Swoon Reads

Swoon Reads publishes under Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan.

Our team is dedicated to finding and publishing new Young Adult love stories, with the help of the Swoon Reads community. We involve our readers in every step of the publishing process, and work closely with selected writers to help get their book ready for publication

Meet the Team

Jean Feiwel Senior VP and Publisher
I am the Publisher of Feiwel and Friends and Square Fish and Senior Vice-President of Macmillan. Before joining the company in 2006, I was Publisher at Scholastic for some twenty-something years where one of my proudest accomplishments was creating The Baby-Sitter’s Club with Ann Martin. My full bio which is too long winded to go into here is on the Feiwel and Friends Facebook page. The reason for Swoon Reads is because reading romance makes me happy. And to be able to escape into a world——real or imagined——where the connection between two people is all encompassing is a trip I will take anytime.
A Little Q & A
Five most visited websites?
I spend far too much time watching animal cams, bulldog puppy videos and the Susan Boyle audition video for Britain's Got Talent than I care to mention. My current Fave website is the Facebook page of Momma’s Gone City.
Book that everyone should read?
This will probably change. But right now I'll say Colleen Hoover's Slammed.
What makes you laugh out loud?
Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Modern Family
Favorite Quote?
The last paragraph of Scott Spencer's Endless Love:
"Everything is in its place. The past rests, breathing faintly in the darkness. It no longer holds me as it used to; now I must reach back to touch it. It is night and I am alone and there is still time, a moment more. I am standing on a long, black stage with a circle of light on me, which is my love for you, enduring. I have escaped—or have been expelled—from eternity and am back in time. But I step out once more to sing this aria, this confession, this testament without end. My arms open wide, not to embrace you, but to embrace the world, the mystery we are caught in. There is no orchestra, no audience; it is an empty theater in the middle of the night and all the clocks in the world are ticking. And now for this last time, Jade, I don't mind, or even ask if it is madness: I see your face, I see you, you; I see you in every seat."
Sigh.
What's your idea of fun?
I adore series TV. So my idea of fun is to marathon watch something. Current faves: The Good Wife, The Following, Girls, Homeland, and waiting impatiently for Game of Thrones.
What's your favorite song?
Don't tell my husband, but anything by Rhianna, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, or Pitbull.
If you were stranded on a desert island, who or what would you want for company?
My daughter, Emma.
Do you have any pets?
Everyone at Swoon Reads knows I am a complete dog lover, but my beloved chocolate Newfoundland, Holden Caulfield, just died this past December 2013. Right now I can't imaging another dog in my life, but I am following cute puppies down the street.
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Holly West Associate Editor to the Publisher, Co-Pilot
After growing up in a small town in Southern Kentucky as "that girl who reads a lot," I ran away to the big city with the dream of working with books. After a brief stint in adult publicity, I decided editorial would be more fun and joined Feiwel and Friends as Jean's assistant in 2008. I'm always looking for smart, funny romance novels, preferably with a bit of action. Books that lift my mood no matter how bad my day has been.
"Death cannot stop True Love. All it can do is delay it for a while."
– Westley from The Princess Bride
A Little Q & A
First Romance Novel?
The first romance novel I can remember buying for myself was Castles by Julie Garwood. It had a purple cover with a sparkling castle on it, that appealed to both to my love of fantasy and my tendency to go "ooh, shiny!" But the novel that really addicted me to the genre was the Harlequin Love and Laughter edition of Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie – not only was it great and funny (with a dog!) but the series packaging told me that there were more of these books out there.
Most Romantic Scence?
Definitely the scene in Beauty and the Beast where Beast gives Belle a library. Not only is it a sweet gesture that just blows her away, but they also have a wonderful moment afterword where she reads to him. And did I mention he gives her a wonderful, gorgeous, fabulous, multi-story library?
If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
Being the huge geek that I am, I've put a lot of thought into this one, and I've decided that I really want the ability to use the magic system described in whatever book I am holding. The better described the magic system, the easier it would be to use. I'm thinking it would work rather like Jim C. Hines's Libromancer, but with magic instead of physical objects. But if I can't have that, I would be willing to accept teleportation as a substitute.
What do you don on a rainy day?
Mostly I curl up in bed and read, usually with my cat, Isis, on my feet, but I have also been known to play video games obsessively or marathon an entire season of a TV show while knitting or crocheting.
Top five authors?
This is a tough question, and the answer changes frequently, but right now, based on the books that I pull off my shelves most often to reread a chapter or two (or ten), I'm going to go with: Terry Pratchett, Robin McKinley, Loretta Chase, Kelly McCullough, and Nalini Singh.
Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have a very smart, very black, cat named Isis. And, as is proper in a cat named after a goddess, she's convinced that she is the center of the universe. Here she is 'helping' me work.
Isis, the cat
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Caitlin Sweeny Digital Marketing Manager, Tech Guru
I love the internet and I love books, so working on a website about books makes me swoon!
A Little Q & A
Favorite children's book as a child and now?
Animorphs!
Book that everyone should read?
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
What do you do on a rainy day?
Sleep!
If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
Creating websites with my mind!
Do you have any pets?
Cats!
Caitlin Sweeny's cat
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Kathryn L. Associate Director of Trade Marketing, MacKids
My name is Kathryn, and in addition to working in book publishing, I am also a full-fledged cat lady. When I’m not playing with my two little monsters, I love curling up with a great book or watching a horror movie.
A Little Q & A
First romance novel?
I’ve completely forgotten the title (which is a shame, because it’s probably awesome and contains a pun), but I do recall that the first true romance novel I ever read was definitely about Vikings. I was approximately twelve, and my best friend at the time found her mom’s hidden stash, and we spent a summer going through all of them. I don’t really remember what those Vikings did, but at least one of them fell madly in love. And I did, too!
Favorite fictional couple?
I have to go with Pacey and Joey from the TV show, Dawson’s Creek. I’ve never loved a fake relationship as much as I loved theirs. Even though, 15 years later, I know that he would totally make the worst boyfriend ever, Pacey will never stop being my first ideal, and Joey the girl I wish I could be.
If you were stranded on a desert island, who or what would you want for company?
Definitely need my two cats, Stringer and Avon. Sorry, boyfriend! Stringer would keep me entertained, exercised, and probably fed. And Avon would be there to snuggle.
If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
This is so easy. I would have the ability to teleport anywhere I wanted. No more commuting for me!
What is your dream vacation?
Here’s where I make up for taking only my cats to a desert island. The dream would be me and the BF in one of those beautiful, state of the art, but still remote, huts on the ocean in Bora Bora. Full room service, all the TV channels, a pile of books, and 75 degrees and sunny every day. (Only half of this dream vacation is stolen from an episode of Real Housewives of Orange County.)
Do you have any pets?
My two cats are named Stringer and Avon. Stringer is my handsome devil, who gives a lot of great snuggles to make up for all the stuff he likes to knock over. Avon is my sweetly ridiculous little girl, who has zero cat-like abilities in jumping and balancing, and has honed her speech and kissing skills as a result. Some days they pretend not to like each other, but I have photographic evidence that they spend serious time snuggling together in the sunny spots of my apartment.
Stringer and Avon
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Allison V. Director of Publicity
I'm the Director of Publicity at Macmillan. I spend my days talking about books with authors, booksellers, producers, and reviewers.
"People disappeared, reappeared, made plans to go somewhere, and then lost each other, searched for each other, found each other a few feet away."
– The Great Gatsby
A Little Q & A
First romance novel?
Definitely Judy Blume's Forever. I came across that on a library shelf and never looked at boys named Ralph the same way again.
Favorite children's book as a child and now?
The Phantom Tollbooth, I loved it as a child and love it even more as a grown up.
Five most visited websites?
  • Twitter - I'm @aecverost
  • NPR Books – The holy grail of book publicity
  • American Airlines – Planning a vacation is almost as good as going on vacation
  • NY Magazine's Vulture Blog – Media & entertainment gossip, plus the best TV recaps
  • CisionPoint – Media contact database, a publicist is only as good as her contacts!
If you were stranded on a desert island, who or what would you want for company?
My husband. What can I say; I'm an old fashioned romantic. Also, he's quite handy and would be able to craft a boat out of wet sand and leaves if we start to get sick of each other or run out of things to do on the island.
What is your dream vacation?
I'm currently planning a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia to go traipsing around the jungles, explore the culture and food, and SCUBA dive in the gulf. Best way to really get away from it all is to go halfway around the world and to be 80 feet underwater!
Do you have a pet?
I was lucky enough to grow up with Golden Retrievers and Labradors, and eagerly await the day I have enough space and time to get my own dog.
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Anna R. Associate Editor, Feiwel and Friends
Hi! I'm an associate editor for Feiwel and Friends. What's that? You just read a contemporary YA that rocked your world? Please allow me to borrow it immediately.
"Sometimes someone says something really small and it just fits into this empty place in your heart."
– Angela Chase from My So-Called Life
A Little Q & A
First romance novel?
This was in no way my first romantic novel, but it really stayed with me all these years. My copy is so incredibly tattered--and 8 years old!--that I can't even lend it out anymore. I brought it on a car ride to Maine (10 hours each way) when I was in high school, and I read it cover to cover several times over. The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen.
Favorite children’s book as a child and now?
Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan and Blubber by Judy Blume. Loved them when I read as a kid, and I still love and value them now.
Favorite fictional couple?
  • Of all time? Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe (from the Anne of Green Gables series). I mean, duh. Simply providential.
  • At the moment? Samantha and Jase from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.
What makes you laugh out loud?
Oh, you know. The usual. Dogs acting like humans. Arrested Development. People watching. Anything written by David Sedaris or said by Louis C.K.
What do you do on a rainy day?
I usually plop down in front of the tv and have a movie marathon. Some go-to films are: Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightley version), Singin' in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, Emma (the BBC miniseries with Romola Garai). So I guess anything BBC/Jane Austen or musical!
Do you have any pets?
She may technically belong to my sister and bro-in-law, but she'll always be 1/3 mine (even if they don't know it!). This is Halli. She's a black lab who thinks she's human. And I love her more than any other animal in the entire world!
Halli, the dog
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Anne D. Senior Creative Director
It sounds like too lofty a title for someone of such tender years, but I am a Senior Creative Director at Macmillan. I oversee the look of our books. It's a terrific job if you like reading, typefaces, Photoshop, drawing, critiques and deadlines. I like all of those things (except for deadlines, if I'm to be honest). I also like opera, BIG trees, beagles, Christmas eve, and little league baseball. The most interestingly romantic quote from a recent read was in the book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn — "Because you can't be as in love as we were and not have it invade your bone marrow. Our kind of love can go into remission, but it's always waiting to return. Like the world's sweetest cancer."
A Little Q & A
Favorite childhood memory?
Riding in the family station wagon in the summer of 1969. We were speeding down the Long Island Expressway Musicradio77WABC was blasting out Good Morning Starshine and my dad and my sister and I were scream-singing along. The wind was whipping through the open windows of the car (no air conditioning) and we were bouncing around in the backseat like monkeys (no seat belts). Those were the golden years of family travel.
Favorite fictional couple?
Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig from A Christmas Carol
What makes you laugh out loud?
Lots of things. I am an easy laugher. An Idiot Abroad had me going on the train last night.
What do you do on a rainy day?
I place buckets in the rooms where rain comes in and mop the mudroom floor.
What's your idea of fun?
Sneaking glimpses of tabloid headlines while I wait my turn at the check-out counter. I particularly like to guess which celebrity has been spotted on the beach sporting cellulite.
Do you have any pets?
I have a very old Chesapeake Bay retriever named Storm who is well-past her expiration date, I'm afraid. Storm has lost her hearing and her mind. She looks at me now with an expression that seems to say, "Have we met?" She falls down suddenly and then gets scared and wees. But on the whole Storm remains cheerful and we can't bear to think of her gone.
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Claire T. National Accounts Manager, Children's Sales
I work on the sales team at Macmillan – basically I read good books and tell people to buy them.
"Then I choose to drown, in hope. Rather than float into nothing."
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
"Love is ridiculous. But love is also wonderful. And powerful. And Despereaux's love for the Princess Pea would prove, in time, to be all of these things: powerful, wonderful, and ridiculous"
Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
A Little Q & A
First romance novel?
Neither are technically romance novels, but I memorized all the page numbers in my edition of Gone with the Wind where Rhett kissed Scarlet (especially when he carried her up the stairs). And I blushed when I read (and reread several times) the scene in Marjorie Morningstar where they do *something* on a piano…
Favorite children's book as a child and now?
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White and Matilda by Roald Dahl, then, now and forever.
Favorite fictional couple?
These questions so hard! I'm not going to follow the rules here, instead, here are four fictional couples I would invited to my Swoon Reads dinner party:
  • Finnikin and Isaboe (Finnikin of the Rock, Melina Marchetta)
  • Kate and Richard (Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman, Louise Plummer)
  • Mia and Adam (If I Stay & Where She Went, Gayle Foreman)
  • Beatrice and Benedict (Much Ado about Nothing, Shakespeare)
  • My date would be Gale from Hunger Games (now that he's single)
What makes you laugh out loud?
My 16-year-old cousin Owen, puns (and all other bad jokes), Tina Fey, The New Girl, half of the stuff on the internet, the TV show Friends and most of my actual friends, Swim the Fly by Don Calame and many many other things, I laugh out loud a lot.
What's your favorite song?
Yeah, this is waaaay to hard. But here is my Swoon Reads (abbreviated) Playlist:
  • Come on Get Higher, by Matt Nathanson
  • Kiss Me, by Ed Shereen
  • In Your Atmosphere, by John Mayer
  • Never Let Me Go, by Florence + the Machine
  • Stay, by Alison Krauss
  • From Where I'm Standing, by Schuyler Fisk
  • If It Kills Me, by Jason Mraz
  • Slide, by Goo Goo Dolls
  • Everything, by Lifehouse
  • Stubborn Love, by Lumineers
  • And a lot of Taylor Swift songs
Do you have a pet?
I (sadly) do not have any pets at the moment, the combination of working in sales and living in NYC is a bit much. But growing up we had a lot of pets, and I would love to have one (or many). At this point, I'd probably get a cat. Dogs are better for when you have kids that can help with the pet-care.
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Ellen C. Digital Marketing Associate, MacKids
Hi, I'm Ellen, the digital marketing associate for MCPG. I also manage the Swoon Reads Facebook page. I like bears, vegetables, and cat videos.
"The universe is big; it's vast and complicated, and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles."
Doctor Who
A Little Q & A
Favorite fictional couple?
I'm absolutely obsessed with Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt from Parks & Rec. They have the best on-screen chemistry I've ever seen!
Five most visited websites?
  • Pinterest
  • Jezebel
  • Joythebaker.com
  • BuzzFeed
  • Slate
What do you do on a rainy day?
As far as I'm concerned, rainy days are for baking cookies, drinking tea, and curling up to read a good book or watch TV.
What's your favorite song?
It's a close tie between "Lovesong of the Buzzard" by Iron & Wine and "Beautiful Girl" by William Fitzsimmons. Those bearded folk singers have stolen my heart.
Book that everyone should read?
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. It's my all-time favorite!
Do you have any pets?
I'm currently pet-less due to upsetting apartment regulations. My one-eyed cat, Lucie, lives with my mom (and three other cats). I make her text me pictures of them all on a regular basis and have big plans to catnap Lucie once I move to a building that allows pets. Lu was a feral kitten and now spends much of her time hiding in closets. She enjoys playing with string, eating pistachios, and making me feel guilty for living in another state.
Lucie, the cat
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Holly H. Deputy Director of Subsidiary Rights
I am the Deputy Director of Subsidiary Rights and I sell our books all over the world in translation. Both the Bologna Book Fair in March and the Frankfurt Book Fair in October are fixed points on my calendar.
"Book lovers never go to bed alone."
Anon
A Little Q & A
First romance novel?
FOREVER by Judy Blume Definitely my first experience of falling head-over-heels in love right along with a character and experiences all of the blissful highs and soul-crushing lows that follow. It's only years later when I reread the book that I understood the angsty irony in the title – by calling it FOREVER, Judy basically doomed the romance from the start.
What do you do on a rainy day?
My rainy day guilty pleasure is curling up with my cat and binge-watching tv series, preferably one where there is a slow-building relationship to follow like Alias or Covert Affairs.
What is your idea of fun?
Painting my toenails, finding my tango shoes and going dancing!
What's your favorite song?
I think that depends on my mood. When I want to be nostalgic, it's U2's "All I Want Is You." When I need an energy boost, it's Florence and the Machine's "Dog Days Are Over".
What is your dream vacation?
Even though I have been to Italy many times, I keep wanting to go back. I would love 6 months travelling Tuscany and the Amalfi coast, sampling all the food, wine, and history.
Do you have any pets?
Tigger is my super-twitchy shy sweet guy. He's a lovebug with me, but since he was a feral and I socialized him, he's not very out-going. Still he is well-travelled as he is my carryon during my trips home to Texas
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Holly R. National Accounts Manager, Children's Sales
I get to come to work every day and sell books to people- how awesome is that? Outside of work I'm playing my electric guitar, baking pie, taking photos, knitting everything, and filling up my passport. I love brussels sprouts, have an irrational fear of bears, and think white twinkle lights make everything better.
"Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes."
Walt Whitman
A Little Q & A
Favorite children's book as a child and now?
Hands down, it's The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. And if I have to pick just one book, it's On the Banks of Plum Creek. I used to dress up like Laura at Halloween and my parents even took me to her home sites in different states. I still read at least one book from the series every year without fail.
Favorite childhood memory?
Even though I grew up in Illinois, we spent most of our summer vacation time in southeastern Oklahoma with my extended family. We played endless games of Yahtzee & Sorry, went to the swimming hole every day, had picnics, went on hikes in the mountains, made outrageously large root beer floats, and caught fireflies at night. Once I was old enough to read, I curled up with my grandfather's copy of Cold Sassy Tree every single year. Those summer days were my very favorite part of being a kid.
Book that everyone should read?
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham. It gets to the absolute core of longing and human connection
What do you do on a rainy day?
I get cozy on rainy days. I curl up with Leo and knit, play guitar, re-watch favorite movies, read, and nap. Those days are all about home.
What's your favorite song?
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd. I first heard it in the 3rd grade at a laser light show at my local planetarium and it blew me away. I've loved it ever since.
Do you have any pets?
My little Leo! I adopted him through a foster network in Brooklyn and I adore him. He's incredibly friendly and a serious fetcher. When I wake up in the morning, I usually find that he has brought me one toy for every hour I was asleep. Such a sweetie!
Leo, the cat
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Jen E. National Account Manager, Merchandise Sales
"Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you."
The Shadow of the Wind
A Little Q & A
Favorite children's book as a child and now?
The book I read the most often is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. My aunt gave me this book when I was in 4th grade and I absolutely loved it. I try and re-read every few years and it never disappoints. This book should be on everyone's "to-read" list.
Top five characters you had/have a book crush on?
  • Almanzo Wilder – Little House on Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Logan Bruno – The Baby-sitters Club by Ann M. Martin
  • Todd Wilkins – Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal
  • Sean Griswold – Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsay Leavitt
  • Park Sheridan – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
What do you do on a rainy day?
It should come as no surprise but on rainy days, I like to curl up with a good book. I have a very comfy red couch that I like to snuggle into, open a good book and forget that the weather outside is miserable.
What is your dream vacation?
My dream vacation is 4-6 weeks in New Zealand and Australia. I've been before but if I could spend a longer period of time there, I think it would be amazing. It may be a 14 ½ hour flight from Los Angeles but it is totally worth it. Climbing the bridge in Sydney Harbor and watching the fireworks there on New Year's Eve will always be some of the best things I've ever experienced.
Do you have any pets?
No pets. I travel a lot for work so I don't think it would be fair to leave so often. If I could, I would definitely get a dog.
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Jennifer G. Sales Coordinator, Children's Sales
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
The Little Prince
A Little Q & A
Favorite children's book as a child and now?
When I was very little my favorite book was The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear and in 8th grade my favorite book was Ella Enchanted. Now my favorite children's book is probably Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Book that everyone should read?
To Kill a Mockingbird - hands down.
Top five authors?
Meg Cabot, Nick Hornby, Sophie Kinsella, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Jane Austen
Most romantic scene you've ever read?
There are so many! But my favorite scene is from the end of Little Women: "'I have nothing to give back but a full heart and these empty hands' cried the Professor... Jo put both her hands into his, whispering tenderly, 'Not empty now' and, stooping down, kissed her Friedrich under the umbrella"
If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
When I was little there was a TV show called Out of This World about a girl who had the power to freeze time just by putting her index fingers together. I always thought this would be a great power (especially when I found myself up too late studying for a test).
Do you have any pets?
I live with a peculiar black cat named Kali. She is difficult to photograph and is basically the boss of my roommate and me.
Rigby, the dog
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Johanna K. Marketing Assistant, MacKids
Hello! I am the Marketing Assistant at MCPG. I am a cat enthusiast, a Taylor Swift superfan, and I think I am addicted to pasta. I love poetry and romance, especially that of the star-crossed and doomed variety.
"There should be stars for great wars like ours."
from ‘One Last Poem for Richard’ by Sandra Cisneros
 
"When you kiss me, jaguars lope through my knees."
from ‘Hummingbird’ by Diane Ackerman
 
"Cause here we are again in the middle of the night, we’re dancing round the kitchen in the refrigerator light."
Taylor Swift, ‘All Too Well’
Kate J. Editor, Roaring Book Press
I'm an editor at Roaring Brook Press but have also worked as a nanny, a bookseller, a librarian, and a teacher with the Peace Corps. When I'm not reading, writing, or editing, you might find me lap swimming, crocheting, cooking and baking, overdosing on my favorite TV shows, mentoring teen writers with the awesome organization Girls Write Now, or planning my next trip.
A Little Q & A
First romance novel?
The first book I remember truly swooning for was Time Enough for Drums by Ann Rinaldi. Her father was a patriot and he was a British loyalist. But wait! He's actually a patriot spy in disguise! My sixth grade heart could hardly contain itself.
Favorite fictional couple?
Anne and Gilbert, obviously and always.
What do you do on a rainy day?
A movie/television marathon—this might include any of my top 10 romantic comedies, a favorite sitcom (Arrested Development, Cheers, The Cosby Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, 30 Rock, or The New Girl, to name a few), or just about any British costume drama especially if it's at least 3 hours long and has a brooding hero with an tender heart.
If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
Flight—it's the super power for dreamers.
What is your dream vacation?
I went on my dream vacation last year: three weeks in India that included the Taj Mahal, lots of food, and riding an elephant in the jungle while looking for a tiger. I can't wait to go back again.
Do you have any pets?
I don't have any pets—my Brooklyn apartment just isn't big enough.
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Katie F. Marketing Manager, MacKids
"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."
C.S. Lewis
A Little Q & A
Favorite children's book as a child and now?
My favorite children's book of all time is From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. In fact, it's my favorite book of all time, full stop.
Book that everyone should read?
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.
What makes you laugh out loud?
Silly cat pictures on the Internet.
If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
I read very quickly, but imagine what I could accomplish if I could read even faster?
What is your dream vacation?
Beach with a book and friends who don't mind when I read them all the best parts out loud.
Do you have any pets?
I have a cat named Eleanor Rigby, nicknamed Nora. She likes to hoard all my Chapstick behind the couch.
Eleanor Rigby, the cat
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Kelly M. Advertising and Promotion Associate, MacKids
I’m the resident cupcake baker and Pinterester (oh, and Advertising and Promotion Associate) at MacKids. I love books, bakeries, long runs and "literary swag."
A Little Q & A
Favorite fictional couple?
I have this twisted fascination with fiction's most dysfunctional couples. So while it might not be exactly the type of answer you were expecting, couples like the de Winters (Rebecca), the Pontelliers (The Awakening), and even the Dunnes (Gone Girl) are some of my favorites to read about.
What do you do on a rainy day?
Usually, I gaze longingly out the window while pouting around a bit about how my plans for a run have been ruined. Then, when I'm tired of that, I remember that snuggling up with a good book or a favorite movie are two excellent alternatives.
What's your favorite song?
It "might be a quarter-life crisis, or just a stirring in my soul," but John Mayer's "Why Georgia" has been among my favorites for years. I guess I can't stop wondering "about the outcome of a still verdict-less life."
If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
I definitely wish I could fly. I think Eleanor said it best in one of my new favorites, Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park: "I know it's not very useful, but . . . it's flying."
What is your dream vacation?
A few years ago, I found a list of ten of the "World's Best Bookstores"—locations everywhere from NYC to Portugal, Wales, and Tokyo. I kept it, hoping that one day, maybe I'll be lucky enough to visit all of them.
Do you have any pets?
Unfortunately, I don't have any pets (although I keep almost running right off the park's trails and straight to the shelter to adopt a pup…uh oh). It'd be hard to top this little guy, though—my roommate's family dog, Champ. I pretend he's mine, and they all know he loves me best.
Champ, the dog
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Ksenia W. Publicist, MacKids
I work with books. I read books. I am trying to write my own book. I also go to grad school where I am currently working on my medieval werewolf thesis.
A Little Q & A
First romance novel?
It would probably be Nicole by Candice F. Ransom. It was part of the Sunfire Romance series. I was obsessed with these books and their love triangles with historical backdrops. After much book hunting, I now have the complete set of these books at home.
Favorite fictional couple?
Katchoo and Francine from Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore
Five most visited websites?
  • Tor.com
  • io9.com
  • robot6.comicbookresources.com
  • Goodreads.com
  • Google.com
Top five authors?
Terry Moore, Tom Robbins, Jenny Han, Brian K. Vaughan, William Shakespeare.
What’s your favorite song?
Currently my favorite song is "Misty Mountains" from The Hobbit soundtrack. Oh, and "What the Water Gave Me" by Florence and the Machine.
Do you have any pets?
This is Graif! Don’t let his regal posture fool you: he loves to play!
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Kerry N. Rights Director, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and St. Martin's Press
I am the Rights Director for Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and St. Martin's Press, and I LOVE to read. Well, let's hope so since I am surrounded by books 24 hours a day!
A Little Q & A
First romance novel?
The Sweet Valley High series... well, that shows my age doesn't it?!!
Favorite childhood memory?
The smell of honeysuckle blooming in the summer, while eating a lime creamsicle on our back porch. That memory has never faded for me.
Favorite fictional couple?
Romeo and Juliet from Shakespeare — it is a perfect and doomed romance.
Most romantic scene you've ever read?
There are a few that stick with me, but in The Notebook when Noah and Allie are finally reunited. It gets me every time.
If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
To be invisible for sure. Or to fly? Hmm... can I have two please?
Do you have any pets?
YES I DO! My sweet boy is named Hogie. He is a nearly 7 year-old Yorkie, who prefers long walks, scratches behind the ears, and any treats he can get.
Hogie, the dog
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Lauren B. Editor, Square Fish
My name is Lauren and I am the Editor for Square Fish at MCPG. My love for New York knows no bounds. You can always find me with a cup of joe (I keep a list of the best coffee places in town), a book in my bag (I will have a panic attack if I'm caught with nothing to read), and my two dogs by my side.
A Little Q & A
Book that everyone should read?
Gone with the Wind and The Count of Monte Cristo. You can't make me choose! I won't do it!
Top five authors?
Roddy Doyle. David Sedaris. Zadie Smith. L.M. Montgomery. Adriana Trigiani.
First romance novel?
Ok, this isn't my first romance novel (ummm The Thorn Birds anyone?), but I simply adored The Time Traveler's Wife.
Favorite children's book as a child and now
Then – Blueberries for Sal, Anne of Green Gables, and the entire Sweet Valley High series. Now – Anne of Green Gables and The Book Thief.
What's your favorite song?
First and foremost, "Autumn Leaves" by Miles Davis. My love affair with Mr. Davis is never ending. But I also love, love, love "The Beautiful Ones" by Prince and "Human Nature" by Michael Jackson.
Do you have any pets?
Yes! Please meet the dynamic duo—Olive and Miles! Olive is my adorable pug who was born and raised in Alphabet City. She adores meat, cheese, snuggling, and men (she's a little boy crazy). Miles is a mini-dachshund and my little buddy. He was a rescue and needs extra tender loving care—he does not like men, but squeaky chew toys are always a good bribe. P.S. They love each other.
Olive and Miles, the dogs
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Liz F. Marketing Director, MacKids
"Now, in their love, which was stronger, there were the seeds of hatred and fear and confusion growing at the same time: for love can exist with hatred, each preying on the other, and this is what gives it its greatest fury."
T.H. White, The Once and Future King
A Little Q & A
First romance novel?
A worn out copy of The Thorn Birds I found in my parents basement.
Favorite children's book as a child and now?
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
Favorite childhood memory?
Family vacations in Cape Cod.
What makes you laugh out loud?
Seeing my kids laugh with their dad at something completely ridiculous.
What's your favorite song?
I really don't have one but since we're talking about romance . . . "Love of a Lifetime" by Firehouse
Do you have any pets?
Lola, our yellow lab
Chewy, the dog
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Liz S. Editor in Chief, Feiwel and Friends
I have two favorite quotes relating to romance:
"The course of true love never did run smooth."
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
"In his arms, I slowly unfolded like a love note read in secret."
Paradise by Jill Alexander
A Little Q & A
Favorite children's book as a child and now?
Stuart Little and The Outsiders.
Favorite fictional couple?
Paisley and Paradise in Jill Alexander's Paradise. And Eric and Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights
What makes you laugh out loud?
Anything by David Sedaris. Also most skits on the College Humor website – I watch with my 13-year-old son.
What's your favorite song?
It changes all the time. Recent favorite popular love/lament song is "Wild Girls" by Bruno Mars, the slow, instrumental, almost a cappella version from his appearance on "Saturday Night Live."
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Family and friendships
Do you have any pets?
We don't have pets at home – we're all out all day, and it breaks my heart to think of a pet alone. I do, however, have a step-dog – that is, a dog I watch sometimes, and sometimes just invite over, even when his family is in town: Chewy. He's a Barbet, which is a French water dog. I love him like he's my own!
Chewy, the dog
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Mariel D. Director of Promo, Advertising, and Creative Services, MacKids
"You can do whatever you want with your life, but one day you'll know what love truly is. It's the sour and the sweet. And I know sour, which allows me to appreciate the sweet."
From Vanilla Sky
A Little Q & A
Favorite children's book as a child and now?
As a child, hands down it was Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. I learned then that no matter how hard life gets, you never ever give up. Now my favorite children's book is On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman because it's a beautiful reminder of our infinite and lasting connection to the universe. There will never ever be anyone like me, but me in the world.
Book that everyone should read?
The Time Traveler's Wife! True love doesn't exist in space in time. It lives beyond those constraints and never dies.
What makes you laugh out loud?
My baby girl on a daily basis. She's got quite the personality!
What's your favorite song?
One of my all-time favorite songs is "On My Own" from Les Miserables. Everyone should know what unrequited love feels like...it prepares you for the gratitude you'll have for when true reciprocal love comes your way.
What is your dream vacation?
My dream vacation would have no end date. It would start with my husband, baby and I in St. Lucia and we'd decide to never leave and call that island of paradise our new home.
Do you have any pets?
REMES is the smartest, most handsome pug you will ever meet. He quite literally saved my life. Licked the tears off my face when my heart was broken. He's my best friend and I know he'll be the first to greet me when this life ends and our next one begins.
REMES, the dog
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Michelle C. School and Library Marketing Associate, MacKids
Hi! I'm the School & Library Marketing Associate here at Macmillan Children's.
"The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours."
Alan Bennett, The History Boys
A Little Q & A
Favorite children's book as a child and now?
It's the same yesterday as today – Matilda by Roald Dahl, or anything by him. In fact, I remember thinking I had the same telekinetic powers as Matilda – I brought it (yes, my power) to school as my show & tell. NO JUDGEMENT, please. :)
Favorite fictional couple?
Is this really a question? Corey and Topanga! Hands down. You should already know that.
Top five authors?
  • James Joyce
  • Roald Dahl
  • JK Rowling
  • Beverly Cleary
  • RL Stine
What's your favorite song?
Michelle by The Beatles OF COURSE!
If you were stranded on a desert island, who or what would you want for company?
Ryan Gosling. And we'd come up with a million "Hey Girl" gifs to pass the time. He'd say things like "Hey girl, nice backlist." Like on that awesome Ryan Gosling Works in Publishing tumblr. Side note: why did that stop?
If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
I'd want to go from used bookstore to used bookstore searching for inscribed books. I'd like to instantly know the history of that book and the people's hands / lives it touched along the way. Also, I'd like to be a Time Lord. Or at least travel with one. ;-)
Do you have any pets?
This is my beautiful Princess Siete. Her friends just call her Siete. She's a very special Hemingway cat with 7 seven toes on each front paw, so she's extra loveable. :-)
Siete, the cat
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Miriam M. Subsidiary Rights Assistant
Hi! I work in the Subrights department of Macmillan Children's. I like sharing books and food, preferably at the same time.
A Little Q & A
First romance novel?
Forever by Judy Blume. I can't help but feel like this is the universal first romance novel. In third grade someone got this book and over the course of the year every girl in the class read that one single copy. The big challenge was keeping the book hidden from all the adults while passing it around.
Favorite children's book as a child and now?
When I was a kid I read Shel Silverstein's Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back over and over again and dreamed of having my own marshmallow suit. But every summer for years now I've felt an undeniable urge to go back and read Tamora Pierce's Emperor Mage. Magic! Vengeance! Love! So satisfying, every time.
What do you do on a rainy day?
Snuggle with my giant, floppy dog. Make cocoa no matter how warm it is outside. Listen to the Beatles.
What's your favorite song?
I grew up playing in orchestras and listening to hip-hop on the bus and I love a little bit of everything, so picking just one favorite song is nearly impossible. But I will always jump up and down with happiness for "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes."
If you were stranded on a desert island, who or what would you want for company?
My dog, a library, and a machete. Can I pick all those things?
Do you have any pets?
Yes! The aforementioned floppy beast. His name is Otis, he's now 10 years old, and his goal in life is to track down and devour every cake. By any means necessary.
Otis, the dog
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Noa W. Editor
I'm a curious nerd, a voracious reader, a New York City cyclist, an experimental cook/baker, an inadvertent absurdist, and a tiny observer of this enormous world. I truly believe that I can never own enough books.
A Little Q & A
Favorite fictional couple?
My top three fictional boyfriends are George Cooper from Tamora Pierce's Alanna books, Frederick Garland from Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart books, and the Wizard Howl from Diana Wynne Jones's Howl's Moving Castle. I could probably fill out a top ten list, but those would always occupy the highest spots!
What makes you laugh out loud?
Oh, man. So many things. My ridiculous cats. Calvin & Hobbes. Noelle Stevenson's comics. Bad puns. Good puns. (Sometimes the last two are identical.)
What do you do on a rainy day?
Curl up with a good book and a cup of tea! There's nothing better.
What's your idea of fun?
My perfect day would involve waking up without an alarm, finishing whatever book I'm reading at the moment, going for a long bike ride or run (or both) in the sun, making and eating dinner with friends, and maybe an episode of something I love before I read in bed and go to sleep…with the promise of the next day having more of the same. (What can I say? I'm greedy like that.)
What is your favorite song?
I don't think I have a favorite song right now (too many possibilities!), but I practically wore out the second side of our Abbey Road record listening to "Here Comes the Sun" as a kid. I thought it was my song.
Do you have any pets?
My household has two cats: a 3-year-old tuxedo named Dr. Claw, who spends her days jumping on things which she then falls off of when she tries to chase her own tail, and a (currently tiny) mischievous kitten named Peeve…because I've always wanted a pet Peeve. When I was a kid we had a beautiful calico named Aacky-Magaacky. We usually just called her "Aacky," because who has time to say all that??
Dr. Claw
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Rachel Petty Senior Commissioning Editor, Macmillan UK
"Nobody puts Baby in a corner"
– Dirty Dancing
A Little Q & A
Do you have any pets?
I used to have two cats called Bongo (black, cross-eyed) and Bumble (Black and White, fondness for avocado). I had to rehome them when I moved to a flat without a garden, which made me very sad. Now I have to stop and talk to every cat I see on my way home and it takes me twice as long.
Favorite children's book as a child and now?
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett or Miss Happiness and Miss Flower by Rumer Godden. Both are full of wishes made and wishes granted. I think they will always be my favourites.
Five most visited websites?
Notcot.org, Gofugyourself.com, Designsponge.com, tastespotting.com, imdb.com – I can spend hours looking at pictures of nice interiors or recipes!
What’s your favorite song?
"You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon is guaranteed to get me dancing like a loon.
What do you do on a rainy day?
I’m quite into embroidery at the moment, but it varies. I’ve always got some craft or another on the go.
Book that everyone should read?
The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson, or any of her YA books. They are gloriously romantic and I’ve read each of them about five times.
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Stephanie M. Digital Marketing Assistant, MacKids
My name is Stephanie, which means I spend way too much of my time turning around for people who are not looking for me. I grew up in Connecticut and have family in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, meaning that "O New England" by The Decemberists is my life. I now live in New Jersey and work in New York City as a digital marketing assistant for Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. I like to call myself a writer, but really I'm just a reader
A Little Q & A
First romance novel?
If it's acceptable to call a book called Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras a romance novel, then that was definitely my first. Lucy's narration, the best kind of best friends, and intense crushes made for the perfect romance introduction for middle school me.
Favorite children's book as a child and now?
My absolute favorite children's book is and always will be Harold and the Purple Crayon. Also, I worked at a daycare during college and absolutely fell in love with Tad Hills' Duck & Goose books, particularly Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin. The kids would say the last lines with me whenever I read it, even when they were on the other side of the room. It was so adorable!
Favorite fictional couple?
It hurts my book-loving self to pick a TV show couple for this one, but I still have yet to read a relationship more swoonworthy than that of Everwood's Ephram and Amy. Favorite book couple: Samantha Reed and Jase Garrett from Huntley Fitzpatrick's My Life Next Door.
What do you do a rainy day?
Curl up under a blanket with a book. And some hot chocolate, if it's cold enough. Which isn't that different from what I do every day.
If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
Definitely apparition… It would make my commute to work, seeing my family and friends, and going on vacation so much easier!
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Stuart M. Product Manager
From Shakespeare's sonnet...
"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day... thou art more lovely and more temperate!"
A Little Q & A
Favorite children's book as a child and now?
The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Favorite childhood memory?
Going with my father to Coney Island and Steeple Chase Park on summer Sundays to go on all of the rides and head to the beaches of Coney Island.
Book that everyone should read?
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser...an amazing character study of the human condition at the beginning of 20th century America and how it was affected by the rise of the industrial revolution.
Top five authors?
Theodore Dreiser, Nathanial Hawthorne, John McPhee, John Hay, and Rachel Carson.
What's your idea of fun?
Preparing a wonderful home cooked meal for my family or friends incorporating organic and locally grown ingredients... so important for sustainable agriculture and better health.
What's your favorite song?
"O Mio Babbino Caro" (O My Beloved Father). . .an aria from Puccini's dramatic opera Gianni Schicchi. It makes me cry every time I hear it!
Do you have any pets?
No pets: terribly allergic to cats . . .not home enough to own a dog . . no turtles, rabbits, hamsters or guinea pigs. I love fish, especially lightly battered and fried gently for 2 minutes on each side!
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Tamarra H. Sales Assistant
I'm a hopeless romantic and my heart still flutters at a well-written, heart grabbing love letter.
A Little Q & A
Most romantic scene you've ever read?
In the regency romance Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson, Phillip can't tell Marianne outright that he is in love with her because he is sworn to be her protector. So, in the disguise of an innocent lesson in love letter writing, Phillip puts his heart on paper and hopes Marianne will see it's not just his imagination.
What makes you laugh out loud?
Slap-stick comedy. I'm a sucker for the hilarious slap upside the head or a goofy Ron Burgundy-like mishap.
What do you do on a rainy day?
I like to curl up on the couch and watch a movie. It's all the more enjoyable, all cozy inside, as I hear the patter of rain on the windowsill.
If you were stranded on a desert island, who or what would you want for company?
Since I can't see myself spending life without them, I would have to say my husband and young son. Those two men hold my heart in their hands.
What is your dream vacation?
My honeymoon was pretty amazing. A week in Florence and Rome, Italy followed by two weeks cruising the Mediterranean. I saw ancient Roman and Grecian relics and lounged on beaches with azure blue ocean for miles.
Do you have any pets?
I once owned ten cats and was considered the neighborhood "cat lady" by age 12. No cats now, but I think I've put in my time. LOL.
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Teresa F. Executive Assistant to the President, MacKidsHi, I’m Teresa and I’m the Executive Assistant to the President and Publisher of MCPG.
"He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same"
– Wuthering Heights
A Little Q & A
Favorite children's book as a child and now?
The Harry Potter series and A Wrinkle in Time are still favorites of mine to this day.
Favorite fictional couple?
Rory and Jess from Gilmore Girls. I am still bitter over the fact that they didn’t end up together...
What do you do on a rainy day?
You can find me either curled up in bed with a good book and peppermint tea, or binge-watching shows like Pretty Little Liars and New Girl
What is your dream vacation?
My dream vacation changes all the time. Currently I’ve got my eye on Nashville and a potential road trip next spring from Denver to California.
Top five authors?
Oooh this is so hard. I would have to say Alice Hoffman, J.K. Rowling, Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaiman, and the Brontes (they’re a package deal, in my mind at least.)
Do you have any pets?
I have a seven year old German Shepherd/Collie mix named Cooper who I am wholly convinced is more human than dog. He lives on Long Island with my family and I miss him terribly.
Cooper
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