Victoria Curran

Victoria Curran - Editor

Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Award-winning editor, 14 years at Harlequin. Want all the feels? I specialize in developmental edits, contemporary and paranormal romance.

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Overview

I'm an editor and writer with extensive experience in books & magazines. Formerly a senior editor at Harlequin (action/adventure, dystopian, fantasy, clean romances and sexy reads!), I believe good editing is about recognizing patterns–intentional and unintentional–and helping to focus the highest-impact page-turner of a story possible. Can't wait to knock the cats off my keyboard and dig into an edit!
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Contemporary Romance
Historical Romance
Paranormal Romance
Post-Apocalyptic
Romantic Comedy
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Inspirational

Certifications

  • Certificate of Magazine Publishing, Toronto Metropolitan U (formerly Ryerson)
  • BA: English, min. Social Studies/Creative Writing, York U
  • Robert McKee’s Story Seminar
  • Screenwriters’ Summit (Syd Field, John Truby, Linda Seger, Michael Hauge)

Awards

  • Holt Medallion Award of Merit for Best Book: Editor, The Promise of Rain by Rula Sinara
  • Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and Golden Quill Award: Acquisitions Editor, Wish Me Tomorrow, Karen Rock
  • Best Contemporary Series Romance, RITA award: Editor, A Not So Perfect Past by Beth Andrews
  • Best Long Contemporary, Colorado Romance Writers: Editor, No Place Like Home by Margaret Watson
  • Australia's Romantic Book of the Year (long) and Clendon Readers' Choice Award: Editor, Mr. Imperfect by Karina Bliss
  • Golden Quill Award: Editor, His Hometown Girl by Margaret Watson

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
August, 2017 – Present (over 5 years)

It's such a rewarding experience to work directly with authors on the books that are dear to their hearts, from contemporary romance to dystopian zombie adventures, and a whole lot in between.

Senior Editor

Harlequin
October, 2011 – August, 2017 (almost 6 years)

Managed a phenomenal editorial staff of eight, working with a team of art directors and marketing, to publish more than 90 new books a year, print and digital.
*Books included contemporary romance, action/adventure and post-apocalyptic dystopian (Gold Eagle imprint).
*Launch senior editor of Harlequin Heartwarming, all the romance, none of the sex!

Editor

Harlequin
October, 2003 – October, 2011 (about 8 years)

Acquired, mentored and edited new and existing authors for Harlequin Superromance, contemporary romance; guest editor for Love Inspired, inspirational romance.

Portfolio (50 selected works)

End Day (Deathlands)

James Axler

TIME WARPED Ryan Cawdor and his six companions struggle to survive postnuclear America, a grim new world where hope for the future is lost amid the devastation. APOCALYPSE REDUX In pursuit of a hardened enemy—Magus—Ryan and the companions find themselves in a land more foreign than any they've encountered. After unwittingly slipping through a time hole, the group lands in twentieth-century New... read more

TIME WARPED Ryan Cawdor and his six companions struggle to survive postnuclear America, a grim new world where hope for the future is lost amid the devastation. APOCALYPSE REDUX In pursuit of a hardened enemy—Magus—Ryan and the companions find themselves in a land more foreign than any they've encountered. After unwittingly slipping through a time hole, the group lands in twentieth-century New... read more

Save Me

Stacey Kennedy

From USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy comes a captivating romance set in the exclusive world of the Phoenix club, where sizzling fantasies become reality...Reporter Hazel Rose has a new assignment: locate the masked man in the photograph taken at the Phoenix sex club and snag an interview with him. The only problem? Shy Hazel already knows all about the club… and the man in the phot... read more

From USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy comes a captivating romance set in the exclusive world of the Phoenix club, where sizzling fantasies become reality...Reporter Hazel Rose has a new assignment: locate the masked man in the photograph taken at the Phoenix sex club and snag an interview with him. The only problem? Shy Hazel already knows all about the club… and the man in the phot... read more

A Roof Over Their Heads (A True North Hero)

M. K. Stelmack

She can’t have the man she loves…if it means losing her child!Alexi Docker’s a widow trying to adopt the child she and her husband had taken in. Except her new rental home turns out to be a disaster reno…and she, now single, has to prove she can give the boy everything he needs. That includes a roof over his head, four walls and running water! If not for the absentee landlady’s cranky recluse ... read more

She can’t have the man she loves…if it means losing her child!Alexi Docker’s a widow trying to adopt the child she and her husband had taken in. Except her new rental home turns out to be a disaster reno…and she, now single, has to prove she can give the boy everything he needs. That includes a roof over his head, four walls and running water! If not for the absentee landlady’s cranky recluse ... read more

The Brother Returns (Home on the Ranch)

Jeannie Watt

The Brother Returns by Jeannie Watt released on Feb 01, 2008 is available now for purchase.

The Brother Returns by Jeannie Watt released on Feb 01, 2008 is available now for purchase.

His Secret Past (Single Father)

Ellen Hartman

His Secret Past by Ellen Hartman released on May 01, 2008 is available now for purchase.

His Secret Past by Ellen Hartman released on May 01, 2008 is available now for purchase.

The Husband School (Willing to Wed Book 1)

Kristine Rolofson

Turning bachelors into Casanovas, one cowboy at a time Meg Ripley may run the local diner, but she has never been one to get involved in the small-town craziness of Willing, Montana. Now suddenly she's entangled in it? In addition to harboring a pregnant runaway, she's been enlisted to transform scruffy bachelor cowboys into husband material for a reality dating show. Including her ex-boyfrien... read more

Turning bachelors into Casanovas, one cowboy at a time Meg Ripley may run the local diner, but she has never been one to get involved in the small-town craziness of Willing, Montana. Now suddenly she's entangled in it? In addition to harboring a pregnant runaway, she's been enlisted to transform scruffy bachelor cowboys into husband material for a reality dating show. Including her ex-boyfrien... read more

The Trouble with Mistletoe

Jennifer Snow

You can't say no to a mistletoe kiss, no matter who's under it!Since leaving Brookhollow and her fiancé, Luke Dawson, twelve years earlier, Victoria Mason hasn't looked back. She's traded the small-town dream of marriage, kids and family Christmas dinners for late nights working at a high-powered acquisitions firm, lunches at trendy New York restaurants and jet-set vacations on the slopes.So h... read more

You can't say no to a mistletoe kiss, no matter who's under it!Since leaving Brookhollow and her fiancé, Luke Dawson, twelve years earlier, Victoria Mason hasn't looked back. She's traded the small-town dream of marriage, kids and family Christmas dinners for late nights working at a high-powered acquisitions firm, lunches at trendy New York restaurants and jet-set vacations on the slopes.So h... read more

Winter Wedding Bells: The Kiss\The Wish\The Promise

Karen Rock, Kristine Rolofson, Jennifer Snow

But guests are expecting a Christmas Eve wedding…! What could be more romantic than a Christmas wedding at a ski lodge in Lake Placid? Well, if there actually was a wedding, for one thing! Three stories about getting love right over the holidays by USA TODAY bestselling author Kristine Rolofson and award-winners Karen Rock and Jennifer Snow. The Kiss: A bride runs into her ex…and takes the ult... read more

But guests are expecting a Christmas Eve wedding…! What could be more romantic than a Christmas wedding at a ski lodge in Lake Placid? Well, if there actually was a wedding, for one thing! Three stories about getting love right over the holidays by USA TODAY bestselling author Kristine Rolofson and award-winners Karen Rock and Jennifer Snow. The Kiss: A bride runs into her ex…and takes the ult... read more

Safe Harbor (Ladera by the Sea)

Marie Ferrarella

If he stays, she's in danger. But if he leaves… All Mike Ryan can tell her is his name. Revealing any more to this beautiful stranger would put her in danger. And he's not willing to jeopardize Stevi Roman's—or her family's—safety any more than he already has. Why this angel has taken him in, nursed him and trusted him, he can't fathom. But it has been the best few weeks he's ever known. For t... read more

If he stays, she's in danger. But if he leaves… All Mike Ryan can tell her is his name. Revealing any more to this beautiful stranger would put her in danger. And he's not willing to jeopardize Stevi Roman's—or her family's—safety any more than he already has. Why this angel has taken him in, nursed him and trusted him, he can't fathom. But it has been the best few weeks he's ever known. For t... read more

Married by Mistake

Abby Gaines

Do not adjust your set. That really was Casey Greene being jilted by her fiancé on live TV! And that really was Memphis's most eligible bachelor who stepped in to marry her instead.Millionaire businessman Adam Carmichael wanted only to help Casey save face. He isn't prepared for the news that their "fake" wedding is legal and binding.While they secretly wait for an annulment, media and family ... read more

Do not adjust your set. That really was Casey Greene being jilted by her fiancé on live TV! And that really was Memphis's most eligible bachelor who stepped in to marry her instead.Millionaire businessman Adam Carmichael wanted only to help Casey save face. He isn't prepared for the news that their "fake" wedding is legal and binding.While they secretly wait for an annulment, media and family ... read more

Return to Pelican Inn (Love by Design Book 1)

Dana Mentink

Her design scheme didn't include him! Struggling interior designer Rosa Franco and her twin brother, Cy, are bent on transforming the timeworn Pelican Inn into the jewel of the California coast, even if it kills them. And it will kill Rosa if they fail. Their business, and her future, depend on winning the Great Escapes Magazine design contest that lured them back to the town where some of her... read more

Her design scheme didn't include him! Struggling interior designer Rosa Franco and her twin brother, Cy, are bent on transforming the timeworn Pelican Inn into the jewel of the California coast, even if it kills them. And it will kill Rosa if they fail. Their business, and her future, depend on winning the Great Escapes Magazine design contest that lured them back to the town where some of her... read more

Jul!

Metz, Katy

Charlie Tree

Recio, Gianna

Her Amish Summer

Daniel, Julianne

Heart of Cole

Burrows, Kate

Save Me (Phoenix Book 3)

Kennedy, Stacey

Halftime: A Moo U Hockey Romance

Findlay, Kim, Press, Heart Eyes

Kate

Smith, Thom

Gypsy Bride

Mackie, Lawna

Unwrapping the Alien: A Christmas Sci-Fi Romance Anthology

Jacks, Hattie, Luna, Krista, Parker, Chloe, Lyons, Tandy, Norton, Alexandra, Glenn, Godiva, Nova, Latrexa, Hanzo, Holly , O' Donal, Deysi , Ember, Eden , Cavilich, Remy , Layne, Jinx , Beckett, Melody

She's Far From Hollywood (The Lowery Women)

Jo McNally

"You and me are a bad idea, Hollywood." She's a former beauty queen, former reality TV star and the former wife of a former Sexiest Man Alive. And now Bree Mathews has been forced into hiding on this godforsaken farm in the middle of Nowhere, North Carolina…all because some deranged stalker wants her dead. That grumpy farmer next door isn't enough to chase her back to Malibu, even with his dar... read more

"You and me are a bad idea, Hollywood." She's a former beauty queen, former reality TV star and the former wife of a former Sexiest Man Alive. And now Bree Mathews has been forced into hiding on this godforsaken farm in the middle of Nowhere, North Carolina…all because some deranged stalker wants her dead. That grumpy farmer next door isn't enough to chase her back to Malibu, even with his dar... read more

A Not-So-Perfect Past

Beth Andrews

Nina Carlson knows all about Dillon Ward. Knows he served time in prison. Knows nobody put out the welcome mat when he moved to Serenity Springs. But that doesn't stop her from renting him a place to live. And when someone crashes into her bakery, he's just the man to fix the damage.And Nina isn't the only one who thinks Dillon's the perfect man for the job: her two kids have taken a shine to ... read more

Nina Carlson knows all about Dillon Ward. Knows he served time in prison. Knows nobody put out the welcome mat when he moved to Serenity Springs. But that doesn't stop her from renting him a place to live. And when someone crashes into her bakery, he's just the man to fix the damage.And Nina isn't the only one who thinks Dillon's the perfect man for the job: her two kids have taken a shine to ... read more

Betting on the Rookie (The Bakers of Baseball)

Stephanie Doyle

They've both got their eye on the prize Sports agent Samantha Baker needs an epic comeback after the disaster that destroyed her career. Just one client, and she'll prove she can do this thing again. And that one client has to be Evan Tanner. A late-blooming rookie with talent for the record books, Evan's got everything it takes. And, sure, Evan can win on the field, but winning over Samantha ... read more

They've both got their eye on the prize Sports agent Samantha Baker needs an epic comeback after the disaster that destroyed her career. Just one client, and she'll prove she can do this thing again. And that one client has to be Evan Tanner. A late-blooming rookie with talent for the record books, Evan's got everything it takes. And, sure, Evan can win on the field, but winning over Samantha ... read more

What the Librarian Did

Karina Bliss

Is Rachel Robinson the only one on campus who doesn't know who Devin Freedman is? No big deal except that the bad-boy rock star gets a kick out of Rachel's refusal to worship at his feet. And that seems to have provoked his undivided attention. Devin, the guy who gave new meaning to the phrase "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll." Devin, the guy who somehow becomes wedged between her and the past sh... read more

Is Rachel Robinson the only one on campus who doesn't know who Devin Freedman is? No big deal except that the bad-boy rock star gets a kick out of Rachel's refusal to worship at his feet. And that seems to have provoked his undivided attention. Devin, the guy who gave new meaning to the phrase "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll." Devin, the guy who somehow becomes wedged between her and the past sh... read more

The Promise of Rain (From Kenya, with Love Book 1)

Rula Sinara

He wants to take her child out of Africa… The Busara elephant research and rescue camp on Kenya's Serengeti is Anna Bekker's life's work. And it's the last place she thought she'd run into Dr. Jackson Harper. As soon as he sets eyes on her four-year-old, Pippa, Anna knows he'll never leave…without his daughter. Furious doesn't begin to describe how Jack feels. How could Anna keep this from him... read more

He wants to take her child out of Africa… The Busara elephant research and rescue camp on Kenya's Serengeti is Anna Bekker's life's work. And it's the last place she thought she'd run into Dr. Jackson Harper. As soon as he sets eyes on her four-year-old, Pippa, Anna knows he'll never leave…without his daughter. Furious doesn't begin to describe how Jack feels. How could Anna keep this from him... read more

A Mother's Claim

Janice Kay Johnson

A Mother's Claim by Janice Kay Johnson released on Dec 01, 2016 is available now for purchase.

A Mother's Claim by Janice Kay Johnson released on Dec 01, 2016 is available now for purchase.

Resurrection

Swanson, Denise

Victoria has 24 reviews

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Monica Craig
Victoria is wonderful to work with! She is responsive, kind and very engaged in her work. Her developmental edit is exactly what I needed to think deeply about my book in order to reshape and polish it into its very best version. Thanks so much, Victoria!

Monica Craig, January 2023


Dustin Bielefeld
Victoria is very constructive on her suggestions. I certainly got what I paid for.

Dustin Bielefeld, December 2022


Kate Lucas
yeah again Victoria did a really granular edit on my book that has made it a much stronger story. Thank you!

Kate Lucas, October 2022


Jordan Webb
I absolutely love working with Victoria!! Her insight is spot-on and explained so well. I trust her to help elevate my writing and hope to continue working with her in the future.

Jordan Webb, September 2022


Nicola Dahlin
Victoria was an absolute pleasure to work with. She went above and beyond, advising me on aspects of writing and publishing that were not in my original request. Her edits, suggestions and questions are perceptive, and wise, and will transform the way I write romance. I will absolutely use Victoria again, and hopefully for years to come.

Nicola Dahlin, June 2022

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