Swoon Reads


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

Swoon Reads publishes the latest and greatest in YA fiction with the help of readers and writers like you. We’re dedicated to the undiscovered, and we seek out the very best in bright, new bookish talent. From heroic epics, to alien adventures, to all-the-feels romance—if you're loving it, we'll publish it.

We involve our community in every step of the publishing process, and work closely with selected writers to get their book ready for publication. Together, we bring new stories to life, because we believe that great books are better shared.

Meet the Team

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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-Sitters Club with Ann Martin. My full bio, which is too long winded to go into here, is on the Feiwel and Friends Facebook page.

A Little Q & A

Book that everyone should read?

Endless Love by Scott Spencer.

What do you love about working in publishing?

Coming up with book ideas. Discovering new talent.

Best moment in your publishing career?

The Baby-Sitters Club hitting the USA Today bestseller list.

If you could be any book character, whom would you choose?

Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries.

What makes you laugh out loud?

Bulldog puppies.

If you were stranded on a desert island, who or what would you want for company?

My daughter, Emma.

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Lauren Scobell

Director of Swoon Reads

As Director of Swoon Reads I get to touch everything—editorial, the website, the blog, marketing…the list goes on!! Stories are my passion and I love finding new talents through Swoon Reads.

"You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift."

— The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

"Of course this is happening in your head Harry. But why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"

— Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, J.K. Rowling

A Little Q & A

Favorite books to read as a child or teenager?

I loved Patricia Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles and Tamora Pierce’s Lioness Quartet. I have several copies of them, all falling apart at the binding from being read so many times with little dog ears at my favorite parts (In the Hand of the Goddess might be in the worst shape). I still like to reread them as an adult. I’ve always loved fantasy, strong female characters and a good love story, and these worlds were ones I could never get enough of.

Favorite fictional (book) couple?

Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall from Outlander… I think there is no greater love story.

“Ye werena the first lass I kissed," he said softly. "But I swear you'll be the last.” ―Jamie Fraser, Outlander

What do you love about working in publishing?

How to choose?! Being new to publishing, the mere fact that I have bookshelves in my office, and get books DELIVERED to my office, and get to talk stories all day long with talented people that are just as passionate about books as I am is nothing short of a dream come true. I get to READ for work. Somehow, I’ve managed to do the thing I love most and get paid for it, and really, what could be better than that?

What makes you laugh out loud?

Anything I can fangirl over (I get happy laughs), pugs, and Anna Kendrick.

What's your favorite song?

Anything by Taylor Swift. Her songs are the equivalent of a great YA book. She’s able to take you back to experiences in your life that you are supposed to only get once. I’m always amazed at the simplicity and yet realness of her words.

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Holly West

Senior Editor

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. Then Jean came up with the idea for Swoon Reads, I signed up immediately, and here we are! I'm always looking for smart, funny novels, preferably with lots of action and magic! 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

Favorite books to read as a child or teenager?

I’m not great at picking a favorite anything, but fortunately this question included a plural, so it makes it a little bit easier. Andrew Lang’s Fairytale series; The Trixie Belden Mysteries by Julie Campbell; The Anne of Green Gables Series by Lucy Montgomery; The Belgariad, Mallorean, Elenium and Tamuli series by David Eddings; the Immortals series by Tamora Pierce and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams were among the books that I read over and over again growing up.

What do you love about working in publishing?

To me, working in publishing, and being an editor, is like being a professional fangirl. You look through all the pop culture and books that come your way, decide which things you are going to fall head over heels in love with, nitpick and obsess over them until they are as close to perfect as you can get, and then you shove them at other people with great enthusiasm.

If you could spend one day inside any literary world with any literary character, where and who it would be?

I’d love to spend a day in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. But choosing who to spend the day with is harder. There are A LOT of people I’d like to hang out with there. (Moist, Vimes, Granny Weatherwax, the Librarian... just to name a few), but if I had to choose, probably either Death or the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork. The conversation with either of them would be amazing and they are both busy enough that they would probably pawn me off on some of the other people I'd like to meet.

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

I’ve thought long and hard about this one. I would have the ability to use any magic system found in a book as long as I was touching the book itself. So if I was holding a book in David Edding’s Belgariad I could use the Will and the Word, but if I was holding Libromancer by Jim C. Hines I would be able to reach into a book and pull out an actual object, or if I was holding Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire I could use the accio spell (which is MASSIVELY useful!).

Do you have any pets?

I do! I have a lovely black witch’s kitty named Isis, after the Egyptian goddess of beauty (because she is convinced that she is a goddess and that all humans were put on earth to serve her whims).

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Kat Brzozowski

Senior Editor

After seven years of editing both books for teens and books for adults at Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, I’ve taken the leap into kid lit and joined the Swoon Reads team! I’m so excited to focus on YA and have a work-related reason to check Twitter all day. I’m from New Hampshire (birthplace of terrible president Franklin Pierce! Sorry…), so I’m prone to saying “wicked”, and I still consider myself a tourist in NYC, where my goal is to eat as many dumplings and see as many Broadway musicals as possible. Follow me on Twitter at @KatBrzozowski.

“She was bendable light: she shone around every corner of my day.”

Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli

A Little Q & A

Favorite books to read as a child or teenager?

I am obsessed with Ramona Quimby (she’s my role model in all that I do) and I love Louis Sachar’s Wayside School stories, especially the one with the potato tattoo and the one where – spoiler alert! - Sammy takes off his coats and he’s a dead rat. Other favorites include Lois Duncan’s A Gift of Magic, R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series (which I’ve had the pleasure of reviving for today’s teens!), and Lois Lowry’s The Giver (I guess I have a thing for authors named Lois).

What do you love about working in publishing?

Every day, I have to pinch myself that I get to help create books that teens will read and that have the possibility of making an impact on their lives like so many books still make an impact on mine. There’s nothing like the feeling of discovering a new book that just gets you, and it’s so fun to help those books get published. I also love working with so many other nerds! There’s never a shortage of people to talk to about musicals, obscure European strategy games, and terrible TV shows.

Best advice you’ve ever been given?

My mom used to tell me, “Do the kind thing,” and although it can be really hard to follow this advice, she’s right. It’s always the best path, even when it’s super difficult.

What do you do on a rainy day?

On a rainy day, you’ll find me watching “Survivor” and “The Bachelor/Bachelorette” (don’t judge me!), fixing up my house (an 1883 Victorian!), or doing embroidery.

What’s your idea of fun?

I love exploring discovering new neighborhoods, playing games, and eating cheap food with my friends. I also love visiting my home state of New Hampshire, where you’ll likely find me lounging on the lake in an inner tube, and riding the Cyclone in Coney Island. If I was a millionaire, I’d see a Broadway show every night, but since I’m not, I go as often as I can! I also like sitting on the beach with a good book, riding the subway with a good book, and visiting new places with a good book.

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Emily Settle

Associate Editor

Long ago in a faraway land known as “The Suburbs,” my big sister read me Bambi so many times that I memorized the whole thing, page turns and all. My love of great stories has only grown since then.

“Not all who wander are lost.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien

A Little Q & A

Favorite YA or NA novel or author?

Tamora Pierce. I’ve reread every single one of her books practically on a yearly basis since I was 13.

Book that everyone should read?

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It completely validates everything that we love and value about books and reading.

Best advice you’ve ever been given?

One of my favorite teachers once said, “The broader your curiosity, the more you’re empowering yourself.” I think being an avid reader and being naturally curious often go hand in hand. Both traits drive us to learn more about our world and experience things for ourselves.

What do you do on a rainy day?

This will probably sound super weird, but I LOVE to go out for a run when it’s raining. There’s something about rain runs that are really refreshing. Then coming home to a hot shower, some tea, and a book feels extra awesome!

If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

I love to travel and I’ve always been both a history and science fiction buff, so I’d probably pick the ability to bend time and space like Hiro from Heroes. Time travel and teleportation (or my own TARDIS!) would be pretty sweet. I’d be like, “BRB, I’m just going to go grab some lunch in Feudal Japan!”

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Kelsey Marrujo

Senior Publicist

I plan author appearances and secure media for Swoon. Also, my bookshelf is never quite large enough.

“For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.”

—Lois Lowry, The Giver

A Little Q & A

Favorite books to read as a child or teenager?

Where do I start? The Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin, The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot, and the Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison

Favorite fictional (book) couple?

Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger

What is the most memorable scene you've ever read?

When the author drops the mic at the end of We Were Liars and you realize ALL the kids (sans the protagonist) are, in fact, DEAD, I can't even deal. The first time I read it, I couldn't sleep well for a week. But it was awesome.

What makes you laugh out loud?

Karen Walker from Will & Grace, always and forever.

If you were stranded on a desert island, who or what would you want for company?

Books are the obvious answer, but let’s also say an insane amount of Mad Libs.

If you were a superhero, what would your super power be?

The ability to push the R train through the subway tunnels at warp speed, even on weekends.

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Liz Dresner

Associate Art Director

I design covers and interiors for many Macmillan children’s imprints, including Swoon Reads!

A Little Q & A

Favorite books to read as a child or teenager?

Far, far too many to list so I’m pretending you just said “book,” which makes the answer Foxfire by Joyce Carol Oates.

An author or book that inspired you?

Francesca Lia Block (one of the favorites not listed above!), with her portrayal of chosen family in the Weetzie Bat books.

What do you love about working in publishing?

I truly, madly, deeply love books and am so happy that it is literally my job to help create them.

What’s your idea of fun?

Making things! I love glass- and metalworking—or maybe I just like having an excuse to play with fire.

Tell us something about you that no one else knows (or a fun fact about yourself).

I’m a pool shark.

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Val Otarod

Associate Editor

I love reading all the fun, inventive submissions we get on the Swoon Reads site and helping select stories for publication at our seasonal edit board. I also sometimes write for the Swoon blog.

“Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.”

– Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic

A Little Q & A

Favorite books to read as a child or teenager?

I’ve always loved the Chronicles of Narnia and Curtis Sittenfeld’s Prep was perpetually on my nightstand during high school.

Favorite fictional book couple?

Gansey and Blue from Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle.

Best moment in your publishing career?

The first time someone sent me a manuscript and asked me to tell them what I thought.

What do you do on a rainy day?

Other than read, you mean? I light some yummy scented candles and bake some yummy desserts.

What’s your favorite song?

"The Highwayman" by Loreena McKennit. Or anything by Lana del Rey. (I promise I’m really a cheerful person.)

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Erin Siu

Assistant Editor

I read all your wonderful submissions and talk about them at our seasonal Edit Board! I also help turn our Swoon books into paperbacks and blog for the Swoon Reads site.

"Hell is the absence of the people you long for." ―Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

A Little Q & A

First YA novel?

Most likely a book by Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mlynowski, or Lauren Barnholdt.

Favorite fictional (book) couple?

Aelin and Rowan, Jace and Clary, Juliette and Warner! Can you tell I love romance?

If you could spend one day inside any literary world with any literary character, where and who would it be?

Oh, this is good. I would spend a day with Kaz Brekker in Ketterdam, assisting in top-secret criminal operations and pissing off Inej. Then, I’d probably teleport to Ravka to practice my Etherealki magic.

What do you do on a rainy day?

Cook a steaming bowl of ramen and put on some Coldplay.

What’s your favorite song?

“Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap

Tell us something about you that no one else knows (or a fun fact about yourself)!

I have two black belts!

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Rachel Diebel

Assistant Editor

I’m a former Swoon intern and a current editorial assistant at St. Martin’s Press! I am on the Swoon edit board and occasionally squee about YA over on the Swoon blog.

“You saved my life. Not forever, not for good. Probably just temporarily. But you saved my life, and now I’m yours.”

—Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

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Favorite YA or NA novel or author?

The YA series that has meant the most to me (other than Harry Potter, but that goes without saying, right?) is The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. These books are such an elegant, beautiful exploration of friendships, growing up, sexuality, and the magic of small towns. I made all of my friends read them in college and when the last book was released we stayed up all night reading it out loud to each other because we wanted to experience it at the same time.

What do you love about working in publishing?

I literally talk about books all day, and there’s nothing better. I’m surrounded by people who will discuss fan theories with me for hours or interrupt their lunch break to watch a trailer for the latest YA movie adaption three times. It’s never boring, and I couldn’t ask for better coworkers. Book people really are the best people.

If you could spend one day inside any literary world with any literary character, where and who would it be?

I think that I would want to spend a day with Lyra in the world of the His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman. Specifically, I’d want to hang out with Lyra in her version of Oxford—she could show me all of her secret hidden places, and I love our world’s version of Oxford, so getting to see the differences would be fascinating. Also, I want to know what my daemon would be!

If you were a superhero, what would your super power be?

Teleportation, no question. I don’t need any fancy x-ray vision and it would be terrible to be able to read minds. I am firmly convinced that if I could teleport, it would solve 90% of my problems. No more subway, no more expensive plane tickets, and I could go home to see my dogs every day!

Do you have any pets? If so, introduce them to the world (with pictures!).

I grew up surrounded by animals of all kinds, and my life would be totally incomplete without them! My parents still have two horses (Dexter and Kayli), two cats (Ranger and Pinball), and two dogs (Strider and Ruby), and I visit them every chance I get.

rachel's pups

Just some puppies chillin’.

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Melissa Croce

Associate Marketing Manager, School & Library

I help read submissions and then discuss with other editorial board members which manuscripts are right for us!

“He knew why he wanted to kiss her. Because she was beautiful. And before that, because she was kind. And before that, because she was smart and funny. Because she was exactly the right kind of smart and funny. Because he could imagine taking a long trip with her without ever getting bored. Because whenever he saw something new and interesting, or new and ridiculous, he always wondered what she'd have to say about it—how many stars she'd give it and why.”

—Rainbow Rowell, Attachments

A Little Q & A

Favorite books to read as a child or teenager?

The Harry Potter series; anything by L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables, Emily of New Moon, etc.); anything by Sharon Creech or Gail Carson Levine.

What do you love about working in publishing?

Being around people who love books as much as I do!

If you could spend one day inside any literary world with any literary character, where and who would it be?

So cliché, but I would HAVE to be in the world of Harry Potter, and I would want to experience it with the Weasley twins! They would know all of the ins and outs for sure.

If you were stranded on a desert island, who or what would you want for company?

If we’re just talking about being stuck on the island as opposed to trying to get off of it… I would have to say I’d want my best friend there. We would be able to amuse ourselves until we were rescued!

Do you have any pets?

I have one dog named Ellie (true book nerd: I named her after my favorite Jane Austen heroine, Anne Elliot.) She’s the cutest, if I do say so myself

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Teresa Ferraiolo

Associate Marketing Manager

Hello! I’m an Associate Marketing Manager for Swoon Reads.

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Favorite fictional (book) couple?

That’s a tie between Remy & Dexter in This Lullaby and Cath & Levi in Fangirl. Both are too close to my heart to possibly choose just one.

Book that everyone should read?

Harry Potter. Whenever I hear someone say they have only seen the movies and have not read the books I die a little inside.

Best advice you’ve ever been given?

Follow your heart, trust your instincts, and everything will work out just fine.

What do you do on a rainy day?

You can find me curled up in bed with a good book and peppermint tea, or binge-watching shows like Chopped and Say Yes to the Dress.

What’s your favorite song?

I can never just pick one, so here are my top three:
Wildflowers by Tom Petty
Crimson and Clover by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows by Brand New

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Ashley Woodfolk

Marketing Manager

Even though I work in marketing, I’m a consumer in every sense of the word: I love shopping, indie movies, all kinds of books, live music, and eating just about anything. There aren’t enough hours in my life for all the things I love.

“I need you so much closer.”

– Death Cab for Cutie, Transatlanticism

A Little Q & A

An author or book that inspired you?

Tiny Beautiful Things, by Cheryl Strayed. I just read it a perfect time in my life where I was questioning everything, and she gave me so many answers in an elegant but also no-nonsense language that spoke directly to my heart. This book is like the big sister I’ve always wanted: Someone who’ll tell you like it is, with love.

What was the first YA novel you read?

Deenie!

What/who is your favorite YA or NA novel or author?

Jandy Nelson.

What do you love about working in publishing?

FREE BOOKS! But also that I get to work on a product I love so much and one that I know is making the world a better place. (But also free books)

What’s your favorite song?

(See my quote) I also have that line tattooed on my leg.

Do you have any pets?

Winnie!

ashley w's dog

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Liz O'Connor

Sales Associate

I am on the editorial board for Swoon, binge reading manuscripts and blogging my heart out.

"I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self-respect. And it's these things I'd believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn't all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything"

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Little Q & A

Favorite books to read as a child or teenager?

I was obsessed with Rachel Cohn’s YA novels as a young teen, did a re-read a little while ago and they still hold up

What do you love about working in publishing?

Working with people who understand fangirling over not just an author, but an editor who always manages to edit books you become obsessed with.

Best advice you’ve ever been given?

Life is too short to eat bad food

What do you do on a rainy day?

Good coffee, good food, bad TV all while never getting out of my pajamas

What’s your favorite song?

House of the Rising Sun by the Animals

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Elizabeth Lee

Editorial Assistant

I read your fabulous submissions and discuss them with our editorial board! When not swooning, I’m an editorial assistant at Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers.

“We accept the love we think we deserve.” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

A Little Q & A

Favorite fictional (book) couple?

Obviously Lara Jean and Peter from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

What do you love about working in publishing?

The truly brilliant editors I get to collaborate with. The best part of my day is chatting with these talented, thoughtful minds—learning from them, creating amazing projects together, and also just hanging out and stealing their snacks. ;)

If you could be any book character, whom would you choose?

Charlie Grant from Save the Date. A charming, quirky family, a wedding, and a very cute boy? Sign me up.

What’s your favorite song?

Vienna by Billy Joel. It always calms me down. :)

Do you have any pets? If not, why not?

No, I sadly do not, because I’m allergic to legitimately every animal with fur. It is very sad. Someone please save me from my misery so I can have a puppy.

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Carol Ly

Senior Designer

I design books for Swoon Reads and other children’s/YA imprints at Macmillan. Along with our great staff in-house, I get to work with lots of fantastic artists and photographers to bring covers to life.

A Little Q & A

Favorite fictional (book) couple?

Sorcha and Red from Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. I read this book as a teenager, but have reread it many times and never fail to cry by the end. Their romance is such a slow-burning, actions-rather-than-words kind of romance that when they finally come together, it’s so emotional and powerful.

An author or book that inspired you?

I have a clear memory of reading the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman as a child. Not only did I love the story, I also noticed how the books were carefully designed and typeset. Those small details enhanced my relationship with the books and probably began my interest in the book creation process.

If you could be any book character, whom would you choose?

Meg from The Others series by Anne Bishop. This is one of my go-to feel good reads, which is a little strange since the books can be quite dark. I would want to be Meg not because her life has been easy, but because she’s surrounded by such amazing characters that care so much for her. Plus she lives in a super fascinating world that uses tropes of the paranormal genre while totally transcending the tired clichés.

What do you do on a rainy day?

You’ll definitely catch me lying down to read, bingewatch, or sleep.

If you were stranded on a desert island, who or what would you want for company?

Rather than going into the serious complexities of being stranded, here are my desert island albums:

Ys by Joanna Newsom

The Flying Club Cup by Beirut

Hospice by The Antlers

Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens

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Eleonore Fisher

Executive Assistant to the President & Publisher

I love reading your submissions and talking about them at the Swoon editorial board meetings, and sometimes I write blog posts.

“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it.”

—Catherine Earnshaw, Wuthering Heights

“Josh needs someone with imagination, someone to take care of him. Someone to laugh at his jokes in case he ever makes any. Oh my god! I love Josh! I'm majorly, totally, butt-crazy in love with Josh!”

—Cher Horowitz, Clueless

A Little Q & A

Favorite books to read as a child or teenager?

Wait Til Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn, Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause, Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, and Looking for Alaska by John Green.

Favorite fictional (book) couple?

Catherine and Heathcliff.

Book that everyone should read?

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.

What makes you laugh out loud?

When The Bachelor casts someone who was always meant to be on reality television and now that person has the opportunity to shine.

What do you do on a rainy day?

I wander through the Upper East Side window shopping and eating croissants under my umbrella.

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Katie Klimowicz

Senior Designer

I’m a designer for Swoon! I’m a fool for fiction (and alliteration), baseball & beaches.

“I felt like I had proof that not all days are the same length, not all time has the same weight. Proof that there are worlds and worlds and worlds on top of worlds, if you want them to be there.”

― Carol Rifka Brunt, Tell the Wolves I'm Home

A Little Q & A

Favorite YA or NA novel or author?

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Favorite books to read as a child or teenager?

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Book that everyone should read?

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

What’s your favorite song?

For quiet times: "Hometown Hero" by Andy Shauf

For walking in The City: "The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson

For working: "Tired of Being Alone" by Al Green

For driving: "Beautiful Strangers" by Kevin Morby

Do you have any pets? If so, introduce them to the world (with pictures!).

I live with a feral cat named Sherlock Holmes, and an old man/dog named Winks. They are the very best.

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Anna Poon

Assistant Editor

I read and blog for Swoon and while I’ve been reading my whole life, this is my venture in the world of blogging! Will I finally learn how to speak gif?

A Little Q & A

Favorite books to read as a child or teenager?

When I was in high school, I followed Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series on fictionpress—before it had even been published! Back then the series name had been called “Queen of Glass” and my friends and I would rave about it at school, chapter by chapter as soon as each one came out, and argue about how to pronounce “Celaena Sardothien.” Even though I did nothing, it was incredible when Sarah got her book published, and I could say I had been cheering her on from the start. I’m sure it’s part of how I eventually got into book publishing as a career!

Favorite fictional (book) couple?

John Watson and Sherlock Holmes!! Ok, I know they were never even a real fictional couple—that just makes them the best couple that never was times two.

If you were stranded on a desert island, who or what would you want for company?

If I were stranded on a desert island I would want Tom Hanks’ character Chuck Noland for company so we could work together to find our way back to civilization. It might take twenty years but…oh well.

Tell us something about you that no one else knows (or a fun fact about yourself).

I can stop hiccupping on command. It’s my mediocre superpower.

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Jen Edwards

VP, Children's 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 books to read as a child or teenager?

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.

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.

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 Golding

Sales Associate

"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 books to read as a child or teenager?

When I was very young my favorite book was The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. I made my mother read it to me countless times, but re-reading it as an adult I realized that narrator was even sneakier than I thought.

Book that everyone should read?

To Kill a Mockingbird - hands down.

If you were a superhero, 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 late studying for a test).

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Liz Szabla

Associate Publisher, Feiwel and Friends

Reader and blogger for Swoon Reads. Favorite quote:

“Our books are friends for life”

– the Feiwel and Friends motto!

A Little Q & A

Favorite fictional (book) couple?

Ponyboy and Cherry (and Ponyboy and Johnny) from The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

If you could spend one day inside any literary world with any literary character, where and who would it be?

One day? Then it will have to be aboard the Rampion spaceship with Captain Carswell Thorne from the Lunar Chonicles books by Marissa Meyer. I’m just saying…

Best advice you’ve ever been given?

This too shall pass.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment has two parts: first, having moved to NYC a few decades ago, and second, and most importantly, my husband and son.

Tell us something about you that no one else knows (or a fun fact about yourself).

When I drive, I turn the volume way, WAY up!

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