Our Team

Mike Johnson

Manuscript development and mentoring.

Having trouble bringing your novel or story to a successful conclusion? Mike has more than ten years experience teaching creative writing, and mentoring Masters of Creative Writing students at both the University of Auckland and AUT University.

Services include:

  • Providing inspiration and insight into your story
  • Identifying narrative problems and working towards solutions
  • Creating effective beginnings and endings
  • Creating characters and character arcs
  • Looking at how to write good dialogue and description
  • Working with language
  • All issues relating to tone, style, point of view and pace of fiction
  • Mentoring poets

Payment by negotiation

Contact: mike@lasavia.co.nz


aka Eagle Eye Odey

Freelance proofreader, copyeditor and more

Odette lives in the South Island and is the mother of two spirited children. She has been helping businesses and people with their written works of art for over 12 years. Any title approved for publishing with Lasavia requires a proofreading spot check before it gets submitted for the book design phase. You can find out more about her services here

Contact: odette@lasaviapublishing.com


(Or J. K. Rackham)

Writer and Illustrator

Jenn works with Lasavia as illustrator, book cover designer and jack of all trades regarding illustrations. She has worked with Mike to create Taniwha and has created several of Mike's new book covers.

Services include:

  • Illustrations
  • Comic/web comics writing and illustrations
  • Book Cover Designs
  • Logo Designs

Payment by negotiation

You can find more about her and her portfolio here

Contact: Jenn@lasaviapublishing.com


Interior book layout and design

For Lasavia authors and others by request.

From manuscript to professionally produced print ready book, I can assist you with the setup requirements, interior layout and design.

Services include -

  • The layout, formatting and interior design of your book - including the title page, copyright page, dedications, table of contents (if required), chapter pages, primary content, acknowledgments and image placement if required.
  • Selection of appropriate fonts, and creating a look and feel based on current trends and standards, binding options, book size etc

Contact: mahina@lasavia.co.nz


Irena Tovic – Story Editor

Interested in working with Lasavia Publishing? Contact: Contact@lasaviapublishing.com for more information.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
— Maya Angelou


Sometimes writers get so immersed into the story that they find it hard to ‘see’ it. That is where I come in. My job is to look at the plot, themes, characterization, pace, flow and language, and to work closely with the writer to help bring the manuscript to its best possible story.