre McCluskey is the Administrative Coordinator for Harlequin Series. She started her career at Harlequin in 2013 as Digital Editorial Intern. Currently she supports the editorial teams for Harlequin Heartwarming and Harlequin DARE, and is a member of the So You Think You Can Write team. Prior to her career in publishing, Deirdre managed a bookstore, where she enjoyed helping people find their next favourite read. Deirdre has been a sucker for an emotional story ever since Charlotte’s Web made her cry salty tears when she was nine years old. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking, running, and knitting imperfectly.
Megan Haslam is an Associate Editor and acquires books across the Romance, Presents, Medical and the Historical lines. After completing a degree in English and History from the University of Southampton, she started working for Harlequin Mills & Boon. Seven years later, she has a little toddler with a big personality, and gets to balance the best 2 jobs in the world! Apart from discovering new talent and working with brilliantly inspiring authors, Megan loves to curl up with a huge cup of tea and lose herself in an unforgettable romance!
Linda Fildew is a senior editor responsible for Harlequin Historical Romance. She finds her job has neatly come full circle: after more than thirty-five years with the company, holding a variety of editorial roles, she is back with her first love, Historical, the line she helped launch in the UK as Masquerade in 1977. She puts her longevity down to an abiding love of the books and the authors with whom she works. She encourages submissions for all time periods, from ancient civilizations up to and including the Second World War, although she personally has a soft spot for Viking heroes and embittered, battle-scarred loners, be they warriors or outcasts from the Regency ton. Linda also has a background in art history.
Tina James is the executive editor for Love Inspired Books. She also manages the Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical series. She has been with Harlequin for almost twenty years and has had the opportunity to work on many lines such as Silhouette Desire, Silhouette Romance and Harlequin American Romance, and on special projects including the Harlequin Anthology program, the NASCAR program, and many Direct to Consumer programs. From the moment she learned to read she could usually be found at a bookstore or the public library searching for a good book. She is actively acquiring for Love Inspired Books and looking for compelling stories in a variety of genres including heartwarming inspirational romance, inspirational romantic suspense and inspirational historical romance.
Susan Litman came to Harlequin after spending several years working in film development in New York. She is an editor for the Harlequin Special Edition series and also acquires for other series lines including Romantic Suspense. Some of the authors she has the privilege of working with include New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Shirley Jump, USA TODAY bestselling authors Judy Duarte and Karen Rose Smith, award-winning authors Brenda Harlen and Gail Barrett, and many others. She has a B.A. in Film Studies and Theater and a minor in Developmental Psychology from Sarah Lawrence College and loves to collect cookbooks. Follow her on Instagram at @NYC_Editor_Life and on Twitter.
Stephanie Doig is an associate editor for Carina Press, Harlequin’s digital-first imprint. In the past seven years she has worked in a variety of roles at Harlequin, including Proofreader, Copy Editor, and Online Author Liaison for the Harlequin Author Network. Her true heart lies with editorial and digital publishing, and she’s thrilled to be working with the lovely Carina authors on a variety of titles and genres. When she’s not reading, Stephanie loves baking, knitting, and canning/preserving. She swears she’s not as old as those hobbies make her sound.
Stacy Boyd is a senior editor for Harlequin Desire, a Harlequin series line known for its high emotion, sensual tension and drama. Before focusing on short contemporary romance, Stacy acquired and edited a wide variety of fiction, including romance, suspense, fantasy, YA and even NASCAR novels. She is a past winner of the PASIC Editor of Merit award and currently works with an amazing group of award-winning and bestselling authors. Stacy holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology from New College, the honors college of Florida, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons. An outdoor enthusiast, she spends her free time running after kids, taming her backyard and improving her jogging distances. Stacy is looking to acquire compelling author voices and classic romance hooks with new twists for the Desire line.
Sheila Hodgson is a senior editor for Harlequin Medical Romance. In her role as senior editor during her 21 years at Harlequin she has managed four contemporary romance series and acquired widely for Harlequin Medical Romance, Harlequin Presents, Harlequin Historical Romance and Harlequin Romance. Prior to her work at Harlequin Mills & Boon, Sheila was an acquiring and managing editor working on general women’s fiction, firstly at the Penguin Group in the UK, then at MacDonald & Co Publishers Ltd and spent a couple of years as a freelance editor, copy-writer and editorial consultant. Sheila has been reading contemporary and historical romance novels since being introduced to them in her teens by her mother and grandmother. She feels privileged that her job allows her to indulge her romance reading and finds working with authors and seeing their writing careers develop hugely rewarding. Her other passions include swimming, travel and cooking. Sheila is interested in acquiring unique and contemporary voices for the Harlequin Medical Romance, Harlequin Presents and Harlequin Romance series and rich and passionate historical romances across all time periods for Harlequin Historicals.
Shana Asaro is the Associate Editor for Love Inspired, Harlequin’s Christian romance series line. She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in journalism and worked at a literary agency before coming to Harlequin. Recently married, she’s enjoying the start of her own happily-ever-after with her husband and their crazy but adorable dog. Shana acquires for all three of the Love Inspired series lines (contemporary, romantic suspense and historical) and especially enjoys action-adventure suspense romances, sweet contemporary romances set in small towns, storms, dogs and a little bit of humor or quirkiness. When she’s not reading or editing, Shana likes to travel, watch movies, discuss the merits of Gilmore Girls, eat frozen yogurt and drink Starbucks lattes.
Patience Bloom is a senior editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. In addition to devouring true crime and all things suspenseful, she also loves reading the latest celebrity memoir or romantic comedy. At Harlequin, she tends to work on a wide spectrum of romances—from Love Inspired to Special Edition to HQN, with a specialization in suspense. A strong heroine and cranky hero overcoming deadly obstacles tend to keep her turning the pages most. Previous to joining Harlequin in 1997, Patience taught French and Latin at Sandia Preparatory School in New Mexico. She holds a B.A. in French and Latin from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in French Literature from the University of New Mexico. She is the author of her own true romance, Romance Is My Day Job. Aside from reading, Patience loves to knit and spot celebrities in her neighborhood.
Nicole Brebner is the executive editor for MIRA and has been with Harlequin for over 12 years. She has held a wide variety of roles from senior editor of the men’s action adventure and mystery lines to senior editorial manager for the Overseas division. Currently working with bestselling authors in the romance, women’s fiction, suspense and thriller genres, Nicole is guiding the MIRA program to publish exciting editorial that will appeal to women everywhere.
Nic Caws is the assistant editor on the Harlequin Presents team. Her voracious (and possibly unhealthy) appetite for books led to her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Exeter. She joined the company in November 2013, where she loves working with authors and editors alike! When not immersed in a book, or downloading to her Kindle, Nic can be found enthusiastically baking, reluctantly camping or attempting to sing. Nic is looking to acquire fresh, unique voices and diverse romances across the Presents, Historical, Romance and Medical lines.
Natashya Wilson is the Editorial Director of Inkyard Press, Harlequin’s young adult fiction imprint. A Harlequin reader from age 9, she began working at Harlequin Books in 1996 as an editorial assistant for the American Romance and Intrigue series. She left in 2000 to work first as an associate editor for McGraw-Hill and later for the Rosen Publishing Group, where she edited children’s nonfiction books. She returned to Harlequin in 2004 and worked on the Bombshell and Romantic Suspense series before joining the Harlequin TEEN team in 2008. Natashya is seeking young adult books, across all genres, that have a commercial premise, a distinct voice and fresh twists on favorite plot hooks combined with relevant and universal themes. Her author list includes New York Times bestsellers and rising stars such as Julie Kagawa, Gena Showalter and Dawn Metcalf. In her spare time, she likes to read, read some more, and if it is a nice day, ride her horse on down the road.
Lauren Smulski is an Associate Editor for both Inkyard Press and MIRA Books. Her author list includes New York Times bestselling adult authors Maria V. Snyder and Michelle Sagara, as well as #1 NYT bestselling YA author duo Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings. She also has the privilege of working with rising stars Laurie Forest (The Black Witch), Summer Heacock (The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky), Amanda Foody (Daughter of the Burning City), and Gregory Scott Katsoulis (All Rights Reserved). She is on the lookout for adult fantasy, historical fiction, and humorous women’s fiction for MIRA, as well as YA fantasy, scifi, tech thrillers, and unique contemporary stories for TEEN. Before coming to Harlequin, Lauren interned at Dorchester Publishing and graduated from Pace University with a master’s degree in Publishing.
Kerri Buckley, the Senior Editor at Carina Press, got her first taste of the great editorial adventure during a semester-long internship at The Feminist Press in 2001. Thoroughly hooked, she joined Bantam Dell (a division of Random House) and stayed there for eight years, editing both fiction and non-fiction for various imprints under the Ballantine Bantam Dell umbrella. Thrilled to have been invited to the digital-first party at Harlequin’s Carina Press, Kerri is actively acquiring across all genres but is most interested in building her list in the following areas: romantic suspense, contemporary romance, New Adult, erotic romance, male/male romance, historical romance, and mysteries of all flavors.
Kathy Sagan is an editor at large for MIRA Books, working with authors of general fiction, women’s fiction, suspense, thrillers and more. Prior to coming to MIRA in 2015, she was a senior editor at Simon & Schuster/Gallery where she was the hardcover editor for New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark as well the acquiring editor of Lisa Genova’s New York Times bestsellers Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony and Inside the O’Briens. Previously she was the founding editor of The Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine; digital director for familycircle.com and womansday.com; books, fiction and travel editor at Family Circle, fiction editor at Redbook and McCall’s magazine, and editor at Dell/Delacorte. She has also been an award-winning features editor and writer, travel writer and book reviewer. She has an MA in English Literature and Anglo-Saxon poetry from the University of Illinois. Kathy is looking to acquire for MIRA fiction by both debut and established authors whose work shows strong character development and narrative drive, is textured and multi-layered, and has a good hook.
Kathryn Lye is editor of Harlequin Heartwarming and guest editor for several other Harlequin series. During her eighteen years at the company, she’s had the great fortune to acquire and work with many talented, award-winning authors. Previous to joining Harlequin in 1997, she developed her editorial skills in a number of roles with educational publisher Thomas Nelson Canada. Kathryn holds a B.A. in history and philosophy from the University of Toronto–Trinity College and completed the Publishing program at Ryerson University. An obsessive soccer fan, Kathryn never misses watching a Liverpool FC match, and has joined the board of the Toronto supporters’ club. Kathryn is interested in seeing original stories with touching romances that highlight the core themes of home and family.
Kathleen Scheibling has worked in publishing for more than twenty years and is currently Executive Editor of Harlequin Series in the Toronto office. She has worked with many New York Times bestselling authors from imprints such as Blaze, Western Romance, and most recently, Heartwarming. Harlequin has not only taught her all she needs to know about rugged cowboys and reclusive billionaires, it has also allowed her to work with the most professional, intelligent and inspiring group of authors in the business. Kathleen heads up the company’s newest global series, Harlequin/Mills & Boon DARE.
Kathleen is an avid reader, a rabid film lover, a one-time boxer turned yoga convert, and a fair-weather distance cyclist.
Johanna Raisanen is an editor for Harlequin Harlequin Heartwarming and Harlequin DARE, and has worked for Harlequin for twenty years. A graduate of the University of Toronto, she also received a diploma from the Book and Magazine Publishing Program at Centennial College. Johanna is passionate about books, travel, hiking in the woods and the Toronto Maple Leafs. She is always looking to acquire great stories for Harlequin!
Glenda Howard is the Senior Executive Editor for the New York Series group at Harlequin, a global publishing company. She manages Harlequin Kimani Romance, and also oversees Harlequin Special Edition, Harlequin Nocturne, Harlequin Desire, Harlequin Intrigue, Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical. Glenda has previously held editorial positions at St. Martin’s Press and BET Books. She currently works with a number of authors, including New York Times and USA Today bestseller Brenda Jackson, USA Today bestseller Nana Malone and Essence bestseller Donna Hill.
Erika Imranyi is an executive editor for MIRA Books, where she oversees the literary fiction program and is actively building her own list of mainstream literary fiction and book club women’s fiction. Prior to working for MIRA, she spent almost a decade at Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, editing a wide range of commercial fiction and nonfiction. She has worked with numerous New York Times bestselling authors, including Heather Gudenkauf, Jason Mott, Rainbow Rowell, Jenna Blum, Jenny McCarthy, Lauren Willig, and Rachel Simon. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in English from the University of Maryland. Erika is most interested in discovering and championing fresh new voices and original stories with mainstream appeal.
Brittany Lavery is Associate Editor at Graydon House and HQN Books. She has a diverse publishing background: having begun her career as an intern at the Cooke Agency, she has held both editorial and foreign rights positions at Penguin Random House Canada and the University of Toronto Press prior to joining the HQN team. She holds an MA in English Literature from York University, where she focused her research on the work of Ray Bradbury. Brittany is always on the lookout for fresh, engaging voices for Graydon House and HQN—she has a bias towards speculative love stories like The Time Traveler’s Wife, for big, sprawling family epics, and for page-turning contemporary stories like The Hating Game or A Decent Proposal. Brittany reads widely and voraciously, and when she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a book, you can find her on the soccer field or watching baseball.
For more than two decades Denise has supervised the growth of the Harlequin Intrigue romantic suspense line from a monthly four-book mystery niche series to a seventy-two book yearly core franchise that has launched the mainstream careers of several New York Times bestsellers including B.J. Daniels. She is actively acquiring romantic suspense and mystery for the category romance market. Her next target—a breakout trade thriller.
Prior to joining Harlequin Books in 1995, Denise worked at a nonfiction house acquiring hardcover and trade books. She spent her early career in publishing at Harper’s Bazaar magazine. She holds a B.A. from Fordham University.
Dana Grimaldi is an associate editor for Harlequin DARE and Harlequin Heartwarming. She also manages the Worldwide Mystery and Suspense program. Dana loves photography and can often be found outdoors, taking pictures of local wildlife. Her bookshelves have a special place for the works of Isaac Asimov, Margaret Laurence and N. K. Jemisin, not to mention the largest collection of CDs since the invention of the mp3. When she’s reading submissions, Dana is on the lookout for sexy contemporary romance as well as wholesome contemporary romances that celebrate strong communities, family connections and true love.
Bryony Green is the senior editor for Harlequin Romance. After completing her media degree, Bryony Green thought she was destined for a career in journalism until she landed a job as an editorial assistant at Harlequin Mills & Boon. Now a mum of two young boys, her home is overrun by superheroes (plastic, often missing heads or limbs, all over the floor and usually tripping her up). Meanwhile, work is overrun by super, gorgeous sexy heroes (all fictional, she hastily reminds her husband). She says the best part of her job is working with such talented authors, and finds the best thrill is finding a new voice for one of the series!
Since joining Harlequin Books in 2005, Adrienne has worked on a number of imprints, series and special projects, giving her a great appreciation for the wide variety of stories Harlequin publishes. She is currently an editor for Harlequin Heartwarming.
Adrienne lives in Toronto, and is renowned throughout the company for her sweet tooth and black thumb.