HI EVERYONE! Thank you for taking an interest in my stories. As a writer, I love to please readers, so... if you enjoyed my work, yay! If not... remember, I write more than one genre and hopefully, the next story I write will be just for you!
If you're anything like me, you like nosing around author's websites to find out what makes them tick. I also have a facebook page called: Emma Pullar Storyteller. Drop by and give me a wave.
I have three children, a husband and a naughty cat called Rupert. I was born and raised in London, England then moved to Christchurch, New Zealand when I was sixteen, where I met my Kiwi husband. I currently live in Kent, England but who knows where I will end up next. I'm a British and New Zealand citizen and I feel fortunate to identify with both cultures. I love travelling and hope to visit more countries and meet more people and learn and grow and share stories!
Writing has always been my passion. I have a theory that everyone knows what they want to do in life by the age of seven. I wanted to be a dancer, a writer and Prime Minister. Having checked off the first two, I can tell you that I have no desire to do the last one. I prefer to be ruler of my fictional worlds and even then the characters end up ruling me and doing whatever they like!
I started writing stories as soon as I could pick up a pencil and I've never stopped. The first picture book I ever wrote was called 'Attack of the Killer Wheelie Bins' and was about wheelie bins getting sick of people stuffing them with rubbish and so they started eating people! Another story I remember writing at primary school was about two kids who fell down a pit and were eaten alive by a beast. It was graphic, the teacher was concerned and called my mother in. It was decided I had a wild imagination and no intervention was needed. Phew!
Reading 'Curly from Shirley' to children in Christchurch
Emma's first book signing in Christchurch - March 2011.
My first published work was a picture book called 'Curly from Shirley.' We sold 3000 copies to raise money for The Red Cross Earthquake Appeal. Curly from Shirley made number four on the bestseller list. There's a good little doggie! And was recognised by New Zealand Post, 'Getting Kiwis Reading,' with the opening lines being picked as a favourite and printed on coffee mugs along with Victoria M Azaro's stunning illustrations.
Happy in Whitcoulls Bookshop!
DARK MINDS book launch, King's Cross, London - Dec 2016
My second published work is a short horror story called, LONDON'S CRAWLING. It was a finalist for Twisted50 and then went on to win a spot in the DARK MINDS charity anthology. The DARK MINDS collection became a number one bestseller. Please see my book page if you'd like a sneak peek on AMAZON.
Dark stories have always been my preference. As a teenager I read horror, sci-fi, dystopian, paranormal and fantasy, and I'd often dream about becoming a professional writer but never thought I could because I lacked a basic education. My teachers did the best they could but being in a low social economic area in South East London meant they didn't have much time to nurture students the way they would have liked. My spelling, punctuation and grammar wasn't built into my programming and I had to learn it as an adult. I still struggle from time to time.
I write every day and learn from other writers who are gracious enough to give me their time and knowledge for free. If you know in your heart that you are a writer and you don't have much of an education, find a mentor, study books and blogs and suck up the free knowledge available on the net or in the library. It works. I taught myself and practised from 2011-2015 and now I have my writing style figured out. During this 'apprenticeship' I wrote two novels, (one of them twice) shorts stories and picture books. I now know what needs to be done to complete a well crafted novel. At least I hope I do. Only you, the reader, can be the judge of that.
Emma signing books in London - Dec 2016
I'm represented by Vicki Marsdon of Word|Link. My YA paranormal romance is currently on submission and my dystopian thriller has found a home with Bloodhound Books! My debut novel will be published in autumn 2017.
Watch this space if you're a fan of horror, dystopian, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal. I have lots of stories I want to share with you.
My favourite authors are CS Lewis, Roald Dahl, Suzanne Collins, Stephen King, Julia Donaldson, Dr Seuss, Phillip K Dick, JK Rowling, George Orwell, Samantha Shannon, L V Hay and GX Todd. To name a few!