2014 Final Judge Bios & Interviews
Judge Category: Romance Tessa Woodward
Editor at HarperCollins

Editor Tessa Woodward has been at HarperCollins for 8 years. She edits a wide array of romance, women's fiction, and mystery as well as selected creative non-fiction titles. On the romance side, she edits authors across all genres, including the New York Times bestsellers Tessa Dare, Karen Ranney, Jennifer McQuiston, and C. L. Wilson. She also edits Jennifer Bernard, Cynthia Sax, Lecia Cornwall, and Maya Rodale. She recently acquired the New York Times bestselling New Adult authors Jennifer Armentrout/J. Lynn, Molly McAdams, and Nichole Chase. She is looking to acquire all genres of romance!

See the interview by Theresa Rizzo.

Judge Category: Mainstream Adult Fiction Sarah Branham
Senior Editor at Atria Books

Sarah Branham is a Senior Editor at Atria Books, where she began her editorial career in 2001. She focuses on commercial fiction with a literary flair (including mystery, crime, and historical), thought-provoking, message-driven memoirs, and a few well-chosen cookbooks. Her list includes New York Times bestselling writers William Kent Krueger and Ellen Hopkins, as well as up-and-comers Sahar Delijani (Children of the Jacaranda Tree), Abigail Tarttelin (Golden Boy), and Janet Mock (Redefining Realness).

Judge Category: Suspense / Thriller / Mystery Stephany Evans
President, FinePrint Literary

Stephany Evans is President of FinePrint Literary Management in New York City. For twenty-three years she has represented nonfiction writers in the areas of wellness, spirituality, lifestyle, food, memoir and narrative nonfiction. She represents a wide range of primarily women's fiction, from literary to commercial, to many sub-genres of romance, mysteries - from cozy to mainstream - and suspense.

Some of her best-known fiction projects include Emily Giffin’s SOMETHING BORROWED, Molly Harper’s NICE GIRLS DON’T HAVE FANGS series, Sherri Browning Erwin’s JANE SLAYRE, and Rebecca Coleman’s THE KINGDOM OF CHILDHOOD, Leslie Tentler’s Chasing Evil series (MIDNIGHT CALLER), Jenny Bentley’s NYT-bestselling FATAL FIXER UPPER DIY series, Waverly Curtis’s Barking Detective series (DIAL “C” FOR CHIHUAHUA), Susan M. Boyer’s Liz Talbot mysteries (including USA Today-bestselling Agatha and Daphne Du Maurier winner LOWCOUNTRY BOIL), and Gretchen Archer’s casino-set Davis Way mystery series (DOUBLE WHAMMY).

She’s always on the hunt for a fresh voice and strong, accomplished writing – make it smart, steamy, edgy, tough, funny, dark – or any combination of these.

See the interview by Theresa Rizzo.

Judge Category: Fantasy / Science Fiction Claire Eddy
Senior Editor at Tor/Forge Books

Claire Eddy is a senior editor at Tor/Forge Books and has been with the company for 28 years. She began editing science fiction and fantasy early in her career and has worked with such authors as Orson Scott Card, Gordon R. Dickson, Fred Saberhagen, and Jack Vance. She has brought out such newcomers to the fantasy scene as Jacqueline Carey, Sara Douglass and Juliet Marillier. While she still edits these genres, she has broadened her projects to include historicals, thrillers and mysteries. On the mystery side, she has worked with Stuart Kaminksy, Carole Nelson Douglas, and Sharan Newman. She’s spent the better part of her adult life working with authors to make their stories and dreams be the best they can be, becoming that “third eye” and nudge to accomplish this feat.

See the interview by Theresa Rizzo.

Judge Category: Children's & YA Tracey Keevan
Senior Editor at Disney Hyperion

Tracey Keevan is a senior editor at Disney * Hyperion Books where she edits a range of children’s books, including picture books, early readers, graphic novels, middle grade and young adult fiction. She is thrilled to be working with a number of talented writers and illustrators including Mo Willems, Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, Rick Riordan and Robert Venditti, Robin Mellom, Stacey Kade, and Laurie Faria Stolarz.

Currently, Tracey is looking to acquire young adult/middle grade action-adventure series; literary fiction, particularly middle grade; YA and middle grade short story collections; contemporary chapter book series; and multi-voice / POV novels. She has a strong interest in humor, science/nature, contemporary fiction, and magical realism. Tracey also has a background in digital media and is interested in transmedia story-based projects for middle grade and YA readers.

Tracey has worked in children’s media for nearly 20 years as an editor, writer, and producer. She was previously a senior digital editor at Disney Publishing Worldwide and the former executive editor of Nick Jr. Magazine. Tracey has also worked at Workman Publishing and The New York Daily News. She is a Daytime Emmy-nominated writer whose children’s fiction has been featured on Nickelodeon television as well as in books and magazines.

See the interview by Theresa Rizzo.