Five Questions with Emma Michaels
1. When you think of your favorite books, what is it that draws you to them and makes you want to read them over and over again?
I love novels with a bittersweet resonance. Where when you think back to them you feel an overwhelming wave of mixed emotions. I also love novels with a really well thought out character arc.
2. Did you consciously decide to write the genre you write, or did it choose you?
YA chose me a long time ago. I have always been an avid YA lover. Other genres would occasionally catch my attention but it was always YA that kept it. I naturally started writing what I have always loved to read.
3. If you could sit down for a drink and a chat with any writer, who would it be, and why?
Dia Reeves. I loved her novel Bleeding Violet. It was twisted and raw but you couldn’t help but continue to love the main character even though you knew for certain she was insane.
4. When you are not writing (or reading) what is your favorite pastime?
When I am not writing I am normally working on cover art. I actually went from being a book blogger to a cover artist and then an author. It was an interesting journey but normally means all my time not spent writing, blogging or reading is going towards cover art.
5. At what point were you sure that your book was ready to be published, and how did you go about making it happen?
That’s a good question. I actually rewrote Owlet multiple times from scratch. It was when I finished the current copy that I really realized it was the best I could make it with the knowledge I had at the time and would only be able to grow from there if I allowed myself to move on. I was writing a scene that has been in all of the version and suddenly it lead into a new scene that is only featured in the final version. Somehow the rewrite brought it out of me and it felt like it had been the missing piece. It has been my favorite scene since that moment because it was the final puzzle piece before I got to see my novel truly be whole.
Somewhere 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.
Emma Michaels is a cover artist and the author of Owlet. As the founder of The Writers Voice blog (http://OurBooksOurVoice.Blogspot.com) she loves to connect authors and readers. Her love of blogging started when she created a review blog in 2009 (www.EmmaMichaels.com) which gave her the courage to finally submit her own novels to publishers.