Emily McKay has been reading romance novels since she was eleven years old. Her first Harlequin Romance came free in a box of Hefty garbage bags. She immediately fell in love with the genre and has been devouring them ever since.
In her spare time, she loves to garden and cook … well, bake. Mostly cookies. Naturally, she still loves to read a good romance. She’s been blissfully married for eleven years. When they can ditch their five pets for a couple of weeks, she and her husband like to travel to exotic and exciting locations like Greece, Costa Rica, and Ignorant Flats, Texas.
She has a degree in English from Texas A&M University. After college, she taught middle school for four years. While teaching America’s disenfranchised youth to appreciate fine literature, she learned very little about writing romance but a lot about finding humor in any situation. Eager for a job where she wouldn’t have to dodge spitwads, she fled the teaching profession to write full-time. Though her characters sometimes misbehave, they almost never throw things at her.
In 1993, she followed the advice, “write what you love to read,” and began writing her first romance novel. Eight years, five books, and multiple contest finals later, she sold a book to Harlequin Temptation. Her first published book, Baby, Be Mine was released in 2002 and was a nominated for RWA’s prestigious Rita award for Best First Book and for Best Short Contemporary. Since then she’d sold ten additional books to Harlequin, Temptation, Mills & Boon and Silhouette Desire. Her books have been translated into eleven languages and there are over half a million copies of her books in print.
A former teacher, she also loves sharing her knowledge with others. She’s presented workshops for the Central Texas Library System, the Burnet Cultural Arts Festival, five RWA Chapters, and three RWA national conferences.