About the Author

Emily Golus


Emily Golus is an award-winning fantasy author with nearly 20 years of professional writing experience. Golus aims to engage, inspire, and show how small acts of courage and love can create meaningful change. Her books feature diverse cultures, authentic characters, and cinematic fantasy settings.

Golus lives in Greenville, SC with her husband, Mike, who is her greatest supporter. They have two active little boys and enjoy hiking, making Thai food, and exploring small towns in the Carolinas.

Clean fantasy author Emily Golus

Emily Golus's Retelling

Crack the Stone

a retelling of Les Misérables

Emily Golus re-imagines Victor Hugo’s beloved Les Misérables as an epic fantasy adventure about suffering, redemption, and the extraordinary power of love.

Emily Golus's Other Books

Escape to Vindor (World of Vindor Book 1)

She ran away to her imaginary world. Now she can't get out.

Since childhood, Megan Bradshaw has dreamed of Vindor, her own secret world of mermaids, centaurs, samurai, and more. When real-world pressures make life unbearable, Megan wishes she could escape to Vindor for real.

And then she does. Megan finds herself trapped in Vindor, with flesh-and-blood versions of her imaginary characters. But Vindor isn’t safe. The Shadow—a terrifying creature she didn’t invent—is tearing Vindor apart, and now it’s coming for Megan.

She embarks on a desperate journey, accompanied by a know-it-all centaur and a goblin she’s not sure she can trust. Will the Shadow destroy Megan before she can find a way to save her world?

Winner of the 2018 Selah Award for Young Adult fiction

Mists of Paracosmia (World of Vindor Book 2)

How can you save a world disappearing around you?

A menacing fog spreads through Vindor, wiping memories as it goes. It’s time for Megan to return—but somehow Vindor gets her brother instead.

Arden Bradshaw knows nothing about his sister’s dream world, but he jumps at the chance to train as a warrior. Guardian Selena has other plans, though, and sends him on a quest to the legendary city of N’gozi, accompanied by a spunky Nomad and a grumpy mermaid.

Journeying along the Blackwater River, Arden and his new friends face unexpected dangers when they stumble into a deadly conspiracy—and discover a terrible truth about the world of Vindor.