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Meet Our 2019 Conference Faculty: Emma Virján

Meet the faculty of the 2019 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference. We’ve asked all our faculty members to answer 4 quick questions so we can get to know them better.

Emma J. Virján, Author/Illustrator

Emma J. Virján is the author-illustrator of NACHO THE PARTY PUPPY and of the award-winning PIG IN A WIG series – WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A PIG IN A WIG, WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A HUSH AND A SHUSH, WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A MUNCH AND A CRUNCH, WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A BANG AND A CLANG, and WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A VROOM AND A ZOOM. Emma lives in Austin, Texas, and can often be seen walking her Golden Retriever, Bella, working in the yard and hanging out at taco trucks. She likes to travel and hopes to make it back to Rome because the first time she visited, the Sistine Chapel was closed.

Emma J. Virján
Emma J. Virján

What attracted you to children’s books?

I’ve been in love with them since I started looking at them as a child. I love telling stories and always hoped that I’d be able to tell a few through a picture book.

What’s the best part of your job?

Working with others who are doing the same thing and sharing that passion of creating books. Also, right now I am enjoying school visits and meeting the students who read my books. They ask the best questions.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Having the idea for a story comes quickly for me. Taking that idea and making it work is the challenge.

What’s the best piece of advice you were given that helped drive your career?

Be persistent.

Come see Emma J. Virján at the 2019 Austin SCBWI conference, May 18-19, 2019