Park & Fine Literary and Media is led by Theresa Park and Celeste Fine, who bring decades of experience representing some of the book and film industry's most beloved and visionary fiction and nonfiction authors. Their clients have topped bestseller lists around the world, enjoyed blockbuster film success, earned major advances from the best publishers in the business, and sold millions of copies of their books in every language.
Today, bestselling authors are expected to do more than ever. Park & Fine brings a 360° approach to agenting that supports an exclusive list of authors with an entire team of experts, which includes talented literary agents, an experienced sales professional, creative marketing and publicity strategists, a dedicated foreign rights department, an accomplished editorial team, and savvy television and film minds, who work together on every book.
Prior to becoming a literary agent, Theresa was an attorney at Cooley Godward, a Silicon Valley law firm. But it was her love of books and interest in combining business and art that propelled her toward a publishing career at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Opening the doors to Park Literary in 2005, she now represents principally plot-driven fiction and a short list of serious nonfiction. Dedicated to clients Nicholas Sparks, Debbie Macomber, Emily Giffin, Janice Y.K. Lee, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Cecelia Ahern and others, she always finds time to enjoy a good meal, make a yearly visit to Vienna (her hometown) and connect with friends and family all over the world—she is fluent in German, can speak French and understand a smattering of Japanese. Theresa is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and Harvard Law School, her varied education and background making her a uniquely broadminded business partner – but it's her love of connecting ideas and people that makes her a great agent.
Partner Celeste Fine represents a select list of authors who have big ideas and extraordinary stories and whose books make sense on both serious and commercial readers’ favorite books of all time lists. You are as likely to hear about her clients on NPR as you are on GMA. In life and social sciences, she represents pioneering researchers and popular academics, such as David Sinclair, William Li, Dale Bredesen, Kari Nadeau, Leroy Hood, Damon Centola, Zoe Chance, Geoff Cohen, and Michael Norton. In commercial nonfiction, she represents bestselling authors with loyal communities, such as Dave Asprey, Hal Elrod, Ryder Carroll, Geneen Roth, Rocco Dispirito, Colin O’Brady, Naomi Whittel, JJ Virgin, Mark Sisson, Laila Ali, the Elizabeth Taylor Estate, and JoJo Siwa. Before co-founding Park & Fine, Celeste was Vice President at Sterling Lord Literistic, where she worked for seven years to launch the careers of dozens of New York Times bestselling authors. Celeste graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and is originally from California.
Always eager to travel the world, meet new people and learn about other cultures, Executive Director of International Rights Abigail Koons began her career working for the multinational corporation, EF Education. After realizing that books were her passion, she joined the foreign rights department at the Nicholas Ellison Agency where her prior experience in international business combined with her outgoing, adventurous nature proved invaluable to building relationships with co-agents and publishers. After joining Park Literary in 2005, Abigail expanded her roster of clients and today, in addition to her role as the Executive Director of International Rights, she represents both emerging and established authors, including Emily Anthes, Catherine McKenzie, Emily Voigt, Martin Michaud, Emma Marris and Julia Whelan. Although her projects—and tastes—run the gamut from popular science and narrative nonfiction to commercial fiction and thrillers, all her clients’ work share elements of adventure, surprise and the unexpected.
Executive Director of Editorial Development & Strategy John Maas represents serious nonfiction authors who are experts in their fields. His clients range from esteemed researchers doing groundbreaking work at the forefront of medicine and science; to business leaders and entrepreneurs with devoted tribes; to journalists whose writing drives vital conversations about our lives. This group of authors includes Dale Bredesen, MD (NYT bestseller); Ryder Carroll (NYT bestseller); Hal Elrod (international bestseller); Gemma Hartley (whose viral articles have been read by millions); Leroy Hood, MD, PhD (National Medal of Science honoree); Vishen Lakhiani (NYT bestseller); Pedram Shojai (NYT bestseller); David Sinclair, PhD (Harvard professor and Time 100 honoree); Izabella Wentz, PharmD (#1 NYT bestseller); and many others. John prides himself on working closely with clients to turn the major themes and concepts of their life’s work into book ideas that will resonate with publishers and readers alike. John is currently signing clients in the categories of health, personal development, self-help, science, business, food, inspiration, history, biography, and memoir. He also represents a select list of fiction clients. Originally from Wisconsin, John holds a BA in creative writing from Stanford University. He came up in trade publishing doing business books at Wiley, where he worked with CEO-level authors. Previously, he was an agent at Sterling Lord Literistic. He lives with his husband in Brooklyn.
Executive Director of New Business & Client Relationships Sarah Passick represents commercial nonfiction authors with important missions that disrupt the way we see the world. When she is not in the green room at Dr. Oz or brainstorming an author’s social media strategy, she represents publicity-driven authors across genres in memoir, narrative nonfiction, personal development, business, cooking, and selected children’s books. Sarah prides herself on having a gift for creating smart and successful client experiences. She works with her authors from the inception of 6- and 7-figure book ideas through publicity and beyond publication. Sarah has helped clients get their own television shows, book national media, get features on popular book outlets, like Refinery29 and Taxi TV, and make career-changing connections with traditional and nontraditional influencers. Some of her authors include Dr. William Li, Laila Ali, Nico Tortorella, JoJo Siwa, Rocco DiSprito, and more. Originally from the suburbs of New York, Sarah graduated Cum Laude from Tulane University and holds a certificate in publishing from New York University and previously worked at Sterling Lord Literistic. Sarah lives in New York City.
First joining Park Literary in 2011, Peter Knapp represents authors of middle grade and young adult fiction and graphic novels. The word that he'd use to describe his clients' books is "sharp": they have strong points of view, are smartly written and compulsively readable. Some are commercial, some are literary, but all of them have a bit of edge: they stick out, demanding to be noticed. His clients include the New York Times bestselling authors Soman Chainani, Lindsay Cummings, Brenda Drake, and Sara Holland, and critical darlings like Emily Bain Murphy (whose debut was an ALAN Pick, among other accolades) and Julia Drake. He loves to work with both established voices and up-and-coming talent, and also represent Daniel Aleman, Adi Alsaid, Francesca Flores, Maiya Ibrahim, Rebecca McLaughlin, Sarena and Sasha Nanua, Kate O'Shaughnessy, Crystal Smith, Will Walton, and Amélie Wen Zhao, among others.
Before joining Park Literary (now PFLM), he was at Floren Shieh Productions, a book-scouting agency working with film clients, and he continues to actively look for cinematic manuscripts with great hooks, as well as literary stories with awards-potential. A graduate of New York University, Pete now lives in Brooklyn with his husband. To see his latest deals, click here.
Alison MacKeen represents serious non-fiction authors who are able to change the way people think about key aspects of life and work. Her clients are thought leaders in the behavioral sciences, business, and the humanities, whose work has been recognized by major foundations, including the John and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, John T. Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Science Foundation; and whose books have received numerous honors, including the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Bancroft Prize. Alison loves working closely with clients to bring fresh ideas to top editors and publishers. She is currently signing clients with “Big Think” projects in business, psychology, history, and science; as well as narrative non-fiction and memoir.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Alison studied literature at McGill University and the University of Oxford. She has held editorial positions at Yale University Press, Princeton University Press, and Basic Books, and she began agenting at Sterling Lord Literistic in 2015. She sits on the board of Libraries Without Borders, and lives with her family in Manhattan.
Jaidree began her publishing career as a publicist at an independent press and she will forever be fascinated by headline-making stories. Her interests range from serious non-fiction that dives deep to illuminate important issues, to buzz-worthy and mission-driven narratives that have the potential to influence the national conversation. Priding herself on being a creative problem solver with a “no mountain too steep” attitude and an unabashed belief that every system can be improved, no matter how well established, Jaidree works closely with Celeste Fine to provide authors with attentive and strategic support at every step of the book publishing process. She has a particular passion for editorial development and positioning, helping authors to find where their message fits and how it can be heard in the current social and political landscape. She is committed to helping authors turn their assets—be they courageous ideas, foundations for social good, academic studies, popular blogs, or Instagram followings—into compelling proposals and noteworthy books. Jaidree holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Northern Colorado and an M.S. in Publishing from Pace University in New York. She was most recently an associate agent at Sterling Lord Literistic.
With a passion for storytelling, Executive Director of Business Affairs & Creative Development Alex Greene began her career at a Hollywood agency and then at literary agency Sanford J. Greenburger Assoc. in New York before earning a JD from Harvard Law School. After working as a corporate and licensing attorney at WilmerHale, she joined Park Literary in 2012, where she now draws on her broad expertise to provide legal and business guidance to the agency and its clients* on all publishing and entertainment matters. On the literary side, this world traveler is able to flex her creativity while working directly with clients on a variety of projects, including detailed manuscript revisions, self-publishing, and marketing. A lover of film and theater and an avid reader with broad literary and commercial tastes, Alex brings her attention to detail and thoughtful approach to every project, whether a publishing contract or fiction manuscript, making her an indispensable asset to the PFLM team and our clients.
*We consult on contract and business matters but do not offer legal advice. We work in collaboration with clients' outside counsel when engaged.
**Alex takes on clients selectively.
At times providing legal and business insight to the agency’s clients, Executive Director of Brand Development & Client Initiatives Emily Sweet really shines at helping clients build innovative marketing initiatives and develop their own brands in all kinds of ways. This includes overall brand strategy, publicity, website development, social media, promotional partnerships, licensing or simply helping authors mine their own contacts, in order to develop his or her own career in book publishing. After earning a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies, then a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, this business savvy jack-of-all-trades went on to practice law at King & Spalding, joining Park Literary in 2009. Now she loves channeling her creativity to dream up possibilities for her clients, and then making them happen.
*Emily does not directly represent clients or accept queries.
Executive Director of Publisher & Retail Relations Andrea Mai works with authors, publishers and retail accounts to develop and execute promotions that boost brand awareness and maximize sales. She loves a challenge in any form and when she’s not cooking up sales initiatives she brings her creativity into the kitchen where she’s constantly trying new recipes or indulging in something sweet! But her true passion is publishing. After earning a BA in English, she attended the Denver Publishing School before working in sales at Random House and then Penguin Young Readers Group. Andrea joined Park Literary in 2013 and is the main point person for publishers as well as a liaison with film studios and retail accounts. She’s constantly working to create marketing plans and build promotions around PFLM clients that go beyond the book and bring excitement and new fans to their brands.
*Andrea does not represent clients or accept queries.
Anna Petkovich works closely with Sarah Passick and John Maas to ensure authors’ day to day needs are meticulously managed, and prides herself on efficiency in the publishing process and leaving no detail behind. She is interested in wellness, personal development, narrative nonfiction, journalists and podcasters with big ideas, and women writing from a faith-based perspective. Previously, she worked at Sterling Lord Literistic. Prior to beginning her career in book publishing, Anna was a freelance journalist writing about food, restaurants, travel and art for local magazines. Anna graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, CA with a B.A. in English and Gender Studies and an almost minor in French. Originally from Northern California, she now lives in Brooklyn.
A rights enthusiast, Ema works alongside our co-agents to negotiate publishing agreements outside of the United States. After a day of executing foreign taxes for authors or coordinating submissions, you might find this New Zealand native out watching a live music concert or climbing a mountain. A curious traveler, she has lived everywhere from Wyoming to Morocco, and is perpetually intrigued by what books people all over the world are reading. She has previously worked for Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Henry Holt, and is a champion of the voices of both newly emerging and already beloved authors.
Marie Michels began assisting Theresa in 2018. She finds so much excitement in connecting with creative people and bringing their stories into the world.
Marie is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she studied English and received a Hopwood Award for poetry. She joined Park Literary after working as an assistant and junior agent at other boutique agencies. When she isn’t reading narrative nonfiction, essay collections, or fiction, she enjoys attending ballets and scouting out glass art around the city.
Park & Fine Literary and Media is home to dozens of #1 New York Times bestselling books. Our authors’ books have sold hundreds of millions of copies around the world, have been translated into every language, and have been made into numerous blockbuster movies and scripted television series. Our authors enjoy world-class speaking careers, run multimillion-dollar businesses and brands centered around their books, and reach hundreds of millions of readers through social media, podcasts, TED talks, and traditional media.
In fiction, Nicholas Sparks has written 21 New York Times bestsellers, 14 of which have hit the #1 spot. 11 of his books, including THE NOTEBOOK, have been turned into multimillion-dollar movies. #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber is one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Her novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and thirteen of these novels hit the number one spot. Two of Emily Giffin’s New York Times bestsellers have hit the #1 spot, with all six on the New York Times bestseller list. SOMETHING BORROWED was a major motion picture starring Kate Hudson and John Krasinski. Both of Janice Y.K. Lee’s novels are bestsellers, and the most recent, THE EXPATRIATES, has been optioned by Amazon studios with Nicole Kidman producing. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s upcoming novel, DAISY JONES AND THE SIX, was optioned by Reese Witherspoon for Hello Sunshine. Cecelia Ahern has sold over 25 million copies of her novels and her novel, PS, I LOVE YOU was adapted into a major motion picture starring Hilary Swank.
In nonfiction, our clients earn $12 - $15 million in publishing advances every year and have turned bestselling success into global movements and multimillion-dollar businesses and brands. Some of the biggest icons in health, personal development, and business, including household names like Bulletproof coffee creator Dave Asprey, Bullet Journal creator Ryder Carroll, #1 New York Times bestselling author Rocco DiSpirito, Oprah pick WOMEN FOOD AND GOD author Geneen Roth, Nickelodeon star JoJo Siwa, author of THE VIRGIN DIET JJ Virgin, and Paleo icons Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson enjoy success alongside originally self-published bestsellers, like THE MIRACLE MORNING creator Hal Elrod and #1 New York Times bestselling author Izabella Wentz. Serious nonfiction authors who are doing original research such as author of THE END OF ALZHEIMER’S Dale Bredesen, MD, Head of the Sinclair Lab at Harvard David Sinclair, PhD, author EAT TO BEAT DISEASE William W. Li, MD, pioneer of The Human Genome Project Leroy Hood, MD, PhD, and the creator of the most popular elective at Yale Business School Zoe Chance, PhD, are celebrated for books that appeal to popular audiences while receiving accolades in the highest professional circles.
In children’s and young adult fiction, Park & Fine’s clients have likewise sold millions of copies worldwide and have written New York Times bestselling and award-winning books. Clients include Soman Chainani, whose bestselling series, The School for Good and Evil, has sold over two million copies and is in development to become a major motion picture with Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland; Snow White and the Huntsman); #1 New York Times bestselling author Lindsay Cummings (Zenith); New York Times bestselling authors Brenda Drake (Thief of Lies) and Sara Holland (Everless, Havenfall), young adult fantasy author Crystal Smith, whose Bloodleaf trilogy is in development with Cavalry Media; and critical darlings such as Emily Bain Murphy (The Disappearances) and Julia Drake, whose debut novel The Last True Poets of the Sea has six starred reviews, and counting. Upcoming debut releases include Amélie Wen Zhao’s Blood Heir (Delacorte), Kate O’Shaughnessy’s The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane (Knopf, Fall 2019), Daniel Aleman's Indivisible (Disney, Fall 2020), and Maiya Ibrahim's The Spice Road (Delacorte, Spring 2021).
With over 105 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas is truly one of the world's most beloved storytellers, with works translated into more than fifty languages. All his novels, including THREE WEEKS WITH MY BROTHER—the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah—have been New York Times and International bestsellers. He has also adapted and released twelve of his novels as major motion pictures—THE BEST OF ME, SAFE HAVEN, THE LUCKY ONE, THE LAST SONG, DEAR JOHN, NIGHTS IN RODANTHE, MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE, A WALK TO REMEMBER, THE LONGEST RIDE, THE CHOICE, and THE NOTEBOOK.
His next novel, EVERY BREATH, will publish in October 2018. The author lives and writes in North Carolina.
One of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide, Debbie Macomber's novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list with thirteen of them hitting the number one spot. Known to bring compelling relationships that embrace family, romance and enduring friendships to life, her beloved Cedar Cove Series was Hallmark Channel’s first dramatic scripted television series. Starring Andie McDowell, it ran to popular acclaim for 4 seasons.
She has also published two bestselling cookbooks, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.
This #1 New York Times bestselling author is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a New York firm for several years, she moved to London, when she wrote her first novel, SOMETHING BORROWED. That book became a NYT bestseller, as have all her subsequent novels.
Her seventh novel, FIRST COMES LOVE, published in July 2016, and also became a NYT bestseller. Her latest novel, ALL WE EVER WANTED, published in June 2018. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, the child of Korean immigrants, Janice traveled to the United States for school and graduated from Harvard College with a degree in English and American Literature and Language. Before starting her first book, she worked for several years as an editor at Elle and Mirabella magazines, with work also appearing in Glamour, Travel and Leisure and numerous other publications. Her debut novel, THE PIANO TEACHER, was published to critical acclaim, spending 19 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, highlighted as a Richard and Judy Summer Read pick (UK) and translated into 26 languages worldwide.
Her latest novel, THE EXPATRIATES, published in January 2016. She lives in New York City with her husband and four children.
Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and screenwriter from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of ONE TRUE LOVES, MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE, AFTER I DO, and FOREVER, INTERRUPTED. Her novels have been named best books of summer by People, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, InStyle, PopSugar, Buzzfeed, Goodreads, and others. Her most recent novel, THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO, is out now and is an Indie Next pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and has been featured in Entertainment Weekly's Must List and Good Morning America's Summer Reading Roundup. Critics are calling it "a twisting tale of glamour, ambition, and what Old Hollywood can mean to a contemporary world" (USA Today) and "one of the most captivating reads of 2017" (Buzzfeed).
In addition to her novels, Taylor's essays have been appeared in places such as the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, and Money Magazine.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their daughter, and their dog.
Cecelia Ahern is the author of 15 novels, which are published in 47 countries and have sold 25 million copies worldwide. At 21-years-old she wrote her debut novel PS I Love You, which was adapted to film starring Hilary Swank. Her second novel Love, Rosie was also adapted to film. Cecelia also creates original TV series, including co-creating the ABC comedy series Samantha Who?
Cecelia lives in Dublin, Ireland with her family. Her new book ROAR will be published by Grand Central Publishing in 2019.
Soman Chainani’s first novel, The School for Good and Evil, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list, and has been translated into over 26 languages across six continents, with a film adaptation from Universal in the works. As a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University’s MFA Film Program, Soman has made films that have played at over 150 festivals around the world. When he’s not telling stories or teaching in New York City, Soman is a die-hard tennis player who never lost a first-round match for ten years . . . until he started writing The School for Good and Evil. Now he loses all the time.
Agent: Pete Knapp
Growing up as an Air Force brat, Brenda Drake was used to being the new kid at her school. Her favorite childhood memories are hearing her Irish grandmother tell her strange tales, giving Brenda her with a lifelong love of storytelling. When Brenda’s not writing or organizing author events such as Pitch Madness, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
Agent: Pete Knapp
Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City. He attended college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After graduating, he packed up his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He’s now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches basketball, and makes every dish he eats as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he’s lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas and Monterey, California.
Agent: Pete Knapp
Emily Anthes is a science journalist and author. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Wired, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Nature, Businessweek, Discover,
Psychology Today, Scientific American and elsewhere. She holds a master's degree in science writing from MIT and a
bachelor's degree in the history of science and medicine from Yale, where she
also studied creative writing.
She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Born in Germany, Jessika grew up primarily in England, going on to study at the Fondation Nationale Des Sciences Politiques and the Sorbonne in Paris and at Oxford University. Since that time has she lived and worked as an editor and writer all around the world—in New York, Connecticut, the Netherlands and Hong Kong.
She currently lives with her family in Brooklyn.
An internationally acclaimed social psychologist and the recognized expert on obedience to authority, Thomas is a professor of social psychology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is also the undisputed expert on Stanley Milgram's life and work, penning the first biography of Milgram ever published.
He has authored more than forty articles and papers on Milgram and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Carmindy was the resident makeup expert on the TLC makeover show What Not to Wear. Her work can be seen on the editorial pages of leading magazines—Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Self, Seventeen, Glamour and many more—and in her four books.
She is the creator and founder of Carmindy & Co cosmetics.
Robin earned a BA from Carleton College and an MBA from The Tuck School at Dartmouth College. She worked in direct marketing for twenty years before becoming a freelance writer. She is also known to wander the globe as a travel journalist and looks forward to writing other books no one has written in the future.
A former critical care nurse, Jon wrote his first novel between hospital shifts and raising two children. After receiving a creative writing grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, he turned to writing full time, producing two critically acclaimed novels. During a short stint in Hollywood, he wrote numerous screenplays for Fox, Warner Bros. and Sony, and is the co-writer of the film Minority Report, directed by Steven Spielberg.
Jon lives with his wife outside of Philadelphia. His new novel, HARRY'S TREES, published in June 2018. It is an Amazon Best of the Month and BookPage Top 10 pick for June.
A Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley, Galen is a Kellogg National Fellow in interdisciplinary leadership. She has received two Graham Foundation grants, and has been on design teams awarded First Prize in a national competition for an inner-city park for St. Paul, plus First Prize for Parc La Villette, Paris and Seventh Place in the Spectacle Island Design Competition, Boston. She has also served as a juror for several urban design and public art competitions while teaching courses on the social and cultural bases of architectural and urban design and research methods.
Her current research includes the body and the near-environment, the office of the future, environmental sociology and sociology of parks.
Lisa’s debut novel, PASTORS' WIVES, was inspired by an article she reported as a staff writer for Time. She joined the magazine as a Tokyo correspondent; later covering news, trends, business, arts and religion stateside until 2009. Since then, Lisa has worked with Warner Bros., Sony Studios and CBS writing original TV pilots. Her articles and essays have been published in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Money, Adweek and Bon Appetit. Her first book, REMEMBER ME (HarperCollins, 2006), a travelogue and exploration of modern American funerals, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick.
Born and raised in Kobe, Japan, Lisa is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Rutgers College—and is now based in New Jersey.
Francesca Flores is a writer, traveler and linguist. Raised in Pittsburgh, she read every fantasy book she could get her hands on and started writing her own stories at a young age. She began writing Diamond City while working as a corporate travel manager. When she's not writing or reading, Francesca enjoys traveling, dancing ballet and jazz, practicing trapeze and contortion, and visiting parks and trails around San Francisco, where she currently resides.
Agent: Pete Knapp
A screenwriter and novelist born in Wilmington, DE, Joseph is the co-creator and showrunner of the hit Amazon series "RED OAKS." His film credits include “Stonehearst Asylum,” “Go with Me” and "Wind Chill,” which was produced by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney.
He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and young children, and is currently working on a new novel, the second season of “RED OAKS” and several film projects.
Leigh spent fifteen years in public relations, writing almost every day for other people until she started penning her own story as an author. Her first novel, THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, will debut in May 2016.
Born and raised in Greensboro, NC, she now lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two children.
Sara Holland is the New York Times bestselling author of the EVERLESS series. She grew up in small-town Minnesota among hundreds of books, graduated from Wesleyan University, and has worked in everything from a tea shop to a dentist’s office before moving to New York City to work in publishing. When she isn’t writing, you might find her exploring the city’s bookstores or enjoying its cafes. She’s hard at work on her next series, HAVENFALL, coming from Bloomsbury in 2020.
Agent: Pete Knapp
Jerome is a Distinguished Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University. Editor-in-Chief of New England Journal of Medicine for more than 8 years, he was honored by membership in the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been referred to as the "Conscience of American Medicine."
He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Lucy is a writer living in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, attended Williams College in the Berkshires, and still misses the East Coast very much. When she’s not writing, Lucy can usually be found obsessing over the latest music, inventing new flavors of ice cream, or having what she feels are perfectly acceptable conversations with her dog, Ernie.
Agent: Pete Knapp
A graduate of Columbia University, Carlyn is a former legal
reporter for Bloomberg News and Reuters, where she covered legal affairs and
the business of law. As a freelance writer, her work has appeared on the New
York Times website, Atlantic CityLab, The American Lawyer and Kveller.
She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two sons.
An expert on language development and disorders in children, with a focus on late talkers, Michelle Macroy-Higgins PhD teaches courses and lectures on the subject. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY).
She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two children.
Sarah is the author of the popular crime fiction series featuring forensic psychologist Dr. Sylvia Strange—DARK ALCHEMY, DANTES’INFERNO, DANGEROUS ATTACHMENTS, ACQUIRED MOTIVES, and A DESPERATE SILENCE. Before becoming a full-time writer, she had many interesting jobs, including working for the NM Attorney General’s Office, which frequently took her inside the New Mexico State Penitentiary and ultimately led to the creation of Dr. Sylvia Strange. She has also collaborated with former CIA covert operative Valerie Plame Wilson, co-authoring the Vanessa Pierson spy novels BLOWBACK and BURNED.
When she’s not on deadline, Lovett works with writers as a coach, teacher and consultant. She lives with her family in Santa Fe.
Giving up a law career to simplify her life, Janet fell in love with the idea so much that in 1992, she started a newsletter on the subject, Simple Living, which quickly grew to world-wide readership. She compiled her wisdom in her best-selling book, THE SIMPLE LIVING GUIDE, known as "the bible of the simplicity movement." Her follow-up book, SIMPLE LOVING, traced the connection between simplicity and loving relationships.
A regular guest on NPR, she lives in Seattle, Washington.
Bethany, a Tacoma, Washington native and Western Washington University graduate, is actually very much like her fictional heroine Nikki Lanier. She kicks serious butt (fourth degree black belt in karate), and has a day job (graphic design) that lets her work with her puppy (who snores like a flugel horn).
When she’s not traveling to exotic lands, she can be found chasing after her daughter, or glued to the computer working on her next novel.
Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Catherine is a graduate of McGill University and McGill Law School. She currently blogs for The Huffington Post, and her novels are all international bestsellers that have been translated into multiple languages.
She practices law in Montreal, where she lives with her husband.
Having graduated in 2014, Rebecca holds a B.A. in both English Creative Writing and in Chemistry, and she currently works as a technical writer in Michigan. NAMELESS QUEEN is her debut novel.
Agent: Pete Knapp
He lives and works in Quebec, Canada.
Mikki is a long-time freelance journalist, editor and writer. In her past life, she helped launch Time Inc. Custom Publishing, was a long-time contributor to Sports Illlustrated for Kids and produced a CD-ROM about the Vietnam War for The New York Times. She has also been a communications consultant for organizations including Girl Scouts of the USA and Wellstone Action.
A single mother (twice) by choice, she, her daughter Sophie and son Dylan make their home in Minnesota.
Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. She graduated from Tufts University and now lives in San Francisco with her family. If she isn’t writing or reading, there’s a good chance Emily is visiting a nearby library or wrestling a coat onto or off of one of her two children. She is also passionate about fighting child trafficking with the nonprofit Love146.
Agent: Pete Knapp
B.R. was born in the U.S. but raised in Bermuda, South Africa and Germany. A contributing editor for The Atlantic and an occasional opinion columnist for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, he is also an associate professor of North Korean studies and American literature at Dongseo University in Busan, South Korea.
He currently resides in South Korea.
Linda is the bestselling author of HANDYMAN, NOT A SPARROW FALLS, IF I GAINED THE WORLD, AT THE SCENT OF WATER, and IN SEARCH OF EDEN. Her debut novel for the Christian fiction market, NOT A SPARROW FALLS, was a 2003 Christy Award finalist in the contemporary category.
Linda lives and writes in Tacoma, Washington
A professor of physics, Robert is the former chair of the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland and the former public relations director of the American Physical Society in Washington, DC. Author of more than a hundred technical papers on the structure and properties of single-crystal surfaces, Professor Park now devotes himself to helping the public distinguish genuine scientific advances from foolish and fraudulent claims. A frequent guest on news programs, he posts a provocative weekly column on the internet, WHAT'S NEW, that is read avidly by scientists, journalists and government officials.
Robert lives in Adelphi, Maryland.
Formerly an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and a practicing corporate lawyer, Frank is one of the world's leading experts on market regulation and is a frequent commentator for the Financial Times, New York Times, NPR and CBS's 60 Minutes. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and is the George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance and the founding director of the Center for Corporate and Securities Law at the University of San Diego.
A professor for both the Molecular Biology and Public Affairs Departments at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, Lee teaches courses and lectures widely on the social impact of biotechnology, with an emphasis on repro-genetics. In 1993, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He lives with his wife in Princeton, New Jersey.
Crystal is a wedding photographer and graphic artist, and an unabashed love story enthusiast. When she’s not ordering wedding clients or fictional characters to kiss, she can be found re-watching Jane Eyre or reading ghost stories with all the lights on. She lives in Utah with her husband and their two children. Bloodleaf, her debut novel, will publish form Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers in Fall 2018.
A Senior Member of Wolfson College and a Visiting Scholar of the Scott Polar Research Institute, both of the University of Cambridge, Kelly is also a consulting historian for the British Film Institute. As a film producer and writer, she received an Emmy Award for Best Historical Documentary for “Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance,” a film for the PBS series NOVA also nominated for Best Documentary of 2002.
She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.
Specializing in science and culture, Emily’s stories have appeared in the New York Times, OnEarth Magazine, Odyssey Magazine, Mother Jones Magazine and Isotope: A Journal of Literary Science and Nature Writing, as well as on Radiolab, Radio OnEarth and This American Life programs. She holds degrees in English literature and journalism from Columbia University where she was awarded a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship.
She lives in New York City.
A longtime and acclaimed novelist, journalist and author, Robert has written several works of groundbreaking historical and contemporary works. ON THE LAPS OF GODS, received the 2007 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. He has also won the George Polk Award for Medical Writing and a National Association of Science Writer's Award for best magazine article. Plus, he was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
He now lives and writes in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Gary is best-known for his original screenplay for The Book of Eli, the post-apocalyptic thriller starring Denzel Washington. He also co-wrote the Will Smith sci-fi movie After Earth and helped create Telltale Games' The Walking Dead, for which he was the co-recipient of a BAFTA award for Best Story. Most recently, he served as screenwriter for the upcoming Star Wars standalone film. He is currently writing the movie adaptation of the Mark Millar comic, Starlight, for 20th Century Fox.
Born and raised in London, England, Gary currently lives with his wife and daughter in San Francisco, California.
Artfully combining the love of cooking with the beauty of everyday things, Diana opened the multidisciplinary creative studio, The Jewels of New York, in 2009. Her mission is to uncover the hidden treasures New York has to offer and share them with others through seasonally based cooking. Her projects with leading lifestyle magazines and design savvy clients focus on the simplicity and elegance of daily meals.
With a background in home and lifestyle design, Diana strives to bring a sense of beauty and community to the table through catering and food consultation services.
Will Walton grew up in a small town in rural Georgia and often found himself helping out on his grandparent’s small farm. Currently, he lives a few hours away from his hometown, in Athens, Georgia, where he went to college. When he’s not writing, there’s a good chance you’ll find him at his other job: a bookseller at the Avid Bookshop.
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