GRACE BALL, Administration/PR Asst. and Project Manager, was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. She received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Virginia in 2015, and began working for Brandylane the same year. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Nikki Clemons, Asst. Publicist, graduated from Virginia Tech in 2015, with a B.A. in English. She currently lives in Richmond, Virginia, and joined Brandylane in 2015.
ERIN HARPST, Publisher’s Assistant/Asst. Editor, was born and grew up in Virginia’s Tidewater region. She received a B.A. with Honors in English Literature from Yale University in 2010 and holds a certificate from the Columbia Publishing Course. She joined the Brandylane staff in 2012.
TAMURLAINE MELBY, Editor and Project Manager, has been editing, copyediting, proofreading, and otherwise assisting in the production of books for Brandylane since 2009. She holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and lives in Richmond.
ROBERT H. PRUETT, President and Publisher, has published hundreds of books in diverse genres for regional and national markets since founding Brandylane in 1985. He is a published essayist and poet and holds a M.A. in English and interdisciplinary humanities from Virginia Commonwealth University. He and his wife, Tanya, live in Richmond.
TANYA PRUETT, Project Manager and Publicist, has been providing promotional services, project management, author support, and editing at Brandylane since 2006. Tanya attended Oberlin College, lived abroad in Ireland and Japan, and ultimately graduated from Bluefield College in 2007. With more than 20 years' management experience in human services, human resources, and international education, Tanya has a passion for promoting our authors and a particular fondness for children's books that teach tolerance and understanding. She lives in Richmond with her husband, Robert and their adopted cat, Cozy.
MARIE STEPHENS, Office Manager/Accountant, is a magician with the numbers and has been with Brandylane in our Kilmarnock, Virginia, office since 1993. She lives in Irvington, Virginia.
ANNIE TOBEY, Senior Editor, holds a B.A. in English from the University of Richmond, where she also earned secondary teaching certificates in English, speech, and drama. She published her first book in 1990, For Any Young Mother Who Lives in a Shoe, and has published numerous articles in local and national periodicals. She lives in Richmond.
TOM TRENZ, Creative Director and Designer at Brandylane since 2003, has been a leader in the Richmond, Virginia, advertising community since the 1990s, where he created award-winning advertising campaigns and television productions for local and national accounts. Originally from New York and a graduate of the University of Kentucky, Tom lives with his wife, Amy, and two daughters near the James River in Richmond.