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.

Caitlin Stout

Senior Editorial and Marketing Intern

Caitlin Stout is a senior at DePaul University in Chicago studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing while simultaneously pursuing a combined Master’s Degree in Writing and Publishing. She is the undergraduate co-Editor-in-Chief of DePaul’s renowned literary magazine, Crook & Folly: edition 39. When she’s not lost in a good book or television show, you’ll find her wandering around in conservatories and parks. She believes in the power of rereading and rediscovering one’s favorite children’s literature as an adult.

Three Things Caitlin Loves

  1. Finding magic in everyday life
  2. Ensuring broad and diverse representation in the publishing industry
  3. Traveling

Three Words that Describe Her

  1. Imaginative
  2. Adventurous
  3. Inquisitive

Caitlin’s top three favorite children’s or YA books

  1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  2. Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones
  3. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


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

Kimmi Sanderson

Social Media and Marketing Intern

Kimmi Sanderson is a sophomore at DePaul University majoring in English with a concentration in Literature and minoring in Professional Writing and Communications and Media. She loves finding new books to read and is always the the middle of a series. When Kimmi isn’t nose deep in a book, she’s exploring Chicago for new experiences or spending time with her close friends.

Three Things Kimmi Loves

  1. Books of all genres
  2. Finding new creative outlets
  3. Uplifting the people around her

Three Words That Describe Her

  1. Dynamic
  2. Passionate
  3. Thoughtful

Kimmi’s Top Three Favorite Children’s or YA books

  1. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  2. Confess by Colleen Hoover
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Isabel Fernandez De Diego

Spanish- English Translation Intern

Isabel Fernandez De Diego is a junior at IE University in Madrid, Spain. She majors in International Relations, is an avid writer in and out of school, and speaks English, Spanish, and French fluently. When she is not catching flights or perusing secondhand book stores, she enjoys writing short stories (that she never finishes) and discovering new coffee shops. Isabel loves the power of a great narrative and thinks reading whenever and wherever possible is as essential as breathing.

Three Things Isabel Loves

  1. Pens that are mightier than swords
  2. Bubbles
  3. The smell of old books

Three Words that Describe Her

  1. Independant
  2. Creative
  3. Resolute

Isabel Top Three Favorite Children’s or YA Books

  1. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  2. The Mysterious Benedict Society trilogy by Trenton Lee Stewart
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee