Sarah Lyons

Editorial Director

Sarah comes to editing from two directions: from her academic work on popular romance studies and from reviewing for Dear Author. Academia taught her how to analyze narrative structure. Reviewing romance for almost four years taught her how to spot dubious motivation and wooden dialogue at thirty paces. She has transferred her analytical and reviewing talents to editing, so when she makes you cry, it’ll be in private rather than for the whole world to see. You’re welcome.

Sarah has a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Michigan. She edited two academic collections, Women Constructing Men: Female Novelists and Their Male Characters, 1750-2000 (Lexington, 2009) and New Perspectives on Popular Romance Fiction: Critical Essays (McFarland, 2012). She is founder and past president of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance and has published academic articles on Jane Austen, J.R. Ward, Suzanne Brockmann, Joey Hill, and scenes in which the romance hero breastfeeds from the heroine. Yes, really.

Sarah loves non-paranormal contemporary romance of almost any variety, but wouldn’t turn down pre-twentieth century historical romances that explore what it means to be LGBTQI in different eras. She’s an utter slut for angst but adores humor too. She knows a thing or two about BDSM and will read any romance that gets BDSM right. Her soft spots are ex-cons, sex workers, soldiers, actors, and rock stars. Write a book with an angsty, kinky, sarcastic, ex-con rent boy falling for a former soldier who’s now a famous rock star and actor and she’ll never leave you alone.

Sarah also works as a freelance romance editor and BDSM consultant at Alphabet Editing. She can almost always be found procrastinating on Twitter: @SarahSGLyons.