Coffee and Conversation with Emily Feinberg

Happy Tuesday everyone! Despite this wretched winter weather (yes, I know it could be worse and has been in New England), I’m so dialed-in to Spring. Only 17 more days until it’s officially here and this Sunday we set our clocks ahead! Makes me a happy camper.

Want another great sign of Spring? Our conference is just around the corner, which means we are rolling out the interviews with our amazing faculty. Today we are delighted to have Emily Feinberg, Assistant Editor at Roaring Brook Press, popping in for a visit to the Cyber Cafe.


Emily works mostly with picture book and nonfiction titles. Coming up, she has nonfiction picture books COYOTE MOON (illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline) and HIGHWAY HAWKS (illustrated by Brian Floca), both by Maria Gianferrari as well as some picture books she hopes kids will fall in love with. While she is always looking for solid , voice-driven picture books and middle grade, she also particularly loves nonfiction for young readers of all ages. Emily is not an editor of fantasy.

Welcome! First off, what’s your favorite coffeehouse beverage?

A cappuccino with cinnamon on top

And your favorite snack?

Anything with chocolate… but no raisins. Never raisins. 

What was your favorite book as a child?

I had many but I was particularly fond of FERDINAND and THE LITTLE PRINCE.

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And now, what’s your favorite book as an adult?

As far as books meant for adults: MIDDLESEX was wonderful. Nonfiction would have to be Carl Sagan’s COSMOS.

You magically find a $100.00 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it? (Key word: Frivolous!)

Hmmm… probably taking a couple friends out on the town 

You’ve been locked in a bank vault Twilight Zone style, so you finally have time to read!  Your glasses are fine (whew!) so what’s the first book you crack open?  

Oh boy. I don’t know! So many possibilities! My go-to for fun reading is almost always nonfiction. I’m pretty caught up on this year’s nonfiction in children’s books so I might have to go adult here: I’ve been trying find time to read THE INTIMATE BOND: HOW ANIMALS SHAPED HUMAN HISTORY by Brian Fagan so maybe I’d start there? 

That’s fun reading? I’m impressed! So, if you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?

I’d be President of the United States. My dreams may have gone astray somewhere…


President Feinberg…I like it! For one day, time travel is a reality and you can visit any famous deceased author you want.  Who do you pick?

Carl Sagan.

What’s your favorite motivational quote?

Just Do It. – Nike, inc.

If you could sum up your best advice for new writers or illustrators in only four words, what would it be?

Perfectionism’s a good trait.

Thanks again and we’re looking forward to seeing you at the conference!

Me too!

About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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