In the Paris Review, Kenzaburo Oe recommends authors should spend a third of their time writing, one third reading, and one third living.
In fifteen years of journalism, reporting from over 30 countries in six continents, Emma has done her fair share of living. Her work for Bloomberg, The Associated Press and as a freelancer has appeared in The Guardian, the New York Times, Washington Post, and the New Statesman, among others. These experiences. combined with a love of travel and talking to people, will provide a rich trove of material for many novels to come.
Since returning to the UK in 2010, she has focused more on long form writing – and exploring both in fiction and commercial writing some of the topics she enjoyed covering in her media career. In particular she is fascinated by two main forces of change shaping our worlds: cultural mixing, and the digital revolution.
She has always read avidly and counts Ian McEwan, J.M. Coetzee, Dave Eggers, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche and recently Sarah Butler among her favourite authors.
Her first book, Schizophrenie Francaise (Sego, Sarko, Jacques et moi) was published in France by Jean Claude Gawsewitch Editeur in 2007. It was called “the book all the presidential candidates should read” by Paris Match. Her second published book is called Creative France, a commissioned book of short stories for promotional agency Business France. She has also co-authored numerous reports for think tanks and academic journals, which you can find out more about on her consultancy website Click Here
Her first novel, Twisted Ladder (as yet unpublished), explores the hereditary aspects of addiction, and she is completing her second novel, She’s Got Flava, which brings two very different women together in an African kitchen.
She enjoys public speaking, and appeared on numerous French television and radio shows to promote Schizophrenie Francise, including the popular Ce Soir (ou jamais!) on France 2, L’Espirit Public (France Culture), CNBC, France 24, i-Tele, RTL, BFM and Radio Aligre. She has spoken at conferences including Place East London, the Federation of Small Businesses, Triple Helix and at the inaugural London Stansted Cambridge Conference. She has also run workshops for RBKC and the European Commission.
She has a degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester, a postgraduate diploma from the Scottish Centre for Journalism Studies, and a Masters in Spatial Planning from UCL. She is graduate of the Faber Academy, an associate of Demos, a member of the Society of Authors and the Federation of Small Businesses, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.