The Ylva Team

Management Team

Astrid Ohletz

Managing Director

Astrid Ohletz has an education as a library assistant but worked as a PA for one of the partners of a large, international law firm for more than ten years before she became a publisher. Publishing combines her love of books with her understanding of legal and economic issues.

Being able to publish books where subtext is maintext is a dream come true for Astrid. Having a certificate in editing from the Academy of German Book Trade doesn’t hurt.

In her free time, she writes stories under the pseudonym Emma Weimann.

Daniela Hüge

Operations Director

Did Daniela ever consider being part of a publishing house? The answer is clearly and precisely: no. When she was young there was only one thing she wanted to do: become an animal keeper. So she did. After working with cold-blooded animals for ten years, she went to night school and met Astrid. That’s when life changed.

Somehow, this animal-lover got stuck in the world of books and now holds a Master of Arts Library and Information Science (MA LIS).

Sandra Gerth

Senior Editor

Sandra Gerth works as a content editor with some of our authors, acts as a liaison between our authors and the rest of the production team, and plays editing ping-pong (discussing dangling participles, commas in compound predicates, and other fun things) with our editorial consultants.

She has a degree in psychology from the University of Freiburg and a certificate in editing from the Academy of German Book Trade. She’s an award-winning author in her own right.

Marketing/Social Media Team

Andrea Bramhall

Events Manager UK

Andrea Bramhall wrote her first novel at the age of six and three-quarters. It was seven pages long and held together with a pink ribbon. Her Gran still has it in the attic. Since then she has progressed a little bit and now has a number of published works held together with glue, not ribbons, an Alice B. Lavender certificate, a Lambda Literary award, and a Golden Crown award cluttering up her book shelves.

She studied music and all things arty at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating in 2002 with a BA in contemporary arts. She is certain it will prove useful someday…maybe.

When she isn’t busy running a campsite in the Lake District, Bramhall can be found hunched over her laptop scribbling down the stories that won’t let her sleep. She can also be found reading, walking the dogs up mountains while taking a few thousand photos, scuba diving while taking a few thousand photos, swimming, kayaking, playing the saxophone, or cycling.

Sam Achilles

Crossmedia Expert

Sam Achilles loves doing almost everything involving new media e.g. layout, formatting, and using all kinds of weird Adobe software. Other than that they like watching American television, especially fictional drama and sitcoms. One day they couldn’t justify their addiction any longer, so Sam decided to write a doctoral thesis about tv show’s LGBTQ+ characters. Now they can watch as much tv as they want portraying it as work. Whereas Sam rather reticent in real“ life, they love their private Twitter filter bubble.

Sam grew up in North Germany but lives near Frankfurt am Main for quite a few years now. Sadly, they miss the ocean very much, so if you want to make Sam happy send them to a peaceful location overlooking the sea.

Lee Winter

Digital Content Manager

Lee Winter has bounced all over Australia as an itchy-footed, award-winning journalist. For almost three decades she covered everything from hard news, courts, crime, and television, to feature writing, as well as turning her hand to being a humor columnist and a sub-editor. When she wasn’t falling in lust with every new-fangled gadget or picking apart the bizarre world of US politics, she could be found spending every waking moment furtively scribbling novels.

Lee is now a full-time author and part-time editor at Ylva. She is also our Digital Content Editor, editing or writing our blogs and various content we produce for the public. Lee says that being part of Team Ylva makes her as “thrilled as a Rottweiler with a tennis ball.” We hope that’s a good thing.

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