Krystle Appiah

Editor at The Novelry

Formerly Pan Macmillan


Children’s & YA Fiction Editor

Previously Editor at Pan Macmillan

Before joining The Novelry, Krystle Appiah was an Editor at Macmillan Children’s Books, a division of Pan Macmillan and home to authors including Marcus Rashford, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Tomi Adeyemi and Julia Donaldson.

With experience at two major publishing houses, Krystle has a wide range of publishing skills and special expertise in children’s fiction. Through her own writing, she also loves to work with authors of literary and book club women’s fiction.

Krystle began her career at Walker Books, working on New York Times-bestselling author Angie Thomas and the Carnegie Medal-longlisted poetry collection Somebody Give This Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur. During her time at Pan Macmillan, Krystle worked on a broad range of children’s books from Sir Lenny Henry’s The Boy with Wings to Padraig Kenny’s The Shadows of Rookhaven, as well as championing new authors and working towards greater diversity and inclusion.

At The Novelry, Krystle brings her experience as an author and her flair as a publishing editor to our authors’ books to ensure the highest publishing standards.

Editor by day, contemporary fiction author by night.

As an editor and an author, Krystle brings writers depth of knowledge from both sides of the publishing process. Krystle’s first novel Rootless was sold as a six-figure, two-book deal to The Borough Press and was published in the U.K. and the U.S. in April 2023.

Krystle Zara Appiah is a Ghanaian writer and screenwriter, born and raised in London. She has a degree in literature and creative writing from the University of Kent. In 2020, she was one of forty writers selected for the London Library’s Emerging Writers Programme.

She is represented by Mushens Entertainment.

‘Krystle’s writing is gorgeous, and I found the exploration of love and motherhood very moving – I’m so excited to see The Borough Press launch what I’m sure will be a long and successful writing career.’ —Juliet Mushens

I love connecting with writers and storytellers, helping them develop their work into the very best manuscript possible.

—Krystle Appiah


A marriage in crisis.

Rootless is a tightly woven and powerful portrayal of a relationship in crisis. Best friends Efe and Sam meet as teenagers in 1990s London. Over the years that follow the best friends become lovers, then marry. But an unplanned pregnancy forces them to confront just how radically different they want their lives to be. Soon Efe is swallowed up by the demands of motherhood, the dreams for her life dangling from a thread. And when she disappears one morning, leaving both Sam and their daughter behind, Sam’s illusion of their perfect marriage crumbles. He’s about to discover exactly who he’s married to and the lengths he’ll go to win her back…


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