Ashley Hearn is an acquisitions editor at Peachtree Publishing. Her authors have earned starred reviews in Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, and Book Page, and have received numerous commercial and literary recognitions including a William Morris Award nomination and inclusion on TIME’s list of “Best Fantasy Novels of All Time” for Woven in Moonlight. Former mentees and clients include #1 New York Times bestselling author Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), New York Times bestselling author Adalyn Grace (All the Stars and Teeth), and Alexis Henderson (The Year of the Witching). When she steps away from her desk, she can be found wandering the North Georgia mountains, armchair-quarterbacking for the Green Bay Packers, or haunting a local coffee shop.
Ashley grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. She joined Page Street Publishing in 2017 to develop its YA fiction list. Ashley is always on the lookout for commercial concepts and stand-out voices, seeking to acquire diversely and inclusively, with the goal of all readers being able to see themselves reflected on her list.
Notable authors include: Candice Montgomery, whose debut Home and Away was named a “Best Book of 2018” by Kirkus Reviews; Addie Thorley, whose debut An Affair of Poisons received a starred review in School Library Journal and was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection; Sonia Hartl, whose debut Have a Little Faith in Me was a YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee and a Rise: A Feminist Book Project list nominee, among other honors; Isabel Ibañez whose debut Woven in Moonlight received starred reviews in Shelf Awareness and Book Page and was reviewed in NPR; and Lori M. Lee, whose epic fantasy Forest of Souls was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection.
Ashley loves craft beer, creepy things, colonial architecture, everything about the fall, saltwater and brine, road trips, and being a part of the writing community. She is also an unabashedly proud geek! Some of her favorite fandoms include: Star Wars, Legend of Zelda, and shōnen animes like Fullmetal Alchemist and Attack on Titan. Her favorite movies include The Empire Strikes Back, Princess Mononoke, and Beauty and the Beast.