meet the staff

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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.

She is a lover of cats and cares for Ragnar and Ziggy, two rescues who rule the house and expect breakfast and dinner at exacting times. 

 

She is looking to acquire mystery, thriller, urban fantasy, and romantic suspense. She also loves anything paranormal and especially likes ghost stories.

Follow her on Twitter!

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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.

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Gabriella bujdoso

Cover Designer

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

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EJAY

DAWSON

Editorial Assistant

Ejay Dawson lives in rural Victoria, Australia, with too many pets. An avid reader and writer, an Australian RWA member, and an avid neurodiverse champion (diagnosed with Aspergers), she loves encouraging writers to write the story of their hearts. 

Ejay is looking for adult paranormal, mystery, thriller, and romance. She is passionate about scifi and fantasy too. She does love a delicious villain! 

Follow her on Twitter; https://twitter.com/ejdawsonauthor

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Jennica Dotson

Editor

Jennica Dotson has nine years of editorial experience and a lifetime of experience seeking literary thrills. When not wielding a pen, Jennica loves to sing in 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 girlfriend and many stuffed animals.

 

She is currently seeking adult and YA fantasy, uplifting LGBTQ+ fiction, and historical or paranormal romance. In all genres, she particularly likes those that feature diverse characters.

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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.

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Catrina Hollaway

Editorial Assistant

Catrina graduated from Eureka College in English Literature. Her love of reading was sparked in the eighth grade and grew into a passion. When she isn't reading, she is writing, or worldbuilding, or even  crocheting. 

 

She is looking for Romance, and both Adult and YA fantasy stories.

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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.

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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, 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.

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pozu

mitsuma

Senior 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.

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Kristin noland

Assistant Editor

Kristin lives in Indiana with her little rescue dog and is earning her bachelor’s degree in English and Literature. When she was young, she didn’t like to read, but then she found John Saul. His novels grabbed her attention and sparked her love of books. Now, it is rare you will find her without one in her hands. She believes novels have the power to change the world, and authors have an extraordinary gift to enlighten and inspire us.

She is looking for YA and adult paranormal romance and fantasy.

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Jimmy
Pak

Assistant Editor

Jimmy graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2018 with a degree in English Literature. His love of reading began when he was just a toddler and has blossomed into a life-long passion. When he’s not looking for his next favorite book, he enjoys writing, baking, and hiking in the mountains. You can follow him on Twitter @JimLeePak.

Jimmy is looking for adult mystery

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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, specifically mystery, women’s fiction, humor/satire, LGBTQ+

Follow her on Twitter!

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sharon

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Senior 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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CAIT
WARD

Editorial Assistant

Cait Ward is a current Publishing and Writing Masters student at George Washington University and her love of books began when her and her mom read every single book that her local library's children's section had to offer. Legend has it that her first word was "book." 

 

Currently working from Ohio, Cait has experience interning with publishing companies in Chicago as well as working with Simon and Schuster UK while she lived and studied abroad in London during undergrad. 

 

Besides studying and focusing on her career in publishing, Cait enjoys sitting down with a new book, avoiding places she has to parallel park, and exploring the music scene.

 

She is currently seeking to acquire YA Fantasy and YA Fantasy Romance novels. She particularly enjoys stories involving supernatural powers and strong female characters.