Mango Publishing™ is an innovative independent publisher based in beautiful and sunny Miami, Florida. Our goal is to create high-quality books that explore new ideas and start conversations with our readers, on a global scale. Our books seek to stretch the boundaries of our culture and get social waves flowing in new directions. We focus on building a strong relationship with our authors, who are some of the freshest, most distinctive voices of our time.

Now in our sixth year, Mango Publishing is one of the fastest-growing publishers in the country, and was a finalist for Publisher of the Year at Digital Book World 2019.

Elina Diaz

Elina is a visual storyteller, a.k.a. a graphic designer. She loves the process of discovering the best way to capture the essence of a book and then translate that onto its cover and interior layout. That keeps her creativity flowing.

  • favorite recent read You Don’t Have to Like Me by Alida Nugent
  • birthplace Brooklyn, New York
  • living in Miami, Florida
  • second favorite job Working as the receptionist at the Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables.
  • fun fact Her personal work has been displayed in Times Square twice.

Jessica Faroy

Jessica is a recent graduate and Mango’s editorial assistant. She works with the editorial team, dabbles in analytics, and helps manage Mango’s social media. Pero, she’s also interested in Spanglish and literature that explores the spaces where worlds collide or blend together.

  • favorite recent read A Lover’s Discourse by Roland Barthes
  • birthplace Havana, Cuba
  • living in Miami, Florida
  • second favorite job Working as a bartender in Miami.
  • fun fact Jessica’s idols include Federico García Lorca, James Baldwin, and Bad Bunny.

MJ Fievre

MJ is on the editorial team. Because she's worked with language in so many ways — as a technical and creative writer, a writing teacher, a literary translator and a certified interpreter — she's particularly efficient in sprucing up stories.

  • favorite recent read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • birthplace Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • living in Miramar, Florida
  • second favorite job Working as a program and marketing coordinator for the Miami Book Fair.
  • fun fact MJ loves Bob´s Burgers, merkitties and Animal Crossing (Nintendo DS).

Alexandra Franzen

Alexandra is the author of several books, including So This Is the End: A Love Story, You’re Going to Survive, and 50 Ways to Say “You’re Awesome”. She’s the editor of The Tiny Press, a new imprint of Mango Publishing, specializing in short, inspiring books that are 100 pages or less.

  • favorite recent read Failing Up by Leslie Odom Jr
  • birthplace Santa Monica, California
  • living in Hawaii (mostly) and Portland, Oregon (sometimes)
  • second favorite job Pretending to be a DJ and making music playlists for the gym and yoga class.
  • fun fact One time, Alex’s work got mentioned on the New York Times website—but she didn’t notice until three years later when she was bored, lonely, and Googling herself late at night.

Debbie Hartung

Debbie is thrilled to return to the publishing after a stint in the fashion industry. She worked at Weiser Books and Conari Press where her love of personal growth, spirituality and lifestyle topics make her a perfect match for Mango!

  • favorite recent read

    A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

  • birthplace Niagara Falls, NY
  • living in New York, NY
  • second favorite job Working as a dog walker, which allowed her to connect deeply with animals and enjoy lots of fresh air!
  • fun fact Debbie is an avid traveler, music lover, abstract painter and swimmer

Liz Hong

Liz’s exposure to many different cultures—having lived on three different continents—has taught her the value of adaptivity and has enhanced her creativity as a designer. She loves exploring countries, design techniques, books and vintage shops. At Mango, she is innovative in her designs and on occasion brings in kimchi and other Korean treats to the office. 

  • favorite recent read

    The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  • birthplace Seoul, South Korea
  • living in Miami, Florida
  • second favorite job Liz loves playing with fabrics/textiles. She is one of the founding members of fashion brand called EOEE.
  • fun fact She loves spicy food and horror movies.

Shawn Hoult

Shawn manages the audio rights and the international rights, making sure the Mango books reach a global audience. He is constantly inspired by the wealth of brave new voices, and loves that this job allows him to help some of those creators share their passions with the world.

  • favorite recent read

    Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson

  • birthplace Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • living in London, England 
  • second favorite job Working as a journalist and photographer. Another gig where Shawn got to hunt down amazing stories and meet inspiring people. 
  • fun fact Shawn has performed comedy around the world including stops in New York, Auckland, Amsterdam, Vancouver, and London.

Mitchell Kaplan

Mitchell is an editor-at-large for the Books & Books Press imprint at Mango. His passion for books and spreading fresh ideas drives him to new pursuits and his wide influence in the publishing industry allows him to form productive partnerships and promote social change.

  • favorite recent read Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • birthplace Miami, Florida
  • living in Miami, Florida
  • second favorite job
  • fun fact Mitchell is a co-founder of the Miami Book Fair International.

Brenda Knight

Brenda is the Associate Publisher at Mango, where she greatly enjoys the “full tilt creativity and innovation” of both the team and the authors. Brenda received an Indiefab Publisher’s Award at the ALA in 2014 and is also the author of Be a Good in the World, Wild Women and Books, the American Book Award-winning Women of the Beat Generation.

  • favorite recent read The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • birthplace Gallipolis, Ohio
  • living in San Francisco Bay Area, California
  • second favorite job Working at her aunt’s nursery, instilling in her a deep love of gardening.
  • fun fact Brenda is also a poet and went on tour to Europe with Lawrence Feringhetti and opened for him.

Jermaine Lau

With an eye for design and the passion for building brands, Jermaine works closely with the Design and Marketing team to add a visual dimension to our Mango titles, bringing it to life. She loves it because she believes good design provides a visual distraction from the real world, allowing readers to escape and dive deeper into the book they’re holding.

  • favorite recent read Life will be the Death of Me by Chelsea Handler
  • birthplace Singapore, Singapore
  • living in Miami, Florida
  • second favorite job Working alongside dolphins and whales in Albufeira as a student research assistant for AIMM Portugal.
  • fun fact She is a Thai food aficionado and self-proclaimed spice queen.

Christina McCall

Christina is an editorial and marketing analyst, using a variety of tools to help position books in the best way possible. She loves writing about how great Mango's books are and continues to learn something new every day.

  • favorite recent read

    The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

  • birthplace Irvine, California
  • living in Herndon, Virginia
  • second favorite job Working as a merchandise hostess at the Emporium, in Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
  • fun fact Christina loves experimenting with crazy hair colors and her favorite so far has been ocean blue.

Jessie McCartney

Jessie helps out the editorial and analytics teams by crafting book descriptions and doing research analytics. Though a creative at heart, she has grown surprisingly fond of data, most likely due to her inclination to organize anything and everything.

  • favorite recent read

    The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler 

  • birthplace Akron, Ohio
  • living in South Bend, Indiana
  • second favorite job Being a waterskiing instructor at a resort in Michigan.
  • fun fact Jessie is one of eight kids in her family (she’s number six) and Robin's cousin!

Lisa McGuinness

Lisa McGuinness was practically born with her nose in a book. She loves nothing more than reading a novel while drinking a latte. When not perusing the latest fiction sensation, she loves to write, and is the author of several books including Catarina’s Ring, Meaningful Bouquets, New York Times bestseller, Bee & Me and Baby Turtle’s Tale (the later two co-authored under the pen name Elle J. McGuinness). She is the founder and publisher of Yellow Pear Press, which is now a Mango imprint, and you can find her at lisamcguinnesswrites.com.

  • favorite recent read

    Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen

  • birthplace Oakland, California
  • living in Walnut Creek, California
  • second favorite job Working as a wedding florist
  • fun fact Lisa is a tennis fiend, and loves to both watch it and play it!

Chris McKenney

Chris founded Mango in 2014. An avid non-fiction reader and entrepreneur, he’s passionate about books and making the business of books sustainable and successful in this online age. Chris combines his unusual background in book publishing and software marketing to pioneer new ways of publishing and marketing terrific books.

  • favorite recent read The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey
  • birthplace Denver, Colorado
  • living in Miami, Florida
  • second favorite job Working with all the good people and publishers of Publishers Group West (PGW) as Chief Operating Officer.
  • fun fact Chris and his wife, Editor Mary Rajkumar, have traveled to over seventy countries, many with their two kids.

Scott McKenney

Scott contributes a wide variety of talents at Mango—one may even consider him a Jack of all trades, as he can be counted on to assist in all areas. He uses his vast experience to enhance our Data Driven Publishing and is an overall analytics and quality audit guru. He loves what he does because he is part of a team that is making publishing thrive in today's modern age.

  • favorite recent read The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • birthplace Auburndale, Massachusetts
  • living in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • second favorite job Bonding with his Golden Retriever, Fiona. Oh, and Scott was a career officer at the CIA.
  • fun fact Scott is happy to have flunked retirement and to now be working at Mango.

Mike the Poet

Mike is a published poet who started his own publishing company, D.O.P.E publishing. Dreams On Paper Entertainment is now an imprint under Mango. He´s a social butterfly, a public speaker, songwriter and a hopeful romantic.

  • favorite recent read The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
  • birthplace Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • living in Citizen of the Universe
  • second favorite job Performing poetry.
  • fun fact Mike is in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Robin Miller

Robin works on the editorial team at Mango. A lifelong reader and total nerd, she enjoys working with her compatriots to bring meaningful books to the world.

  • favorite recent read The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • birthplace Columbus, Ohio
  • living in Miami, Florida
  • second favorite job Teaching waterskiing at a resort in northern Michigan.
  • fun fact Do not ask Robin about her cat unless you are prepared to see a LOT of photos.

Roberto Nuñez

Roberto is the Design Supervisor at Mango and is passionate about managing new projects and creating unique and innovative designs. He is constantly helping to improve our workflows, thus enhancing the quality and impact of Mango books.

  • favorite recent read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • birthplace Quito, Ecuador
  • living in Quito, Ecuador
  • second favorite job User Interface and User Experience Design, as well as Online Marketing on personal projects.
  • fun fact Roberto loves vertigo and has jumped from a bridge four times. Parachuting is the next on his list!

Hannah Jorstad Paulsen

Hannah has the joy of combining two things she loves while working as a marketing manager at Mango: literature and digital marketing. Along with the rest of the marketing team, she creates strategies to elevate the online marketing, positioning and visual presentation of our books and consistently searches for new and innovative marketing tactics. 

  • favorite recent read

    Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat

  • birthplace Tromsø, Norway
  • living in Oslo, Norway
  • second favorite job Hannah worked at Marvelous Norway, a media company, as a community manager.
  • fun fact Hannah loves to hang out with animals and her hobbies include knitting, crocheting and playing the ukulele.

Yaddyra Peralta

Yaddyra is Associate Editor at Mango. She loves working with authors to help clarify their vision on the page. Like the rest of the team at Mango, she is passionate about bringing fresh and diverse voices into publishing.

  • favorite recent read Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith
  • birthplace Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • living in Little Haiti, Miami
  • second favorite job Visiting Poet at Emerson Elementary School for O,Miami Poetry Festival’s Sunroom project.
  • fun fact In 2015, she was published in the anthology, Eight Miami Poets (Jai Alai Books)