Em Garner began writing at a very young age, always preferring the stories about what goes bump in the night. An avid reader of horror, science-fiction and fantasy, she first turned her hand to short stories about the sorts of things that hide under the bed…and she kept right on going.
Now Em spends most of her time in front of her computer, writing away at all the ideas she has swirling around in her head and hoping she can get them into a story before she forgets them.
She loves zombies, unicorns, and rainbows, the color purple and the smell of roses. She hates the smell of lilies, the feeling of corduroy and biting sandpaper. (Well. Who doesn’t?)
She lives at the beach with her family, where she spends a lot of time reading and sticking her feet in the sand. She is afraid of sharks, but that doesn’t stop her from going in the water.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
So many favorites! Black Beauty, The Black Stallion series, Little Women, The Little House on the Prairie series
What’s your favorite line from a book?
“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness,” from 1984
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
Ann Aguirre, Stephen King, JL Armentrout
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
When I was in third grade I read a book by Ray Bradbury, and I loved it so much that I knew I wanted to tell stories like that.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Writers write. If you want to be a writer, write and write and write, and then write some more. It’s the only way it will happen.