Fiona McLaren

Fiona McLaren - Editor

Limassol, Cyprus

Shaping novels into the best version of an author's vision. Former clients published by HarperTeen, Macmillan, and more. US and UK markets.

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Overview

As a long-time editor and author, I'm fully aware that writers need a solid support system around them to enable their writing to progress from a dream into a reality. Working with both new and experienced writers has given me the opportunity to develop writers from their very first drafts straight through to their polished manuscripts.

My job is to ensure you can see where your writing shines and what skills you excel at (which is just as important as knowing what you need to work on), as well as showing you how to improve your craft, build a strong, engaging plot, and create characters who leap off the page. I can help you create the best possible version of your book and your vision, staying true to the story that you want to tell.

Authors I have had the pleasure of dealing with have been published by HarperTeen, Macmillan, Entangled Teen, Swoon Romance, Holiday House Inc., with one author who has recently sold TV rights. As for me, I'm a foodie, an animal lover, and a collector of adventures and travel.

I have a strong interest in diverse projects, #ownvoices, and, in particular, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, spinal issues, and GAD. And give me your speculative fiction in droves!

I'm also a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.
I judge for #TeenPit, designed to help aspiring young authors.
And I'm represented by Maura Kye-Casella of the Don Congdon Literary Association.

Testimonials:

"Before my agent sees my latest book, I send it to Fiona McLaren. Her insight is spot on, and her notes always take my work to the next level. She was influential in the book that landed my lit agent as well as the one that published. I am now represented by a major Hollywood agency and have a television production deal. Through it all, Fiona has been my most trusted CP."
-Kes Trester - A Dangerous Year (Curiosity Quills)

"Fiona has been my critique partner and editor for four years. She was also my PitchWars co-mentor for two years, so I can attest without reservation that she is an astute, intuitive, and professional editor of the highest standard. She is equally adept at providing structural feedback on characters, plot, pacing, and tension as she is on assessing the details like passive writing, show not tell, overused words. She is also a tireless champion and coach, exactly the type of motivating editor every writer needs in their corner!"
-Dionne McCulloch, Reedsy Editor, Bath Novel Award judge, and editor for a UK literary consultancy

"I've worked with Fiona McLaren for years on my novels. She has a keen eye for details and execution, extensive knowledge of the craft of writing, and is always on point with what needs to be done to make the project shine. Fiona is also a complete gem and is the perfect combination of constructive and supportive. I cannot recommend her enough."
-Jesskia Fleck - Beware the Night (Swoon Reads/Macmillan), Defy the Sun (Swoon Reads/Macmillan), and The Castaways (Entangled Teen)

"Fiona McLaren is a writer’s guardian angel. She clears away the excess gunk to find the beating, pulsing heart of your writing and brings it to life."
Lisa Amowitz - Breaking Glass (Spencer Hill), Until Beth (Spencer Hill), Fractured (Spencer Hill), Vision (Spencer Hill)
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Dystopian
Epic Fantasy
Magical Realism
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Post-Apocalyptic
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult Fantasy

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
April, 2013 – Present (over 7 years)

Developing authors' novels by providing one-on-one editorial services and in-depth editorial reports, inline edits, and Skype calls/Google Hangouts to discuss editorial issues.

Copywriter

OrderBox Media
June, 2016 – November, 2017 (over 1 year)

Copywriter for a variety of different vectors, including but not limited to: entertainment, poker, lifestyle, finance, trading and Forex, sports, and gaming.

Lead Scriptwriter

AcroSquare
November, 2014 – May, 2018 (over 3 years)

Responsible for writing and developing an animation script, working on the editorial side of the project, and specializing in dialogue, pacing, and concise writing skills. First production due out at a later date.

Literary Agency Intern

Inklings Literary Agency
August, 2013 – August, 2015 (about 2 years)

Evaluating queries and creating reader reports.

Literary Agency Intern

Holloway Literary Agency
January, 2011 – January, 2012 (about 1 year)

Evaluating queries and creating reader reports.

Freelance writer

Freelance
April, 2005 – Present (over 15 years)

Travel writing, variety of articles, copy writing, long term children's charity writer.

Portfolio (43 selected works)

Among the Red Stars

Gwen C. Katz

World War Two has shattered Valka's homeland of Russia, and Valka is determined to help the effort. She knows her skills as a pilot rival the best of the men, so when an all-female aviation group forms, Valka is the first to sign up.Flying has always meant freedom and exhilaration for Valka, but dropping bombs on German soldiers from a fragile canvas biplane is no joyride. The war is taking it... read more

World War Two has shattered Valka's homeland of Russia, and Valka is determined to help the effort. She knows her skills as a pilot rival the best of the men, so when an all-female aviation group forms, Valka is the first to sign up.Flying has always meant freedom and exhilaration for Valka, but dropping bombs on German soldiers from a fragile canvas biplane is no joyride. The war is taking it... read more

Beware the Night

Jessika Fleck

When her world divides, Veda must fight against injustice--and the boy she loves.On the island of Bellona, they worship the sun. Seventeen-year-old Veda Adeline understands that keeping the sun content ensures plentiful crops, civilian peace and harmony, and a thriving commerce. But as a member of the Basso class, she never reaps those benefits.Life as a Basso is one fraught with back-breaking... read more

When her world divides, Veda must fight against injustice--and the boy she loves.On the island of Bellona, they worship the sun. Seventeen-year-old Veda Adeline understands that keeping the sun content ensures plentiful crops, civilian peace and harmony, and a thriving commerce. But as a member of the Basso class, she never reaps those benefits.Life as a Basso is one fraught with back-breaking... read more

The Castaways

Jessika Fleck

The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous. Renowned for its infamous corn maze...and the kids who go missing in it. When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing. Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically... read more

The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous. Renowned for its infamous corn maze...and the kids who go missing in it. When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing. Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically... read more

A Dangerous Year (Riley Collins)

Kes Trester

"...an exhilarating ride!" - BuzzfeedAs the daughter of an American ambassador, seventeen-year-old Riley Collins has grown up in some of the world's most dangerous cities.She may have learned the art of politics from her dad, but it's the lessons in survival taught by his security chief that she's taken to heart.When Riley is caught up in a violent incident, the State Department steps in, offe... read more

"...an exhilarating ride!" - BuzzfeedAs the daughter of an American ambassador, seventeen-year-old Riley Collins has grown up in some of the world's most dangerous cities.She may have learned the art of politics from her dad, but it's the lessons in survival taught by his security chief that she's taken to heart.When Riley is caught up in a violent incident, the State Department steps in, offe... read more

The Liar's Daughter

Megan Cooley Peterson

Piper was raised in a cult.She just doesn't know it. Seventeen-year-old Piper knows that Father is a Prophet. Infallible. The chosen one. She would do anything for Father. That's why she takes care of all her little sisters. That's why she runs end-of-the-world drills. That's why she never asks questions. Because Father knows best. Until the day he doesn't. Until the day the government raids t... read more

Piper was raised in a cult.She just doesn't know it. Seventeen-year-old Piper knows that Father is a Prophet. Infallible. The chosen one. She would do anything for Father. That's why she takes care of all her little sisters. That's why she runs end-of-the-world drills. That's why she never asks questions. Because Father knows best. Until the day he doesn't. Until the day the government raids t... read more

Lost Boys: Book One of the Lost Boys Trilogy

Riley Quinn

No Rules.No Adults.No Way Out.Welcome to the Darkwoods.Deep in a mystical wood, four clans of boys live in treehouses, their story lost in time and their pasts buried with it. The forest is split by a crocodile-infested river, overgrown with giant trees and woven with dark secrets.Leonardo is a member of Raven Clan, the boldest and fiercest of the four clans, led by his ruthless older brother ... read more

No Rules.No Adults.No Way Out.Welcome to the Darkwoods.Deep in a mystical wood, four clans of boys live in treehouses, their story lost in time and their pasts buried with it. The forest is split by a crocodile-infested river, overgrown with giant trees and woven with dark secrets.Leonardo is a member of Raven Clan, the boldest and fiercest of the four clans, led by his ruthless older brother ... read more

By Wingéd Chair (Mark of the Least)

Kendra Merritt

Rolling around in the worst fashion accessory ever…Seventeen-year-old Merry has mucked up another chance to get into the University of Magecraft, so she doesn’t have time to deal with shape-changing creatures bent on stealing memories from the people of Woodshire. That’s her father’s job. But when an outlaw mage mistakes her for a damsel in distress on a drenched train platform, she’s dragged ... read more

Rolling around in the worst fashion accessory ever…Seventeen-year-old Merry has mucked up another chance to get into the University of Magecraft, so she doesn’t have time to deal with shape-changing creatures bent on stealing memories from the people of Woodshire. That’s her father’s job. But when an outlaw mage mistakes her for a damsel in distress on a drenched train platform, she’s dragged ... read more

Amethyst in Ashes (The Sezna Seer Series Book 1)

Kiersten Lillis

For fifteen-year-old Talullah Bridgestone, books open a window to the world outside her small town. Outside the cloaking spell. Sure, the magic protects River Hill. But its cost is true freedom. And the fragments of colored visions still haunt her, a second kind of prison.When soldiers from a nearby kingdom break through the town's magic, Talullah gets the adventure she's always wanted, at muc... read more

For fifteen-year-old Talullah Bridgestone, books open a window to the world outside her small town. Outside the cloaking spell. Sure, the magic protects River Hill. But its cost is true freedom. And the fragments of colored visions still haunt her, a second kind of prison.When soldiers from a nearby kingdom break through the town's magic, Talullah gets the adventure she's always wanted, at muc... read more

Bring the Rain

Lizzy Charles

Everything is waiting in Paris for Autumn—her new home, her mom, the Louvre, and a life where she can experience art, and not just look at it. But to get there, she'll have to survive the summer in the least colorful place she can imagine — her father's Oklahoma cattle ranch Autumn finds the perfect summer distraction in Colt, the one cowboy hotter than the July sun. But Colt is her father's r... read more

Everything is waiting in Paris for Autumn—her new home, her mom, the Louvre, and a life where she can experience art, and not just look at it. But to get there, she'll have to survive the summer in the least colorful place she can imagine — her father's Oklahoma cattle ranch Autumn finds the perfect summer distraction in Colt, the one cowboy hotter than the July sun. But Colt is her father's r... read more

The Falconer (Heartland Tale)

Darcy Pattison

In the tradition of Tamora Pierce, this fantasy presents a heroine of wit, strength, and savvy.Britt's only goal is to become a falconer.She steals a gyrfalcon egg in hopes of raising a chick.But the fierce Zendi, who've conquered the Heartland, appear on her doorstep.She's pulled into their conflict. Their prophecies warn of a Wayfinder and a Bell.She's just an apprentice Wayfinder.But she's ... read more

In the tradition of Tamora Pierce, this fantasy presents a heroine of wit, strength, and savvy.Britt's only goal is to become a falconer.She steals a gyrfalcon egg in hopes of raising a chick.But the fierce Zendi, who've conquered the Heartland, appear on her doorstep.She's pulled into their conflict. Their prophecies warn of a Wayfinder and a Bell.She's just an apprentice Wayfinder.But she's ... read more

Defy the Sun

Jessika Fleck

Civil war has come to the island of Bellona. Veda Adeline believes in the Night. She’s joined the underground revolutionaries, led by Dorian Winters, and they're determined to overthrow the ruling Imperi and find justice for her people. Nico Denali, Veda’s childhood friend and maybe-something-more, is one of those ruling Imperi, and he’s just been named heir to the most powerful man above grou... read more

Civil war has come to the island of Bellona. Veda Adeline believes in the Night. She’s joined the underground revolutionaries, led by Dorian Winters, and they're determined to overthrow the ruling Imperi and find justice for her people. Nico Denali, Veda’s childhood friend and maybe-something-more, is one of those ruling Imperi, and he’s just been named heir to the most powerful man above grou... read more

When Kittens Go Viral

Pattison, Darcy, Standard, Nicole

By Sea & Sky: An Esowon Story (The Sky Pirate Chronicles Book 1)

Bandele, Antoine, Brown, Callan, McLaren, Fiona, Davis, Josiah

The Gatekeeper's Staff (TJ Young & The Orishas Book 1)

Bandele, Antoine, Bowling, Arthur, McLaren, Fiona

Fogbound: Empire in Flames (A Dystopian Steampunk Adventure Book 1)

Gareth Clegg

A New Level in the Steampunk Genre from Amazon bestselling author, Gareth Clegg.London, 1899: a ruined city under martial law.It was just another bounty job for Simmons - recover a killer escaping beyond the massive walled city, while avoiding the toxic red fog and the tainted creatures who make their home Fogside since the failed Martian Invasion of '94.But when he stumbles across a dastardly... read more

A New Level in the Steampunk Genre from Amazon bestselling author, Gareth Clegg.London, 1899: a ruined city under martial law.It was just another bounty job for Simmons - recover a killer escaping beyond the massive walled city, while avoiding the toxic red fog and the tainted creatures who make their home Fogside since the failed Martian Invasion of '94.But when he stumbles across a dastardly... read more

Going Home Again

Abby Cavenaugh

For Alyssa Jones, Michael Day was always the untouchable guy in high school. Twenty years later, when the now-famous pop star returns home to coastal North Carolina for a sabbatical from his failing marriage, Alyssa gets the chance to interview him for her magazine—and perhaps the chance to live out her teenage dreams.When the two meet, the chemistry between them ignites and causes problems fo... read more

For Alyssa Jones, Michael Day was always the untouchable guy in high school. Twenty years later, when the now-famous pop star returns home to coastal North Carolina for a sabbatical from his failing marriage, Alyssa gets the chance to interview him for her magazine—and perhaps the chance to live out her teenage dreams.When the two meet, the chemistry between them ignites and causes problems fo... read more

Ropes in the Attic

Edward Flora

Piermont seemed to be the perfect town for Peter and Dani Shelly to start over and fix their marriage. As they settle into life in their new home, a grisly truth is uncovered about the house’s former occupant. Past horrors return and the couple’s second chance is at stake. Peter must make a choice, but an outside influence has other plans.

Piermont seemed to be the perfect town for Peter and Dani Shelly to start over and fix their marriage. As they settle into life in their new home, a grisly truth is uncovered about the house’s former occupant. Past horrors return and the couple’s second chance is at stake. Peter must make a choice, but an outside influence has other plans.

When Quiet Comes to Call (A Mark of the Least Short)

Kendra Merritt

Rogue magic and runaway mice were not what Brynn had in mind for a quiet life running a shop…Everyone seems to have an opinion about what Brynn should be doing with her life. Her father wants her to go on grand adventures while her best friend believes that a wealthy fiancé will solve all her problems. But all Brynn wants is a quiet life, a well-run shop, and maybe someone to share it all with... read more

Rogue magic and runaway mice were not what Brynn had in mind for a quiet life running a shop…Everyone seems to have an opinion about what Brynn should be doing with her life. Her father wants her to go on grand adventures while her best friend believes that a wealthy fiancé will solve all her problems. But all Brynn wants is a quiet life, a well-run shop, and maybe someone to share it all with... read more

Skin Deep (A Mark of the Least Novel)

Kendra Merritt

The only one who can free him is the girl he’s hurt the most.Cursed for a youthful accident which maimed a young woman, Léon Beauregard roams his mountain as a bear, clinging to the scraps of his humanity. Too bad it’s not working. Every day he loses a little more of himself to the bear and his stupid fuzzy tail. But when Léon comes across Anwen, an enchanter scarred from an accident she doesn... read more

The only one who can free him is the girl he’s hurt the most.Cursed for a youthful accident which maimed a young woman, Léon Beauregard roams his mountain as a bear, clinging to the scraps of his humanity. Too bad it’s not working. Every day he loses a little more of himself to the bear and his stupid fuzzy tail. But when Léon comes across Anwen, an enchanter scarred from an accident she doesn... read more

Catching Cinders (A Mark of the Least Novel)

Kendra Merritt

Even the weakest flame can become the fiercest blaze.Crippled from a childhood illness, Cindy lives in the kitchen fireplace, ignored by her noble father and his new, perfect family, helping the people no one else notices. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Cindy’s step-mother coerces her into an elaborate plot to avoid being charged with murder.Meekness is nothing new to Cindy, ... read more

Even the weakest flame can become the fiercest blaze.Crippled from a childhood illness, Cindy lives in the kitchen fireplace, ignored by her noble father and his new, perfect family, helping the people no one else notices. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Cindy’s step-mother coerces her into an elaborate plot to avoid being charged with murder.Meekness is nothing new to Cindy, ... read more

Aria at the Opera (A Mark of the Least Short)

Kendra Merritt

The show's not over till the soprano dies...Aria has dreamed of the opera ever since her parents died. Now she has a chance to earn her place on the most famous stage in Namerre. Who cares if there are rumors that the place is haunted? There's no such thing as ghosts. She's more concerned about the stage mage who is determined to make her laugh when she's trying to prove she's serious and prof... read more

The show's not over till the soprano dies...Aria has dreamed of the opera ever since her parents died. Now she has a chance to earn her place on the most famous stage in Namerre. Who cares if there are rumors that the place is haunted? There's no such thing as ghosts. She's more concerned about the stage mage who is determined to make her laugh when she's trying to prove she's serious and prof... read more

Two Types of Steel

David Escobar

In a world where steel is more precious than gold, armor and firepower mean everything.Beth and Percy were born into a war-ravaged humanity on the brink of being wiped out by a rogue force known as the Remnant. There is only one way for them to help end the conflict and protect what’s left of their home: become pilots of mankind’s most advanced armored weapon, the LAW. After proving themselves... read more

In a world where steel is more precious than gold, armor and firepower mean everything.Beth and Percy were born into a war-ravaged humanity on the brink of being wiped out by a rogue force known as the Remnant. There is only one way for them to help end the conflict and protect what’s left of their home: become pilots of mankind’s most advanced armored weapon, the LAW. After proving themselves... read more

A Galadon Exile (A Mark of the Least Short)

Kendra Merritt

After two years living in the wilderness, Lia finds interacting with other people much harder than working with the animals in the Royal Academy's menagerie. She knows she just has to get through her classes in order to be accepted in Valeria, her adopted country. But when her past follows her to her new home and she meets a quiet, studious boy who might be the key to unlocking her true self, ... read more

After two years living in the wilderness, Lia finds interacting with other people much harder than working with the animals in the Royal Academy's menagerie. She knows she just has to get through her classes in order to be accepted in Valeria, her adopted country. But when her past follows her to her new home and she meets a quiet, studious boy who might be the key to unlocking her true self, ... read more

PIA FIDELIS: The Two Kingdoms

Steven O'Reilly

PIA FIDELIS is a historical-fiction trilogy which tells a tale of war, adventure, and romance amidst a crumbling empire and the rising Shadow of the Antichrist.Book I of the PIA FIDELIS series, The Two Kingdoms, begins in 351 AD as civil war looms between the Eastern and Western Roman Empires, and the Arian crisis rages within the Church. …in Rome, Septimus must lead his legion as it marches t... read more

PIA FIDELIS is a historical-fiction trilogy which tells a tale of war, adventure, and romance amidst a crumbling empire and the rising Shadow of the Antichrist.Book I of the PIA FIDELIS series, The Two Kingdoms, begins in 351 AD as civil war looms between the Eastern and Western Roman Empires, and the Arian crisis rages within the Church. …in Rome, Septimus must lead his legion as it marches t... read more

Well of Bones

Chase Walker

War is a bloody affair for an infantryman. The war for expansion into a new world is no different for Jake Zimmar. He would do anything to get out of combat—even join an obscure division of witch hunters and monster slayers. Jake no longer fears the tales of his youth—the monsters are long gone if they ever existed at all.Assigned to investigate some strange happenings on a small island colony... read more

War is a bloody affair for an infantryman. The war for expansion into a new world is no different for Jake Zimmar. He would do anything to get out of combat—even join an obscure division of witch hunters and monster slayers. Jake no longer fears the tales of his youth—the monsters are long gone if they ever existed at all.Assigned to investigate some strange happenings on a small island colony... read more

Ever Dark (The Haunting of Hanna Blake Book 1)

Eva Simmons

Hanna might be her name.The burning house might have been her home.The bodies might be her family. If only she could remember. Hanna doesn't remember anything from before the night she was found. But when Jax and Asher Mahlum blow into town with a photo that ties to her past, she realizes the dead can only stay silent so long. Jax is covered in death, and Asher won’t let Hanna forget she has a... read more

Hanna might be her name.The burning house might have been her home.The bodies might be her family. If only she could remember. Hanna doesn't remember anything from before the night she was found. But when Jax and Asher Mahlum blow into town with a photo that ties to her past, she realizes the dead can only stay silent so long. Jax is covered in death, and Asher won’t let Hanna forget she has a... read more

Return to Biriland

Felix Jr. Eamiguel

The book "Return to Biriland" is a fantasy - adventure that gives a glimpse of a society that is unwilling to change in its mores and traditions which resulted in its cataclysmic demise.

The book "Return to Biriland" is a fantasy - adventure that gives a glimpse of a society that is unwilling to change in its mores and traditions which resulted in its cataclysmic demise.

Youngins Vol 1.

Pen Morrow

Four friends Nia, Jane, Kim, and Shawn find themselves stumbling through life as they adjust to adulthood after grad school. As if life isn't hard enough when the past comes knocking on the door to present life the group is turned upside down completely.Jane is dealing with what happened to her in college the best way she can, but when a ghost from the past pops back up in her life she begins ... read more

Four friends Nia, Jane, Kim, and Shawn find themselves stumbling through life as they adjust to adulthood after grad school. As if life isn't hard enough when the past comes knocking on the door to present life the group is turned upside down completely.Jane is dealing with what happened to her in college the best way she can, but when a ghost from the past pops back up in her life she begins ... read more

The Deadly Seven: A Hollow Hunger

Adina C Chiles

At sixteen-years-old, Mellena Goodwick thought chasing boys, raging hormones and bad decisions would control her life. After all, it’s meant to be a time when naivety is expected, and mistakes are encouraged. Instead, the kingdom she calls home is attacked, her mother goes missing, and she along with her two best friends are the only ones to escape her kingdom before everyone is captured. She ... read more

At sixteen-years-old, Mellena Goodwick thought chasing boys, raging hormones and bad decisions would control her life. After all, it’s meant to be a time when naivety is expected, and mistakes are encouraged. Instead, the kingdom she calls home is attacked, her mother goes missing, and she along with her two best friends are the only ones to escape her kingdom before everyone is captured. She ... read more

The Dead Sky Order: The Infinite Dimensions, Book 1

Timothy John Murphy

The lower realm protect their land fiercely. Across the river live the dead sky order. Assisted by Ka-Guardians from beyond the frozen sky, they invade. Banished to Icesea, Ores witnesses the violent attack, so he seeks the help of a Solchampion. The officers have more wealth, freedom, and authority than most. Llancer is in this special band of soldiers, but he is on his final Solcede. Kalla r... read more

The lower realm protect their land fiercely. Across the river live the dead sky order. Assisted by Ka-Guardians from beyond the frozen sky, they invade. Banished to Icesea, Ores witnesses the violent attack, so he seeks the help of a Solchampion. The officers have more wealth, freedom, and authority than most. Llancer is in this special band of soldiers, but he is on his final Solcede. Kalla r... read more

Aegyir Rises (Guardians of The Realm Book 1)

Amanda Fleet

“Sitting on the kitchen table was a roundish leather bag, the size of a head, held closed by a drawstring. Balanced across the top of it was a sword.”Reagan Bennett is just an ordinary woman, living with her long-term boyfriend, Finn. Isn’t she? So why is she haunted by dreams of another world? And who is leaving strange objects on her kitchen table for her?And who – or what – is it that’s out... read more

“Sitting on the kitchen table was a roundish leather bag, the size of a head, held closed by a drawstring. Balanced across the top of it was a sword.”Reagan Bennett is just an ordinary woman, living with her long-term boyfriend, Finn. Isn’t she? So why is she haunted by dreams of another world? And who is leaving strange objects on her kitchen table for her?And who – or what – is it that’s out... read more

Jonathan: The Griffin Prince

Alesa Corrin

Jonathan He'klarr, a teenage boy from Colorado, didn't think he had a purpose. His mother was murdered when he was a child and his alcoholic, abusive father is hard to avoid. But under the influence of close friends, Jonathan begins to turn his life around. However, just when things start to look up for him, his life is torn apart. The school bully is more sinister than he seems. Jonathan find... read more

Jonathan He'klarr, a teenage boy from Colorado, didn't think he had a purpose. His mother was murdered when he was a child and his alcoholic, abusive father is hard to avoid. But under the influence of close friends, Jonathan begins to turn his life around. However, just when things start to look up for him, his life is torn apart. The school bully is more sinister than he seems. Jonathan find... read more

Shroud for a Bride (A Mark of the Least Novel)

Kendra Merritt

It’s impossible to bury your past when everyone carries a shovel.The people of Namerre both love and fear the Reaper, a ruthless vigilante with a strict moral code. When the law fails, he hunts down those who have done wrong and makes them disappear, from blood mages to corrupt judges. Until now, eighteen-year-old Kallan has been the one to do Reaper's dirty work. But no more. She wants to cat... read more

It’s impossible to bury your past when everyone carries a shovel.The people of Namerre both love and fear the Reaper, a ruthless vigilante with a strict moral code. When the law fails, he hunts down those who have done wrong and makes them disappear, from blood mages to corrupt judges. Until now, eighteen-year-old Kallan has been the one to do Reaper's dirty work. But no more. She wants to cat... read more

A Matter of Blood (A Mark of the Least Novel)

Kendra Merritt

Nothing terrifies the people of Ballaslav more than a crimson cloak. It marks a blood mage, someone who cuts and even kills for a terrible type of power. Eighteen-year-old Reyna doesn’t want to know why there are blood mages walking openly on the streets. She doesn’t want to get involved with the ones who have traded their souls for magic. She just wants to get home before someone realizes she... read more

Nothing terrifies the people of Ballaslav more than a crimson cloak. It marks a blood mage, someone who cuts and even kills for a terrible type of power. Eighteen-year-old Reyna doesn’t want to know why there are blood mages walking openly on the streets. She doesn’t want to get involved with the ones who have traded their souls for magic. She just wants to get home before someone realizes she... read more

Stoneskin: An Esowon Story (Lost Tales from Esowon Book 4)

Salil, Kahriq, Bandele, Antoine, McLaren, Fiona

The City

Abbas, Halim

The Three Thrones (The Reinhold Chronicles)

Bo Burnette

The three clans are about to converge.In the wake of Thane's destruction, Arliss is left with nothing but broken pieces of the life she knew and unanswered questions about the world beyond Reinhold.And suddenly, that world comes to Reinhold.When Princess Orlianna of Ikarra journeys to invite Arliss and company to return with her to renew their old alliances, Arliss grasps the opportunity to cr... read more

The three clans are about to converge.In the wake of Thane's destruction, Arliss is left with nothing but broken pieces of the life she knew and unanswered questions about the world beyond Reinhold.And suddenly, that world comes to Reinhold.When Princess Orlianna of Ikarra journeys to invite Arliss and company to return with her to renew their old alliances, Arliss grasps the opportunity to cr... read more

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Anna Velfman
My second time working with Fiona. Once again she was supportive and fair in her developmental edit, showing me my common errors and how to bring out the best of what I had written. Highly recommended. This will be my best book so far because of her assistance.

Anna Velfman, June 2020

Fiona McLaren
Thank you so much for the lovely review, Anna. As always, it's been a pleasure to work with you on your writing. You have developed and grown so wonderfully, and I can't wait to see your book on th...
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Yembu Ngwengi
Fiona is amazing. She's one of the few editors who takes the time to know her clients, and this lets her tailor her edits to what she knows is best for them, as a person and an author . She doesn't just say 'remove this subplot' or 'build up this character'. She starts by telling you what you did that works, why it works and how you can tap into that. Then she does the same for the stuff that s...
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Yembu Ngwengi, June 2020


Chris Cranford
Where to start? This is my first time working with an editor on a developmental and copy edit. I’m forty-eight years old, have a writing degree, and have written a few stories but have never tried to get anything published. This is my first effort, and I had no idea what to expect. What I got with Fiona was a person who was fully invested in my story. She went out of her way to help me make t...
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Chris Cranford, June 2020


Donald Cooper
She was wonderful to work with. Very timely, productive, most of all encouraging. Especially for a first time writer. I highly recommend Fiona!

Donald Cooper, May 2020


Katherine Bane
Fiona is brilliant at what she does. She's excited about her work and she truly wants the people she works with to succeed. Our developmental discussions launched my book from average to amazing. I truly wasn't aware that my book could get much better until she pointed out a few intriguing ideas. I followed her input and am delighted with the results. I thoroughly recommend her as a partner i...
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Katherine Bane, May 2020

Fiona McLaren
Thank you so much, Katie! I have LOVED seeing your series develop, and I'm dying to see where book 3 leads. Your work is a true pleasure to read, and it reminds me why I'm so lucky to have the job ...
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