Maria Whelan joined Touchstone publicity in early 2014. She fell in love with reading at a ridiculously early age and has since been moved to tears by far too many books. Some of her favorite authors include Jane Austen, J. Courtney Sullivan, D.H. Lawrence, Jojo Moyes, Mary McCarthy, and Adelle Waldman. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in English and religion. She spends her free time at libraries, bookstores, literary events, and reading at her apartment in Brooklyn. That girl on the subway with her nose in a book? That’s probably Maria.