My name is Emily Durant and I write children’s literature.
I live in Connecticut with my husband and son and I love those delicious hours between 4:30-6:30 am when they are both still sleeping and I can write at my desk with a cup of tea.
I'd like to thank the gentleman who walks down the sidewalk in front of my window every morning at 5:00 am on the way to work in wind, snow, or rain, and every. single. day. gives me a wave and a cheers with his coffee cup. When I get published, you can bet he’s going to get a signed copy of my book.
I am a part-time hospital-based physical therapist and I work with a wide variety of medical-surgical, cardiac, and neurological patients. Some call it torture, I call it training. (Potato, Potahto). Along with lifting weights in my social-distancing-friendly home gym, I’m a regular at the rock-climbing gym and enjoy climbing outside as well (weather requirements: >65° F).
My rhyming children's book "The Art of Staying Dry" recently won 1st place in the children’s book category of the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association 2020 Literary Contest for Unpublished Work. See below for fancy-schmancy certificate.
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My style for children’s picture books is varied. I enjoy writing in both prose and rhyme, but rhyme is my passion! I want adults to enjoy reading my books as much as the child enjoys listening. My goal when starting any new work is to make sure the words I put down on the page are one or more of the following:
BOOKS I LOVE!
by Adam Rex
The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight
by Elli Woollard
by Shinsuki Yoshitake
The Book With No Pictures
by B.J. Novak
The Magic Finger
by Roald Dahl
The Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver
The Famous Five
by Enid Blyton
The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster
My Absolute Darling
by Gabriel Tallent
by Ruth Christoffer Carlsen
The Redwall Series
by Brian Jacques
Last Child in the Woods
by Richard Louv
Pacific Northwest Writers' Association (PNWA)
Society for Children's Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Julie Hedlund's 12x12 Picture Book Challenge
"Frog Storm" La Joie journal. Summer 2021 (essay and children's poem)
"Rethinking Rats" La Joie journal. Winter 2021 (essay)
HONORS & AWARDS
"The Christmas Mouse" - Currently a finalist in the children's book category of the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association 2021 Literary Contest for Unpublished Work
"The Art of Staying Dry" - First place in the children's book category of the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association 2020 Literary Contest for Unpublished Work