I'm Emily Mah Tippetts and I've got two versions of my name I write under. Once upon a time I was just plain Emily Mah, and I went to Clarion West Writer's Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy. I still love writing in that genre and thus I still do, under that same name. I've sold short stories to magazines and anthologies and have been in Critical Mass, an invitation only writer's group in New Mexico, for over a decade. You'll see my name in a lot of acknowledgments of science fiction books. S.M. Stirling made me the Premier of part of Canada in one of his books. I also introduced the two guys who write together under the name, James SA Corey, to each other.

In 2008, I decided to try my hand at romance and chick lit, so I took another version of my name, E.M. Tippetts and sold a novel to a small press. While I ended up splitting with that press, I loved the genre, so when the indie movement got going, I published two more chick lits this way, and much to my surprise, sold three times as many copies as I had through a traditional publisher. 

My favorite authors are too many to name. When I was a kid, it was Orson Scott Card, who has since become a friend and sometimes mentor. These days I read a lot of Susanna Kearsley, Stephanie Burgis, Robin Hobb, Alexander McCall Smith, and Carrie Vaughn. There are more good books than I have the time or money to read right now, which means life is very, very good.

My Amazon page for my chick lit/YA:


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  • Location:
    New Mexico
  • Joined:
    3 years ago

Reading Lists

9 Published Works

Featured work.

The Hunt for the Big Bad Wolf

Social data: 11.1K reads. 661 votes. 391 comments.

Description: This is not the final draft, so if you are reading this before December 10, 2014, feel free to suggest changes and say what you do and don't like (well you can always do that, but during this time, I can actually do something about it ;-)

#30 in Mystery / Thriller

Other Works by EmilyMahTippetts.
A Safe Space (Someone Else's Fairytale #2.75)

A Safe Space (Someone Else's Fairytale #2.75)

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If you haven't read Break It Up, this does have some spoilers in it. Everyone needs a safe space. For...

Paint Me True: Sample Chapters

Paint Me True: Sample Chapters

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I will upload a chapter a day until I have a good sample up, and then I'll upload the rest once the book...

Castles on the Sand

Castles on the Sand

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"A fast-paced blend of high-stakes drama and average teenage concerns (sex, appearance, friends), capped...

Love in Darkness (Castles on the Sand 2)

Love in Darkness (Castles on the Sand 2)

33.8K 1.4K 178

The sequel to Castles On The Sand