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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Emily Kaplan  

Pen Name: EM Kaplan

Genre: Fiction Mystery Other

Born: 1972 in Bangkok, Thailand

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Kaplan has lived in Woodstock, Illinois since 2006.

Biographical and Professional Information

Award-winning author, EM Kaplan, was an 80s kid, spoon fed on six channels of a VHF dial TV. She grew up reading Agatha Christie and Edgar Rice Burroughs in rural Arizona where there were no sidewalks but plenty of tumbleweeds. She has an undergrad degree from Brandeis University and a Master's in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. A former wannabe spy, trombonist, toilet-cleaner, beginner ninja, and subversive marketeer, she currently lives in the frozen north with her husband, author JD Kaplan, kids, and dog.


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Titles At Your Library

The Bride Wore Dead: A Josie Tucker Mystery
ISBN: 1494277700

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2013

Snarky food critic Josie Tucker usually can soothe any problem with food or drink. Missed bus? Mango-orange smoothie. Mild doldrums? A piece of peppered beef jerky. But lately, she can’t stand the smell of a watery cup of broth. Being at the mercy of an indignant and vengeful stomach is no cup of tea.
So what happens when she gets roped into being the last-minute bridesmaid at a society wedding? The bride’s mother tries to kill her with kindness. Too bad for the bride, Josie won't be the only victim.
'The Bride Wore Dead' is a tasty, and thoroughly enjoyable, mystery."
--Mike Billington, author
"The Bride Wore Dead has everything a reader expects from modern crime fiction - sharp writing, an unpredictable plot, quirky characters. But it also holds surprises for the reader. As one of the new breed of indie authors, Kaplan has broken many of the rules of crime fiction - with panache - and created something refreshingly different. Her characterisation has depth."
--Virginia King, former prize-winning publisher, author of "The First Lie" (BRAG Medallion Honoree)

Unmasked
ISBN: 1499593945

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014

Mel can sense the blood beating through her companions' veins. She can count the moments between heartbeats to tell who is sincere and who is lying. She can make herself stronger for short periods of time, heal small wounds on her body, and manipulate light to change her appearance subtly. These abilities are useful skills for a Mask--a preternaturally sensitive, cloaked and imposing, impartial arbitrator, both revered and feared by everyone.


Mattieus Ottick, or just Ott to his friends, comes from the frozen north to hunt the strange ogre-like creatures, or trogs, that threaten the northern mines. Magical beasties? Nightmares come to life? The world as Ott knows it is about to change. Blessed by easy charm and good looks, Ott is used to the attention of females, but, gods above, he is knocked flat by the kiss of the ethereal woman he rescues. How could she possibly be a Mask?

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Rated approximately PG-13 for fantasy violence and some romantic overtones.

Dim Sum, Dead Some: A Josie Tucker Mystery
ISBN: 1505402239

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2015

Josie Tucker is back! In this second, standalone mystery, the cranky food critic with the bad stomach, finds herself in San Francisco investigating the disappearance of a secretive software entrepreneur.


Ivan Sorokin is missing. Who wants him out of the picture--his wife, his business partner, or the stripper who holds his heart?

Josie Tucker stands on Beach Street with her back to the San Francisco wharf. Above her, the Ghirardelli sign winks in the dusky twilight, seducing her. The ice cream parlor lights beckon like a lactose lothario, a casein casanova, trying hard to woo her. But her heart longs for dumplings, for dim sum.

Dim sum means "heart's delight." Imagine nibbling at a savory golden pouch stuffed with delicately seasoned meat. If a lover offers the morsel on the tips of exquisitely lacquered chopsticks late in the morning while reclining on silken cushions...that's food for the heart.


Chinatown. Dim sum. Murder. Josie's perfect ingredients for adventure.

Unbroken (Rise of the Masks) (Volume 2)
ISBN: 1518638899

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2015

No broken promises. No matter the distance, no matter how much time has passed, Rav promised to return to her younger sister. Far south in the Red Desert, young Zunee was left in charge of their family. Now she must fend off evil warlords while trying to keep her younger sisters from starving in the harsh desertland. Mel and Ott make the arduous journey south to the Red Desert to help reunite the two sisters. But gods above, do the very elements conspire to keep the them apart?


Awards

-- *BRAG Medallion, ''The Bride Wore Dead''

-- *IAN Book of the Year Finalist, ''Dim Sum, Dead Some''