Member Mondays – Emily Smith Pearce

Member Mondays is a new feature on the Women’s National Book Association- Charlotte blog. Interviews are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. We plan to cycle through all members each year. Special highlight posts for members with new publications or announcements are available on an ongoing basis.

This week we have WNBA Charlotte Vice President, Emily Smith Pearce.

Emily Smith Pearce is the author of Isabel and the Miracle Baby, a middle grade novel, and Slowpoke, an early reader, both published by Front Street/ Boyds Mills Press.

Do you prefer ebook, paperback or hardcover?

I love a hardcover, but a well-designed trade paperback can also win me over. I love paper. I trained in printmaking in college and have always been semi-obsessed with various kinds of printing.

What are your reading habits?

I’m a slow reader. I usually have several books going and several piles of books all around the house: a novel and/or literary non-fiction, some cookbooks and craft books and gardening books for inspirational flipping, and fashion magazines for good measure.

What book are you currently reading?

Currently I’m reading Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby, a debut novel by an old friend. It’s a fantasy for children and has the most gorgeous textured dust jacket. I’m also reading The Little Bookshop of Big Stone Gap, by Wendy Welch, which I got at a WNBA swap. And just finished Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling.

I tend to be most into realistic fiction, though I veer out of that fairly often. Lately I like something that makes me laugh, and in recent years I’ve gotten more into literary nonfiction because love to steal my husband’s books.

Where can other WNBA members connect with you?

I blog regularly about creative stuff (writing, cooking, art and crafting), so that’s a good place to meet up: My website is I’m also more into Twitter these days, so do say hello to me there: @emilysmithpearc

If we’ve met in person, find me on Facebook. I hang out there a good bit.

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