Emily Barth Isler

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Emily Barth Isler lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and their two kids. A former child actress, she performed all over the world in theatre, film, and TV. In addition to books, Emily writes about sustainable, eco-friendly beauty and skincare, and has also written web sitcoms, parenting columns, and personal essays. She has a B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University, and really, really loves television. Find her at www.emilybarthisler.com


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Giver by Lois Lowry

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it… yet.”― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Judith Viorst, Shannon Hale, and Lois Lowry

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I have always wanted to tell stories. I’m fascinated by people— why they do what they do! I worked as an actress for a long time and was always interested in the stories. It took me a while to figure out I wanted to be the one writing the stories, deciding what happened next!

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Just write! Don’t wait for the perfect moment or the perfect circumstances. Don’t be precious or perfect. Just put words down on the page. Don’t throw anything away. As Nora Ephron says, “Everything is Copy,” and everything you write will be useful someday, even if it’s not evident immediately.