Interview // Emily Belden, Author

Tell us about your business / current project.

I'm a two-time author with Harlequin/HarperCollins and I also penned the 20-something memoir, EIGHTYSIXED. Right now, I'm in the production phase of my first novel, HOT MESS, due out in 2017, meaning I am approving cover art and taglines, as well as getting ready to distribute advance review copies at one of the industries biggest tradeshows. Meanwhile, I'm on the hook to pen my second novel, HUSBAND MATERIAL, due out in 2018. No pressure.

If you could describe yourself in five words, what would they be?

High-functioning
Somewhat-abrasive
Witty
Dry
Perpetually-hungry

Tell us about your co-conspirators. Who are the ladies you collaborate with on a regular basis?

I'm so fortunate that the people who make my career possible (besides the subjects about which I write) are all women. My agent is one of the best in the business and has championed my career for the last five years. My editor is also a boss-lady doing her thing out of NYC for the world's biggest publisher. And finally, my publicist is a powerhouse female who runs her big show out of Chicago.

Talk about the importance of finding your tribe.

It's so important to feel understood and supported. If you're in an environment where you are not comfortable or free to be yourself, you'll never be able to take that next step and foster relationships. As you get older and life takes more twists and turns, you'll realize how important relationships of every kind really are.

What changes to your business are you hoping to make in the next year?

I have signed a development deal to turn my memoir into a comedic series. While this is a long term project, I hope to find time to make the jump into writing for the screen. It would also be thrilling to have a wine label someday, too...lord knows I drink enough of it.

When things get rough, how do you keep yourself going?

I hug my dog and ask the universe for help.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

Order dessert.

Where do you find your inspiration?

In a glass of red wine and a blank Word doc.

Photos by Stacey Konek