She is the daughter of the late Daniel Swift and Lydia McKay Swift. She lives with her loving boyfriend (Jack Greene) in the fictional small city of Kincaid in Upstate New York (USA). In book two (Through the Door), readers might recognize some places in Kincaid as being reminiscent of those in Rochester, an actual city in New York State.
T.L. Brown provides little information as to Emily’s appearance, preferring to allow the reader to “see herself” (if desired) as the story’s main character.
Emily’s birthday is December 1st. Book one begins on the day she turns thirty.
At various points in the series, Emily hints at being short. The reader can assume Emily’s hair is longish, as she references pulling it up into a ponytail.
Jack Greene is the long-time boyfriend of Emily. In this series, he is approximately thirty-four years old and teaches English at a local community college. He is often apprehensive of Emily’s activities involving the Empire. Although Emily and Jack love each other dearly, Emily is not always reliable in her promises to keep Jack informed on what is going on in Empire or with the Fringe. As a result, their relationship has become strained.
If Emily is the protagonist in the series, Templeton (full name, John Templeton) is the antagonist – at least in the first book, Door to Door. At a minimum, his role serves as Emily’s nemesis. She admits later in the series to the reader: “His actions sometimes worked against me.” There is chemistry between Emily and Templeton, but it’s not clear if it’s part of an attraction to one another or the result of two Salesmen with similar “unique abilities” often in competition with one another. (See also the Crimson Stone.)
Emily’s best friend is Tara Parker-Jones, a rare books expert and manager of Pages & Pens in Kincaid. The pair like to meet up for quiche and lattes at The Green Bean – otherwise known as “The Bean.” Tara and Emily met in college. Tara also introduced Emily to Jack.
Anne Lace is first mentioned in The Book – a travel journal left to Emily by her late father. When Emily finally meets Anne, the two form a fast friendship with Anne diving right into the adventure, assisting Emily in her quest significantly in book one, Door to Door.
Rabbit is first mentioned in The Book – a travel journal left to Emily by her late father. Rabbit assists Emily in her quest significantly in books one and two (Door to Door and Through the Door) – with a darker side revealed in the latter. Rabbit also plays a significant role in Doors Wide Open (book three).
Lucie Bellerose is first introduced in book two of the series (Through the Door). She lives in Matar and is a friend of Anne Lace. Emily is referred to her for “help” with understanding her magical abilities. Lucie and Emily work together in book three in the series, Doors Wide Open.
In Other Books
Emily has cameo appearances in the first two books of the Bellerose Witchline Series.
From the Author’s Character Profile (edited to avoid spoilers)
Abbreviated Character Profile
- Character Name: Emily Swift
- Gender / Self-ID: Female
- DOB: December 1st.
- Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
- Age in Door to Door Series: 30
- Character Theme Song for D2D Series:
- Door to Door: Don’t Get Me Wrong, by The Pretenders;
- Through the Door: With a Little Help From My Friends, by The Beatles;
- and Doors Wide Open: I Am The Highway, the Ann Wilson cover of Audioslave’s original I Am The Highway.
- Being Type: Salesman, Human
- Parents: Lydia McKay Swift (living), Daniel Swift (deceased).
- Siblings : None.
- Living Relatives: Her mother, some distant great aunts and their children.
- Children or no children? None.
- Childhood: Grew up in Western New York. Had a happy childhood, but lost father at age 13.
- Hair Color, Hair Style, Eyes, Height, Weight, Body Type: Purposely not shared by author with readers. Through dialogue and observations in the books, readers can infer that Emily is short and her hair is long enough to put into a ponytail. Emily considers herself to be relatively fit.
- Tattoo: None. (Yet.)
- Scar: No.
- Education (Traditional): Public school, then four-year university.
- Degree: B.A.
- Education (Non-Traditional): Learns a little magic from friends like Lucie Bellerose.
- Occupation: Owns her own copywriting business called Swift Services. Helps out in Anne’s café a bit (Through the Door).
- Hobby: Hanging out with her boyfriend and friends. Cuddling her cats.
- Relationship Status / Love Interest: Committed relationship with her boyfriend Jack Greene.
- Significant Friends: Tara Parker-Jones, Anne Lace, Rabbit, Lucie Bellerose.
- Childhood Home: Western New York
- Home (Where): A small city called Kincaid (fictional city in Upstate New York).
- Vehicle: Subaru Forester – old, with a fussy heater.
- Favorite Food: Loves pumpkin pie on her birthday. Pizza and subs. Chili. Lobster. Crab. Shrimp. The list is unending, really. She likes to eat. Period.
- Least Favorite Food: Raw cauliflower and raw broccoli. (Cooked is okay… with lots of butter – or cheese.)
- Coffee or Tea? Likes both, but prefers lattes.
- Loves the Smell Of: Coffee. Jack. Onions cooking. Campfires, autumn days / leaves.
- Favorite Alcohol : Red wine
- Country or City? City
- Favorite Animal: Cats
- Favorite Book: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis
- Favorite Movie, Teen: The first Harry Potter movie came out before she was a teenager, but loved all the Harry Potter movies when she was a teenager. She still watches them as an adult.
- Favorite Movie, Adult: Alice in Wonderland (the one with Johnny Depp).
- Who Plays Character in Movie: That’s the author’s wish list secret. 😉
- Favorite TV Show: Stranger Things – “I love the 80s!” says Emily.
- Celebrity Crush: Kind of has a crush on Eddie Redmayne.
- Favorite Season: Winter
- Favorite Color: Red
- Favorite Holiday: Christmas
- Favorite Painter: Vincent van Gogh
- Favorite Musical Genre: Pop and Rock – it depends.
- Favorite Song: Run, by Snow Patrol
- Like The Beatles? Yes. (Jack’s favorite group so The Beatles get played a lot in their home.)
- Plays Instrument: Spoiler (book one).
- Favorite Vacation Spot: Any lakeside lodge!
- Mountains or Beach: Mountains – the beach is too hot.
- Likes to Dance: Yes
- Like to Cook: Yes
- Eat in or Eat out? Eat out
- Early Bird or Night Owl? Neither, really.
- Personality: Friendly, kind. Curious. A bit unreliable, but a good person. Tenacious.
- Temperament: Friendly overall, but can be pushed to a limit. She’s not above seeking revenge if she believes it’s warranted.
- Talent: Door Travel
- Answer To: Not really good at following anyone’s “orders.”
- Magical Power(s) / Special Powers? Door Travel, some “magical abilities,” and her “Salesmany sense.”
- Secret(s): Mostly she just keeps other people’s secrets.
- Fetishes: “Oh, good grief.”
- Guilty Pleasure: Jameson Whisky and Baileys in coffee – with whipped cream on top.
- Vices: Coffee mostly – drinks a lot of it.
- Fears: Her family and friends being hurt by the Fringe. The Fringe getting their hands on the Crimson Stone. Her father’s killer(s) not being brought to justice.
- Regrets: Letting Rabbit down that one time in a very big way.
- Bad Habit: She has a tendency to not stay in one place even though she’s supposed to stay put. She sometimes “fibs” and doesn’t tell the whole truth – but she argues it’s for the greater good! Hates not knowing something and will go out of her way to learn the truth / secret – even if there’s a significant cost to her actions.
- Quirk: Touches her mouth often (pulls on lower lip, runs fingers / hands over lips, sometimes bites her thumbnail – but she’s not a nail chewer).
- OCD Scale (1 – 10): 5
- Political Affiliation: She trends toward the left side of the aisle.
- Religion: Doesn’t practice a particular faith. She doesn’t discuss religion.
- Pet Peeves: Templeton.
- Principles: Do the right thing – no matter what. Seek justice.
- Enemy: Templeton? He definitely works against her over and over. Definitely The Fringe. Definitely Sebastian St. Michel.
- Problems: Father killed. Didn’t know she was a Salesman and could door travel – found out by accident. Had to get a handle on door traveling abilities. Dealing with Templeton. The Fringe wants to stop her – she wants to stop the Fringe. Sebastian St. Michel. Getting her hands on the Crimson Stone. The Salesman Court – they’re not always happy with her or what she’s doing. Keeping her relationship with Jack healthy. Her mother – who drives her nuts!
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