About my books

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Amber German  ambra    French cover


Facts about Dream on, Amber – did you know:

1)  Amber used to be a boy. It’s true. When I first wrote the book, she was a he called Shilo. She became a girl about a year into editing – I tried it out one day to see if I liked the change, and that was it. I have to say, I do like her as a girl. Don’t get me wrong: she was lovely as a boy too but I firmly believe we need more feisty girls who can high-kick their way through life so Shilo became Amber. Sorry Shilo.

2) Amber is not me. Sure, there are parts of me in Amber: my dad left too, so I know how that feels but the circumstances were different. I’m half this and half that, and I grew up in South London. But her mum isn’t like my mum, her sister isn’t like my sister and I don’t have a Nonna like Nonna. I didn’t have an imaginary dad and I wish I were amazing at art but I’m not. I have four children, a baby tortoise and a dog and Amber has none of those things. And she’s ten years old. I’m a tiny bit older than that. So we’re nothing alike. Nothing at all. Well, maybe a bit.

3) Amber has been translated into French, German, Italian, Dutch and Turkish, although I haven’t seen the Turkish or Dutch editions yet. There’s also a US and Canada edition published across the pond by the lovely people at Sourcebooks, and that will be coming out in October 2015. And there’s an audio version too. Amber is INTERNATIONAL! How cool?


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Facts about Dara Palmer’s Major Drama – did you know:

1) It’s based on a true story. Well, loosely. I mean, the part about the Cambodian girl who was adopted as a baby from an orphanage that smelled of cabbage: that’s true. The Cambodian girl I know lives in Italy now, not England, and she likes writing, not drama (and she’s good at it, too). I borrowed her story although I did ask her first, checked it was OK with her parents and thanked her and them for letting me share it. But I changed lots of the details and the names.  The part about her wanting to be a mega-famous actress is made up.

2) I went to Cambodia last summer: I was there when Dara came out in the UK, in fact. I visited a centre that helps to keep children with their families and out of orphanages, and I talk about that and show photos when I visit schools and festivals, so if you invite me to give a talk at your school, you’ll be able to see them. It was a fascinating trip: I have lots to share about it.

3) I would actually hate being mega famous. I wouldn’t mind eating in posh restaurants every day though.

4) Dara Palmer is also going to be published in the US and Canada by Sourcebooks in July 2016, so YAY! Trust me, Dara will be SO happy that she’s going to America. More than happy. She won’t be able to sit still, she’ll be so excited. You can just bet your bottom dollar she’ll start learning American right away.


15 thoughts on “About my books

    awesome said:
    January 22, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    hmm I think she is like a few people including you but who knows it’s difficult to know ourselves let alone others

      katie said:
      October 2, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      This book is soo good I think it is your best so far 😀

    angella said:
    April 1, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    i think amber is like me trying to find my inner warrior

    Cookie said:
    April 22, 2015 at 5:32 pm


      emmashevah responded:
      April 22, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment! I’m glad you liked it. Please thank your librarian for me, too 🙂

      Love Emma

    Julia o said:
    September 23, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    could you tell what age group – yours books are aimed at

      emmashevah responded:
      September 23, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      Hi Julia,

      Yes, they’re aimed at 7-12 year olds. I should say that somewhere on my website: thanks for pointing that out!

      Thanks for getting in touch,


    Chandana Komma said:
    August 7, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Hey Emma, I am reading Dara Palmer’s Major Drama, AND I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL ANOTHER BOOK COMES OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Jessica Moreau said:
      May 29, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      i also loved it im 12 yrs old and this book was great!! keep writting book Emma.We LOVE them!!!!!

      emmashevah responded:
      May 29, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      That makes me SO HAPPY! 🙂

      Thank you for your email xxxx

    Vann-Ly said:
    October 17, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    This librarian here at the Toronto Public Library in Canada is reading Dara Palmer’s Major Drama and discussing it in our monthly bookclub! Very excited and a very good read! Loved the cover – it drew me to the book!

      emmashevah responded:
      October 18, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      This makes me so happy! Thank you Vann-Ly.

    Michelle Chen said:
    March 18, 2017 at 10:40 am

    you should do more of these books they are so good they get me tied in i cant get my eyes of it. the story’s so addicting. and because its aimed to 7-12 year olds. you should aim it higher because im 13 and i absolutely adore the book

    Ava said:
    March 19, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Hi Emma! I am currently reading Dara Palmer’s Major Drama, and it’s amazing! Dara’s backstory really interested me. I also love how funny and dramatic she is. Thank you for creating this wonderful book!

    – Ava

    michelle chen said:
    August 10, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    when will the new book be published? you said it was suitable for my age because its a book for 14yr olds onwards

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