OUR JOURNEY BEGAN WITH ANISSA AND MICHAEL, AND TODAY WE HAVE GROWN INTO A SMALL BUT PASSIONATE TEAM.
FairyLoot was created by Anissa, your average bookworm and lover of all things fantasy, and her partner Michael. The idea came to them in February 2016, and they quickly became enamoured with FairyLoot and launched their very first box in March. They wanted to share their love for fantasy with book lovers around the world and build a passionate community of like-minded readers, which they hope you will be a part of too.
Anissa is the co-founder and head of curation at FairyLoot.
Her role here at FairyLoot is to plan all of our monthly boxes. This involves reading many early manuscripts, researching and brainstorming potential items and most importantly, securing amazing book deals with publishing houses. She has always loved reading fantasy and some of her favourite authors include Stephanie Garber, Renee Ahdieh and Holly Black. Anissa is a Slytherin and lives in a lair in London where she is known to eat copious amounts of mangoes. We can neither confirm nor deny this.
Michael is the other co-founder of FairyLoot.
He handles all of the logistics, accounting and legal work – numbers and tech stuff are kind of his jam. Michael is a Slytherin and usually loves reading business books; some of his favourite authors include Gary Vaynerchuk, Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter. His first ever YA read was Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, which is now also his favourite YA book. He might be obsessed with animals and especially his family’s dalmatian.
Gintare (or G) is our purchasing & community manager.
She has always been an avid reader and her absolute favourite genres are Fantasy and Sci-Fi. Patrick Rothfuss, Laini Taylor, Brandon Sanderson, and Becky Chambers are amongst her favourite authors. G is a Gryffindor, however is often also sorted into Slytherin so she thinks she’s a healthy mixture of the two. She moved to Scotland to attend Hogwarts in 2011 and has stayed after graduating. The last part is not fact checked but we have our suspicions. Check out her YouTube channel Book Roast!
Lauren is our customer service manager.
She has loved reading from a very young age and enjoys nothing more than getting lost in the pages of a good book with a warm cup of tea. Particularly ones with elaborate and fantastical worlds, mystical creatures and wonderful characters. Her favourite genres are Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, and enjoys the occasional Historical Fiction novel. Samantha Shannon, Kerri Maniscalco, Stephanie Garber, and VE Schwab are just some of her favourite authors. Lauren is a Gryffindor, but has also been sorted into Slytherin, you could say that she’s a Gryfferin. Lauren has lived in Scotland her entire life and can usually be found in the midst of a DIY project, that often fails, but hey, it’s the attempt that counts.
Tara is FairyLoot’s official artist.
She illustrates all of the gorgeous theme art, along with a variety of other items that you see in the boxes. Tara has enjoyed drawing since she was little but even more so when she started reading books, so that she could get the images from her head on paper. She loves to read fantasy books with elaborate worlds because there are so many things she gets to design, and she especially loves drawing clothing. Some of her favourite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Laini Taylor, and Marissa Meyer. She is a Hufflepuff, loves travelling and lives in the Netherlands.
Amy is FairyLoot’s Operations Executive.
She helps out with the many operational challenges and occasionally you will also find her responding to customer service queries. Amy has always been an eager reader and most of the time prefers to live in fictitious worlds rather than the real world. Her favourite genres are Fantasy and Magical Realism but occasionally enjoys Contemporary and Historical Fiction. Tahereh Mafi, VE Schwab, Stephanie Garber and Laini Taylor are just some of her favourite authors. Amy is a Hufflepuff from Scotland and if she isn’t reading she can most likely be found at a concert for one of her many favourite singers.
Fairytales do come true, after all.
Here at FairyLoot, Young Adult fiction is our forte, and we want each and every one of our boxes to be a special experience and make you feel like you are opening a box of treasure taken straight from a fairy’s lair. We focus exclusively on fantasy and our books are all Young Adult or Young Adult crossovers. Every month we have a different theme and select an exciting new title with 5-6 carefully selected goodies. Our boxes are lovingly packed in the UK and are sprinkled with fairy dust, every time.