Hello, I'm Emma Maree Urquhart, a writer and desktop engineer from the windswept Scottish Highlands. The Urquhart clan motto is "Mean Well, Speak Well and Do Well". These are rules I try to live by.
I published my first book, the children's fantasy novel "Dragon Tamers: Reality Goes Virtual" aged 13, followed by the sequel "Dragon Tamers 2: Digital Tempest". Thanks to fan support and some utterly exhausting, relentless touring, it sold extremely well and published by well-known publishing houses across Europe (more details here).
I work full-time in IT as a remote desktop support engineer. Almost all of my free time is spent writing, with the occasional break for reading, drawing, or watching the TV.
Dave: The fiancé. Dave's my boyfriend of 4 years. He's heavily relied upon for cooking, spider-killing and other manly activities.
Tea & Coffee: The pet ferrets, introduced in this post. They're cute, fluffy, and hyperactive to the point of stupidity.
Mac: Our very stupid but very adorable labrador.
Josh: The best friend and housemate, a hyperactive Englishman who works in IT, always wears a suit and is an award winning chef. He's the mastermind behind most random trips and restaurant visits.
The Friends: A group of supremely awesome people who routinely join me for geeky nights in, entertaining nights out or drag me into adventures.
Emma the Writer
I'm a published author of young adult, sci fi & fantasy fiction since 2003. Alongside impressive UK fiction sales, I've had my work commercially published across Europe and translated into Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek and Portuguese. I've also provided media interviews for print and TV, and I speak regularly at festivals and in classrooms.
On the non-fiction front, I'm experienced in professional/business writing for web and print and copywriting. I've written reviews for the Telegraph, and currently work as a book blogger, liaising with UK publishers to provide honest, critical reviews of their upcoming fiction titles.
If you're interested in having me do an appearance, blog or interview you can find out more here.
Emma the Computer Engineer
I'm an experienced Remote Desktop Engineer, working to provide high quality technical support for various large, secure contracts. The 'remote' part of the title is because I'm in Scotland fixing PCs across England, but I'm also regularly found running around the office fixing problems (or in the evenings, fixing broken PCs that have been brought to my house). I can troubleshoot and resolve faults on all Windows operating systems, including heavily customised builds.
I'm also a hardware enthusiast, providing local hardware support for my office and pouring far too much money into my own gaming and performance desktops.
I've worked in web-design and content creation for 6 years, and run various sites. I'm experienced in the WordPress and Drupal CMS systems, e-commerce systems Zencart, Ubercart and WP e-commerce, blogging, copy-writing, social media, and SEO optimised content.
I'm not very photogenic, but photos are a necessity on the Internet these days, so here's a few half-decent ones.