Emmy spends most of her time writing, reading or otherwise being involved with books. When she isn’t doing that, she plays videogames (MMORPG and city builders are her favourites) or enjoys/irritates her cats.
Emmy has a neurodivergent brain and loves everyone. She writes LGBTQIA+ characters who deal with diverse topics but above all who love and are loved in return.
A little bit more about Emmy; Emmy is Dutch, though her best language is English and she actually got her BA in a small city in England called Chichester.
These days she's back in the Netherlands and lives with her Significant Other and two cats in a very very small house, filled with books and videogames.
She's been a full-time author since 2015 and writes over multiple pen names to pull that off.
Her Elysium is her first book with characters that are very much like herself and while it was scary, she also found it very rewarding and loved the experience.
Emmy identifies as Pan & Andro and prefers the pronouns She/Her.
Emmy sat down with us to give us an exclusive interview!
1. Besides LGBT+ OwnVoices, anything else in your books OwnVoice (mental illness, physical disability, etc.)
In Her Elysium I also write about ADHD, in The Other Dress there are dealings with depression and burnout depression and in an upcoming story I'm featuring an autistic MC.
2. What is the best money you've spent as an author?
Tiny 11" laptop so I can write anywhere that I want. That, or my 4TheWords subscription ;)
3. Do you view writing as a "spiritual" practice?
I'm not a spiritual person. To me, writing is how my brain works. I always narrate what I do in my head, even as I type I narrate the words in my head and then my fingers just move and move and move. It's almost as natural to me as breathing.
4. Have you ever googled yourself? Anything interesting?
I have. I just realised that Her Elysium is on a Dutch reviewing website (a little like GoodReads) and I like that, since I'm Dutch myself. ;)
5. What part of life do you write most about? (Child, Teenager, Adult, etc.)
6. You've been transported to the world of Harry Potter! What House do you want to be in? Who do you try to date (if anyone)? Is Harry your BFF or the antagonist?
According to the test on the website, I'd go into Ravenclaw, which doesn't surprise me as I'm a total knowledge and skill hoarder.
Harry... I dunno. I'd likely not even realise much that he's there (I'm not kidding, I'm always the last to know when important things happen, so I don't think I'd realise much of him prancing around ;) ).
7. You meet your favourite author! They tell you they've read your book and LOVED it! What is your reaction?
Honestly, what else should I do? It would totally overload my brain so I have no idea what else I'd do.
8. You're at the club (I know we're both probably introverts but like, play along) Your favourite song comes on! What is it?
Grendel - Zombienation
This probably ages me as I was in my teens when that came out and it's probably one of the few songs I'll really dance to at a club :P
9. You're transported to your WIP! What is your relation to the MC?
Probably a close friend or something. Someone they share videogames or anime or manga or something with. We'll probably share a love of the same type of game or thing to read/watch.
I'm not actually that good with friendships or stuff like that, so I don't even know how close it would be.
10. Anything else the readers of this world should know about you?
I'm a total geek and nerd. I have a passion for all things numbers, I suck at my own mother tongue (Dutch), but I have an academic level working knowledge of English, which people don't see to understand but I attribute to the fact that by the time I was learning English, I could already read and write, so I just had to learn the new words, which means fewer possibilities of stupid errors being introduced.
But, I guess that's just what I feel about it ;)
If Emmy seems like your kind of author, you can follow her on Twitter @EmmyEngberts
She also has a personal website: http://emmyengberts.com/
Where Can We Find Your Books?
Her Elysium is my first YA with Queer girls and especially with gamer girls. The story also deals with ADHD and some specific ADHD struggles, which I also have. It was great to combine all the little pieces of myself into something that is so positive.
We thank Emmy for stopping by today!
Tune in tomorrow for our next author, A.L. Lester!