Emilyann’s Biography & Press Kit
Emilyann Girdner is the author of Amazon Best-Seller, Dante Rossetti Award Finalist and Reader’s Favorite 5 Star rated young adult fantasy novel, The Labyrinth Wall. Emilyann’s writing has appeared on websites and blogs including Sound & Communications Magazine, The TV Shield, Center for Work Life, Easter Seals Florida, MU Museum of Art & Archaeology’s Musings and Examiner.com. She has been a guest and spoken for events with organizations such as Barnes & Noble stores, Wizard World Comic Con, AltCon and MegaCon Fan Days. Entertainment industry pros such as actor Sean Astin (from Lord of the Rings, Rudy, 50 First Dates and more) and author Crystal Collier (Maiden of Time Trilogy) are talking about Emilyann’s work. And KCFV 89.5, City Surfing Orlando, Miami.com, Orlando Weekly, Street Insider, Tallahassee Democrat, Tallahassee Magazine and WorldNews are some of the media outlets that have mentioned Emilyann. She is best known for her Amazon Best-Selling novel, The Labyrinth Wall.
Though she was born in Germany and raised in Turkey until the age of five, Emilyann Girdner spent the majority of her grade school years in Tallahassee, Florida. She discovered early she had a love for stories. Reading books, watching movies and then acting them out with friends or toys gave living an extra flavor. This is likely why she spent the first part of her college career studying Creative Writing, before switching to Graphic Design and then graduating with a BFA in Digital Art from Missouri State University. Given her three degree transitions in college, it isn’t a shock that she is a multi-medium lover, exploring writing, digital art, photography and design. She finds that her creativity is most fluent when given the opportunity to bounce between artistic outlets.To truly understand this author, there are two things to know about her. Emilyann hopes to share a love for others and God in all she does. She believes that imagination sparks beauty in the soul.
Emilyann's Author Adventures
Hangin' With Web Show Interview
KCFV News Interview with Emilyann
Looking for ways to volunteer or organizations to support? Below is a list of organizations and movements Emilyann recommends checking out. Emilyann also works with LifeEquip (mentioned below) to help strengthen the community impact of churches. She encourages everyone to take a look and learn more about these causes. A little support goes a long way.
Emilyann’s Press & Media Kit
This page is for the media, booksellers, or anyone looking for Emilyann Girdner’s press information in a quick format! Feel free to browse, look around and print what you need. If you don’t find what you’re looking for on this page, contact pr(at)thelabyrinthwall.com, thank you.
Writing and Publications:
The Haunted Realm (Obsidian Series Book 2, 2015)
Legends of the Conjuring Gift Short Story (2015)
Sound & Communications Article (2015)
The Labyrinth Wall (Obsidian Series Book 1, 2014)
Protective Enclosures Company Blog Author (2014-Current)
Easter Seals Florida Blog Co-Author (2013)
Center for Work Life Blog Co-Author (2013)
Examiner.com Vegetarian Food Examiner (2012)
MU Museum of Art & Archaeology Paper Author (2008)
Press, Literary, Academic & Other Mentions:
- Mandarin High School Newspaper
- Supercon Guest
- Sean Astin (Mention)
- Florida Times Union
- Broadway World Books
- City Surfing Orlando
- Megacon Fan Days (Book Launch)
- Wizard World Comic Con Guest
- Florida Geek Scene
- Orlando Weekly (B&N event)
- Street Insider
- Orlando Talent Magazine
- Class Notes Highlight: Missouri State
- Author Crystal Collier (Favorite Books Mention)
- POC PR (Best-Selling Novel Gains Traction)
- PR Web
- Tallahassee Democrat
- Tallahassee Magazine
- XYZ (B&N event)
- Central Florida Top 5
Social Media Links:
Emilyann’s Author Photos & Videos:
“The Creativity Engine: Where Does the Power Come From?” Panel
Genese Davis, Emilyann Girdner and J.J. Sedelmaier
Photo Credit: Luminous Words Press
A Sample Interview Q&A with Emilyann Girdner:
Jo Rowling was inspired on a train to write Harry Potter and Stephanie Myers had a dream that started the Twilight series. How did The Labyrinth Wall come about?
Ever since I saw the movie Labyrinth as a child, I’ve been fascinated with labyrinths. What a playground for imagination? Anything could be lurking around the corner. So I’ve always been interested in writing in the setting of a labyrinth. But then I thought, “What if an entire civilization was living in a labyrinth… and they didn’t know anything different? What if I wrote a story from the perspective of a girl within a labyrinth culture?”
I began to think about the characters in this world and thought, “What if I explore a character that never had a childhood because they are actually a creation? So as a writer I am forced into a very strange perspective of someone learning to understand themselves and others for the first time?” And of course, where better to explore all of this than in a labyrinth, a place that holds so much mystery and possibility?
And writing the book was pretty exciting too! My husband was a truck driver at the time, and I had decided to go on the road with him. So The Labyrinth Wall was written during our time living in a semi-truck and traveling the country. It was an adventure!
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I get this question a lot (or inquiries along this line). It’s more like people say to me, “I saw how you were getting at issues of repression” or they mention freedom, and companionship. It’s funny because I don’t want to be a preachy person by any means, so I wouldn’t say I’m writing messages that I want people to grasp. I’d more describe my writing as my own process of working through life’s struggles. If my journey of internalizing and learning through writing does grasp readers and mean something to them as well, that’s wonderful. And that is something I hear from people who have read The Labyrinth Wall, which is a great blessing.
Who is your favorite author? Who inspired you to write?
There are so many I love! But if I have to narrow it down, I’d say Terry Brooks is my favorite author. The Elf Queen of Shannara has been my favorite book since I first read it in eighth grade, which is also about the time my love of writing truly began taking hold. I loved writing since I was little, but that’s when I really started doing it more in my free time. Over the years many others and encouraging people like family and teachers have inspired me to write. I’d also say that stylistically I picked up some influence from Suzanne Collins for the Obsidian Series.
Do you have any writing-related rituals or quirks?
This question is funny because I once asked my husband what quirk he has noticed. He said I stop sleeping when I’m writing. And he’s right! I become so invested in a project when I’m writing that I hardly sleep at night because I’m busy writing and I walk around day dreaming the story during the day. I suppose I’m pretty immersed when I get in the zone.
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