Hi! I'm emery.
I'm the author of novels about teenage girls:
Open Road Summer, The Start of Me & You, When We Collided, The Names They Gave Us, and The Map from Here to There.
I was born near a harbor on the East coast and raised near a beach, an ocean, a great lake, and the Ohio River. I'm a longtime Cincinnatian, where we love good food, our public library, and a majestic baby hippo named Fiona.
I live with my family in a house that has a bookshelf in almost every room.
I believe in the magic of storytelling, Ferris wheels, and you.
Major: Public Relations / English Literature
High school & college: Ohio public schools and proud of it
When did you starting writing?
I started writing fiction seriously after college. I always thought I'd write grim, minimalist short stories like the ones I loved in school, but age 23 can be weird and hard and lonely. I went right back home, to YA.
How did you get published?
I wrote a draft of a book, revised it (with a critique partner), queried agents, got some rejections, was offered representation, went on submission with my manuscript, got some rejections, received offers! (Every comma represents time passing, working late into the night, and self-doubt.)
Who is your agent?
Taylor Martindale Kean of Full Circle Literary
How did you find your agent?
The old-fashioned way! Slush pile.
And, my most Frequently Asked Question of all: Is there going to be a sequel to The Start of Me & You?
There is! It's called The Map from Here to There, and it's about senior year and anxiety and feeling like an unstoppable mess, plowing through mistakes without brakes. It is, like most things I write, about second and third and fourth chances and when to give them and how to take them with grace.