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To Help Cast Your Spell


CEO & Editor-In-Chief

With over a decade of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries, Shayne Leighton co-founded The Parliament House in 2016. Her debut novel, Of Light and Darkness hit Amazon's coveted Top 10 once during the fall of 2015, and again in the summer of 2016, reaching the #4 spot in the entire Kindle store. Shayne has produced book trailers and book covers for New York Times bestselling authors and major publishers such as Charlesbridge Press (Twice Dead, fall 2018), Cynthia Leitich Smith (Tantalize, Candlewick Press), Alex Flinn (Towering, Harper Teen), and Kimberley Griffiths Little (When The Butterflies Came, Scholastic Press). She strives to be the Guillermo del Toro of the publishing industry.  Shayne will enroll in classes at the Harvard Extension School in 2020 with an interest in American Literature, Creative Writing, and Entrepreneurship. 

Co-founder of The Parliament House & Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published "The Songs in Our Hearts" with 48Fourteen Publishing, and Allerleirauh with Parliament House Press, with future titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-‘brother’ (aka, puppy) Taran.


Chief Operations Officer & Co-Publisher


Acquisitions Editor

Amanda Wright is a graduate of Walsh University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications. Which is really just a fancy way to say “Jack of All Trades”. Amanda’s love of reading was born the day her dad stuck her in her bedroom for an hour with a copy of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. As an avid reader, Amanda also tried her hand at writing. She is the author of an unpublished book that she has written and rewritten five times since it first graced her Compaq in high school. She is excited to finally sit down with a hot cup of coffee and dive into the world of editing.


Head of Marketing

Friends and family enjoy making fun of Erica for her (sometimes obsessive) love of all things book-related, but she doesn't mind—there's no use in hiding the truth! Erica wears lots of hats in her life; she's the mommy of two wonderful little boys, a freelance editor, a wife to a goofball husband, and an aspiring author working on her debut novel. She prides herself on being a Gryffindor and coffee addict, as well as an unashamed Shakespeare nerd. She resides in Newville, Pennsylvania.


Audiobook Staff Narrator

A long-time daydreamer Dollcie Webb has always carried a special fondness for Young Adult Fantasy literature. The poetic imagery and enticing otherworldliness call to her sense of curiosity, satisfying a deep desire to explore the world around her. A graduate from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor's in Theatre and Electronic Media Performance she's taken her experience in audio and theatrical performance and has melded the two into a career as an audiobook producer and narrator. She is thrilled to join The Parliament House Team and looks forward to bringing projects to the realm of audio well into the future.


Development / Content Editor

Live Knudsen is a lifelong bibliophile who spends her time reading, writing, traveling and cuddling with her fur babies. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in English Literature writing her MA thesis on the use of classical rhetoric in John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Live’s taste in literature is difficult to define  – from classics to fantasy and everything in between. Her life revolves around literature and she would love to work in publishing. The opportunity to join The Parliament House Press team as a Content Editor is a dream come true. Among Live’s earliest, and fondest, childhood memories are her parents reading her stories at bedtime. Her love for literature only grew from there! 

Live resides just outside of Oslo, Norway with her cat. She can often be found hiking with her mom and her two dogs whom Live considers to be her little brothers.


Development / Content Editor

Maria has loved reading ever since she can remember and began writing stories in elementary school. She published her debut novella, The Prototype's Descendant, a YA/NA sci-fi romance, in June of 2017. A freelance editor since December 2014, she has worked on over 50 novels and novellas, four of which earned Best Edited Novel nominations at UTOPiA2016 and UTOPiA2017. She is also a participating editor at Indie Books Gone Wild. She looks forward to getting involved with another facet of the book world as a content editor for Parliament House. Maria lives in Rhode Island with her husband Rob, who supports her bookish endeavors completely. They got engaged on stage at UTOPiA2016 in front of an audience of authors and book industry professionals. When not writing or editing, you can usually find Maria curled up with her cats, adding to her collection of Funko Pops, or enjoying a bowl of ice cream.


Development / Content Editor

Gabby was born in New York. She'll always be a Yankee, but she has called Tennessee home since grade school. She loved working in radio as a DJ for 5 years while in high school and college. She is a 2004 graduate of Tennessee Tech University. She did not graduate Summa Cum Laude, but she did figure out what she didn’t want to be when she grew up. She married her college sweetheart in 2005, and they have many fur-babies together… and feather-babies, and scale-babies. In 2011, she started blogging about books with no clue how many doors it would open or how many wonderful people she’d meet along the way. Ultimately, that blog led her here to The Parliament House, and she couldn’t be happier.


Development / Content Editor

Raven Eckman, nickname Rae, is a teaching paraprofessional by day,
freelance editor by night, and all the time fangirl. She always knew
books were her passion, well after her grandmother's challenge to read
a book a day. Currently, she is drowning in her TBR list, outlining a
dark-lit YA novel, prepping for grad school, and expanding her
freelance business. She is active on Twitter and Instagram:
@anewlookonbooks. Her website (and blog!) can be found here:


Development / Content Editor

Rebecca Milhoan is a textbook Ravenclaw whose Patronus is a hedgehog, yes you read correctly, a hedgehog.  An avid reader and daydreamer, who has worked behind the scenes in the independent book industry for several years. She is currently working on her favorite dream to date: Raising two young children while laying the groundwork to become a pop culture icon. She is a fan of the Oxford Comma, and vintage fashion. When not blogging about her film and book obsessions, she dabbles in writing and tweeting (lots of tweets). You can read about her adventures by visiting her blog,  She looks forward to putting her mark on the industry through Parliament Press. 


Development / Content Editor

Mithila day dreams of Chinese food, books, Iceland and penning her own mighty novel that will one day be adapted into a magnum opus (starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Rosamund Pike)!! When she’s not feeding her imaginary pets, she’s at music festivals with her husband or binge-watching Ellen Degeneres and Jimmy Fallon. 


Line / Copy Editor

Friends and family enjoy making fun of Erica for her (sometimes obsessive) love of all things book-related, but she doesn't mind—there's no use in hiding the truth! Erica wears lots of hats in her life; she's the mommy of two wonderful little boys, a freelance editor, a wife to a goofball husband, and an aspiring author working on her debut novel. She prides herself on being a Gryffindor and coffee addict, as well as an unashamed Shakespeare nerd. She resides in Newville, Pennsylvania.


Line / Copy Editor

Aimee Bounds is a fiction writer in the process of earning her MFA from Cleveland State University as part of the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts program. She is the current poetry editor of Whiskey Island Magazine. Aimee enjoys stories about ghosts and cyborgs. You can follow her Facebook as Aimee Bounds and Instagram @eimimerri.


Line / Copy Editor

Ashley has loved entering new worlds through books since childhood and decided to turn that passion into a profession by becoming an editor, specializing in Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, and Mystery. When she’s not editing, she is screaming on rollercoasters, relaxing on the beach, getting lost in music, watching movies, or enjoying women’s basketball. Ashley is honored to be a part of the Parliament House Team and is thrilled about contributing to its elevation and success for many years to come.


Development/ Content Editor

Bianca is a proudly South African bookworm whose biggest problem is that her favourite authors never visit SA. She graduated from the North-West University in 2017 with a degree in Corporate Communications and continues her studies with the hope of one day earning her PhD, for the sole reason of telling people to call her The Doctor. Freelance writer by day, wine enthusiast by night, she believes in fighting for your fairytale. Her Iron Man quote is: Writer, Fangirl, Napper, Slytherin. You can visit her blog at or find her on Instagram with the same handle.


Development/ Content Editor

Celeste Hawkins is an Australian who definitely does not ride a kangaroo into work every day! She has loved books since she was young and it took her far too long to realise that she wanted to be around them in her working life as well. After achieving her Bachelor Degree in Professional Writing and Creative Writing from Deakin University, she went on to work in publishing and editing and currently works on getting certificates in very strange topics! She hopes to one day see her books on people’s shelves. First, she needs to write one!


Development/ Content Editor

Hannah was living in the snowy state of Ohio and was sick of the cold, so she took a leap of faith and recently moved to the sunshine state. By day, she works at a marketing agency and by night, her nose is stuck in a book (yes, she meant the Beauty and the Beast reference). When she's not reading, she uses her annual pass to go to Disney World or spends all day in the sand and water. Hannah has been reading books for as long as she can remember and her bookshelves are her most prized possessions. She loves meeting new people, so you can always reach out to her on her bookstagram, @simplysweetly_books.


Line/ Copy Editor

Jacklyn—although she prefers to be called Jackie—is an avid reader from Pennsylvania. She's currently attending college as a Business Administration major with a concentration in Social Media Marketing. In her free time, she takes photos of books to promote on her Instagram and reviews them on her blog and Goodreads account. She's always had an interest in editing books and has a keen eye for spotting mistakes in writing. In addition to being an avid reader, she also likes to spend her free time doing genealogical research for her family tree along with helping others find information for their own and also likes to spend time with her cat and family.


Development/ Content Editor

After graduating with a master’s in applied developmental psychology, Jennia worked as a statistician and assistant researcher before realizing she needed a break from the world of science. She now spends her days reading as much as possible. She is also an enthusiastic volunteer at her daughters’ school, where her favorite hours are spent in either the library or the student bookstore. Aside from reading, her favorite past times include sewing, watching classic films, traveling, and snuggling one of the family’s many cats.​


Development/ Content Editor

Kelly Beyus lives in Harwinton Connecticut and is a 2011 graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a degree in English and has her Masters in Elementary Education. Though she is currently a Kindergarten teacher, she dreams of being a career author and being heavily involved in the publishing industry. She writes under the Pseudonym Kay Bennson and her books Enshrine and Limited Truth are published with Solstice Publishing. Kelly is thrilled to work with The Parliament House team as one of their editors and experience a new facet of the writing world. When she isn't writing or editing, Kelly enjoys playing video games with her husband, Irish dance, watching gymnastics, and reading Sailor Moon fanfiction.


Development/ Content Editor

Loni Crittenden graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a B.A. in creative writing and is currently a candidate for an M.F.A. in writing popular fiction (with a focus on young adult fantasy) at Seton Hill University. She’s chief editor of an online literary magazine, an active member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, and a proud Hufflepuff. You can find out more on her website ( where she blogs about writing, publishing, and life as an aspiring author and freelance editor.​