Thursday, August 29, 2013

Insider Access: Award-Winning Author Emily Liebert

Emily Liebert

Emily Liebert's background is very impressive. A native New Yorker, she landed her first job, out of college, as an Executive Assistant at ABC News. Emily helped produce television specials for Peter Jennings Reporting.

Her diverse achievements include:
  • Editing Kerry Kennedy’s New York Times bestseller, Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans Talk About Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning.
  • Writing lifestyle pieces for numerous online and print publications including The Huffington Post, Oprah.com, Elite Traveler, Robb Report, Gotham, and Cottages & Gardens.
  • Publishing her first book, Facebook Fairytales, which was featured at the 2010 Frankfurt Book Fair ... It includes and introductory interview with Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Becoming the spokesperson for Bing's partnership with Facebook.
  • Being featured by many media outlets including NBC's Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Anderson, FOX News, Oprah Radio, Martha Stewart Radio, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Woman's Day, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, and Celebrity Parents Magazine
Emily's debut novel, You Knew Me When, will be released on September 3rd. I received an early copy and LOVED it. Once I started the book, I just couldn't stop. For two consecutive days, I found myself up reading until the wee hours of the morning.


Emily was kind enough to answer a few of my questions...

Q: This is your first fictional novel. What inspired you to cross over from non-fiction to fiction?
EL: I've always wanted to write novels. I actually wrote a novel prior to my first book, Facebook Fairytales--which was narrative non-fiction. Even though the book was fiction, it was largely autobiographical.





Emily Liebert at Serena & Lily Preview Party

While my agent and I were editing it in preparation to submit to editors, I had the idea for Facebook Fairytales. Since Facebook Fairytales was so "of the moment," I put the original novel aside, and now I'm very glad I did. Let's just say it was cathartic, but will never see the light of day! That's when I wrote this novel, You Knew Me When. I have a second novel coming out in September 2014.

Q: Your career is very impressive. What was your biggest challenge. What are you most proud of?
EL: My biggest challenge was developing a thick skin. I've always been someone who, with hard work and perseverance, has been able to accomplish anything I put my mind to--as I believe most anyone can. So, when I started having doors slammed in my face or hearing from an editor that my book was good, but not good enough, I was stung (over and over).

Eventually, I realized that no matter what you do, no matter how hard you work, or how good your "product" is, there will always be someone who doesn't like it or who tries to knock you down.

What I'm most proud of has nothing to do with work--I'm most proud of being a mother to my two delicious little boys--Jax (almost four) and Hugo (three). I like to say that I'm a full time author and a full time mom, even though I know that's not really possible. On the work front, I'm most proud of landing a two-book novel deal in what's considered a very challenging publishing climate.

Q: How do you balance your writing career with family time?
EL: It's a constant juggling act! I could be on a conference call with a Hollywood producer one minute and wiping a snotty nose the next (The kid's not mine!). At the end of the day, my career is incredibly important to me, but there's nothing more important to me than my children.

I do have a wonderful nanny who helps with child care, but I'm very fortunate to be able to work from home and--to some extent--dictate my own schedule. Recently, I told my publicist to try not to schedule any interviews between certain hours, so I can be there to pick my kids up from camp.

Emily's Office
Q: Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers?
EL: Write about what you're passionate about and what you know. Push yourself to put words to paper, even when you're not feeling it. Develop a thick skin. Never respond to a bad review (no matter how tempting it may be!). If someone slams a door in your face, kick it down!

Q: What's next?
EL: I just finished my third book (second novel)--as yet titled. It's about a woman who lost her husband on 9/11 and, eleven years later, decides to move back home--to the suburbs of NYC--with their son.

She ends up running into some players from her past, one of whom is her dead husband's best friend from summer camp. She and his wife become good friends and you see how these two very different woman are both lost in life and trying to find their happiness. Stay tuned!!




You can pre-order You Knew Me When at amazon.com.