meet the staff

Susan Brooks

Editor-in-Chief

Susan Brooks has loved books since she first got her hands on Go, Dog. Go! By P.D. Eastman as a toddler. She has many years of editorial experience and has a master’s degree in publishing from The George Washington University. She was on the board of directors for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and educating writers from 2009 to 2019. Currently she is looking to acquire mystery, thriller, suspense, urban fantasy, and romance. She loves anything paranormal and especially likes ghost stories. She is open to any well-written, well-structured story however and loves humor on all levels. And cats. She loves cats. Follow her on Twitter!

Cindy

Bryan

Editor

Cindy lives in rural Alabama with her husband, little dog, and lots of wildlife. She’s been a social work student, home renovator/contractor, mom, and teacher. These days she’s back to her first love—words. Cindy believes that stories are essential to life—for remembering, understanding, teaching, and dreaming. That’s why she’s passionate about helping authors. When she’s not editing or reading, she's most likely gardening or making music.
Cindy’s looking for cozy mysteries, YA fantasies and sci-fi, and inspirational fiction.

Gabriella bujdoso

Cover Designer

Gabi is a self-taught Hungarian artist who draws book and film-related digital illustrations. She lives in Germany.

Jennica Dotson

Editorial Assistant

Jennica Dotson has eight years of editorial experience and a lifetime of experience seeking literary thrills. Though her passion lies in fantasy and science fiction, she is interested in any story with strong characters and a deep emotional impact. She is currently seeking Adult + YA Fantasy, Young Adult, and LGBTQ+ Fiction.

When not wielding a pen, Jennica loves to sing in and serve as Secretary of the Board for the Out Loud Chorus, an LGBTQ+ choir based in Washtenaw County, Michigan. She also loves to write, spend time with friends and family, go for walks in the forest, and enjoy quiet nights at home with her roommate and many stuffed animals.

lisa

guire

Copy Editor

Lisa’s a proud fourth-generation born-and-raised Colorado native. She’s loved books since she read The King Who Rained by Fred Gwynne when she was about five. She hopes her tastes have matured (although she still loves words and word play) and now enjoys books that grab her by the prefrontal cortex and/or get her in the feels. When not dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s for Literary Wanderlust, Lisa spends too much time down the rabbit hole of genealogy, some time volunteering at the library, and no time at all (since time is merely a human construct) spinning her chakras and meditating with the great What Is.

OLIVIA

HAASE

Editorial Assistant

Olivia Haase is a current Publishing Masters student at George Washington University and her passion for books began when she didn’t understand the ending of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie and decided to read the book to figure it out. While that book took her over 2 months to consume, her reading intake only grew after that and now she can read a 600 page book in 3 days if she really wants to.

For the past two years Olivia lived in LA working in reality and daytime talk TV. Now she’s back home in Arizona with her family focusing on her publishing studies and career. When she’s not studying or working, she’s writing and looking for the next great fantasy novel to lose herself in. When it rains once in a blue moon in AZ, you can find Olivia standing outside in the middle of the storm, happy as a clam. She’s currently seeking to acquire YA Romance and YA Fantasy Romance novels. If a story includes witches, Olivia is all over it; she loves witches and the spooky season of All Hallow’s Eve.

kylee

howells

Editor

Kylee graduated from Missouri State University with a BA in English Literature with a minor in Technical Writing in 2015, and shortly after moved to warm and sunny Houston, Texas. With a few years editing experience, and a hand full of years of social media marketing under her hat, Kylee loves nothing more than to help her authors thrive once their book is published. Kylee is currently looking for books in the romance genre, particularly romantic suspense, contemporary romance, rom-coms, historical romance, and paranormal romance. Basically anything with a happily ever after.

When Kylee isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her dog, exploring new places around Houston, and hanging out with her friends. Her hobbies include reading, collecting books, finding new ways to organize her books, and searching for mobile libraries to donate her already read books.

mandy

miller

Editor

Mandy holds a J.D. as well as PhD in Social and Personality Psychology, although she currently spends much of her time writing. She is from Scotland, but, after traveling the world with her parents as a child, she came to the United States for college and never left.

Mandy is looking to acquire crime fiction (the more noir the better), suspense and mystery, literary fiction, and historical fiction. What hooks her is a throat grabbing story, but one written with keen attention to craft and language.

In her spare time, she indulges her reading vice and participates in ultramarathons, a sport much like writing a novel in that the journey is long and requires dedication, not to mention a dash of madness.

pozu

mitsuma

Cover Designer

Perpetual stargazer and bonfire denizen, Pozu is an unassuming artist and storyteller who enjoys contemplation, discussing ideas, being alone, and living at the ocean with his wife, daughter, and two rascally dogs.

Julie

paris

Editor

Julie Paris received her BA in Spanish and Communication Studies from UNC before going on to earn her JD from UNC School of Law. She worked for five years as a civil rights litigator for North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services (NCPLS) in Raleigh, North Carolina. From 2015-2016, she lived in Panamá, working as a voluntary consultant for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, monitoring a major class action settlement for NCPLS, and refining her Spanish language skills. While in Panamá, Julie found herself longing for a career that would allow her to showcase her artistic creativity and further nurture her love for the well-told story. From there, Julie dove headfirst into the editing world, editing crime novels for Joffe Books in London for a time and simultaneously joining Literary Wanderlust as an editor.

Currently not accepting submissions.

Dream genres: crime fiction, women’s fiction, literary fiction, mystery novels, biography, humor/satire, LGBTQ+

Follow her on Twitter!

sharon

salonen

Editor

Sharon Salonen is an editor with over 25 years’ experience in legal and fiction publishing. She graduated with a master’s degree in publishing from The George Washington University and from the Editing program at the University of Chicago’s Graham School. For Literary Wanderlust, her focus is on the mystery (from cozy to police procedural), thriller, suspense, historical fiction, and fantasy genres.

She is a dog lover with a foul mouth, dry sense of humor, and penchant for red wine. If not found snuggled up with a book or engrossed in a manuscript, she’s likely hiking in mountains of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Sharon lives with her family in Seattle, Washington. Follow her on Twitter!

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