Andy Meisenheimer is a former HarperCollins editor in both fiction and nonfiction, as well as a pianist, half-marathoner, and video gamer. He has also edited books for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Hachette, and Amazon. He specializes in science fiction and fantasy, but works across genres, including espionage thrillers, memoir, self-help, horror, comedy, and contemporary fiction.
He has worked with bestselling authors Ann Voskamp, James Mills, Tracy Hickman, Noel Hynd, DeVon Franklin, and Frank Peretti. Additional noteworthy titles are Live It! by motivational speaker Jairek Robbins, The End Is Now, a critically acclaimed satire of religious fundamentalism by Rob Stennett, and Return Policy, a Nick-Hornby style comedy by Michael Snyder.
When it comes to fiction, Andy looks for stories with strong characters and vivid writing, and always pays special attention to dialogue due to his love of television and screenplays. Believing that a good plot is always character driven, he loves to work on upmarket books that blend commercial appeal with strong writing and provocative themes.
"I have to admit that doing as Andy suggested was a revelation...Shifting exposition from dialog to narration allowed some things to be moved to completely different sections, which definitely improved the flow in critical scenes. Thanks so much for pairing us together -- he's a wonderful editor." - Kate Kosel, author of The Legacy of Mortal Gods (Sci-fi)
"I am really impressed with the work Andy has done, and I have learned a great deal from all the changes and suggestions that were made. His notes were clear and comprehensive, which has helped me build a much stronger story. The experience has been fantastic, and I look forward to working with Andy more." - Chad Queen, author of Phantom Pact (Sci-fi/Fantasy)
"I was able to finally get through all of Andy's notes and I couldn't be happier. Please thank Andy for all his hard work and thoughtful insights." - James Smith, author of James Grey and The Song of Fear (Fantasy)
Andy’s select booklist can be found below.
Mark of Evil is the final chapter in The End Series, with high-tech thrills told against a background of fulfilled prophecy, bringing us one step closer to the reign of the Antichrist and Christ’s return.
Ethan March, Jimmy Louder, and Rivka Reuban have been left behind in a world that is rapidly coming under the influence of the Antichrist. Technology is being used to control and dominate those who resist the Antichrist’s reign of evil, with BID-Tag implants, robotic police units, and drone-bots flying overhead. Each day, as more and more biblical prophecies are fulfilled, Ethan and the others in the Remnant struggle to survive in a world of ever-increasing chaos and desperation.
When the forces of evil attempt to use the world’s most powerful information system for increasingly sinister purposes and eliminate everyone who gets in their way, it’s up to Ethan and the Remnant to subvert their purposes and instead use them for the glory of God.
"Frank Peretti is a master storyteller. His novels stay with you a lifetime." - Karen Kingsburry, New York Times bestselling author
"Frank Peretti may just be the master storyteller of our time - using modern metaphors and fresh images, this remarkable writer helps us visualize the unseen world in ways we never quite pictured before." - Joni Eareckson Tada
After a car wreck tragically claims the life of his wife and magic partner, Mandy, Dane Collins finds himself in a quaint coffee shop transfixed by a magician whose illusions even he, a seasoned professional, cannot explain. Even more mysterious is the performer herself.
Nineteen-year-old Mandy has never met him, doesn’t know him, is certainly not in love with him, but is in every respect identical to the young beauty he met and married some forty years earlier. They begin a furtive relationship as mentor and protégée, but as Dane tries to figure out who Mandy really is, the two have no idea that she is being watched by those who not only possess all the answers but who also have the power to decide her fate.
“A tremendously well-written tale. River Jordan is a truly gifted author. Highly recommended.” - Davis Bunn, bestselling author
"Jordan..writes magical realism, and the result is pure magic...Jordan's talent raises the bar." - Publisher's Weekly starred review
Mercy Land has made some unexpected choices for a young woman in the 1930s. The sheltered daughter of a traveling preacher, she chooses to leave her rural community to move to nearby Bay City on the warm,
gulf-waters of southern Alabama. There she finds a job at the local
paper and spends seven years making herself indispensable to old Doc
Philips, the publisher and editor. Then she gets a frantic call at dawn - it’s the biggest news story of her life, and she can’t print a word of it.
Doc has come into possession of a curious book that maps the lives of everyone in Bay City - decisions they’ve made in the past, and how those choices affect the future. Mercy and Doc are consumed by the mystery locked between the pages - Doc because he hopes to right a very old wrong, and Mercy because she wants to fulfill the book’s strange purpose. But when a mystery from Mercy’s past arrives by train, she begins to understand that she will have to make choices that will deeply affect everyone she loves - forever.
"The intrigue, action and romance will keep readers riveted, but they will also feel a little more informed about political affairs both here and abroad. Alexandra is a strong, capable yet vulnerable spy you won’t soon forget." - RT Book Reviews
From bestselling author Noel Hynd comes this new series, The Cuban Trilogy, bursting with intrigue and set against the backdrop of Havana, an explosive capital city of faded charm, locked in the past and torn by political intrigue.
U.S. Treasury Agent Alexandra LaDuca leaves her Manhattan home on an illegal mission to Cuba that could cost her everything. At stake? Her life…and the solution to a decades-old mystery, the recovery of a large amount of cash, and the return of an expatriate American fugitive to the United States. After slipping into the country on a small boat, Alex makes her way to Havana. Accompanying her is the attractive but dangerous Paul Guarneri, a Cuban-born exile who lives in the gray areas of the law. Together, they plunge into intrigue and danger in a climate of political repression and organized crime.
"Descriptive storytelling from a classic artist. Clean storyline blending past and present with an affinity for incorporating blended mythology that most fantasy or historical readers would understand." - Amazon Review
Powerful scions walk the streets of modern London, oblivious to their true nature. Unknowingly, they carry within them the spirits of reincarnated dragons from an age of high fantasy. As magic begins to emerge once more in the 21st century, long-dormant memories begin to flood the minds of these scions, reminding them of their mystical heritage. Welcome to the world of Fireborn!
Ethan Gallows knows things about his world. He knows there is magic, and he knows he wants nothing to do with it. Yet, when he is sent on the seemingly menial job of filming a museum curator's antique art
collection in London, Ethan discovers that he has much more to learn.
After witnessing a violent display of sorcery, ancient memories come rushing back to Ethan - memories seen through the eyes of a dragon!
With minions of the Taint now seeking him for their own twisted purposes, Ethan must put his trust in Sojourner - a woman claiming to be a draconic scion. Could he really be a dragon of old, or is this some sort of fanatic conspiracy?
Embers of Atlantis is the first novel based on the acclaimed Fireborn roleplaying game setting. Written by New York Times bestselling author Tracy Hickman (Dragonlance), Embers of Atlantis introduces readers to a modern world faced with the sudden emergence of
"David does a remarkable job of bringing the stark landscapes of Canyon Lands and the Sonoran Desert to life with brilliant and beautiful description. The characters are intensely real, complete with human hang-ups and shortcomings, and the sometimes painful, sometimes poignant transformation of the hero is woven into the plot with masterful skill." - Anne Grant, author of Heart of Stone
After a near-fatal climbing accident, David tries to return home. But the road he’s on is no longer what it seems. He’s pursued by a terrible secret that will turn a simple dream into the greatest of human struggles. The road leads David into the past, the future, and back to a present truth he sought desperately to escape. Mixing magic with realism, and quantum physics with allegory, Road Signs explores the hidden nature of reality - and the false realities of mankind. The stark beauty of Utah’s Canyonlands, followed by the desolation of the Mexican Sonoran desert, become the setting for one man’s inner and outer journey - on a mysterious road that connects people, desire, places, and time. Road Signs will have you seeing your own reality with new eyes, and a new heart.
In this five-session small group Bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately), bestselling author Ann Voskamp helps watchers ponder the questions of finding joy in the midst of everything from the typical grind daily chores and deadlines to the calamity every person eventually faces.
“How,” Ann muses, “do you break the bondage of fear that has white-knuckle control on your life and instead embrace the everyday blessings that immerse you in Christ’s fullness? How can you live life with a heart overflowing with delight?”
In this study, Ann encourages participants to take on the life-changing discipline of journaling God's gifts - to find the good in life in all circumstances. It’s only in this expression of gratitude for the life we already have, that we discover the life we've always wanted…a life we can take, give thanks for, and use to serve others. In it, we come to feel and know the impossible right down to our core: We are wildly loved by God.
Embark on this personal, honest and fresh exploration of what it means to be deeply fulfilled, wholly happy, and fully alive.
"Any guitar aficionado will love this tale of extraordinary musicians gladly guiding a talented youngster - a journey that began at the tender age of eight when Paisley's grandfather gave him his first guitar." - Publisher's Weekly, starred review
Brad Paisley is one of country music’s leading men - admired as a recording artist, a performer, a songwriter, and a guitar slinger. This was not always so. In Diary of a Player, Paisley for the first time fully retraces his entire musical and personal journey to date. And it all began with a loving grandfather who gave eight-year-old Brad Douglas Paisley a Sears Danelectro guitar - the Christmas gift that would alter Brad’s life forever. In Brad’s own words, we read his emotional tribute to his late great “Papaw,” Warren Jarvis, who sparked his dream come true.
“I loved Jairek Robbins' new book!”- Deepak Chopra
"Robbins' passion for helping others discover and live their dreams infuses every page." - Keith Ferrazzi, New York Times Bestselling author
Jairek Robbins, decorated performance coach and lifestyle entrepreneur, guides you through his proven, step-by-step process for filling the gap between where you are today and where you want to be. In reassuring and easy-to-understand language, Robbins helps you build a strong foundation for authentic happiness.
Each chapter is strategically designed to engage you with personal reflections and challenges that will encourage you to make immediate improvements to your everyday behavior. Robbins’s uplifting method will give you the tools you need to avoid the distractions in your life and concentrate on the areas that deserve the biggest focus, including health, family, intimate relationships, your professional life, and spirituality.
Robbins leads you toward a life of growth and contribution that will enable you to become the happiest, healthiest, and most fulfilled version of yourself - and inspire you to help others do the same.
"This full-scale repurposing of Christian vocabulary and endorsement of theological mystery is often deeply rewarding." - Publisher's Weekly, starred review
Theological firebrand Peter Rollins asserts that mainstream Christianity reduces God to an idol, made in our own image, for the purpose of providing certainty and satisfaction.
You can’t be satisfied. Life is difficult. You don’t know the secret.
Whether readers are devout believers or distant seekers, The Idolatry of God shows that we must lay down our certainties and honestly admit our doubts to identify with Jesus. Rollins purposely upsets fundamentalist certainty in order to open readers up to a more loving, active manifestation of Christ’s love.
In contrast to the usual understanding of the “Good News” as a message offering satisfaction and certainty, Rollins argues for a radical and shattering alternative. He explores how the Good News actually involves embracing the idea that we can’t be whole, that life is difficult, and that we are in the dark. Showing how God has traditionally been approached as a product that will render us complete, remove our suffering, and reveal the answers, he introduces an incendiary approach to faith that invites us to joyfully embrace our brokenness, resolutely face our unknowing, and courageously accept the difficulties of existence. Only then, he argues, can we truly rob death of its sting and enter into the fullness of life.