When Editorial Director Erika Tsang was in the 8th grade, her Health Education teacher confiscated the Nora Roberts romance she’d been reading under her desk during class. Then he wrote in her yearbook: “May you start reading healthier books”. Taking that to heart, she began her career at a medical publisher where she had to catalog 4-color photos of things she’d rather forget about. But she was still reading romance novels under her desk. So she decided to go back to her first love and now spends her days reading romances on her desk and looking over photos of vampires, dukes and Highlanders for covers.
Currently, Erika enjoys discussing the merits of a shirtless Stephen Amell on Arrow, debating the best Doctor Who episode (“Blink”, of course), and planning her next adventurous vacation (hiking a volcano is one idea). Her recent list of acquisitions includes Alyssa Cole (A Prince on Paper), Jennifer Estep (Kill the Queen), and Alisha Rai (The Right Swipe). Follow her on twitter at @ErikaTsang.
Executive Editor May Chen has been reading wildly inappropriate books since the age of nine. She thought the Sweet Valley High series was salacious until she discovered the romance section in her Queens, NY library and read Shirlee Busbee’s SPANISH ROSE, and Laurie McBain’s CHANCE THE WINDS OF FORTUNE. She’s never been the same since. After an identity crisis which lead to brief stints in the legal and finance field, May found her way back to the right path by getting her foot in the door at Morrow/Avon. And she’s been there ever since.
Now happily reading and working on all the happily-ever-afters she can ask for, she’s the lucky ducky editor of smart, emotional historicals, sexy contemporary romances and angsty romantic suspenses. When not eating, reading, sleeping, she enjoys an unhealthy amount of reality tv, Cheetos and wine. To see pictures of her French bulldog and calico cat (with occasional forays into the publishing world), follow her on twitter @aMAYzingChen
Tessa Woodward, Executive Editor, edits a wide array of historical fiction, women’s fiction, and romance. Her list includes New York Times bestselling authors Tessa Dare, Kate Quinn, Kristen Proby and Jennifer L. Armentrout, as well as Tracey Livesay, Olivia Waite, Joanna Shupe, and Maya Rodale, to name a few. She also recently added some romance/science fiction crossovers from Jessie Mihalik and Valerie Valdes and a book about the African American female experience during World War II by Kaia Alderson.
She is looking for women’s fiction with strong characters, both historical and contemporary, as well as all genres of romance. She is especially interested in diverse authors and #OwnVoices stories of all types. Follow her on twitter @TessaofAvonlea for very important thoughts on books, tea, and her #mswl.
Editor Nicole Fischer has been on the hunt for the next great romance for as long as she can remember. From reading Jude Deveraux with a flashlight at 4am, to secretly ordering used Sandra Brown paperbacks with her mother’s credit card, she’s always had her nose buried in a love story—or what she wished was a love story (Nancy Drew and Ned Nickerson did not get enough action!).
In 2012, Nicole landed her dream job at Avon and the rest, as they say, is history. She currently edits many talented authors including Tessa Bailey (Fix Her Up), Talia Hibbert (Get a Life, Chloe Brown), Vivienne Lorret (The Rogue to Ruin), Mia Sosa (The Worst Best Man), and Scarlett Peckham (The Rakess) to name a few. Nicole is looking for fun, fresh, diverse voices across all subgenres of romance, but especially raunchy, inclusive romantic comedies and witty, lush, subversive historicals. Follow her on Twitter at @nicolefischer13 for the occasional sarcastic, dirty or just plain ridiculous things #OverheardatAvon, wine, and awkward app dating stories.
Growing up, Associate Editor Elle Keck thought she’d spend her life in the hallowed halls of academia, churning out papers on nineteenth century Britain. Alas, that was not in the cards, but thankfully, she was able to combine her knowledge of pelisses and petticoats with her passion for historical romances. An avid reader of all things Avon, she was delighted to join the team in 2014.
Elle’s always on the hunt for high-concept historical romances that make her laugh and make her cry, women’s fiction for the young, smart millennial reader, and inclusive narratives in all genres and subgenres. Her list of bestselling, award winning authors includes Christy Carlyle (A Duke Changes Everything), Cat Sebastian (Unmasked by the Marquess), Nisha Sharma (The Takeover Effect), Marie Tremayne (Lady in Waiting), Julia Whelan (My Oxford Year), and Rosie Nixon (The Stylist). Some of her recent exciting acquisitions are Charis Michaels’ A Duchess a Day, Jenny Holiday’s A Princess for Christmas, Gina Conkle’s How to Steal A Kilt, and a rom-com from Alexis Daria, set in the world of a telenovela!
If you enjoy musings on The Bold Type, feminist rants about the genre, and live coverage of all awards shows, follow her on twitter at @ellekeck.