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Christa DesirChrista Desir

CHRISTA DÉSIR

Editor, Sourcebooks Casablanca and Bloom Books

Sourcebooks CasablancaBloom Books

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR...

Compelling stories that draw me in and promote compassion for the world. Whether in romance, mystery, women’s fiction, or even historical westerns, I love to learn about different cultures, people, and experiences. I don’t mind gritty or angsty or high heat, but an authentic voice is critical.

RIGHT NOW, PLEASE DON'T SEND ME...

Nonconsensual romance, romance with sex shaming/romantic rivals as part of the plot, secret babies, dark erotica, or abduction fantasies.

HOW I GOT INTO BOOKS...

I was a latchkey kid starting as a kindergartner and as soon as I learned to read beyond Dr. Seuss, I would pull anything and everything that looked interesting off my parents’ bookshelves. This, of course, is how I managed to read Stephen King’s IT at the age of ten.

JUST A FEW OF THE AUTHORS I'VE EDITED IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS...

May McGoldrick, Adrianna Herrera, Tamsen Parker, Stacey Kennedy, Ann Aguirre, Sarah Castille, Becca Jameson, Mimi Grace, Erin Satie, Katee Robert, KK Hendin. ​

SOME FAVORITE BOOKS AND AUTHORS I DIDN'T PUBLISH...

Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad, Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue, Sarah MacLean’s Brazen and the Beast, Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin, Lauren Groff’s Florida, Mikki Kendall’s Hood Feminism, Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere.

ONE OF THE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS AN EDITOR DOES FOR AN AUTHOR IS...

To partner with them to ensure the promise they’re making to the reader with their novel is coming across clearly. Every book has a promise and it’s my job as an editor to make sure the reader walks away from the book thinking about it.

I LOVE MY JOB BECAUSE...

I spend most of the day reading or writing, and I can’t believe this is my amazing life. If only my young self could imagine that sneak-reading all those romance novels would eventually be my job!

I KEEP MY READING PILE...

Sorted in teetering stacks in various locations. Each pile made a sort of sense when I started it…

BOOKSTORES YOU SHOULD VISIT BEFORE YOU DIE...

Anderson’s Bookshop (IL), The Wild Rumpus (MN), Powell’s (OR), the Strand (NY), Women and Children First (IL), Shakespeare and Company (Paris).

WHEN I'M NOT READING, I'LL BE...

Playing board games with my kids, knitting, walking my dog, talking A LOT (I’m an extrovert, what can I say?), and hosting massive Sunday dinners for my big extended Haitian family.

I FOLLOW READING, WRITING, AND PUBLISHING NEWS AT...

Publishers Marketplace, Publishers Weekly, Book Riot, Shelf Awareness.

BOOKS I'VE WORKED ON:


AGENTS CAN CONTACT ME AT:

christa.desir@sourcebooks.com, direct line: 630-536-1465

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