Shayla Emory is a 20-something who spends all her time deep in some imaginary world, whether it be of her own creating or lost in the pages of someone else’s book. A lover of coffee and dragons, her favorite genre to write is fantasy. At the moment her main focus in MG but she’s been known to write YA and genre hop a lot.
If someone were to ask me to summon myself up in one word it would be “Writer” (okay or “crazy” “excentric” “awesome” but don’t all those things go along with being a writer anyway?) I’ve been writing since I was 16. I got my first “big idea” when I was about 13 or 14 and I am still working on making that thing AMAZING because it was TERRIBLE when I first wrote it, but it has my heart.
Since then, I’ve written quite a bit. I write YA and MG. My most written genres would be MG fantasy and YA contemporary. In YA, I’ve also written fantasy, paranormal, horror/thriller, an Alice In Wonderland retelling, sci-fi, and dystopian. MG, just fantasy and magical realism. I started out with MG fantasy then changed focus for a while doing a lot of YA contemporary until the day I suddenly realized hello, MG fantasy is my SOUL.
My main goal is to be traditionally published but at the moment I’m still deep in the query trenches.
Obviously, I also love to read. My all time favorite authors include Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling (ofc), Cinda Williams Chima, Brandon Mull, Maggie Stiefvater, Rainbow Rowell, Brandon Sanderson, Melina Marchetta, Diana Wynne Jones, and many others.
Besides reading and writing, I have an undying love for an eclectic verity of music. Favorite bands/artists include Linkin’ Park, Fall Out Boy, Owl City, Disturbed, Marianas Trench, Breaking Benjamin, Trapt, 3 Doors Down, American Authors, and Taylor Swift.
I also LOVE to bake and cook. I’ve been teaching myself to bake for about five years now, I added cooking last year. I’m even more of a perfectionist with my recipes than with my writing.
I’m a lover of books and adventure. A writer who loves NaNoWriMo. And a coffee connoisseur. Also, Magnus Bane is life goals, just saying.
Get to know me: I’m insane and dramatic. A fangirl and nerd at heart. I like being scared but only by fictional things. Make most my decisions from gut instinct. Think everything is better with background music and have a compulsive desire to dye my hair bright colors. SuperGirl is my Patronus.
I also love critiquing and beta reading so if you want to be writing friends, chat me up on Twitter here!