Emma Sharon Rich wrote her first novel when
she was five years old--it was illustrated in crayon and bound with Scotch tape. The book itself--a stirring tale of a girl
named Mary whose favorite tree had beans growing on it--did not make much of a splash in the literary scene, but this only
spurred Emma on to write more. Finally, after years of exhaustive toil and sacrifice, she decided she'd better start writing
about something other than beans, so she began to write fantasy novels instead. Her two subsequent novels, The Penny Prophecy
and Turning a Blind Eye, have been much better received by the reading public.
Emma was born in Uppsala, Sweden, and has
lived all over the United States, including Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Philadelphia, Oregon, New York, and Missouri. She holds
Bachelors degrees in both Speech-Language Pathology/Communicative Disorders and English Literature, has earned a Masters degree
in British Renaissance Literature, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Renaissance literature and Shakespeare. She
teaches English Composition and literature at the University of Missouri while she writes her novels, and spends her (very
rare) free time on her various hobbies: horseback riding, scuba diving, fine wine and dining and watching bad science fiction
movies (well, she likes the good ones, too!).
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Favorite animal? The wolf.