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Viral blogger booked into literary festival

She describes herself as a sleep deprived mum of two and is coming to Marlborough to share her latest work.

Successful Blogger and author Emile Writes has no qualms about sharing the highs and lows of parenting and is set to tell all as a guest at this year’s Marlborough Book Festival.

Her honest take on parenting saw her first blog on motherhood go viral and she has since published two books; Rants in the Dark and Is it Bedtime Yet?

The author says she is looking forward to her trip to Marlborough, especially as it’s home to her favourite wine.

“I can’t wait to come back.

“It’s also where my favourite wine is from so that’s another bonus.

“I am really excited about this festival. The best part about being included in a really great festival is that you get to see everyone else. “

With writing in her blood, Emily says having her two boys made her more aware of “cutting to the chase” when it comes to her work.

“I grew up around adults who always asked questions and kind of had roaring debates so it might be in my blood.

“Since having kids it has ramped up quite a bit because I feel so protective of them. I want a better world for them, and I want to cut to the chase and write about important stuff,” she says.

It was writing, she says that helped keep her sane after the birth of her youngest.

“I had a baby who didn’t sleep! Ever! Ever!

“My first book was written entirely between the hours of like midnight and 5am.

“I was just constantly awake nursing and trying to get the baby to sleep. I felt really isolated and lonely. And it’s not like at that time you can just ring a friend.

“So, I started writing just to stop myself going mad,” she says.

Now in its sixth year, the festival will hold some events in the ASB Theatre or the first time, as well as other venues across the region.

Emily will share the ups and downs of modern parenting with Jane Forrest Waghorn on Saturday 6 July.

She will also tackle a range of social issues in conversation with Naomi Arnold at Cloudy Bay Winery on 7 July.

Novelists, poets, bloggers, non-fiction writers, an historian, a songwriter feature among other guests.

Pip Adam, the winner of the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, and Kate Duignan, who has been shortlisted for the same award this year, will both put in appearances.

“I recommend that people don’t put off buying tickets,” says Sonia. “Last year many of the sessions sold out, which caught some people by surprise.”

Visit marlboroughbookfest.co.nz for further information.

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