EMMY LAYBOURNE is a novelist, teacher, and former character actress. Emmy's Monument 14 trilogy has earned critical praise (Frighteningly real... riveting - New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice) and has been nominated by readers to the YALSA Teens Top Ten in 2013 and 2014.Before her life as an author, Emmy performed original comedy on Comedy Central, MTV, and VH1; and acted in the movies Superstar, The In-Laws, and Nancy Drew, among others. Emmy lives outside New York City with her husband, two kids, and a flock of 8 nifty chickens.
Winner of the 2018-2019 Eliot Rosewater award "Simultaneously terrifying, hilarious, and action-packed, SWEET is a wild ride that holds up a warped mirror to our society. I loved it from the first line to the last." --Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites "Laybourne's fictional world highlights themes of friendship, the culture of celebrity, and addiction...A finely knit narrative in which romance pairs perfectly (somehow) with societal horror." --Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC, School Library Journal "Laybourne's masterful novel opens as a comical potential romance, becomes suspenseful, then horrific, and ends as a gripping action-adventure survival story sure to enthrall readers ... The book is recommended as required summer reading." --VOYA, Starred Review "Combining mystery with a bit of romance and a peek into Hollywood's obsession with being thin, Laybourne creates an interesting commentary on society's addiction to weight loss and diets." --Booklist "While maintaining an exciting, face-paced, terrifying narrative, Laybourne manages to weave in details that highlight friendship, the culture of celebrity and addiction." --Asheville Citizen-Times "Laybourne delivers a candy-coated horror novel that alternates between increasingly violent scenes and Laurel and Tom's poignant romance." --Publishers Weekly "Frighteningly real . . . . Riveting." --The New York Times Book Review on Monument 14 "A tense, claustrophobic, and fast-paced thriller." --Publishers Weekly on Monument 14, starred review "Laybourne excels at combining specific details of a world gone horribly wrong with intriguing characters." --The Horn Book on Monument 14: Sky on Fire "Pretty darn breathless." --Booklist on Monument 14: Sky on Fire