author has one novel that he or she think of, as “the book of my heart” at some
point in his or her life and Owlet is mine. As a lifelong asthmatic, I grew up always feeling
disconnected from the characters I loved so dearly in the YA novels I read. It
bothered me that all of the characters I felt close to were so much more
capable than I will ever be. They say that when there is a novel you desperately
want to read but can't find it must be one you need to write - so I did. The goal
of this novel is to reach out to and help as many people as my words can.
Owlet is now
here, the novel I needed when I was growing up and hopefully can help someone
else who might have felt the same way or is feeling that way now. A YA Urban
Fantasy, the book is about a girl who learns that sometimes having something
working against you, can make you a stronger, better person, and while it hurts
to become that way, it can also give you a fighting chance.
between falling and flying...there is a girl.
Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living
soul. After an asthma attack, one night she finds out that her dreams of a
strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing, but the more she
learns about the past, the more she realizes the life she has been living is a
lie. As the façade her father has built starts to crumble around her, she will
have to decide which means more to her: the truth or her life.
for introducing Owlet to our readers.
Let us discuss the passage you have taken when it comes to your writings.
What are some of the most valuable
lessons you have learned from writing? My career in writing has taught me a
great deal about who I am, what I can achieve, and how important my writing is
to me. When I first started writing, I wasn’t sure I could make it. When my
fiancé suggested I write my first book and submit it, I thought he was crazy.
Now I’ve had my fourth book published through Tribute Books and copies of my
novels are being sold around the world (darn it, he was right again – don’t
tell him I said that though!). I’ve heard my novels have also helped people,
for which I feel both humbled and happy. I would not change anything about the
experience and I welcome the lessons I continue to learn as I move forward.
Who or what
inspired you to become an author. I have had a number of people who have
inspired me to write. Tamora Pierce, a fellow author, is someone who helped me
during a time when I was very ill. Her books gave me something to focus on and
helped me to recover. There is also my grandmother who has served not only to
inspire me, but to encourage me to continue reaching and to never settle. My
fiancé helped me take that final step in becoming a published author and who
has always been by my side through every step I have taken.
Have you ever received a negative comment or review
about your book, and if so, how did you handle it? Yes,
unfortunately I have. The individual wrote a bad review to get to the top of
Google’s search engine rankings using my name for this purpose. It was a sad
experience for me, not because of the bad review (although that did hurt), but
because of what I saw happen afterwards. I have noticed that when individuals online
like or dislike something, they will divide into those groups and strongly
oppose each other. I have watched this happen to fellow authors, movies and
political candidates. But I feel that both groups don’t realize the fallout of
their actions or words. Recently, a well-known blog was once again targeted by
someone who apparently wasn’t even familiar with the blog, yet the individual
decided to nonetheless spread falsehoods about the blog. The result was in a
number of individuals being hurt greatly and the blog itself being closed down
due to the hate mail they were receiving; hate mail that wasn’t even justified
because it wasn’t even the truth. Fortunately, with my own experience, it was
only the one bad review and it was not done with malicious intent, only
personal gain in mind. But other situations have ended differently. I decided
the best approach was to not defend myself or my first book, but to thank the
person for the time spent on the review and I discouraged any kind of taking of
Why? Because I don’t believe, authors should
take sides. Yes, our books are very important to us. We spend a great deal of
time working on it and many of us feel that our books are our babies. But we
write for our readers and for our careers. Our readers don’t want controversy
or to read hate – they want to come to the worlds we bring to life for them.
From where do you get your story ideas? The whole world
serves as an inspiration to me. I can be walking through a store and suddenly
feel inspired, or listening to a song and imagining a journey through an
unknown landscape. I can be paying bills and imagining marauders fighting for
the rights we have today. When all else fails, I turn to my writing area and
enjoy a piece of dark chocolate.
As a writer, what has been your biggest challenge,
trials or tribulations that you have overcome? Getting my work
out there has been my greatest challenge. When I was writing, my biggest
challenge was in writing a good novel, but when I was accepted by my first
publisher and then my second and third, I began to realize that writing and
being published was only the first half of the battle. Marketing and reaching
out to my readers has been my greatest challenge, one shared by many authors,
and I do my best to learn, adapt and move forward. Every time someone brings me
one of my books and asks me to sign them, I feel that the journey thus far has
been worth it. I would not trade a single moment or challenge!
would you give someone who is thinking about writing a book? Don’t give up. I
know that sounds easy to say, but in many ways it is like exercising. First,
you start out and it is a long journey to get to where you want, but I promise
you that the journey and reaching your final destination is soooooo worth it!!!
How can our readers get in touch with you? Readers can get
in touch with me through my website www.EmmaMichaels.com and I love hearing
from everyone! Thank you so much for reading my books and I promise to keep