Name: Emma Michaels
Where are you from: Currently residing in the greater Seattle area.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc : I live with the love of my life and my pup and if kindles could get heavier with every book I’d need an 18 wheeler to carry mine.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’m currently in the editing process for an upcoming release called “Shadows of the Forest”. I’m looking forward to revealing more as the process continues.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Someone I love dearly asked me what I wanted to do if I could do anything. The answer was automatic, “Write”. So I did and I haven’t stopped since.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A writer? Always. An author? Eh, it still hasn’t sunk in yet.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The stereotypical version is my dream about a girl with owl wings but to be honest my journey to Washington was a major influence. I’d never been somewhere quite like it before. I’d always lived in areas like Los Angeles and it gave me a very skewed view of the world but coming to Washington while just a short two states away, felt like an entirely different world with the islands, trees, wild life. It was all just so inspiring.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I tend to lean towards third person past tense but I sometimes jump around depending on what best fits the novel. In my upcoming novel it is first person because to best understand her journey you need to understand what she is going through inside of herself. She has a unique thought process and first person helps lend itself to showing the reader the way she ticks.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Lots of thought and I tend to go back and forth with my closest group of friends. Owlet has had many titles but it was the simplest that stuck. That being said, the series title Society of Feathers was a group effort that took a couple hours with a thesaurus and quite a few… meh or maybe options.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Don’t accept limits. Iris has asthma and her body just can’t keep up with the events of her life but as the series progresses she learns that sometimes all you need is to have an indomitable will and just keep doing your best.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic ?
It is definitely a fantasy novel though it does delve into very real modern day issues.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Neither really though Iris naïve nature is something I wish I’d gotten to have. It was interesting to write her growing out of it while keeping her heart just as strong.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Everything from R L Stine to Tamora Pierce. I’ve read a lot in my life, I tend to find comfort in novels and in years past have come to admire many authors for the escape their stories have lent me.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I currently have three projects in the works and one that is drafted. Shadows of the Forest is closest to its reveal. Here’s a sneak peak at the tagline: “Everyone is dying to live in the Shadows of the Forest.”
The other two novels currently in the works are steam punk and contemporary.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I won’t lie, it changes. I jump around from author to author. Currently I am seriously enamored by Beth Revis again. I just love her plot twists and turns. I enjoy the way the characters come to life and are realistically portrayed with flaws and natural reactions. It gives more dimensions. My currently second favorite is
Dia Reeves because I just can’t help but love her unique style, I always end up coming back to it.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not really. I tend to research from home and ask others who have been to places or who live there. Everything else is imagination.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The Society of Feathers series covers are designed by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Setting aside the time. Luckily, writing is a bit of an addiction for me.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I feel like any time a person writes a novel they learn more about the world and about themselves. It is a very introspective process. I learned a great deal about my ideals and thoughts and the more I write the more I get to explore perspectives on this world and others.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read often so you never lose your love for literature. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and write from the heart, even when it hurts, because when it hurts is when it comes off as the most genuine.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for coming with me on so many amazing journeys. I am so grateful to have the support of my readers. Once a book is published it’s the readers who bring it back to life each time they turn the pages. Thank you for keeping my stories alive.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love to laugh, I can’t think of much that is more important. The love of my life makes me laugh often, I work in a very upbeat environment, and my own klutziness keeps me on my toes even when no one else is around. It’s important to be able to laugh at your own mistakes so that you never start being so afraid of making them that you stop taking risks.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Tesla! He was such a brilliant mind and inventor, I think it would be absolutely fascinating to have a conversation with him.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
In this world there are no endings, only new chapters.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Many. I am a cover artist, I enjoy crafts, I love to game though I am harder pressed to find the time for it, and of course I am an avid reader.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
My favorite movies are Cloud Atlas and Howl’s Moving Castle. Some of the tv shows I enjoy include Warehouse 13, iZombie, Murdock Mysteries, and more.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Chinese food. Pink or my current fascination is gold. Everything, I am a genre hopper who listens to music at work so I tend to end up with varied tastes.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Aeronautical and aerospace engineering.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog and for the wonderful interview!
Emma Michaels is the bestselling author of the Society of Feathers series. As an avid reader she started her book blog in 2009 (www.EmmaMichaels.com) and over the years has received numerous publications. Working to help Indies and small presses from around the world she has received the nickname ‘The Mad Hatter’ for her versatility in graphic design, publishing, marketing, and blogging.
To find out more feel free to stop by www.EmmaMichaels.com
Bibliography: Owlet (Society of Feathers #1), Eyrie (Society of Feathers #2), Stryx (Society of Feather #3), All Souls Day Anthology, Cirque D’Obscure Anthology, Cogs in Time Anthology, Legends and Lore Anthology, Cogs in Time 2 Anthology, Business or Pleasure, After Tomorrow Anthology, Tales of the Fairy II Anthology, Lurking in the Deep Anthology, Crypticon Seattle’s De-Compositions 2015 Anthology, Love Sucks Anthology, Once Upon a Time: Clichés for a Cause Anthology, Mystical Bites Anthology.