Emily Giffin was born on March 20, 1972, in Baltimore, Maryland and had a very happy childhood. She grew up with a love of reading, surrounded by books and making frequent trips to the library with her mother and older sister, Sarah. She began writing at a young age, and "published" many of her own stories.
Emily's father was an executive for Sears, so her family moved around quite a bit over the years. In 1986, they arrived in Naperville, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) just in time for Emily to start high school. During those years, Emily indulged her passion for writing as a member of the creative writing club and the editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper. She won several awards for her writing and wrote in her journal every day.
After graduating in 1990, Emily attended Wake Forest University. She chose the school for many reasons, including her love of ACC basketball. One of the highlights of her years at Wake was managing the men's basketball team. She overlapped with such greats as Rodney Rogers and Tim Duncan-and can't resist making college basketball references in her books.
After college, Emily attended law school at the University of Virginia. She graduated in 1997 and moved to Manhattan where she worked in the litigation department of Winston & Strawn. While appreciating certain aspects of her legal career, she soon realized that she wanted to pursue her true passion for writing.
In 2001, just five days after September 11 th, Emily moved to London where she began writing full time. Despite getting rejected by eight publishers for her young adult novel, Lily Holding True, Emily kept writing. Spending hours in her flat near Hyde Park, she began creating the world of Rachel and Darcy. Here is a page from an early draft of Something Borrowed -under its original working title, Rolling the Dice.
The following year was an exciting one for Emily. She got married, found an agent, and signed a two-book contract with St. Martin's Press. Although she hadn't planned to do so originally, she became interested in Darcy's side of the story during revisions of Something Borrowed and thus began writing Something Blue.
In September 2003, Emily and her husband left London and moved to Atlanta. A few months later, on New Year's Eve, her identical twin sons, Edward and George, were born 92 minutes apart.
In 2004, Something Borrowed was released to rave reviews and instantly made the New York Times bestseller list. It was a dream come true. Emily has been very busy with her family and her writing ever since!