Erin Young joined DG&B in 2014 as the assistant to Michael Bourret at the West Coast office in Los Angeles. Previously, she worked as an editor at two prestigious literary magazines. Erin holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and dabbles in writing. Her most recent work was on the libretto of the critically acclaimed opera, “Hopscotch,” which played throughout Los Angeles. Before entering the publishing business, Erin worked as a zoologist, which gave her a great love for all animal-related literature. She is also interested in all forms of young adult and middle grade fiction, particularly fantasy, action adventure, and magical realism. In adult fiction, she likes weird literature (think Haruki Murakami or Kurt Vonnegut) as well as all kinds of mysteries and commercial thrillers. In nonfiction, she enjoys memoirs and biographies, sport and science narratives, and just about anything unusual.
My love for the written word began the summer my aunt enrolled my cousins and me in the children’s reading program at our local library. The coordinators gave out gifts for every five books read. Being a very competitive person, I read so many books that I had to continue listing them on the back of the recording sheet, and they regretfully had to tell me that they could only give me ten prizes. I didn’t mind. I had gained something far more valuable that summer: a love for books.
Since then, my passion has only grown. Even when I decided to get a B.S. in Zoology, my favorite classes involved literature, and I read and wrote during every spare moment I could find. But I didn’t actually consider a career in publishing until I was in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon reading IQ84 by Haruki Murakami in my cabin instead of exploring the rainforest. I was supposed to be taking data on capuchin monkeys, but all I wanted to do was write stories about the similarities between these creatures and hyperactive children. I decided then and there, amongst the monkeys, to change course.
When I got back from my research trip, I immediately applied to an M.F.A. in Creative Writing program where I immersed myself in the world of writing, editing, and publishing the written word. I learned that I could make a career out of my passion for reading and writing books. Now, working for DG&B, I feel I have finally stepped into my perfect role.