Emmie in fallHello!!! I’m Emily Katharina (I get called Emmie Kay a lot, hence the blog’s name), and this is my blog. If you’re here, then you’re probably as interested in YA novels as I am. I started this blog as a project for a university communications course in January 2013, but that’s just a good excuse, since I love writing anyways!! Originally, this blog focused on dystopian novels, but I’ve since expanded it to focus more on the wide range of YA novels, including middle-grade, new adult, and books that are not necessarily young adult, but that young adult readers might enjoy. However, I never forget my roots, and dystopian fiction still holds a very special place, both on this blog and in my heart ❤

On the personal/bio side, I’m now a professional young adult and children’s lit nerd, having graduated from the University of Winnipeg with my BA in English with Specialization in Children’s and Young People’s Texts and Cultures (minor in Conflict Resolution Studies) in 2016. I’m a proud homeschool graduate, as well as a proud graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s CYPTC (Children and Young People’s Texts and Cultures concentration). In case you didn’t know, the University of Winnipeg is an international center for children’s and youth’s literature and cultures studies. Please feel free to contact me about studying at the U of Winnipeg, or about homeschooling. Both great experiences!

In Fall 2016, I started graduate school in Nova Scotia for my master’s in English (where Anne of Green Gables went to university, btw), where I  was a teaching assistant and worked on a thesis on how  Anne’s (of Green Gables) negotiation of adulthood and imagination inspire audiences to create their own fan media. Ideally, I’d love to do a PhD in children’s literature someday, but I’m going one degree at a time 🙂 Meanwhile, I’m working as an ESL teacher and freelance writer and copyeditor, and am available for hire on all sorts of projects, including copyediting, guest blogging, and article and editorial writing. Please leave me a comment if you’re interested, and we’ll get in touch!

I also am a novelist (of sorts), having written one unpublished novel (lovingly referred to by me as “The Harlequin Disaster.” Hey, even Jane Austen had juvenilia!) and one yet-to-be-published novel, and a W.I.P. From time to time, you’ll see posts on my words of “wisdom” regarding the writing life.

In addition to this blog, as of 2018, I am also a blogger at the Korea-Canada Blog (you’ll see re-blogs of stuff I wrote on here every now and then). Here is a link to that blog, if you’re interested: https://korcan50years.com/

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy your stay!!!

xo, Em

Some fun facts about me:button

1. I love dystopian and fantasy novels (you guessed, huh?), but I love homey, classic, romance novels even better. Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, books from those types of authors. My favorite novel ever is Anne of Green Gables.

2. My favorite time period, besides the Regency period and the 1990’s (90’s girl!), is the world war and inter world war periods (1914-1945). I love stories based in these periods.

3. From the time I was 13 to the time I was 17, my dream was to study drama in England (I was a bit of a musical theatre nerd, and have since learned that I really am a true “triple”: can’t act, can’t sing, can’t dance). I also wanted to be writer. That doesn’t mean that I was exclusively attached to those two careers. I also thought about becoming a dietician, a teacher, a counsellor, a hairdresser/esthetician, a yoga instructor, and a film development officer. I swear, I’ve never been diagnosed with ADHD, I just like a lot of things! (I also considered trying to become a Hallmark card writer and moving to Kansas City. Yes, Kansas.)

As of Spring/Summer 2014, I’ve been trying to include more posts about non-dystopian books, my personal life, and my journey as a reader and writer, all while keeping the blog’s original purpose as a place for dystopia lovers to find great new reads or hear my commentary on various dystopian books and movies. Hope you like the changes!

I fully support all authors, including indie authors. If you are the author or publisher of anything, especially YA (excluding erotica), I want to hear from you! I’m open to blog tours, interviews, reviews etc. Please feel free to leave me a message on my blog (but pleeeaaasse, no erotica :))!

xo Emily

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  1. Hi Emmie Kay, nice to meet you! I came across your name and blog in the Bios list for the 2020 LMM conference (now virtual). I’m interested to see that I am not the only “grown-up” who likes reading YA dystopian fiction.I also enjoy trying to write, teaching ESL (including some time in China which was amazing), learning stuff (I did my second degree in Anthropology), I value home-schooling and yes, I love LM Montgomery. I thought you might enjoy a couple of book recommendations from my home state (South Australia). Neither of them is ‘strictly’ dystopian but close and both are YA and fantastic. I love John Marsden’s “Tomorrow when the war began” series. And also The Change series (Stone Mage and the Sea) by Sean Williams (yes, he wrote for Star Wars, among other things and lives in South Australia). Lovely to follow your recommendations. Better get back to this book….. sincerely, Beth

    • Hi Beth! Thanks so much for your comment–it’s so nice to meet you too (and an LMM fan–you’re definitely a kindred spirit!!) Haha, I’m glad I’m not the only adult who reads dystopian novels too. There are so many good ones, although I hadn’t read as many original plots in awhile. Thanks for the book suggestions–I’ll definitely check them out (it’ll be nice to read some new stuff)! That’s so amazing that you taught in China for awhile. I teach online, but mostly to Chinese students, and was planning on teaching in China last year (probably a good thing that I ended up not going this time). Australia is wonderful too; I do contract work for an Australian-based company and my (virtual) colleagues are the loveliest group of people.

      Please keep in touch (hope to see you at the next LMM conference too)! 🙂

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