Northern Hearts Pitch – Agent/Editor Bios

Stacey Donaghy, as always been a voracious reader and a fan of all things writing. She loves discovering new voices and working with her clients to build long term writing careers. Her journey began with Corvisiero Literary Agency in New York, where she wore many hats from team manager and trainer, to intern, to agent. Stacey is interested in receiving queries for Adult and Young Adult fiction. She is particularly interested in psychological thrillers, romance,  women’s fiction and contemporary YA. She lives for an unreliable narrator, so if you have one please send it her way!  Where thrillers are concerned she is only interested in psychological thrillers and is not currently seeking other types.  Hoping to see more #ownvoices and diverse works both in Adult and YA. Visit Stacey’s wish-list here.


Sue Miller comes to Donaghy Literary with enthusiasm and experience in the industry. She graduated with a degree in English Literature from York University in Toronto, as well as a certificate in publishing, from Ryerson University. Sue previously worked in children’s publishing with Scholastic Canada. Upon connecting with publisher, Fernanda Viveiros, of Fidalgo Books, she was asked to host the Luso Reading Vox series at Dundas West Fest in Toronto. After spending time with these authors, she realized that representing an author and their work is exactly where she wanted her publishing career to be. Vist Sue’s wish-list here.


Courtney Miller-Callihan founded Handspun Literary Agency in 2016, after more than ten years with Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. She is a hands-on editorial agent whose eclectic list includes historical fiction, women’s fiction, romance, mysteries, YA novels, humor, and practical nonfiction. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., Literature), and Johns Hopkins University (M.A., English), she lives in San Diego with her family, and travels frequently for meetings and conferences.

She is always looking for stories she can’t stop reading. Please visit her site at Handspun Literary.


Acquiring editor Cat Clyne (Sourcebooks) worked in academia and magazine publishing before joining Sourcebooks in 2010. Cat acquires single title romance in all subgenres: romantic suspense, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, erotic romance, Highlanders and historicals. She is looking for diverse stories with a slam-dunk hook and curl-her-toes romance. Cat has a fondness for damaged heroes and a well-written band of brothers bond. She welcomes cross-genre projects, like sci-fi and fantasy romance, issue-driven contemporary romantic stories, or romantic thrillers—she likes to be surprised! Born in Germany to diplomat parents, Cat has a Master’s degree from New York University and lives in Brooklyn. (


Dana Grimaldi is an associate editor for Harlequin Dare and Harlequin Heartwarming. She also manages the Worldwide Mystery and Suspense program. Dana loves photography and can often be found outdoors, taking pictures of local wildlife. Her bookshelves have a special place for the works of Isaac Asimov, Margaret Laurence and N. K. Jemisin, not to mention the largest collection of CDs since the invention of the mp3. When she’s reading submissions, Dana is on the lookout for sexy contemporary romance as well as wholesome contemporary romances that celebrate strong communities, family connections and true love. Please visit the submission guidelines for Harlequin Dare and Harlequin Heartwarming.


Rhonda Merwarth is an acquisitions/developmental editor for Hallmark Publishing. She previously worked as an acquisitions/developmental freelance editor for Carina Press for over seven years. She has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in English, creative writing. Rhonda has edited a Romance Writers of America RITA© award-winning romance, multiple RITA© award-nominated romances, and multiple Romantic Times© award-winning and award-nominated romances. As an author, Rhonda has published several Young Adult and New Adult fiction with Simon Pulse and Kensington, as well as a mystery romance with InterMix.  If you are interested in working with Hallmark Publishing, here are the submission guidelines. You can also view more about Rhonda and her freelance editing here.



Brenda Chin, is the Editorial Director of Entangled’s Brazen line. Brazen, our fun and sexy category-style contemporary romance imprint, blends bright new voices, memorable characters, and twists on familiar tropes with high heat levels, allowing readers to enjoy the more seductive side of modern romance. Whether they’re witty and playful, or lush and intense, our books are always fun, fast-paced, and dialogue-heavy. If you like your heroes hot, the sex hotter, and a swoon-worthy romance to swoop in and deliver a happily ever after, Brazen has the story for you! For more information on guidelines, please visit here.


Alethea Spiridon, is an editor and writer from Southern Ontario. She’s been a romance editor for over eighteen years and never tires of a happily ever after, no matter the form it comes in. Even happily right nows put a smile on her face.  For more information on guidelines, please visit here. 





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