Katrina Diaz Arnold
Katrina Diaz Arnold is an editor and writer with more than six years of professional publishing experience, who has a soft spot for brave new worlds, fresh plot twists, and strong complex protagonists. She abashedly loves a battle between good and evil, particularly if it’s more gray than black and white, and loves stories that utterly transport a reader, whether it’s into an original world, a thrilling mystery, or a character’s perspective.
Previously part of the editorial team at Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Katrina has worked on numerous New York Times and international bestselling works, including Woman of the Dead by Bernhard Aichner, Until I Met Her by Natalie Barelli, and The Dragon Behind the Glass by Emily Voigt. She’s edited works of mystery, thriller, memoir, and narrative nonfiction, and also contributed to such works as Jan Russell’s The Train to Crystal City, Andrew Meredith’s The Removers, and Jennifer Ridha’s Criminal That I Am.
After leaving the Big Five to start her freelance career, Katrina dedicated herself to editing a wider array of genre fiction—a deep-seated passion of hers. She’s since established herself as an editor of mystery, thriller, fantasy, science fiction, dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction, and romance. An experienced developmental and line editor, Katrina is wholly devoted to any project she takes on and is committed to bringing manuscripts to the next level. She loves nothing more than helping an aspiring author refine their work into the best, most vibrant version of itself. Her work has been described as “inspired,” “insightful,” “meticulous,” and “goes above and beyond” by her authors.
Katrina's select booklist can be found below.
“A tense thriller…this thoroughly satisfying novel explores how far a person will go for love.” - Publishers Weekly
“Bloody corpses and an intriguing protagonist combine to flesh out Aichner’s violent tale…fascinating.” - Kirkus Reviews
“With an unnerving glimpse into the cutthroat world of publishing and one author’s terrifying journey to the top of the New York Times bestseller list, Ms. Barelli’s taut thriller gives new meaning to the phrase ‘ghostwriter.’ This page-turner will keep you up at night.” - D.M. Pulley, author of The Unclaimed Victim
"This is a truly inspirational story of how one man’s dedication to service and hard work can result in positive outcomes for people who have been subjected life threatening traumas.” – U.S. Congressman, Ron Barber
Amazon Best Book of the Month June 2015
"Mind-boggling...The Train to Crystal City combines accounts of terrible sorrow and destruction with great perseverance…Readers [will] wish these stories weren’t true.”– The New York Times
"A coming-of-age memoir within a morbidly unconventional context." - Kirkus Reviews
"The reader is edged, inevitably, up and back between the good laugh and good cry by his artful prose...Compelling… It turns out that, by getting the dead where they need to go, the living can get where they need to be.” - Thomas Lynch, Wall Street Journal
“Stinging and insightful...Acknowledging the balance between her heart and her head, Ridha amply demonstrates what can happen when the balance is upset.” - Kirkus Reviews
Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year
“That one man can contain such contradictions makes for an astonishing, tragic story...an interrogation of our national creed of self-invention.” - The New York Times Book Review
“A book that is as much about class as it is race...An honest, insightful and empathetic account of his sometimes painful, always strange journey.” - The Los Angeles Times
Finalist: 2017 Pen/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
Longlisted: Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence
Library Journal Best Science Book of the Year
"An immensely satisfying story, full of surprises and suspense.” - The Wall Street Journal
“A fresh, lively look at an obsessive desire to own a piece of the wild.” - Kirkus Reviews
"A thrilling and perfectly paced book, Rescue of the Bounty is filled with good intentions but bad decisions, tall-ship history and current usage, and the roar and taste of the storm-whipped ocean."— Booklist
"A taut recounting of a needless maritime tragedy."— Kirkus Reviews