Ask anybody who uses Twitter who their top ten favourite writers/creatives on the site are and I can guarantee that Emma Gannon’s name will pop up.
Emma is the former social media editor at GLAMOUR and The Debrief, a Twitter extraordinaire and her weekly newsletter has been featured in magazines alongside Lena Dunham’s newsletter (who she is basically BFF’s with). Am I allowed to stop trying to play it cool yet?
She has also been snapped up by Penguin Random House, publishers, to write a book. Yes, A WHOLE BOOK! ‘Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up and Stayed Sane Online’ is out in July (but is actually available to pre-order right now: Waterstones) and we couldn’t be more excited.
To say Emma, who set up her blog ‘Girl Lost in the City’ six years ago, is an Internet trailblazer would not be doing her justice. So when I emailed Emma, asking whether I could feature her for ONNAB, I didn’t really expect a reply. I mean, the above means she’s pretty busy…
But I did get a reply and boy, am I glad.
The internet gives everybody an opportunity to have a voice; unfortunately, not all use it for good. Emma is not one of those people; the Internet is her notepad, her confession box and her stage. From a 22 year old aspiring writer’s perspective (that’s me, by the way), she is a hero. Not only is she paving a way for herself but she’s providing inspiration to those who are following her journey, proving if you believe in yourself and your talents, you really can achieve anything.
1. When did you realise writing was for you? Was there a pivotal moment that triggered your passion or has it been something always there?
I never thought I could be a writer as a career. I always knew I wanted to write to just keep my soul alive and make sure I was constantly learning and improving. So that’s why I started a blog. I’ve always known writing was my ‘thing’, it was always the thing I felt most confident doing at school. Lots of my favourites probably gave me the passion to do it growing up – from Jacqueline Wilson to JK Rowling to Zadie Smith. I think reading so many books made me want to write.
2. What does ‘Girl Lost In The City’, your blog and the name, mean to you?
Ha. I started that blog when I was 20, and had just moved to London so I really was ‘lost’. I’m not technically ‘lost’ in London anymore, but my blog having that name always reminds me of who I was when I first created it – and how far you can come.
3. How supportive have your friends and family been in regards to your writing? Do they mind if you blog about them?
They are SO supportive. They read my blog religiously and my newsletter and everything I do. They don’t mind me writing about them as long as it’s nothing too bad – which it never is – as they are all brilliant. I write about my sister quite a bit in my book so I checked she was happy with it first before I sent it to my publisher.
4. How do you get the ideas for your blog, and keep inspired?
Ideas normally spark for me from real conversations. Sometimes articles but mostly from chats with mates in the pub.
5. What’s the biggest compliment you’ve ever been given regarding your writing?
That something I wrote helped them overcome a shit day when they were crying alone in the toilet.
6. You’re currently writing a book – was that always an aim of yours? ALWAYS. It’s always been my number one dream. It won’t seem real until I’m holding the first physical copy.
7. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given and what’s the one piece of advice you’d give to aspiring writers/bloggers?
Best piece of advice: keep putting yourself out there no matter what. Keep sharing, posting, tweeting, connecting.
8. What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done in the name of your writing?
Got naked and had photos taken.
9. You’ve achieved SO much through your blog & writing, what’s next?
I want to start writing more scripts. I’ve just finished writing up my first short film idea.
10. You’re the former social media editor at GLAMOUR and The Debrief, which must have been pretty hectic and full on. How do you find time to write? After work, on the bus, on the loo! No, really. iPhone notes save my life. I jot down ideas as I go about my day or week and then write things up when I get a minute with some wine in front of the TV. I love it. Writing on my blog never feels like ‘work’ – I am my own boss and can write what I want when I want. It’s one of my biggest pleasures in life.