Monday, October 14, 2019

Harlequin Feed Good Project announces the recipients of The Creator Fund

Harlequin's Feel Good Project Announces the 2019 Creator Fund Recipients

New York, Toronto, October 3, 2019 - Harlequin, a leading publisher of commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction, is proud to announce the first recipients of the Creator Fund. The four projects selected include both a television and movie treatment and two novels. Harlequin started the Creator Fund to attract and support female writers who tell feel-good stories with a unique point of view.

“The selected Creator Fund recipients add to Harlequin’s seventy-year history of publishing female storytellers. We’re excited to shine a light on their stories and reach new readers and viewers who love feel-good entertainment,” shares Merjane Schoueri, Feel Good Project Director.

More than three hundred entries from across the US and Canada were reviewed by our panel of judges that included Entertainment One’s Isabel Gomez-Moriana, Director, Scripted Development, Television, Canada and Chris Bell, Vice President, Scripted Development, Television, Canada as well as, Ted Ellis, President of Creator, and Harlequin executives Loriana Sacilotto, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Harlequin Trade Publishing, and Brent Lewis, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Harlequin Brand Group. The four recipients will receive financial support in addition to editorial mentorship.

The four recipients are as follows:

Amie Charney is a novelist and screenwriter who lives in San Antonio, Texas. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California Riverside Palm Desert, where she presented her now-infamous graduate thesis on romance titled “Not Your Grandmother’s Bodice Ripper.” She is currently the Director of Creative Writing for the Northeast School of the Arts (NESA) where she enjoys shaping the next generation of bestselling writers. She’s the wife of an actual fighter pilot, mother of two fantastic young adults, and chaplain for the San Antonio Texas A&M Aggie Moms, Gig ‘em! A proud Marine Corps wife, Amie has traveled the world and loves collecting tiny objects from her adventures. She does her best writing at 9000 feet while her husband flys them to Texas BBQ joints for lunch. She’s a sucker for a good kissing story, where everything always ends happily. You can connect with Amie on twitter at @amiecharney, on, or her website

A published author of more than a dozen suspense novels, Bonnie Hearn Hill has always been drawn to women’s fiction. She has co-hosted a Central California television news network’s book segment since 2002, and she loves everything about writing, even when she hates it.
Publishers Weekly called The River Below, her last novel (published 2018), “emotionally involving…a poignant standalone…as much a story about friendship and loss as it is a mystery.”

Her first job was as a copywriter for the flagship station of one of the top rock radio chains in the country, and she has always been fascinated by the role women played in the infancy of that industry.
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Anne Lipton Bio (September 2019)
Dr. Anne Lipton is a neurologist and writer who loves to read, travel, and dance. She’s lived in Canada, England, Ireland, and the United States and visited over 25 countries. At home in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, she enjoys cooking, walking the seawall, and doing Zumba and Bollywood workouts. Follow her adventures on Instagram: @annecouver and Twitter: @AnneLipton.

Co-author of several books on dementia, Alzheimers, etc.

As a child, Lisa Otto spent her time under her bed starring in her own fairytales. Fully convinced this indicated her calling as an actor, she pursued drama lessons for many years, but never quite shook the stage fright. But she still loved inventing stories, and so pursued a screenwriting career. A fervent Anglophile, she sets many of her screenplays in Great Britain, which as an American, makes them hard to sell. Hobbies include taking classes in impractical subjects (Cornish, anyone?) Prior to her screenwriting career, she made a living in the music industry, where she was thrilled to work with such artists as David Bowie, and the Smashing Pumpkins. She resides in Los Angeles.

Congratulations Ladies!

About Harlequin

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  1. Neat to actually see the winners. Bet they are excited to get on with they projects now.

  2. This is great! Congrats to the winners!

  3. How wonderful for these authors and what a boost for them.

  4. I had never heard of The Creator Fund. What a wonderful and positive thing to help female writers :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape