Of The Moment: Emma Rosenblum
Every summer there’s that book you see everywhere—on the Instagram feeds of literature lovers, on the beach chairs in Bridgehampton.
Rosenblum, Chief Content Officer at Bustle Digital Group, author, and Fire Island native–knows how to tell a killer story. Set against Fire Island’s exclusive summer community, Bad Summer People is this season’s ‘it’ book–considered “a whip-smart, propulsive debut about infidelity, backstabbing, and murderous intrigue” and widely considered “White Lotus sharp”.
We visited Emma at her Fire Island enclave in Saltaire where she spilled the details about the inspiration behind her book, career motto, and favorite styles that are fit for the ultra-stylish characters of Bad Summer People.
Read more below.
Shop Her Look:
Manhattan and Saltaire, Fire Island
My Personal Style Is…
Muted, classic, all about shape and proportion.
I Never Leave Home Without My...
Phone, sadly. I rarely even take my wallet out with me anymore!
You snooze, you lose.
You have one of the most talked about books of 2023…what inspired you to write Bad Summer People?
As I've progressed in my career, my day-to-day has gotten increasingly managerial. I wanted to get back to writing, and decided to give fiction a go. I was in Fire Island for the summer, and thought it was the perfect place to set a beach read/murder mystery. I started with just one chapter, and then I was off! I laughed to myself the entire time I wrote it.
My book Bad Summer People is perfect for anyone who…
Loves Bravo, loves White Lotus, and is a fan of fun, frothy, satiric drama.
Most surprising aspect of your book release:
How much fun readers are having with Bad Summer People on social media. It's such a thrill to see people posting pictures of the book on the beach, at the pool, and even some staged on tennis courts! I love it.
Tips for anyone who is considering writing a book:
Set deadlines and stick to them. Pretend someone is already paying you for the work. Have a clear sense of what the beginning, middle, and end of your story will be, and then fill in from there.
The best part of living in NYC is…
Not having to commute to New Jersey or Long Island or Westchester.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding thing is having an audience respond positively to something I've helped to create. When someone says: "I read that! And I liked it!" That gives me a happy buzz.
Currently Reading / Listening To / Watching:
Victoria Beckham (2023; not 1993). I live for a reinvention story.