Who Is Emily Craven?
The Serious Stuff
I am a writer of young adult fiction and non-fiction for authors, professional speaker, blogger, podcaster and entrepreneur. For over three years I have blogged about e-books, marketing and digital strategies at this blog and have spoken internationally on transmedia and e-books for the Australian Society of Authors, several National Writers’ Centres, The Walkley Foundation’s Storyology, Brisbane Writer’s Festival, the National Young Writers’ Festival and the World Fantasy Convention.
In 2013 I was featured in Money Magazine, where I was interviewed on self-publishing and making money with e-books. In 2012 I also began the E-Book Revolution podcast where I interview various experts in marketing, publishing and transmedia. In 2013/2014 I was the Digital Producer for the Queensland Writers Centre, where I produced online courses for writers, podcasts and educational videos.
In 2012, I ran the world’s first physical choose your own adventure event in Adelaide, Australia, with the help of if:book Australia. We used posters with QR codes on them scattered around the city to run the adventure. Readers would scan the code to read a section of the story and were given choices as to where they could go next. Each section of the story happened in the location the reader was standing.
In 2013/2014, I was hired by the Brisbane City Council, to produce Street Reads, a Choose Your Own Adventure style event run in the Brisbane CBD. We are delivering that event during the Brisbane Writers Festival in September this year. In 2014 I won the $25,000 Brisbane City Council Innovation Grant to turn this project into a GPS app called Story City. I now work with councils and other organisations to create these adventure events, and hire writers and artists to work with me to create these stories. If you’re interested in becoming a Story City writer, head to the Story City website to sign up.
I am an author of young adult fiction, with my latest comedy novel set in Facebook. My non-fiction piece entitled “Insert Hope Here”, a reflective piece on the digitisation of books, was published in the Australian literary magazine Voiceworks #84, ‘Pulp’. In the 2012 Aurealis Awards I was awarded the Kris Hemsbury Award for an emerging speculative fiction writer. For twelve months in 2011-2012 I was mentored by world renowned fantasy author Isobelle Carmody, and am blogging about the lessons I learn at The Original Fantasy.
Always striving to challenge myself, I wrote my first play in 2012 (Jake’s Page) which was accepted into Urban Myth’s Out of the Boot program (SA). The play was dramaturged by Caroline Reid, and produced in June 2012.
I am available for one on one consultation. Let me work through the strategies and tools you need to move forward with your e-book project. For more details please contact me on the email below.
I was first inspired to placed pen to paper when I was 12, after I learnt my favourite author, Isobelle Carmody, began her first novel at 14. I finished the first draft of my fantasy and travel novel manuscripts while completing a Bachelor of Science (Space Science and Astrophysics/ Geophysics) at the University of Adelaide. So technically, I can claim to be an astrophysicist (stars), geophysicist (rocks) and writer (crazy).
I live in Australia and yes, back when I was a teenager my high school had its own herd of Kangaroos. I’ve been to almost every continent (Africa being my weakness in continent-domination) and have the pretty photographs to prove it.
In 2010 I decided life wasn’t interesting enough and tried to write a novel in a month. Definitely not insane enough to try writing a fantasy novel, I chose to do a comedy based in Facebook. I created a Facebook event and threw my plot line to the winds, asking my assortment of friends to give me their best ideas, which included chameleons, umbrella’s called Laani, triplets, a transvestite dwarf book club and a group of disturbed university students. Frankly, I site November 2010 as the only month I can legitimately claim my hours on Facebook as “research”. I then went one step further with my creation and gave my characters their own Facebook pages, where they run amok and poke fun at their creator.
UNUSUAL TALENTS OR HOBBIES:
I’m one of those insane people who gets excited at the thought of sky diving (though if you try to attach me to the end of a bungee cord I will take you down with me for your cruelty). I love doing tribal belly dance, singing, am a self confessed Trekkie, and will never pass up a good bar of chocolate. If you put me anywhere in the vicinity of snow, please be aware of avalanches, I hear my squeals of excitement are at just the right pitch to trigger them.