Emma Carlson Berne has written over eighty titles for children and young adults on a variety of fiction and non-fiction topics. She often works with American Girl Publishing and has written five books of historical fiction and non-fiction for that press, focusing on the characters of Kaya, Josefina, Melody, and Samantha (Real Stories From My Time: Titanic, 2018, The Lady’s Slipper: A Melody Mystery, 2016, The Ghost Wind Stallion: A Kaya Mystery, 2015, The Song of the Mockingbird: My Journey with Josefina, 2015, The Roar of the Falls: My Journey with Kaya, 2014). Recently, Emma has written a new Star Wars series for Disney-Lucasfilm Press (Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures 1-4, 2017).
In addition, Emma has published four YA novels with Simon Pulse (Flirt #4: Sunset Ranch, 2014, Never Let You Go, 2012, Still Waters, 2011, Hard to Get, 2010), as well as ghostwriting YA thrillers and romances with Alloy Entertainment under the names Hailey Abbott and Elizabeth Woods. Emma often writes historical biography and has published biographies of Sacagawea, Christopher Columbus, and Helen Keller with Sterling Publishing Company (Good Question! Did Christopher Columbus Really Discover America? 2014, Sacagawea: Crossing the Continent with Lewis and Clark, 2010, Helen Keller: Courage in Darkness, 2009, Christopher Columbus: The Voyage that Changed the World, 2008). Emma also writes sports fiction under the name Jake Maddox for Stone Arch Press, and many other non-fiction titles for Capstone Press, Lerner Publishing Group, Rosen Publishing, and others.
Emma lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she was raised. She is very excited to be the 2018 writer-in-residence for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Emma is a passionate horse-back rider, lover of nature and animals. She enjoys running and walking, hiking, camping, and cooking. She is the mother of three small boys, ages 9, 5, and 2, and spends a lot of time on playgrounds and the sidelines of various sports events.