What motivates you as a writer?
The art of expression. Writing and reading brings us so intimately inside a character to allow a delicate story to be told. By reading, we can grow, learn, and heal as a culture. No other platform unifies like reading. I'm honored to play a part at its beginning as a writer.
What types of books do you like to read?
Picture books of all kinds, mysteries and suspense, and memoirs.
How has becoming a writer affected your own reading habits?
I read more actively and with purpose whereas before I often read purely for entertainment. I find myself studying the author's craft while I read as much as I'm taken away into the story.
Emily Matheis writes picture books and Adult novels with a focus on STEM and showing women and girls in positions of power. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and is a first-place award-winning writer through the organization.
Emily got her first taste of writing books as a member of the Young Author’s Club in elementary school, where she wrote and illustrated a story titled “The Silly Crocdiel [sic]” that, sadly, is not likely to be published. She worked as a journalist for her university newspaper interviewing anyone from mayors and nonprofit leaders to student activists. Her post-graduate opportunities moved her into technical proposal writing. A few years later, she was inspired to write books for children, as she found published books to be woefully lacking in stories of female heroism.
From there, she branched out into novels, adhering to the same focus and drive for women in intelligent, adaptable, and exemplifying roles.
Whether it's mysteries and suspense for all of their captivating puzzles and intricate characters, romantic comedies that flourish with charming hope for a Happily Ever After, or the all-important genre of picture books and the profound windows and mirrors they provide for children to be seen and valued, Emily explores it all in her writing.
The setting for all her novels is inspired by her husband’s real-life Indiana farming hometown where The Andy Griffith Show meets Cheers. Emily currently lives in Georgia with her husband, twins, and cat, Pete (also known as Pete the Cat).