My full name is Emily Mah Tippetts, and I write chick lit as E.M. Tippetts and science fiction as Emily Mah. I got my start in writing at the Clarion West Writer's Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Obviously, I wrote before I attended, but that's the first real credential I earned. From there I joined the Critical Mass writers group, an invitation only group that I had the privilege of working with for ten years. My first sales were to science fiction and fantasy anthologies and magazines, including Black Gate and Analog Science Fiction and Fact. I've gotten a few honorable mentions in the Year's Best anthologies for both fantasy and science fiction.
As for my chick lit writing, my first novel in that genre, Time and Eternity, came out in 2008 from Covenant Communications, a small press that caters to the LDS market. My second and third novels, Paint Me True and Someone Else's Fairytale, I wrote and left to sit on my hard drive, because they were chick lit, the genre that no one was buying at the time. When the indie publishing movement got going, I decided to jump in and sold twice as many books as I had traditionally. My next book, Castles on the Sand, was the first book I wrote with the intention of indie publishing it. Since then I've published several more books, and started designing covers and doing paperback and ebook formatting as a small business.
I'm originally from New Mexico, have a bachelors in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University, and a juris doctorate in business law from UCLA. I also design jewelry (and no, that doesn't fit in with any of the other stuff I've listed here.) I was born November 8, 1975; given my age keeps on changing, that seems like the easiest way to let people know how old I am.
All of my books published since 2010 feature at least one EVOL Burrito or related food item. This is my brother-in-law's company, and they are seriously good burritos. He and his business partners specialize in natural foods and provide a high quality product at a very reasonable price. All of EVOL's lines are available at Whole Foods, and many of them are available at grocery stores across America. Since my brother-in-law is also a New Mexican, their green chile is all from Hatch, NM - which grows the best green chile on the planet (and yes, in northern NM, it's spelled chile.)