Emily M. DeArdo


Emily is a thirty-something year old Midwestern native. She received her BA in Political Science and English Literature from Capital University in 2004. From 2004-2014, she worked in various positions in Ohio politics, but in early 2015 she changed her focus from politics to full-time writing.

Emily was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) at age 11, and received a double lung transplant on July 11, 2005, making her the first double lung recipient at Columbus Children's Hospital (now Nationwide Children's). She is currently writing a memoir about these experiences, and has written four novels and one short story. In college, her academic focus was British Literature, particularly the works of Jane Austen, and political science. 

When not writing, Emily enjoys reading, knitting, cooking, and traveling. She is a life-professed Lay Dominican. Emily is also a classical trained contralto who has performed in several choral ensembles, as well as in regional and community theater productions. In 2005, she was named the Diocese of Columbus’ Young Catholic Woman of the Year. On July 18, 2016, she appeared as a contestant on Jeopardy!