Emily Hughes was born in Switzerland, grew up on the Wirral and now lives in Berkshire with her family. She studied English and German Literature at Warwick University and has an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmith’s College, University of London.
Emily started writing Ghost Boy after many years of experience teaching in schools, working with young people with special needs, and following her own son’s diagnosis of autism. She sat down at her kitchen table one day and began to write about an autistic boy who sees ghosts and after receiving positive feedback on an Arvon residential course was encouraged to continue with her story.
Emily came to writing through photography and blogging; writing short pieces of flash fiction, poems and short stories to accompany her pictures. Her story ideas are often sparked by a single image. Emily can usually be found with a camera in hand or at her laptop, writing, often burning her children’s dinner. Her Debut novel Ghost Boy won the Adventures in Fiction Spotlight First Novel Award and was short-listed for both the Bath Novel Award 2019 and the Peggy Chapman Award for a First Novel.