I’m Emma Carroll, author of books for anyone of any age – although you’ll probably find them in a book shop or library in the 9-12 section.

You’re most likely to find me hanging out in the Somerset Hills drinking tea and writing under the watchful eye of my Jack Russell terriers.







Hello to you all, 

Over the coming weeks and months, I’ll be writing the first draft of a brand new story. It’s never easy, and definitely not so in lockdown which, I think we’d all agree, can be a worrying, infuriating, and downright boring time. 

So, here’s my idea. I’m going to share with you the early stages of my writing journey, twice a week until half term in February. 2021 You can join in by writing your own story. We can cheer each other on.

Starting next week, 12th Jan, the sessions will run each Tuesday and Thursday morning at 10am- 10.30am  (So we don’t  clash with The Body Coach!) on Instagram Live. You’ll need to follow me : I’m @emmacarroll2603 . The sessions are totally FREE and open to all primary and secondary school students- and staff!

Each 30 min session will focus on a particular theme- character, action, plot etc. I’ll set us a few short writing exercises (I’ll be doing them alongside you for my project). Then, at the end of 30 mins, I’ll suggest a few ‘what you might do next’ ideas. 

The first draft of a story is all about the ideas and getting them down in a logical order. So, this isn’t an exercise in writing skills, or spelling. It’s about being creative and having fun. Who knows, it may well spark something in you, so you keep writing and creating all through lockdown and beyond! 

So join me on Tuesday 12th Jan 10am, Instagram Live for our very first session! I’m looking forward to it already! And if you can’t make it at 10am, don’t worry: the sessions will be saved on IGTV here: https://www.instagram.com/emmacarroll2603/channel/. and to Faber Books’ Youtube channel here https://www.youtube.com/user/faberandfaber/videos

Emma x



I’m currently offering online versions of my school events until Easter 2021- see my school events page for more info. In the meantime, do follow me on twitter @emmac2603. and/or Instagram @emmac2603 if you don’t already.  You can also get in touch via email at emmacarrollauthor@gmail.com

Take care. Stay well. 

Much love and best wishes to you all,

Emma x 


You may have noticed I didn’t have a book out in 2020. The reason? Covid. Which means those delayed books are now happening in 2021, so without further ado, let me introduce them to you ….

  1. January 7th 2021: The Ghost Garden ( illustrated by Kaja Kajfez) published by Barrington Stoke . There’s a review from blogger Minerva Reads here: http://www.minervareads.com/the-ghost-garden-by-emma-carroll/

The Ghost Garden by Emma Carroll


2.  September 2nd 2021:  The Week At World’s End ( Faber) Set over a few days in 1962, best friends Stevie and Ray’s boring, predictable life takes an exciting turn when they discover a runaway girl hiding in Stevie’s coal shed. The girl, Anna, needs their help: someone is following her, trying to poison her. As if that’s not dramatic enough, on the news the Americans and Russians are threatening nuclear war. The two things don’t seem connected… or are they? (cover in progress, with a new illustrator and it’s a beauty! Can’t wait to share it.)

3. November 11th 2021: A Night At the Frost Fair (Simon and Schuster) This story originally featured in the ‘Winter Magic’ anthology a few years ago, but has had a little makeover from me, and gained a new, sparkly look thanks to the accompanying festive illustrations by an incredible, award-winning illustrator ( details to be revealed soon!)

All three books are available to pre-order through your local indie bookshops, or from all the online book retailers. If you can pre-order, please do- it’s a huge help to authors and bookshops! x



My next book, ‘The Somerset Tsunami’ is publishing 3rd October 2019. It’s my first full-length novel for over a year, and was the Editor’s Choice for 9-12 fiction in The Bookseller, so I’m really excited to share it with you! The story is inspired by the true events of January, 1607 when a huge surge of seawater flooded the Somerset coast. Recent research suggests it may have been a tsunami. Our main character is Fortune Sharpe, a girl who’s often mistaken for a boy, which doesn’t make life easy for her. I hope you’ll enjoy her adventures! 





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