Earlier this week, Emily Liebert wrote about how her fascination with secrets led to her career in fiction. With the publication of her latest novel, The Secrets We Keep, she is guest blogging as this week’s Visiting Scribe on The ProsenPeople.
She’s a number one New York Times bestselling author. She’s the author of twelve novels. She throws down with Jonathan Franzen. And she live tweets The Bachelor. What’s not to love? I’ve long been a fan of Jennifer’s — her sardonic wit, her flawed yet authentic characters, and her writing style, which is bold, yet relatable. But what I admire most about Jennifer is her confidence. She refuses to be bullied and that’s a message worth spreading.
When I first met Geralyn she was cancer-free. I worked as an intern for her at 20/20 on ABC the summer she was diagnosed. To date, I have never seen someone fight cancer with such eternal optimism and such an open heart. It’s with this same spirit that she wrote her first book, Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy, which was not only poignant and powerful, but funny at the same time. That’s Geralyn. Most recently, she wrote her second book Then Came Life, a tribute to survivors of all kinds. Geralyn is also a wife, mother, an award-winning producer, and a women’s health advocate. If that’s not inspiring, I’m not sure what is.
A critically acclaimed novelist who wrote a book about wine country? Now that’s my kind of girl! I was recently introduced to Laura’s novels through a mutual friend and was instantly hooked. Laura has a unique talent for developing both her characters and her story so that you’re drawn in from the first page. She also leaves you desperate for more once you’ve finished. Not to mention that her work has been published in fifteen countries and three of her four books have been optioned for the big screen.
This is one smart lady. A graduate of Yale undergrad, Elyssa worked as a lawyer after graduating from Columbia Law School. She also wrote for some major magazines before penning her debut book Love and Miss Communication which asks readers to imagine life without the Internet. And without social media. She had me there. But once I found out she loves, French fries, ice cream, pizza, wine, and Scrabble, I thought perhaps I’d stumbled upon my soul mate.
Susan Jane Gilman
I hate doing readings. For one, I’m more of an off-the-cuff kind of gal. But beyond that, I feel like it’s always boring for my audience. Not so with Susan. I attended a reading of hers shortly after she published The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street and was mesmerized. It was nothing short of brilliant, as is her writing. I immediately bought all of her other books and devoured them. And I’d strongly recommend you do the same!
Emily Liebert is the bestselling author of You Knew Me When, When We Fall, Facebook Fairytales, and Those Secrets We Keep, published Summer 2015.
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Emily Liebert is the author of five novels and has been featured in publications such as Wall Street Journal, People, HuffPost, and more. Born and raised in NYC Emily lives with her husband and two sons in Connecticut. In addition to writing novels, Emily pens a travel and books column in Westport Magazine, teaches Pure Barre classes and enjoys traveling and cooking.