In My Fuzzy Neighborhood today is Emily Liebert. Emily was born and raised in New York City, attended the Horace Mann School and Smith College, where she graduated with a B.A. in English Language & Literature.
After college, Emily landed her first job as an Executive Assistant at ABC News, where she honed her organizational skills and helped produce television specials for Peter Jennings Reporting. To this day, she is a whiz with “To Do” lists.
Since childhood, Emily’s had a passion for writing, so when the opportunity to become Editor-in-Chief of The WAG—a luxury lifestyle magazine covering Westchester and Fairfield Counties—presented itself, she jumped at the chance. During Emily’s five-year tenure, she wrote hundreds of articles, including celebrity profiles, travel, fashion, and beauty.
Ready for her next adventure, Emily became a full-time freelance writer, penning lifestyle pieces for media outlets such as, The Huffington Post, Oprah.com, Elite Traveler, Robb Report, Gotham, and Cottages & Gardens.
In 2009, Emily edited Kerry Kennedy’s New York Times bestseller Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans Talk About Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning.
The following year, Emily published her first book, Facebook Fairytales, which was featured at the 2010 Frankfurt Book Fair, and Emily was one of 20 guests of honor—among Elizabeth Kostova, Russell Banks, and Lisa See—at the renowned Literary Feast 2010, a privilege reserved for best-selling and buzz-worthy authors. Shortly thereafter, Emily was hired by Microsoft as the spokesperson for Bing’s partnership with Facebook and appeared in 30+ television and radio spots for the brand, which garnered exceptional ratings.
In 2012, Emily wrote her debut novel, You Knew Me When, which published on September 3, 2013. Her second novel, When We Fall, published on September 2, 2014. Those Secrets We Keep, her third novel, released on June 2, 2015, and her fourth novel, Some Women, came out on April 5, 2016, all with Penguin Random House.
Emily is featured often in the press, by outlets such as: Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Anderson Cooper, FOX News, Good Day New York, Oprah Radio, Martha Stewart Radio, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, InStyle, People StyleWatch, OK!, Nylon, Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s World, WWD, Woman’s Day, The New York Post, The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, People.com, and The Huffington Post.
When Emily’s not writing, she teaches Pure Barre classes and enjoys traveling, cooking, and cozying up with a good book. She’s been known to ride on a Harley Davidson. And she does a mean Running Man on the dance floor. Emily lives with her husband, Lewis, and their two delicious little boys, Jax and Hugo, in Westport, CT where she moved kicking and screaming for fear that there would be no Chinese food delivery at three in the morning. She was right.
Let’s get to know a little more about Emily Liebert:
FF: Can you tell us four words that describe your writing style?
EL: Modern, concise, funny, strong voice (sorry five words)
FF: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain.
EL: I typically write between the hours of 11am and 2pm (while my kids are at school or camp), take a break to concentrate on emails, publicity and so on, and then I edit that day’s work sometime after 4pm but before 6pm. I always write in my home office. I have the ability to tune out a lot.
FF: Why do you write books?
EL: Because I have a lot to say. And sometimes it’s easier than talking. Characters bud and develop in my mind and I feel compelled to explore them on the page.
FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.
EL: I don’t escape to write my books. I like to be in my home environment with everything at my fingertips. I’m a creature of habit.
FF: Tell us about your current book.
EL: SOME WOMEN is a thought provoking novel that examines the intricacies of marriage, friendship, and the power of unexpected connections. On the surface, the three leading ladies may not have much in common. Yet when their lives are thrust together and unlikely friendships are formed—at a time when they all need someone to lean on—Annabel, Piper, and Mackenzie band together to help each other navigate their new realities.
FF: Tell us a little about Annabel, Piper and Mackenzie.
EL: Annabel is someone who has everything under control. She devotes her time to her twin five-year-old boys and to keeps her household running seamlessly. So when her husband of a decade announces that he’s leaving her, without warning, she’s blindsided. And suddenly her world begins to unravel.
Piper is a single mom and has always done her best to balance it all—raising her daughter Fern by herself and advancing her career as a crime reporter. Only now that she’s finally met the man of her dreams, Fern’s absentee father arrives on the scene and throws everything into a tailspin.
Mackenzie is married to the heir of a thriving media conglomerate. She has many reasons to count her blessings. But with an imperious mother-in-law—who’s also her boss—and a husband with whom she can no longer seem to connect, something has to give.
FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?
EL: Eat! I need my fuel. If it’s at a bookstore, I love to browse the other titles and the cookbooks!
FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?
EL: Paris, especially if someone else is footing the bill.
FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?
EL: I love a spicy Bloody Mary with three olives.
FF: Are you a early bird or night owl?
EL: Neither. I need at least eight hours of sleep a night, otherwise I’m a maniac. Ideal wake-up time would be 8:30am. Ideal bed time would be 10pm.
FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?
EL: I could never collaborate on a work of fiction. But I’d jump at the chance to collaborate on a cookbook with Bobby Flay. Hello? Bobby? (P.S. I do not have the credentials to write a cookbook.)
FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?
EL: Reply to them! I answer every message, every Facebook post, and every tweet. I also collaborate with brands to offer my readers fun giveaways. For example, for SOME WOMEN, Gerard Cosmetics created a lip gloss collection named after my book and characters. All of my readers who pre-ordered and many who ordered within the first month received the collection when they bought the book.
FF: What advice would you give your younger self?
EL: Be patient. Everything will come. Oh, and never ever cut bangs.
FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?
EL: I’d try to relax more. If that was humanly possible for me.
FF: What is your motto for life and career?
EL: I don’t believe in mottos.
FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?
EL: “As time went on, and the months and years came and went, he was never without friends.” It’s from my favorite book Charlotte’s Web. The quote is in SOME WOMEN, which has a number of references to Charlotte’s Web. I love it because my closest friends are like family to me. They inspire me every day.
An engrossing and thought provoking novel that examines the intricacies of marriage, friendship, and the power of unexpected connections…
Annabel Ford has everything under control, devoting her time to her twin five-year-old boys and to keeping her household running seamlessly. So when her husband of a decade announces that he’s leaving her, without warning, she’s blindsided. And suddenly her world begins to unravel.
Single mother Piper Whitley has always done her best to balance it all—raising her daughter Fern by herself and advancing her career as a crime reporter. Only now that she’s finally met the man of her dreams, Fern’s absentee father arrives on the scene and throws everything into a tailspin.
Married to the heir of a thriving media conglomerate, Mackenzie Mead has many reasons to count her blessings. But with an imperious mother-in-law—who’s also her boss—and a husband with whom she can no longer seem to connect, something has to give.
On the surface, these three women may not have much in common. Yet when their lives are thrust together and unlikely friendships are formed—at a time when they all need someone to lean on—Annabel, Piper, and Mackenzie band together to help each other navigate their new realities.