Emily Franklin is the author of more than a dozen young adult books. She lives with her husband, four kids, and an enormous dog outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
What’s your favorite line from a book?
From a children’s book, the opening line to Charlotte’s Web. It perfectly sets the tone and conflict and themes of the novel, while immediately drawing us in. “’Where’s Papa going with that ax?’ said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.”
For an adult book, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, in which Milan Kundera writes, “We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.”
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
In the YA world, Andrew Smith, E. Lockhart, and Judy Blume. In the adult world, Raymond Carver, Jane Austen, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
To tell stories.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Read everything – don’t limit yourself to one or two genres. Read outside of your comfort zone, read poetry and fiction and non-fiction. Stories are everywhere. Write as much as you can each day.