This is Emma moments before being awarded Best Twisted Tale for her short horror story, WORMS
Emma Pullar, writer of dark fiction.
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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. 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.
When I was a child, 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.
At primary school, I wrote a picture book called 'Attack of the Killer Wheelie Bins'. It 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 parents in. It was decided I had a wild imagination and no intervention was needed. Phew!
My first published work was a picture book called 'Curly from Shirley.'
We sold 3000 copies to raise money for The Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.
Curly from Shirley was a national bestseller. There's a good little doggie! And was recognised by New Zealand Post, 'Getting Kiwis Reading,' as best opening lines which were then printed on coffee mugs along with one of Victoria M Azaro's stunning illustrations.
FIVE YEARS LATER...
My second published work was a short horror story called, 'London's Crawling'.
Back in the UK, I taught myself how to write using free online resources and my first short story was a finalist for the Twisted50 anthology. The horror story, London's Crawling, then went on to win a spot in the Dark Minds charity anthology. The Dark Minds collection became a number one bestseller.
My third published work was a novel.
A dystopian thriller called Skeletal. Part of an R18 duology.
I'm happy to say I have had many more stories and novels and picture books published since.
Dark stories for adults and children have always been my preference. As a teenager I read horror, sci-fi, dystopian, paranormal, supernatural, mysteries, and fantasy,
What am I currently working on?
I'm working on a YA saga. I wrote the first draft back in 2015 as a stand alone but over the years the story evolved and decided it wanted to be four books. I'm also working on a children's animation. Updates on my writing for children can be found on my E.V. Parker website. firstname.lastname@example.org
I have three children, a husband and a naughty cat called Rupert.
My favourite authors are Roald Dahl, Suzanne Collins, Stephen King, Julia Donaldson, Dr Seuss, George Orwell, Jack Meggitt-phillips, Sayaka Murata, Maya Angelou and Margaret Atwood. To name a few!
Do you have any favourite authors? Write to me here!