Emily Craven was first inspired to placed pen to paper when she was 12, after she learnt her favourite author, Isobelle Carmody, began her first novel at 14. Emily finished the first draft of her fantasy and travel novel manuscripts while completing a Bachelor of Science (Space Science and Astrophysics) at the University of Adelaide.
Her non-fiction piece entitled “Insert Hope Here”, a reflective piece on the digitisation of books, was published in the Australian literary magazine Voiceworks #84, ‘Pulp’. In the 2012 Aurealis Awards she was awarded the Kris Hemsbury Award for an emerging speculative fiction writer. For the last twelve months she has been mentored by world renowned fantasy author Isobelle Carmody, and is blogging about the lessons she learn at The Original Fantasy Blog.
For three years Emily has talked to experts from around the globe, including successful indie authors, publishers and the heads of online e-publishing giants. Concurrently she sought out expert mentors in the fields of internet marketing, social media and webinars, gathering all their combined knowledge and applying it to e-books, writing and publishing industry. This research resulted in the E-Book Revolution Blog (http://ebookrevolution.com.au) where she talks about e-books and author marketing.
She has spoken on marketing and e-books for the Australian Society of Authors, If:Book Australia and the National Young Writers’ Festival in Newcastle. At this year’s Adelaide Writers’ Festival she created and facilitated Adelaide: Choose Your Own Adventure, a project run with If:Book Australia. This involved forming a team of writers to pen fictional choose-your-own-adventure-stories based in the Adelaide streets. These stories were accessed by scanning a QR code on posters located around the CBD with a smart phone to reveal the story. Currently she is blogging for If:Book Australia and Meanland and was invited as a guest blogger on Isobelle Carmody’s month long launch site for her e-book, Greylands.
Always striving to challenge herself, Emily wrote her first play (Jake’s Page) which was accepted into Urban Myth’s Out of the Boot program (SA). The play was dramaturged by Caroline Reid, and produced in June 2012.
Emily has two YA comedy titles set in Facebook and one non-fiction title available as e-books, why not check them out at http://www.madelinecain.com