PRETTY REVENGE by Emily Liebert – INTERVIEW & Giveaway



The name of the game is revenge – no matter the cost in Emily Lieberts’ new novel PRETTY REVENGE (GalleryBooks). Think: The Wife Between Us meets The Perfect Nanny. YUMMY! 

Kerrie O’Malley, jobless and in an unfulfilling relationship, can isolate the singular  moment in her life when things veered off course—the night she was irrevocably wronged by her former idol. Eighteen years later, when Kerrie sees the very woman who destroyed her life on television, a fire ignites inside her. The stakes are high. The risks are perilous. But she’ll stop at nothing to achieve the retribution she deserves.

Jordana Pierson is a gilded New Yorker who appears to have it all: wealth, glamour, a successful and handsome husband, and a thriving wedding concierge business. Her record is spotless. Her business is thriving. No one knows the truth about her and the dark shadows of her past.

No one, that is, except Kerrie.

Exploring just how far someone will go for vengeance, Pretty Revenge is a riveting, compulsively readable novel bursting with mind-bending twists and turns and plenty of suspense.

We got to ask Emily some questions about PRETTY REVENGE and her writing.

  1. “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” What’s so compelling about reading about a character get revenge?

I think revenge is a dish best served hot & spicy! I also believe that, if you’ve been wronged by someone, the desire for revenge is relatable and it’s satisfying to read about a character who sees through her plot for vengeance and gets everything she feels she deserved (or does she?).

  1. In your research, did you discover there’s a certain type of person that’s willing to do anything to get revenge?

I’m not sure there is a specific type of person who seeks revenge. I think most people have the capability within them, depending on how badly they were mistreated. In order for someone to be willing to do anything, well, that would have to be a pretty major betrayal.

  1. Secrets and lies, always a good theme? How do they fit into PRETTY REVENGE?

Secrets and lies are the best themes! They drive the momentum of the plot and keep readers guessing. There’s no shortage of secrets and lies in PRETTY REVENGE. Kerrie & Jordana—the two protagonists—both change their identities in order to manipulate people and their hidden pasts tie directly into Kerrie’s mission to ruin Jordana’s “perfect” life.

  1. “Having it all. Or the appearance of having is all.” Why do readers love to read about character’s having it all and then losing it?

“Having it all” is both aspirational and inspirational. It allows readers to dream of a world that they’ll never be a part of, because it’s fictional! But, in the same way that people build up celebrities and then tear them apart, no one can relate to a character without flaws. What goes up, must come down eventually.

  1. Female relationships – what’s your interest in highlighting the best and worst women’s friendships?

Female friendships are complex and multi-layered, which means there’s a lot to sink my teeth into. When I write my books, my goal is to create characters who are true to life, with an added dose of drama, and that means exploring the good, the bad, and the very worst. The latter is often the most fun!

  1. What are you working on next? Anything you’ve like to ad?

I just finished writing my summer 2020 novel, which is another psychological thriller. Soon I’ll start on a manuscript for 2021, which sounds so far off, but not in the publishing industry! There are also plans in the works to bring some of my novels to the small and big screen, which is very exciting!



USA Today bestselling author Emily Liebert was born and raised in New York City. She attended Horace Mann School and Smith College, where she graduated with a B.A. in English Language & Literature.

Emily is the author of five novels: YOU KNEW ME WHEN (2013), WHEN WE FALL (2014), THOSE SECRETS WE KEEP (2015), and SOME WOMEN (2016), all with Penguin Random House.

In addition to writing novels, Emily pens a travel and books column in each issue of Westport Magazine, for which she’s the Books Correspondent. She also teaches Pure Barre classes and enjoys traveling and cooking. Emily lives with her husband, Lewis, and their two sons, Jax and Hugo, in Westport, CT. You can find her at

Thanks to Emily and Gallery Books, we have two copies of PRETTY REVENGE to giveaway. Just tell us a time you wanted revenge on something. (You don’t have to get too personal)  We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

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43 thoughts on “PRETTY REVENGE by Emily Liebert – INTERVIEW & Giveaway

  1. Good question. The only one I can think of is someone at work said some awful things about me and I wanted to seek revenge. Not sure how but it was a thought!!

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      1. When a neighbor began sending me harassing texts after I asked her to take care of a problem that was hers to deal with before we sold our house. I took the high road though and refused to interact with her for the short time we had remaining as neighbors

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  2. Back in the day when I did competitive swimming, I wanted revenge (as in beating them during a race) against my opponents that beat me previously!

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  3. Revenge in my case came about without any help from me. What was done to me, was also done to the person who wronged me. My life improved, I’m not too sure about his.

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  4. Revenge? I would have loved to get back at my ex husband for all the crap he did to me. Cheating, lies, abuse in every shape and form, but I decided his luck had run out and I’d let God take care of his ways. He’s now serving time in prison for wrongs he’s done.

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  5. If I wanted to get revenge it would be against my ex husband who physically abused me. Fortunately I have moved forward and lost any desire to seek revenge against him.

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  6. The time I most wanted revenge was when a company pursued me and persuaded me to leave my job. They laid me off within three months, they hired me before they officially onboarded a client and didn’t have enough work for me. I was saving every penny I could for my wedding that was in three months.

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  7. I would like revenge on an ex-friend who took advantage of me for years in many ways before I finally realized it and ended the friendship. I have never acted on this desire but it’s fun to think about and I often think about writing a book about the whole story. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  8. If I wanted revenge it would be on my ex husband who put me through some rough times with jealousy and verbally abuse. At times I wished I was Bewitched.

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  9. For years I wanted revenge on a new boss who took an instant dislike to me and made my life miserable. She spied on me to try and catch me doing I don’t know what, tried to come between me and my co-workers and lied constantly about me to anyone who would listen. Fortunately, I had been there for years and everyone who knew me knew it was crap. There were actually a few others she targeted but I was her favorite victim by far.I had never had any problem with either of the two prior bosses. In fact I remain friends with both to this day. After 3 years of this and with no help from management (I had gone to them numerous times) I finally gave up the job I loved just to get away from her. Management interviewed numerous other workers about the situation after I left and let her go. I’m told she decided to retire and not seek employment. So I did actually get my revenge. Just wish I didn’t have to quit to get it.

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  10. being the only girl in the family, with four brothers, I constantly wanted revenge on them. Particularly because they never had a curfew but I did because I was a girl….and I knew they were getting in more trouble than I ever would have.

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  11. I’m not really a revenge type of person, but, years ago I wanted revenge on my now ex-husband, for putting me and my girls through hell.

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  12. There have been people I’ve known, who had no problem mistreating me and others. I definitely felt the urge to, “Get mad and get even,” with them. Not sure I wouldn’t seriously consider doing so, if the opportunity had presented itself. I hate injustices! 😒

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  13. Hmm – they say revenge is a dish best served cold! Fortunately this has stopped me following through with some of the things I’ve had in mind on occasion, as my anger usually disappears as I cool off!

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  14. Usually involved a cheating lying narcissist…but despite the fantasy, I’ve never acted on the impulse. Instead I worked on me and learned to recognize the red flags. Those kind of people just aren’t worth it! I was better off!

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  15. My ex-husband. He really put me through hell & left me as a struggling single parent. I took the high road & it all worked out in the end. We are at least friendly these days. 🙂

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  16. I think of revenge or more importantly bad karma when someone does me wrong. I definitely believe what comes around goes around!


  17. I wanted revenge when my idea for employee development was stolen by a coworker and then I was asked to help flesh it out and make it work. I didn’t do it.


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