Editor-in-Chief: Jaynie Royal
Jaynie Royal is the editor-in-chief at Regal House Publishing. While Jaynie’s academic background is in history and archaeology, she has long nursed a passion for literature. After spending many years navigating the publishing industry, Jaynie decided to start a new enterprise that invested deeply, meaningfully and significantly in its authors: Regal House Publishing. Since, Regal has grown to encompass two imprints: Pact Press, Fitzroy Books, and the nonprofit arm, The Regal House Initiative. Jaynie has worked as a senior marketing strategist, and has advanced certifications in
digital marketing and marketing management from the American Marketing Association. She is extremely proud of the talented editing team that has been assembled at Regal and thrilled to provide all of our authors with a high level of editorial excellence.
Senior Editor: Ruth Feiertag
Ruth Feiertag is the senior editor at Regal House Publishing. In grammar school, Ruth Feiertag’s father started handing her Great Works of English Literature with the admonition, “Here—read this before they ruin it for you in school.” After that there was nothing for it but to major in English Literature, and Ms. Feiertag got a B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz and eventually an M.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She meandered towards a Ph.D. but arrived in the realm of independent scholarship and NCIS instead. She finds Medieval and Renaissance literature (mostly poetry and drama) endlessly fascinating, and anyone who wants to be treated to a long monologue should ask her about bastards from the Middle Ages through the Early Modern period. Ruth is the founding editor of PenKnife Editorial Services, and a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars.
Senior Editor: Michelle Rosquillo
Senior Editor: Pam Van Dyk
Pam Van Dyk is the senior editor for our Regal House Publishing and Pact Press titles. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. Prior to receiving her MFA, she received a PhD in Education Research and Policy Analysis from North Carolina State University. As a volunteer reader for the Raleigh Review Literary Magazine and QU Literary Magazine she enjoyed the process of reviewing manuscripts and offering recommendations to the editors. When it comes to her own writing she adheres to the philosophy that one must learn writing from reading. Thus, she spends a great deal of her free time wandering around book stores and adding books to her ever-growing ‘to read’ list. A selection of her fiction has been anthologized by the Maine Review, Outrider Press, and Flying South.
Editor: Emma Larking
Emma Larking is a Pact Press editor and one of its most ardent supporters. She is author of Refugees and the Myth of Human Rights: Life Outside the Pale of the Law (Ashgate/Routledge, 2014), and co-editor with Hilary Charlesworth of Human Rights and the Universal Periodic Review (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her disciplinary backgrounds are in literature, law, political theory, and applied philosophy. She has published widely on the concept and status of human rights, and on refugees and people movements.
After working as a lecturer in the University of Melbourne’s Schools of Historical and Philosophical Studies and of Social and Political Sciences, Emma was an Australian Research Council Laureate Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University. There she collaborated on a project led by Hilary Charlesworth called ‘Strengthening the International Human Rights System: Rights, Regulation and Ritualism’, and co-edited the blog, Regarding Rights.
Currently a Visiting Fellow at RegNet, Emma’s research considers the capacity of human rights to redress material inequality. She is interested as well in political mobilizations for social justice, with a focus on anti-poverty campaigns, the global food sovereignty movement, and advocacy for a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants. She also continues to work on issues related to refugees and irregular migration.
Editor: Kimberly Willardson
Kimberly Willardson is the poetry and short story collection editor for Regal House Publishing and Pact Press. She lives in Chapel Hill, NC, where she also edits The Vincent Brothers Review, an independent literary magazine featuring short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in North Carolina Folklore Journal, American Short Fiction, Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology, Literal Latté, Rosebud, The Dayton Daily News, and Ohioana Quarterly, among other publications.
Editor: Elizabeth Lowenstein
Elizabeth is an editor at Regal House Publishing. She lives near San Jose, California, where she has been doing research and drafting opinions for the state Court of Appeal for the past 29 years. In her spare time she enjoys proofreading and copyediting for anyone who asks—a student applying to college or graduate school, a scientist about to submit a paper for publication, one of her own colleagues at the court, or just anyone who wants help with syntax, punctuation, etc. Elizabeth has a B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz, a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford, and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law. She’s looking forward to retirement, when she can go back to school and learn something useful, like Spanish.
Editor: Teresa Blackton
Teresa is an editor and a lifelong bibliophile. She is a double Tarheel with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and J.D. from UNC School of Law. She worked as the Publication Editor for the North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology where she fell in love with editing and her future husband. Currently, she lives in Cary with said husband and her “two under two.” One of her favorite activities is taking the kids to story time at the library and she cannot wait to experience the magic of reading her favorite books for the first time with her children.
Assistant Editor: Von Wise
Von Wise is an MFA student at Florida International University, where he studies creative writing. His work has been previously selected for the Donna Grear Memorial Award for poetry. He currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he runs a writing workshop.
Marketing and Research Intern: Madelyn Rueter
Madelyn Rueter is the research and marketing intern for Regal House Publishing. She earned an English degree in creative writing from Georgia College and intends to pursue a masters and doctorate in composition, rhetoric, and linguistics. In her free time, she fosters dozens of cats and enjoys running, reading, and wildlife watching
Editorial Intern: Caroline Kaptchen
Caroline Kaptchen is an editing intern for Regal House Publishing. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a yoga instruction certification from the Yoga Pod Boulder, and is working toward a copyediting certification from the University of California San Diego. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is a building caretaker for a non-profit that aids grieving families and an office coordinator for a local business that helps move seniors. Her free time is spent cuddling her cats, camping out in nature, and dreaming up book ideas.
Editorial Intern: Katelynn Watkins
Katelynn Watkins is an editorial intern at
Regal House Publishing, not to mention an avid lover of any and all
stories. She currently lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, and works as
a digital content specialist for Sage Island. In May 2019, Katelynn
will receive her MFA from Emerson College’s Popular Fiction Writing and
Publishing program, which supplements a BA in mass communication from
UNC Asheville. Occasionally, she contributes to regional and local
magazines – like WNC magazine, North Brunswick Magazine, Wrightsville Beach Magazine, and Cape Fear Living –
but spends any free time perfecting her own fictional projects,
exploring the coast, staying fit, and reading as much as she possibly
Editorial Intern: Caroline Taylor
Caroline Taylor is an editorial intern for Regal House Publishing. She has been an avid reader and writer of both fiction and poetry since elementary school. In May 2018, Caroline will graduate as an honor’s student and International Baccalaureate diploma recipient. In August 2019, Caroline will enroll at Truman State University as a Truman State Pershing Scholar. She will pursue a BFA in Creative Writing. Additionally, she hopes to contribute to Windfall, the university’s literary journal, and compete on the slam poetry team. She currently resides in Ozark, Missouri with her family.
Project-Based Intern: Nora Shychuk
Nora Shychuk was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. She is a writer of fiction, nonfiction essays, screenplays, and is currently at work on a children’s book. Last year, she was the recipient of the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award and, in 2017, was shortlisted for the From the Well Short Story Competition in Cork, Ireland. She currently lives in New York City.