Cynthea Liu

Publisher & President

Cynthea Liu is a former management consultant for Fortune 500 companies, turned children’s book author and publisher. Combining her unique experiences as a consultant and author, she finds great joy in helping others achieve realistic results in a very competitive and difficult industry.  She is published with major trade publishers such as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Sterling, and Scholastic, and her works have been translated into multiple languages.  She has also written original titles and ghostwritten bestselling children’s books with Disney Publishing Worldwide. She is published in the following juvenile fiction categories:  board book, chapter book, middle grade, and young adult.

Ms. Liu has a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in Economics and an M.F.A from Antioch University Los Angeles in Creative Writing. She also holds a Copyediting Certificate from UCSD.

Layne Ruda

Social Media and Marketing Intern

Layne Ruda is enrolled in the Master’s of Arts in Writing and Publishing program at DePaul University in Chicago. Aside from school, Layne works full-time in the Children’s department of a bookstore where she hosts weekly story-time and book launches. When she is not working or in class, she can be found at the library, lost in a good film, creating content for magazines, rummaging through a craft store, in line for coffee, or galavanting around anywhere outdoors.

Three Things Layne Loves

  1. Milo Ventimiglia
  2. Studio Ghibli films
  3. Any novel by Laurie Halse Anderson

Three Words that Describe Her

  1. Dedicated
  2. Passionate
  3. Inventive

Layne’s Top Three Favorite Children’s or YA Books

  1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  2. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Madeleine Williamson

Social Media and Marketing Intern

Madeleine Williamson is a senior at DePaul University majoring in English with a concentration in literary studies and a minor in Irish studies. She is passionate about literature’s ability to cultivate empathy and new perspectives. When she’s not reading, Madeleine loves exploring Chicago’s neighborhoods and restaurants.

Three Things Madeleine Loves

  1. Travel
  2. Trying new foods
  3. Poetry

Three Words That Describe Her

  1. Determined
  2. Compassionate
  3. Attentive

Madeleine’s Top Three Favorite Children’s or YA Books

  1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  3. The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot

Taylor Cinkovich

Social Media and Marketing Intern

Taylor Cinkovich is a recent graduate of DePaul University with a BA in English and a concentration in literary studies. She has been an avid writer and poetry fan in and out of school, and can often be found scouring used bookstores to find the newest anthology to add to her ever-growing collection. When she is not busy working or exploring Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, Taylor can be found watching the newest horror films, listening to her expansive record collection, or just enjoying a good book at home.

Three Things Taylor Loves

  1. The Horror Genre
  2. Discovering New Music
  3. Stand-Up Comedy

Three Words That Describe Her

  1. Thoughtful
  2. Intuitive
  3. Adventurous

Taylor’s Top Three Favorite Children’s or YA Books

  1. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  3. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Ryan Jacob

Social Media and Marketing Intern

Ryan Jacob is a senior at O’Connor High School in Helotes, TX. He’s been interested in writing short-stories since childhood and enjoys the creative process even now; alas, he knows not what he shall be doing in the future, but would love to explore fields related to writing such as screenwriting and technical writing.

Three Things Ryan Loves:

  2. Exploring nature with friends
  3. Those little umbrella things that waiters put in your drink

Three Words That Describe Him:

  1. Spontaneous
  2. Driven
  3. Energetic

Ryan’s Top Three Favorite Children’s or YA Books:

  1. And Then There Were None: Agatha Christie
  2. Science Fair: Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
  3. The True Meaning of Smekday: Adam Rex