Award-winning editor Brenda Chin has worked in the romance industry for more than 25 years. Throughout her many years with Harlequin, she had the opportunity to work with some of the best writers in the business, often buying their first book. Several of the 74 new authors Brenda introduced to Harlequin have gone on to hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.
While ImaJinn Books has been the go-to place for readers to find the best in paranormal romance since 1999, as of July 2014, the line is expanding to encompass all romance genres: contemporary, sexy, historical, romantic suspense, Regency, and, of course, paranormal—there’s a place for it all. And Brenda is looking for new authors to be part of it.
We asked Brenda some questions about her job. Here are her answers.
1. What would most people be surprised to know about you?
I love learning obscure things. For example, in high school and university, I excelled at Latin and Ancient Greek – reading and writing. I also play the organ (something nobody will admit to these days.) I
n the past few years, I’ve built my own canoe, learned to roll my kayak, studied falconry and archery and last year, I did a wildlife rehabilitation course and am now licensed to work in the field. I’m fascinated by anything unusual, particularly if it has anything to do with history or the outdoors.
2. If you could go anywhere on vacation and money was not object, where would you go and why?
I’d love to see the British Isles. It’s a part of my heritage. (The other part, believe it or not, is First Nations). My great-grandmother was born in England and came to Canada as a war bride. From her and my grandmother, I’ve heard a lot of stories. It would be nice to actually see the place.
3. What excites you about your job?
I love finding new talent! As a non-writer, it’s a thrill for me to help and influence someone who’s just starting out on their publishing journey. And after all, what could be better than making someone’s dreams come true?
4. What would you like authors to know about working with an editor or agent?
In order for authors to have a good working relationship with an editor or agent, there has to be respect on all sides.
As an author, it makes sense to respect your business partners, for that is what an editor and agent are. And an author should expect to get that respect back. If she doesn’t, it’s time to make a change. I’ve been around a long time and I have to admit, the amount of disrespect I’ve seen in this business is staggering.
5. What would you absolutely love to see come across your desk right now?
A story told by an author with an incredible voice, that has characters whom I immediately love, and a plot that is so compelling, I can’t put it down. I’ve been lucky enough to have several of these cross my desk over the years, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting more, is there?