Emma Carlson-Berne

Emma Carlson Berne has written and edited more than two dozen books for young people. She holds a master’s degree in composition and rhetoric from Miami University. Emma lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two sons. Visit her online at http://emmacarlsonberne.com/.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

All the Ramona Quimby books

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Where’s Papa going with that axe?”—Fern, from Charlotte’s Web

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Beverly Cleary
Lois Lowry
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love reading and the chance to create stories all day for my job was irresistible.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Writing can be hard work. Don’t let yourself give up when writing gets hard. Sit yourself in a chair and work. Even not-very-good writing is better than no writing at all.