Our Founder/CEO: Lauren Wise
Lauren Wise has been a writer and editor for over 15 years. A few years after graduating from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, she established Midnight Publishing in 2009 to provide authors and businesses with reliable and professional editorial services in the struggling economy.
Lauren makes it a high priority to understand all aspects of the publishing industry and stay up-to-date on the trends, from what book genres are on the rise to the most persuasive marketing and book design techniques. She is constantly working with companies involved in all angles of the publishing industry, so she has a deep understanding not only of the editorial side, but the cover design, formatting, sales, printing, and distribution sides as well.
Lauren has lived all over the country and traveled throughout Europe, Vietnam, Taiwan, The Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Canada, and Mexico, making her open to several cultures, ideas, and editorial styles. Lauren’s passion for books and writing started at a young age, and she specializes in editing both literary fiction and non-fiction, particularly autobiographies, inspirational and leadership books.
Loves: traveling, vinyl records, a nice glass of bourbon, the sound of piano, oil painting, music, the beach, cooking.
Favorite books: The Stand by Stephen King, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, On Writing by Stephen King
Close to her heart: working with the homeless and veterans, reading to her nephews, supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the feeling of a book in her hands—ironic, since she has about 400 on her shelves and she’s allergic to paper.
Our Head Editor: Ashley R. Carlson
Ashley R. Carlson grew up wanting a talking animal friend and superpowers, and when that didn’t happen, she decided to write them into existence. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with three (non-talking) pets and one overactive imagination. As the head editor at Midnight Publishing, she specializes in developmental and copy editing, and is also the main contributor to Midnight Publishing’s beloved blog. Her debut fantasy novel, “The Charismatics,” was the grand prize fiction winner in the 2015 SPR Awards and can be found on Amazon.
Obsessions: reading, analyzing TV shows, animals (real or imaginary), hikes that she can actually complete, and that magical act of becoming lost in a story, either a client’s or her own fiction writing.
Favorite books: The Golden Compass series by Philip Pullman, Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Miriam Black series by Chuck Wendig.
Close to her heart: watching her nephews grow, volunteering at local animal shelters, traveling, and finding local restaurants.