Emily says this about her interest in picture books:
I have always been interested in picture books as a form, which stems (I suppose) from my background in theater. I am fascinated by the intersection of words and images – the way meanings of words can be altered by changing their presentation. An actor varies her intonation, or an illustrator changes a line – and the story is new.
A great resource to find out more information about Emily, and her work, is Emily's own website. Here's a few other interviews; Emily was interviewed on Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, a blog about books. She is also featured on Who Wrote That? An Interview with Patricia Newman (who writes a blog for children, writers, and parents). And a great quote on Emily that makes me excited to hear her speak at our conference:
"So, what stands out about Emily Jenkins? For one, her writing is so child-friendly and accessible that she makes it look like a cinch to write in such a manner, though we know it isn’t."