Hi, I'm Emma
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. Find me on my facebook page, on Instagram @emmapullar_storyteller and twitter @EmmaStoryteller. 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. 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 before they are ten years old. 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 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,' with the opening lines being picked as a favourite and printed on coffee mugs along with Victoria M Azaro's stunning illustrations.
My second published work was 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.
My third published work was a novel.
A dystopian thriller called Skeletal. Part of an R18 duology written with a YA flavour.
I'm happy to say I have had many more stories and novels and picture books published since.
Dark stories and children's fantasy have always been my preference. As a teenager I read horror, sci-fi, dystopian, paranormal, supernatural, crime 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'm still learning and growing everyday. I give thanks to all my teachers and my mentor who have helped me to grow.
I write every day and learn from other writers who are gracious enough to share their knowledge with me.
If you know in your heart that you're a writer and you don't have much of an education, I suggest finding a mentor. Also, 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) scripts, shorts stories and picture books. Writing something (anything, it could be a social media post) every day helps. There is not a day that goes by that I don't write.
Watch this space if you're a fan of crime, horror, dystopian, sci-fi, fantasy, supernatural and paranormal stories. I have lots 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, Margaret Atwood, L V Hay and GX Todd. To name a few!
Do you have any favourite authors? Write to me here!