Liz Stein is Editor of Mira, where she acquires literary and commercial fiction. Prior to joining Harlequin/HarperCollins in 2015, Liz worked for seven years at Penguin Random House, serving there most recently as Associate Editor at G.P. Putnam’s Sons, where she published fiction and nonfiction titles. Previously, Liz worked alongside Amy Einhorn at her eponymous imprint with such New York Times-bestselling authors as Kathryn Stockett, Sarah Blake, Liane Moriarty, Jenny Lawson, Neil Pasricha, David Gillham, and MO Walsh. Liz seeks novels that are beautifully written with a strong narrative voice and have interesting, memorable characters. She enjoys both contemporary and historical settings, and has a soft spot for unreliable narrators, stories with a multicultural appeal, quirky characters, domestic drama, coming-of-age tales, stories about the immigrant experience, and high concept fiction that will resonate with book clubs. Mira, an imprint of the Harlequin/HarperCollins group, publishes an exclusive list of upmarket fiction and has a unique strength in breaking out debut authors as well as building and branding established authors.
Mark Hummel is a novelist, essayist, editor, and writing teacher. His work has regularly appeared in a variety of literary journals including The Bloomsbury Review, Dogwood, Fugue, Talking River Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, and Zone 3. He is the author of the novel In the Chameleon’s Shadow and the story collection Lost and Found and is the editor of the nonfiction magazine bioStories. He lives in Montana’s Flathead Valley.