We asked Emily to compile a list of
the questions that she gets asked most frequently and
here they are...
How did you come to write your first
I worked at the Guardian for several
years, until I could no longer resist the urge to go
away travelling. One morning, on the spur of the moment,
I asked the travel editor whether she'd let me go on
a round the world trip, writing a column as I went.
To my astonishment, she said yes, and so three weeks
later I was boarding a plane to Rio, on my own. I travelled
for a year, and will always remember that time, particularly
my months in Asia, as among the best days of my life.
There's nothing quite like that sense of freedom. When
I came home, I had enough confidence to decide that
I would have a go at that novel after all. The result
was Backpack, and it has since been followed
by Baggage, Cuban Heels and Atlantic Shift.
Did travelling change you?
I'm sure it did. I don't think I'd be
writing novels now (I have just finished my fifth) if I hadn't had that
experience. Not only that, but I met the man who is now my husband
while I was in China, and we now have two young sons, aged three and
one. We moved to France last year, and I'm not sure we would have been
as quick as we were to do that if it hadn't been for that year
travelling. Living in France has been a fantastic experience so far.