ABOUT MANGO

Mango 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. 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 fifth year, Mango is one of the fastest-growing publishers in the country.

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.

Morena Guerrero

Morena Guerrero is the newest addition to the marketing team, taking on the role of sales and marketing assistant. Raised by literature and tenacity, Morena has worked on multiple platforms and businesses while putting herself through school, gaining both editorial and marketing skills. Her passion for literature and the arts led her to Mango publishing where she feels is both home and a place for her to contribute creatively and with a unique perspective of life.

  • favorite recent read

     The short story: The Man in the Black Suit by Stephen King

  • birthplace Miami, Florida
  • living in Miami, Florida
  • second favorite job A freelance Grant/Proposal writer
  • fun fact Morena has an interest in horticulture and herbal medicine. She also likes to skate and watch anime but has taken an interest in the show Friends recently. She also used to play the tenor saxophone.

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. As the most recent member of the Mango family, she has quickly proven herself with her strong visual eye and innovative designs.

  • 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.

Jane Kinney Denning

Jane is an Acquisitions Editor and is thrilled to be a part of Mango's innovative and boundary pushing team. Previously Jane served as the executive director of internships and corporate outreach for the MS in publishing program at Pace University where she taught courses on fundamental and critical issues in publishing. She is the immediate past president of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) and an NGO representative to the United Nations Department of Global Communication — Civil Society Unit.

  • favorite recent read Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
  • birthplace Merrill, Wisconsin
  • living in Cornwall, NY
  • second favorite job Owning and operating a small vintage shop in Northern Manhattan.
  • fun fact Jane is a world traveler and her adventures include hiking Krakatoa and swimming with the magical pink dolphins in the Peruvian Amazon.

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.

Morgane Leoni

Morgane is a talented and artistic designer at Mango and is passionate about working on new and challenging projects for print and web. She loves what she does because all of our books are different and offer unique experiences for both the designers and readers.

  • favorite recent read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • birthplace Paris, France
  • living in Paris, France
  • second favorite job Working as a graphic designer in a communications agency in Paris.
  • fun fact Morgane has spent over two months, nine days, and nine hours watching awesome TV shows.

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!

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.

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.

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!