Kirsiah McNamara

Kirsiah McNamara - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Attentive editor with experience from several NYC publishers focusing on thriller, women's fiction, romance, YA, & middle grade fiction.

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Overview

My editorial background includes working on children's books at Penguin Random House and adult books at Hachette Book Group. I currently assist with some big authors such as James Patterson and Michael Connelly while building my own list of thrillers and psychological suspense. I'm always looking for that next book that I just can't put down and has an intricate puzzle that reveals a full picture at the very end.

On the children's side, I love a world that just envelops me, making me forget reality for just a little bit. Characters that I cheer on and relationships that connect from start to finish. So I'm always looking for how to flesh that out even deeper and really engage the reader.

And my editing is always done with the YOU, the author, in mind. What is your vision? What story are you trying to tell? What other ways can you get there without changing the core of your creation? This is your book and I just want to help you make it the best it can be.

Now what do I do when I'm not editing? Glad you asked! I live in New York City with my boyfriend. We enjoy being nerdy by playing video games together and I have a soft spot for animals, helping with an animal rescue. While we don't have any pets of our own (thank you strict NYC landlords), I do find a lot of joy in helping animals find that perfect home.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Cozy Mysteries
Dystopian
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
New Adult
Psychological Thriller
Young Adult Fantasy

Work experience

Digital and Paperback Coordinator

Hachette Book Group
June, 2018 – Present (almost 2 years)

I spend most of my days working with my own authors, such as Robert Bryndza and Louise Jensen while assisting with the biggest names in thriller books like James Patterson and Michael Connelly. I live and breathe thrillers and psychological suspense.

Editorial Coordinator

Penguin Random House
August, 2017 – June, 2018 (10 months)

Portfolio (15 selected works)

The Family

Louise Jensen

From USA Today bestselling author, Louise Jensen, comes another mind-bending thriller that is "creepy and compelling" as the best intentions go horribly awry (B.A. Paris, USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors).At Oak Leaf Farm you will find a haven.Welcome to The Family.Laura is grieving after the sudden death of her husband. Struggling to cope emotionally and financially, Laura ... read more

From USA Today bestselling author, Louise Jensen, comes another mind-bending thriller that is "creepy and compelling" as the best intentions go horribly awry (B.A. Paris, USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors).At Oak Leaf Farm you will find a haven.Welcome to The Family.Laura is grieving after the sudden death of her husband. Struggling to cope emotionally and financially, Laura ... read more

The Girl in the Ice (Erika Foster series)

Robert Bryndza

A young London socialite is brutally murdered by a notorious serial killer in this "compelling" page-turner of dark secrets and deadly investigations (NYT bestselling author Jeffrey Deaver). Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice . . . she is not the only one.When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South ... read more

A young London socialite is brutally murdered by a notorious serial killer in this "compelling" page-turner of dark secrets and deadly investigations (NYT bestselling author Jeffrey Deaver). Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice . . . she is not the only one.When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South ... read more

The Night Stalker (Erika Foster series)

Robert Bryndza

The global and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice is back with a heart-racing, electrifying Erika Foster thriller -- a series with over two million copies sold -- in a hunt for a calculated serial killer whose connection to their victims is shrouded in secrecy. If the Night Stalker is watching, you're already dead...In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer's night... read more

The global and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice is back with a heart-racing, electrifying Erika Foster thriller -- a series with over two million copies sold -- in a hunt for a calculated serial killer whose connection to their victims is shrouded in secrecy. If the Night Stalker is watching, you're already dead...In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer's night... read more

Dark Water

Robert Bryndza

USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Robert Bryndza is back again with the third book in the thrilling, crime series, starring Erika Foster, which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From ... read more

USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Robert Bryndza is back again with the third book in the thrilling, crime series, starring Erika Foster, which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From ... read more

The Missing Ones: An absolutely gripping thriller with a jaw-dropping twist (Detective Lottie Parker) (Volume 1)

Patricia Gibney

The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror. The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called ... read more

The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror. The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called ... read more

The Sister

Louise Jensen

"I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me..."Grace hasn't been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie's last words, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie's. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn't know about her best friend.When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie's father, Anna, a girl claiming to be ... read more

"I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me..."Grace hasn't been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie's last words, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie's. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn't know about her best friend.When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie's father, Anna, a girl claiming to be ... read more

The Date: An unputdownable psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist

Louise Jensen

One night can change everything. ‘I know it as soon as I wake up and open my eyes... Something is wrong.’Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future. By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She... read more

One night can change everything. ‘I know it as soon as I wake up and open my eyes... Something is wrong.’Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future. By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She... read more

The Surrogate

Louise Jensen

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Sister and The Gift, this is an unputdownable psychological thriller which asks how far we will go to create our perfect family.Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat's childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream. But Ka... read more

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Sister and The Gift, this is an unputdownable psychological thriller which asks how far we will go to create our perfect family.Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat's childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream. But Ka... read more

Vanishing Girls

Lisa Regan

Read the USA Today bestselling thriller that "keeps the dramatic reveals coming" as Detective Josie Quinn desperately chases a killer hidden within her close-knit town before it's too late and they claim another victim (Publishers Weekly). The little girl curled into a tiny ball as the chamber grew colder around her. "Please," she whispered, rocking back and forth. "I want to go home."When Isa... read more

Read the USA Today bestselling thriller that "keeps the dramatic reveals coming" as Detective Josie Quinn desperately chases a killer hidden within her close-knit town before it's too late and they claim another victim (Publishers Weekly). The little girl curled into a tiny ball as the chamber grew colder around her. "Please," she whispered, rocking back and forth. "I want to go home."When Isa... read more

The Girl With No Name (Detective Josie Quinn)

Lisa Regan

From the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author comes the second installment in the Detective Josie Quinn series in a race against time to find a missing newborn baby.When Detective Josie Quinn is called to a large house on the outskirts of the small town of Denton, she's horrified by the viciousness of the attack - smashed glass, splintered furniture and blood spattered across t... read more

From the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author comes the second installment in the Detective Josie Quinn series in a race against time to find a missing newborn baby.When Detective Josie Quinn is called to a large house on the outskirts of the small town of Denton, she's horrified by the viciousness of the attack - smashed glass, splintered furniture and blood spattered across t... read more

The Westing Game: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition

Ellen Raskin

A Newbery Medal WinnerFor over thirty-five years, Ellen Raskin's Newbery Medal-winning The Westing Game has been an enduring favorite. The Westing Game Deluxe Anniversary Edition Before writing The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin was an incredibly accomplished graphic artist, designing dozens of books, including the cover for the first edition of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. While writin... read more

A Newbery Medal WinnerFor over thirty-five years, Ellen Raskin's Newbery Medal-winning The Westing Game has been an enduring favorite. The Westing Game Deluxe Anniversary Edition Before writing The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin was an incredibly accomplished graphic artist, designing dozens of books, including the cover for the first edition of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. While writin... read more

Nice Girls Don't Speak Up or Stand Out: How to Make Your Voice Heard, Your Point Known, and Your Presence Felt

Lois P. Frankel

This is the essential guide for women in the workplace with tips and tricks for more impactful communication. Are you too nice? Do your communications have an impact with those around the office? Are you truly advocating for yourself? Being a woman in the workplace can be a tough thing to navigate and have you second-guessing yourself and the decisions you make. Dr. Lois Frankel guides you thr... read more

This is the essential guide for women in the workplace with tips and tricks for more impactful communication. Are you too nice? Do your communications have an impact with those around the office? Are you truly advocating for yourself? Being a woman in the workplace can be a tough thing to navigate and have you second-guessing yourself and the decisions you make. Dr. Lois Frankel guides you thr... read more

The Stolen Girls (Detective Lottie Parker)

Patricia Gibney

Detective Lottie Parker is back again in another serial killer thriller as girl after girl goes missing just to turn up dead. Can she find the latest victims before it is too late?The young woman standing on Lottie's step was a stranger. She was clutching the hand of a young boy. "Help me," she said to Lottie. "Please help me."One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. Th... read more

Detective Lottie Parker is back again in another serial killer thriller as girl after girl goes missing just to turn up dead. Can she find the latest victims before it is too late?The young woman standing on Lottie's step was a stranger. She was clutching the hand of a young boy. "Help me," she said to Lottie. "Please help me."One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. Th... read more

A Twist in the Tail (Oyster Cove Guesthouse (1))

Leighann Dobbs

The USA Today bestselling author brings you a pawsitively purrfect mystery as a guesthouse visitor finds himself dead, leaving it to Nero and Marlowe, two resident cats, to uncover the truth.Josie Waters is the enthusiastic new owner of the Oyster Cove Guesthouse -- a ramshackle Victorian mansion high on a hill above the breezy seaside town of Oyster Cove, Maine. Josie has a history in Oyster ... read more

The USA Today bestselling author brings you a pawsitively purrfect mystery as a guesthouse visitor finds himself dead, leaving it to Nero and Marlowe, two resident cats, to uncover the truth.Josie Waters is the enthusiastic new owner of the Oyster Cove Guesthouse -- a ramshackle Victorian mansion high on a hill above the breezy seaside town of Oyster Cove, Maine. Josie has a history in Oyster ... read more

The Gift

Louise Jensen

From the USA Today bestselling author, Louise Jensen delivers another twisty psychological thriller that will leave you "guessing right up to the very end" (The Book Magnet).Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie's perfect family is ... read more

From the USA Today bestselling author, Louise Jensen delivers another twisty psychological thriller that will leave you "guessing right up to the very end" (The Book Magnet).Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie's perfect family is ... read more

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G G
Kirisah helped me out with a developmental edit, and I'm glad I used her services. She gave me great feedback on my manuscript to take it to a whole new level!

G G, March 2020


Michelle Smith
Kirsiah was extremely helpful during all stages of the editing process. She communicated with us regularly and was flexible when we needed some extra time. She gave us some excellent feedback and did a great job editing our novel. I'm very happy with her work. Thank you for everything, Kirsiah!

Michelle Smith, March 2020

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