Emily Liebert was here on Monday talking about her debut, You Knew Me When, and she is back today to talk about her #literarycrush, favorite authors, and more! Don’t forget: Traveling With T is giving away a copy of You Knew Me When and the Zoya nail polish set inspired by the book! To enter- simply comment on the Interview With Emily Liebert post!
Author Spotlight: Emily Liebert
Emily, who are some of your favorite authors?
Judy Blume, Jennifer Weiner, Jill Kargman, Sarah Pekkanen, Emily Giffin, Elizabeth Noble, and Jane Green.
When you are not writing, what do you like to take part in?
I love to travel, cook, and spend as much time as possible with my little “babies” Jaxsyn (4) and Hugo (3).
Emily- do you have any #literaryconfessions?
If I don’t like a book after two chapters, I give up on it. I used to push myself to finish every book I started and then I realized it was a waste of my time. Oh, and I’ve never read Twilight, any of the Harry Potter books, or Fifty Shades of Grey.
What is your favorite movie of 2013?
I rarely ever watch movies. There’s a confession! The last movie I saw was Monsters University (with my kids) and before that it was The Social Network. So that gives you a sense! I don’t have the patience to sit in one spot for that long without chatting. Even when my husband and I try to watch a movie at home, I’m walking around doing other things. It drives him crazy!
Do you have a #literarycrush?
Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables—one of my ALL TIME favorite books!
Emily- what is your vision of a perfect day?
Cuddling with my kids and my husband in the morning, bringing in bagels for breakfast, and then heading to the beach to go boating with friends, followed by a great, casual dinner. I’m a big foodie. Of course, a little shopping couldn’t hurt!
Do you, Emily, have a favorite opening line from a book?
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” —Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
What are some books that you will always make room for on the shelves?
Anne of Green Gables, Summer Sisters, Little Earthquakes, The Help
*Special thanks to Emily Liebert for agreeing to this Author Spotlight!
Emily Liebert was born and raised in New York City, attended the Horace Mann School and Smith College, where she graduated with a B.A. in English Language & Literature.
After college, Emily landed her first job as an Executive Assistant at ABC News, where she honed her organizational skills and helped produce television specials for Peter Jennings Reporting. To this day, she is a whiz with “To Do” lists.
Since childhood, Emily’s had a passion for writing, so when the opportunity to become Editor-in-Chief of The WAG—a luxury lifestyle magazine covering Westchester and Fairfield Counties—presented itself, she jumped at the chance. During Emily’s five-year tenure, she wrote hundreds of articles, including celebrity profiles, travel, fashion, and beauty.
Ready for her next adventure, Emily became a full-time freelance writer, penning lifestyle pieces for media outlets such as, The Huffington Post, Oprah.com, Elite Traveler, Robb Report, Gotham, and Cottages & Gardens.
In 2009, Emily edited Kerry Kennedy’s New York Times bestseller Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans Talk About Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning.
The following year, Emily published her first book, Facebook Fairytales, which was featured at the 2010 Frankfurt Book Fair, and Emily was one of 20 guests of honor—among Elizabeth Kostova, Russell Banks, and Lisa See—at the renowned Literary Feast 2010, a privilege reserved for best-selling and buzz-worthy authors.
Shortly thereafter, Emily was hired by Microsoft as the spokesperson for Bing’s partnership with Facebook and appeared in 30+ television and radio spots for the brand, which garnered exceptional ratings.
In 2012, Emily wrote her debut novel, You Knew Me When, which will publish on September 3, 2013. Her second novel will publish in September 2014, both with Penguin Group USA.
Emily is featured often in the press, by outlets such as: NBC’s Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Anderson, FOX News, NBC’s LXTV, 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.
When Emily’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and cozying up with a good book. She’s been known to ride on a Harley Davidson. And she does a mean Running Man. Emily lives with her husband, Lewis, and their two delicious little boys, Jaxsyn and Hugo, in the suburbs of New York City, where she moved kicking and screaming for fear that there would be no Chinese food delivery at 3 a.m.