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.
This post is jammed packed with goodies for you all. I have an interview with author Emma Michaels, an excerpt from Owlet, the book trailer, and a giveaway. Can you handle all this? I hope so. You can read more excerpts of Owlet if you follow the blog tour.
Emma Michaels is the author of the ‘A Sense of Truth’ and ‘Society of Feathers’ series. Her goal with her latest YA novel ‘Owlet’ is to give others what she did not have growing up; a strong female protagonist with asthma. While her previous aspiration was to be a lady knight she realized that not being able to run more than a few feet might become a hindrance so turned to writing instead. Her day jobs include being a cover artist, marketing consultant and silk screen designer.
As the founder of The Writers Voice blog she loves to connect authors and readers. As a book blogger turned author, she was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, until she moved at eighteen to Washington State. Suddenly, the world was a new place filled with tall green trees that reached further for the sky with every moment, making her want to do the same. Ever since, she has tried to make her life something new and different from what it was before, pursuing her future career, setting high goals and reaching for them. With the support of her fiancé, Chihuahua, and her amazing blog followers and fellow bloggers, she wants to prove to the world that anything is possible and help inspire fellow literary lovers to reach for their dreams.
“What place?” Iris asked, trying to keep her questions short until she could manage to get water down her throat, which wouldn’t happen until her throat had been checked by Diana.
Her father cleared his throat. “It’s an island, actually. Your mother and I used to stay there and I want you to see it.” His voice was still hesitant. Staring at her, he seemed to be consumed by his thoughts.
An island? My island?
Can you tell us a little more about your book? What was your inspiration for this young adult fantasy?
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 built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her, the truth or her life.
My inspiration for Owlet didn’t come from just one place. While there was an original dream inspiration that started out the idea there was also the fact that I wanted to write a main character with asthma because I have always had a hard time relating to characters with different limitations than my own. As a child reading about people who could run to save someone barely in the nick of time broke my heart because I would have sooner died from running than made it there in time.
“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
So I did and ‘Owlet’ is the result. ‘Owlet’ is my message to anyone who has a situation that is less than perfect. Even if it doesn’t all work out, you can find a way to dream big and fly high.
Can you tell us about the main characters?
Iris is the MC. She doesn’t remember much from her past and when she is trust into a situation where she is forced to face the truth she ends up having to make a lot of hard decisions that change her life.
Falcon is the boy who waited for her. He was a part of her past and is one of the truths she has to face.
Diana is her best friend and is hired by her father to keep Iris’ health under control.
And her father, Roger, raised her as a single father and tried his best to instill good morals and solid truths in her but in exchange was also forced to lie to her.
Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, did any particular songs inspire you when writing Owlet?
Yes. Not all of the time, but if I want to find the right emotion sometimes it can help me stay in that place for long enough to get that scene out. There is actually a guest post with the full playlist on the tour but here are a few pieces I loved listening to while writing Owlet:
- Human – Ellie Goulding
- Running up that hill – Placebo
- What the water gave me – Florence and the Machine
- Wolf & I – Oh Land
- Losing your memory – Ryan Star
- Stripped – Shiny Toy Guns
- Breath again – Sara Bareillas
Do you have any funny or odd habits, writing related or other?
Oh goodness. Ahhhh all the things I never thought I would admit online or publicly. Lol. Even though I have switched to writing on my laptop and iPad (I got the iPad for my cover art and found the awesome plotting tools) I still buy notebooks even if I don’t use or fill them up. So I end up with a lot of empty notebooks. I finally decided to start turning them into my planners since my iPad can’t handle the number of thing I have to do per day so I need a lot of entry space. So yeah… Now I have these empty notebooks and my fiancé still had to stop me every time we walk by a notebook isle because I get so nostalgic that I want to buy all of them.
How did you get into writing young adult literature?
Young Adult has always been my favorite category. When you are a teen you are just learning about everything and your emotions are extremely strong and heightened. It is a very important part of a person’s life and I never want to let go of letting myself be free emotionally and very creative. I don’t really ever feel like an adult so why try to pretend I am one and write as one. I loved YA before I way even a young adult and now have loved it long past then. I think it will always be my favorite category.
Is there anything else you want to say to readers and fans?
Yes. Thank you so much. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! A book without any readers is simply ideas and paper. Readers like you are the ones that truly bring my story to life, so thank you so much for being there to make my dreams a reality. You have changed my life.
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