Musings of a YA author throwing herself into the fray. Join me on the journey ...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hi! Nice to meet you! I'm Emily McKay!

Introductions are always a little awkward, aren't they?
Even more so when you're just sitting there minding your own business, checking out the blog of one of your favorite YA authors, and then, out of no where, this new person dashes up, sticks her hand out and introduces herself. "Hi! Nice to meet you! I'm Emily McKay!"

Oh. Right. You're probably thinking. Tracy mentioned some friend of hers might be dropping by.

Yes, I'm that friend. And from now on, I'll be hanging out here a bit. So here's a quick introduction so you can get to know me.

(Btw, I think it's always awkward when people interview themselves, so think of this as more of a survey.)

What I write: I write romance novels for Harlequin Desire, YA rom-com (along with Tracy and Shellee) as Ivy Adams, and I just recently sold a paranormal YA to Berkley ... but more on that soon.

What I'm reading now: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I wanted to reread Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows before the last movie came out, but that just made me want to reread the other books. So I am.

Books I've read this summer (besides the Harry Potter books): Tracy's fabulous Tempest Rising, Amanda Hocking's Trylle trilogy, Susie Day's My Invisible Boyfriend (totally charming), Rebecca Stead's outstanding When You Reach Me, Grace Burrow's The Heir. Man, I've been reading a lot. I should really work more!

Movie I'm most looking forward to: Crazy, Stupid Love. Is it wrong that I'd go see that movie just for Ryan Gosling's pecs?

Favorite food: Lately, hamburgers. Bad for the environment, I know. But, hey, it's summer.

Favorite dessert: Anything lemony. Preferably in the form of cheesecake.

Favorite TV show: Big Bang Theory and Modern Family

What I'm listening to: INXS's "Beautiful Girl"

Now, since introductions shouldn't be one-sided, if you're a regular reader, tell me something about yourself. I'll pick one person to win a five dollar gift card from Amazon.


  1. Hi Emily, I'm so glad you're here!

  2. Hi Emily!
    Awesome interview! Great list of summer reads, I'll have to check those books out, oh and I love cheesecake too! I'm looking forward to getting to know you here on the blog and your books too!
    I'm an AVID reader who loves and collects books. I'll read almost anything (except horror, too creepy for me) and I've been a big fan of Tracy's for a while now! It's nice to meet you!! :)

  3. Mmmm, lemony desserts are my favorite! I also read and loved Tempest Rising this summer and recently became the last person on the planet to finish The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. I'm rereading Pride and Prejudice and have Laura Griffin's Surrender at Dawn up next. Looking forward to your YA novels—congrats on the Berkley sale! I've enjoyed your Harlequins.

  4. Blanche, nice to meet you! I don't read horror either. I'm such a wimp! I also don't read Oprah books. Those are just as scary. But I love just about everything else!
    Sandra, you're not the *last* person on the planet, 'cause I haven't read them either. I know everyone else loves them, but I just haven't been sure they'd be my thing.

  5. Hi, Emily! I'm also an avid reader of the blog, and I'm a lover of all things mermaid (some might call be obsessed), which is why I routinely stake out this blog to check out everything Tempest-related. Congrats on the Berkely paranormal YA sale, I'm always looking for great new paranormal books! :)

  6. Hi Emily! I also love The Big Bang Theory but need to catch up now that it's summer (I love Sheldon). I'm a college student who always wishes there were more hours in the day to read and study! I'm also still trying to figure out how my Nook works!

  7. Hi Emily! So many of those books you are reading sound great- Ireally need to read When You Reach Me! I'm a college students who is a vegetarian and reads way too much :)

  8. Hi Garrett,

    If you love mermaids, this is the place, isn't it? Mermainds totally rule.

  9. Hi Jeanette,

    I too wish there were more hours in the day! I was thinking exactly that this morning. I wish I had 48 hours in each day, so I could spend half my time reading!

  10. Erica,

    Definitely pick up When You Reach Me! It's a newberry award book. Just *so* good. The kind of book I keep buying for people and giving as a gift.
    I'm not an all out vegetarian, but always trying to eat vegetarian more often. I don't know why, but it seems harder in the summer.