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Novel Suspects Editorial Board

Novel Suspects would not be nearly as much fun without our awesomely passionate editorial board, all of whom use their precious (and scarce) free time to contribute.


Erica Nelson is the Manager, Consumer Marketing of Hachette Book Group and oversees editorial operations and content for Novel Suspects. You can get in touch with her by emailing erica.nelson@hbgusa.com.


Barb B, HBG Sales Rep Veteran by day, by night, lover of all things crime/mystery/thriller.


Andy Ball is a contented minimalist and 25-year publishing veteran hanger-on. He has copyedited several dozen cozy mysteries, and one-day hopes to solve mysteries with the aid of crocheting cat who bakes and translates Latin.


Nita Basu works in the Marketing and Publicity department for Hachette Audio and especially loves listening to mystery/thriller audiobooks for maximum “accidentally-shrieking-in-the-park” impact. She’s a big fan of international mysteries, pet detectives, and above all, anything that includes a bank robbery. You can learn more about her what she’s reading or listening to on Twitter at @nita_basu or Instagram at @nitabasu.


Joseph Benincase is the Digital Marketing Manager for Grand Central Publishing and Twelve. He requested his life story be redacted until further evidence is presented.


Britny Brooks has a passion for novellas, tiny houses, plants, and pop culture. She is the editorial assistant for Running Press and spends a lot of her time reading or playing video games under a pile of cozy blankets. She lives in Philadelphia with her cat, dog, fancy canary, and husband.


Pamela Brown is the marketing director of Mulholland Books and Little, Brown and Company. Her favorite holiday is Bouchercon weekend, and she strongly believes that no reading community is more welcoming and fun than the mystery community.


Andrew Duncan is the Director of Digital Marketing and Content Strategy at Grand Central Publishing. He likes reading and watching stories about people who make poor moral decisions.


Heather Fain is the director of marketing strategy for Hachette Book Group, a job she relishes as much as reruns of Magnum, P.I. (which is a lot).  Her husband may have fallen in love with her because she actually does know Ian Rankin, and she spends much of her free time happily reading A to Z Mysteries with her daughter.  So detectives play an important role in her life.


Lukas Fauset’s first career ambition was “detective” but gave up some point after realizing it took a lot more work than putting on a wide brimmed hat and trench coat. His fallback ambition of “spy” was similarly derailed, but as a Digital Product Developer he, at the very least, still gets to work with code.


Laura Fitzgerald is the online marketing manager at Orbit. From Colombo to iZombie, she loves TV procedurals and serial killer dramas. At the age of nine, she accidentally watched Silence of the Lambs, which frankly explains a lot about Laura.


Julie Guacci graduated from the University of Maryland in 2016 with degrees in both Marketing and History. She is currently employed at Hachette Book Group and lives in New York City. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, playing guitar, reading (of course!), painting and watching her favorite New York sports teams and her Maryland Terrapins.


Livia Llewellyn is a writer of dark fantasy, horror, and erotica, whose short fiction has appeared in over forty anthologies and magazines and has been reprinted in multiple best-of anthologies and two Shirley Jackson Award-nominated collections, Engines of Desire and Furnace. You can find her online at liviallewellyn.com, and on Instagram and Twitter.


Brian McLendon is the Vice President, Associate Publisher/Marketing Director of Grand Central Publishing and Twelve.  When in high school, he discovered the works of Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Scott Turow, who remain three of his favorite authors.  Brian says that he has one of the best jobs in the world because he gets to work with some of the best mystery and thriller authors writing today.


Carrie Napolitano is an assistant editor at Basic Books. She loves anything true crime—the older, the better—and foreign mysteries, particularly Italian. Forever a California girl at heart, she now lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her cat, Mona Lisa.


Beatrice Scintilla has a first life as a marketing pro in book publishing, and a second life as a courtroom, crime-scene, decoding junkie. From her first library card’s use to borrow Where do Butterflies Go When it Rains? to compulsively reading mystery’s Golden Age authors’ oeuvres in publication order to trading glasses of wine for early reading copies of Lee Child’s next novel, Beatrice loves suspense but clearly doesn’t have a clue.


Elizabeth Venere is a marketing manager at Hachette Book Group. You can usually find her reading (a mystery novel, obviously) or at yoga, trying to re-center after reading about too many murders.


Additional editorial board members include:

Emily Giglierano, Tommy Harron, Yasmin Mathew, Justin Lovell, Camille Buffington, Tiffany Sanchez, Betsy Hulsebosch, Kamrun Nesa, Keri Bradeen, Stephanie Summerhays, Lauren Harms, Lee Huang, Trish Daly, Jennifer Cavan, Jane McGehee, Michele McGonigle, Elyse Gregov, Siena Koncsol, Diane Hacke-Bell, Ghenet Harvey, Carrie Cabral, Susan Eberhart, Alex Lencicki, Helen Chu, Andrew Duncan, Wes Miller, Keith Riegert. Alyson Forbes, Mary Urban, Josh Kendall, Caitlin Mulrooney-Lyski, Craig Young, Jeff Shay, Janet Saines, Cassandra Martin, Emily Breneman, and Emily Chase.

We would tell you more about them, but that information is highly classified.


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