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.

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 works in acquisitions with a focus on the United Kingdom and Canada. 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 Director of Acquisition and Editorial 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

As a design intern, Jermaine helps to add a visual dimension to the stories in a book, 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 So Much I Want To Tell You by Anna Akana
  • 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 a part of the editorial and marketing teams at Mango. 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 spends her free time wondering whether Kingdom Hearts 3 will be released in her lifetime.

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 of our books and consistently searches for new and innovative marketing tactics.

  • favorite recent read Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
  • birthplace Tromsø, Norway
  • living in Miami, Florida
  • 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)

Alina Perrin

Alina is a marketing assistant at Mango, where she’s excited to be a part of the forefront of the publishing industry. She loves working at Mango because she believes helping to discover new voices and authors will spread positive change in the publishing industry and society.

  • favorite recent read The Charioteer by Mary Renault
  • birthplace Cebu City, Philippines
  • living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • second favorite job Working as an Administrative Assistant at FAU's Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
  • fun fact One of Alina´s hobbies is cosplay and she has a twin sister.

Giulia Scarnecchia

As an analytical marketing intern, Giulia uses her Economics degree and her interest in data to help the team optimize their marketing efforts and sales.

  • favorite recent read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • birthplace Teramo, Italy
  • living in Miami, Florida
  • second favorite job Administrative coordinator for Teramo Triathlon Team, a sport association in Italy.
  • fun fact As a true Italian, Giulia loves cooking and baking, but balances it out with her love of sports.

Julian Segal

Julian has been a booklover his whole life and started working in the book business in high school at his family's bookstore in Berkeley, California. Julian loves to discover talented authors and work with them to cocreate success, along with the rest of the editorial team at Mango.

  • favorite recent read Do Not Sell at Any Price by Amanda Petrusich
  • birthplace Manhattan, New York
  • living in Emeryville, California
  • second favorite job Rare Book Buyer/Library Appraiser/LP Record Buyer.
  • fun fact Julian loves Karaoke, thrift shopping, and garage sales.

Merritt Smail

Merritt is a sales and marketing assistant that dabbles in editorial. She loves working with a team who constantly challenge the book industry and are driven by their love of books.

  • favorite recent read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • birthplace Asheville, North Carolina
  • living in Miami, Florida
  • second favorite job Wakeboard Instructor.
  • fun fact Her biggest weakness is gooey chocolate chip cookies and she is determined to teach her pup how to skateboard.

Natasha Vera

Natasha is part of the editorial team at Mango and is passionate about being part of a group that is dedicated spreading new and unique ideas. She loves Mango because we share her passion for literature and the mindset to be pioneers in the world of books—she likes to consider Mango as Star Trek’s “Enterprise” of the publishing industry, here to “seek out new life and…to boldly go where no one has gone before!”

  • favorite recent read The Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson
  • birthplace Columbus, Ohio
  • living in Coral Gables, Florida
  • second favorite job Working at a bookstore!
  • fun fact She is a singer and songwriter.

Laura Victor

Laura recently moved from Paris to work with Mango in Miami. She loves her new home and is already an integral part of the analytics team, where her Excel skills are a critical part of Mango’s evolution.

  • favorite recent read The Life Before Us by Romain Gary
  • birthplace Paris, France
  • living in Miami, Florida
  • second favorite job Event coordinator for a Non-Governmental Organization fighting against poverty.
  • fun fact Laura likes to paint, and she is really proud of her painting of Salvador Dali.

Hugo Villabona

Hugo is the Managing Editor at Mango. He loves being part of a team that is constantly looking for inspiring stories from underrepresented perspectives

  • favorite recent read Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman
  • birthplace Bogotá, Colombia
  • living in Miami, Florida
  • second favorite job Fact checking for Mental Floss.
  • fun fact Hugo has seen every Simpsons episode. Ever.

Ronchon Villaester

Ronchon is a graphic designer at Mango and creates the eBook versions of Mango’s awesome books. He found his passion seven years ago and has been designing eBooks ever since.

  • favorite recent read Ironically, he doesn’t read many books. He does love reading memes and Facebook posts, though!
  • birthplace Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
  • living in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
  • second favorite job Designing book interiors and covers.
  • fun fact Ronchon is a very good dancer! He used to compete professionally in ballroom dancing when he was younger.