Emma Newman was born in a tiny coastal village in Cornwall during one of the hottest summers on record and now lives in Somerset, England. According to her grandmother she started writing stories when she was four years old. She wrote throughout her childhood until her short story about a girl using a time machine to murder someone earned her a place at Oxford University. That achievement scared Emma so much that she didn’t write for over ten years. After mostly screwing her life up trying to forget she was supposed to be writing, she finally sorted herself out and wrote her first novel, ’20 Years Later’, set in post-apocalyptic London. Her short story collection ‘From Dark Places’ was published in 2011.
Emma is also a professional audiobook narrator, narrating short stories and novels in all genres. She also co-writes and hosts the Hugo nominated podcast ‘Tea and Jeopardy’ which involves tea, cake, mild peril and singing chickens.
Emma’s Split Worlds urban fantasy series was recently published by Angry Robot Books. Set in Bath, London and Oxford and their secret magical reflections, the series mashes up contemporary urban fantasy with hardboiled detective mystery, period drama manners, fairy tales, mad sorcerers and a big dollop of feminism. It was described as “JK Rowling meets Georgette Heyer” by the Guardian. The first in the series, ‘Between Two Thorns’, has been shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society ‘Best Novel’ award and also for ‘Best Newcomer’.
Emma is a keen roleplayer, having run tabletop games and live, fully costumed games for up to seventy people. She’s also scared of practically everything and has discovered a passionate dislike of writing extended bios, especially in the third person. She blogs at www.enewman.co.uk, rarely gets enough sleep and refuses to eat mushrooms. Seriously.