meet the blaze team!
krystal dehaba – chief editor
Krystal (who writes as Krystal Wade) entered the publishing industry when she finally realized words were life. She began her career acquiring works of teen fiction for Curiosity Quills Press, then moved onto editing and productions, while writing and publishing five young adult novels on the side, working full time, raising three kids and a backyard full of chickens.
Krystal is on a mission to introduce readers to Books with Heart. They might be fantasy, contemporary, horror, or any genre really, but they’ll all have heart and a message waiting for readers to discover.
But watch out, because we hear she’s a feisty editor!
kristen troiani – operations manager
Kristen Troiani has found herself lost in a book too many times to count. Even the grueling fifty hour work weeks in executive management could not deter her hobby. Whether an epic fantasy adventure or a psychological thriller, she looks forward to reading new characters, even if she secretly roots for the villain.
Kristen brings to Blaze over a decade of project management experience, a keen eye for editorial detail, and a passion for the written word. Outside of work, she can be found running around with her overly dramatic daughters, consoling her anxiety-ridden pup, or playing video games with her gamer husband.
mara valderran – marketing director
Mara is an author and social media addict. When she first dipped her toes in the publishing world in 2012, she discovered a love for marketing books. She went on to publish two sci-fi and fantasy series and host numerous release day parties for other authors. When she’s not pimping books or writing her own, you can find her fangirling over sci-fi and fantasy in the media, roller skating, or counting down the days to the next convention.
Mara brings high-energy, great ideas, and tons of marketing expertise to Blaze, and we can’t wait to see where she takes us!
eliza tilton – associate publisher & design manager
Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a degree in Visual Communications. Besides being a YA author, she works for a Fortune 500 company and has handled everything from sales to operations. When she’s not busy playing video games or writing her latest adventure, Eliza is raising three kids and eating pizza in Long Island.
Eliza comes to Blaze with a mission to make our books’ interiors shine with brilliant and artistic formatting that will pull readers deeper into the story and setting.
tia silverthorne bach – senior editor
Tia has been married to her college sweetheart for twenty years, has three beautiful girls, and adores living in the breathtaking state of Colorado. Her daughters were born in Chicago, San Diego, and Baltimore; and she feels fortunate to have called many places home. She believes in fairy tales and happy endings and is an avid reader and rabid grammar hound.
She is an award-winning, multi-genre author and an Editor for Indie Books Gone Wild. From an early age, she escaped into books and believes they can be the source of healing and strength. If she’s not writing, you can find her on the tennis court, at the movies, reading a good book, or spooning Jif peanut butter right out of the jar.
janelle leonard – marketing & publicity coordinator
The first time you meet Janelle, you may only see her eyes peeking at you from behind the pages of a book. Janelle lives for writing and all it entails. Her knack for bringing the imaginary into the everyday is a true passion she is passing on to her three boys. She has more books than shelves and finds joy in the little things.
With her trusty cup of java in hand, she brings to Blaze her upbeat, bubbly personality with splashes of wit and quirk. She is thrilled and honored to promote the authors as the newest member of the Blaze team.