What inspired you to write?

This is a question with many origins. I've always wanted to write a book about my experiences, but I had not figured out the details of my story to transform it into a compelling one so, I kind of put it off. The idea made my vision board every new year but I never made it a completed goal. Then, I grew tired of identifying myself with foster care and often wanted to forget about the experience all together. It wasn't until I was unexpectedly asked about my experience as a child in foster care by a kid in the system and in addition the universe sent quite a few "tell your story" messages, it finally came to me. Keeping my story to myself felt selfish.

What are your credentials?

I earned a Master of Public Administration, a Bachelor of Social Work and certifications in child welfare and human resources policy and management.

How many years were you in foster care?

An odd 13.

Can I book you for an event?

Yes. Email emely@emelygrullon.com and specify details about your event in your request. i.e time, place, # of order books, etc.

Do you have any books?

No. Labeled: Ward of the State is my first book. And, I do plan to write more.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy non-fiction, a good memoir or self-help book. Experiences are one of the best teachers. I like fiction books such as Harry Potter and the Coldest Winter Ever. After reading "True to the Game", I put urban books down. It's my all-time favorite!

What is your favorite podcast?

I have 3 favorite podcasts; Unbothered, Small Doses and Super Soul Conversations. I almost never miss an episode. Pull Up and The Breakfast Club are 2 of my favorites as well.

What daily habits do you practice?

I practice meditation, yoga, read at least 1 book a month, listen to podcast, journal, color and frequently experience a new place/thing.