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I’m a mom of four, an author and Chicagoland native. My first novel, WRECKAGE, was released by Lake Union Publishing March 2015. My second book, WHEN I’M GONE, hit shelves March 2016 and is a Wall Street Journal bestseller. My third book, WORKING FIRE, will meet the world in August 2017. I love all my book babies!  I’m learning to balance life as a stay-at-home mom with my life as a writer. Both come with a lot of laughter, tears and a shocking amount of Diet Coke.

22 thoughts on “About

  1. Joanne Powell says:

    My book club, Words and Wine, will be discussing Wreckage on September 8. Looking forward to the read and the discussion

  2. Karol Timmons says:

    I absolutely loved the book. The development of the characters and the twists and turns of the storyline. My favorite was the reporter who thought she knew what was going on but was way off. Good luck with your new book. I am looking forward to reading it.

  3. Kris Kinder says:

    Just finished When I’m Gone. What a wonderfully sad but complex story. Fantastic characters throughout, couldn’t put it down.

  4. Mindy Kay says:

    I think you could be the next Nicholas Sparks. I have read both of your books and truly loved them. Congrats on such wonderful pieces of work!

  5. Carol Tillman says:

    Is there going to be a book two for When I am gone? I want to know what happens after Jessie’ s surgery. And also what happens with Annie. Please have a book two coming soon.

    1. mlebleek says:

      Thanks for reading, Carol. So far no book 2 is planned but I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about Annie and Luke and Jessie. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Rachel Thompson says:

    Just finished reading when im gone please tell me that there will be a second book. The book is one of the best books i have ever read but i would love to see what happened with jesse and what happened with luke

  7. Susan Hamilton says:

    I’m looking forward to leading my book club discussion on Wreckage tonight. I just saw the opportunity to connect with you as I prepared my notes last night. I certainly feel better about always carrying a sewing kit when I travel and usually have a water bottle. If you have any suggestions for our discussion I will certainly appreciate them. If not, we will look forward to reading more of your books.

  8. Teresa Kuhar says:

    I just finished When I’m Gone, I usually don’t write to authors but this book moved me. Having experienced losing a spouse the feelings described in the book are very real. The ups and downs, the anger and guilt, I know are classic grief patterns; but when you go through them you feel like you are the first and you are alone. Your portrayal of Luke is on the nose. Hope you continue with many more good stories that keep the characters real and the stories really intriguing.

  9. Melissa Carvell says:

    When I’m Gone was such a beautiful story! I couldn’t put my kindle/phone down. I’m really excited to start Wreckage. Keep up the excellent work!

  10. Cristin says:

    Emily, I just finished When I’m Gone and immediately texted my sister to tell her to read it. I found the characters and story SO compelling. Thank you for a wonderful, moving read.

  11. Kathy says:

    When is your next book coming out? Loved Loved your first two couldn’t imagine your next one being better but you sure have me with the first two!!!

  12. Sharon C. says:

    Hi Emily. I just got a post from Amazon re: “When I’m Gone.” I read the storyline then read the reviews and. Intrigued, I went to your website and read some more reviews which convinced me to order the book from Amazon. So, I’m looking forward to a fascinating read. I’ll let you know how the book hits me.

    Glad to hear that you recovered from your battle with cancer. I have a niece who has been cancer free for ten years now. We are so blessed to have her and her 2 healthy boys and love them all dearly. I’m sure your family feels blessed to have you with them, too.

    God bless you and yours.

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