Emily is the oldest of the modern Hubbards. She is fourteen years old, and she acts like it. She despises her four younger siblings and she spares not their feelings in displaying this. She is a skeptic, when Jill mentions their grandfather being in Heaven, Emily tells her to keep her supernatural hogwash to herself. Emily especially clashes with Joey because, while Allan and Jill are goodnatured, Joey really isn't. And when the Hubbards end up in the world of Calhortea, Emily doesn't really take it well.
Emily has been around since the beginning of my ideas for Creighton Hill. I don't remember if her name was always the same, probably not, but her personality was always there.
the "modern" Hubbards (they're the most modern, from the year 2000)
were going to be a family with 12 kids, all girls except Joey. Lucky for
him, that changed. But even in that early version, there was a snotty
fourteen-year-old sister who was mean to her younger brothers and
sisters, especially when they speculated about the mysterious
disappearances of their ancestors.
Even when the "modern"
Hubbards were condensed into a family of five children with a second
brother, Emily's role was still not the same as it is today. Her younger
siblings, Allan, Jill, Joey, and Anna, were the four to go to
Calhortea. Things really weren't working with the book, though. It was
agony to write, and honestly, I hated it. I didn't even want to write Creighton Hill
anymore. My mom read what I had and made a crazy suggestion. Switch
Emily with Anna. I had to majorly rewrite the book, and that was before
the rewrite that changed the point of view from Jill to Joey, leaving
Anna behind and taking Emily along. It worked! I needed a contagonist, and Emily was it.
will have a character arc over the course of the series. And I also
need to go back and give her a few point of view scenes. But she is one
of the best developed characters in Time Captives and one of the reasons the story finally worked.