We’re Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. We met at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Emma: Coming from an academic family, where it was less ambitious to run for President than become an author, I dove into management consulting. But my experience as a nanny left an unshakable impression. I had to say something, but who was I to write? Where to even start? And then I went to see a play Nicki had written and it hit me. As a facilitator, I knew the value of a collaborative partner. Wouldn’t this same structured support benefit the lonely process of crafting a story? We agreed to be each other’s coach and it changed my life.
Nicki: And when someone in a headset says you have five minutes until your Katie Couric interview and seven million people are watching, boy does it feel good to have a hand to hold. The Nanny Diaries went on to be a #1 New York Times bestseller and the longest-running hardcover bestseller of 2002. It became a movie starring Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney and Alicia Keys and we followed that up with the bestsellers Citizen Girl, Dedication, and Nanny Returns, as well as two YA books, Over You and The Real Real.
Emma: In addition to writing for the stage and screen, we’ve been translated into thirty-two languages and done CNN, MSNBC, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight and The View. Our work and partnership have been covered in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, TIME, Elle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, O, Town & Country, Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. And we’ve contributed to The London Times and The New York Times as well as two short story collections to benefit The War Child Fund: Big Night Out and Girls' Night Out. We’ve created branded content for Estee Lauder and Teen Vogue and have the first novel to be serialized by Cosmopolitan.
We have fifteen years of partnership and ten books under our belt. We know how to write on the days we don’t feel like it, we know how to get the other to write on the days she really doesn’t feel like it. We motivate each other to bring our A-game, meet our deadlines, and enjoy the hell out of it, and we can do that for you, too.