Emma Pearse

Writer, editor, teacher, traveler

Emma is a writer, editor, researcher and content specialist living between NYC and Australia. She also teaches and is a creative consultant on book and digital media projects. Emma has published personal essays and written wellness, culture, and travel features for The New York Times, New York magazine, the Guardian, Elle, Smithsonian.com, Vogue, Spirituality & Health... and more. She is slowly at work on her second book. For her first book, which is in bookstores worldwide, Emma retraced the true story of an heroic Blue Heeler who, in 2010, survived in the Australian wild for six months after disappearing overboard from her family boat near the Great Barrier Reef. (Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog even got a write up on Oprah. See "My Book" page.)

Published in the US by DaCapo Press and in the UK and Australia by Hodder Stoughton, the book also sold worldwide, including China, Italy and Brazil. This is my first nonfiction book, a travel story and biography of Sophie the five-year old blue heeler who swam 12 miles through shark-infested waters off the coast of Mackay in far north Queensland, Australia (southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef). Sophie, robust and loyal as her breed comes, survived on two remote islands alone for six months until being rescued by rangers, thanks to the kindness of strangers and the genius of small-town gossip. Publisher's Weekly said: "A tender, delightful story of how a cosseted pup turned into a hardy, intrepid—and very lucky—“supercanine,” this book will endear itself to dog and adventure lovers everywhere." Oprah.com loved it also.