Emily was born to navy parents on the US territory of Guam, in the Pacific Ocean. She spent her early childhood in Japan. Her family then moved to Minnesota, where she lived until she graduated High School. She has since traveled the world and lived for three years in South America.
Emily holds a Bachelors in English Education and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She is also ESOL endorsed and has a Graduate Certificate in IB Education.
She lives in Clearwater, Florida with her husband and two daughters.