Our chat with Emily…
I’ve always enjoyed coming up with stories and characters and trying to imagine how the world feels from someone else’s point of view. When I was a child, I wrote tons of pretend magazine and books that my poor mum had to wade through!
I wrote to lots of agents in the UK and America with book proposals and was delighted when at last I found someone who thought I had good ideas!
The rejections and amount of patience you need is really hard in the publishing world and I felt really fed up after sending my first novel out to agents and didn’t get a positive response. I think I just couldn’t help but get inspired again with a new idea, and I tried to use the process as a learning curve rather than the end of the road.
That a book I had written was laugh out loud funny. That made me feel great.
I try to use my time in my studio efficiently and not to get too distracted by the internet or housework. I also use any opportunity, from bus journeys to being in the dentist’s chair to try and think through my latest plot or characters!