I have recently found a really interesting series called Society of Feathers. The author, Emma Michaels, has been really kind and accepted to answer some questions. Her first book in the series, Owlet, has a really powerful message hidden in it. The author wrote the following on her blog:
Over 20 million Americans have asthma and as you look at the numbers internationally, it only gets higher. On average 9 Americans die a day from asthma.
‘Owlet’ features an asthmatic teen because when I was a teenager, I could not find a character I could both look up to and relate to. I hope that ‘Owlet’ can give that to others. If you know an asthmatic who is struggling have them send me an e-mail at [email protected] and I will send them a free copy of ‘Owlet’ (after it is released) and try to help them in any way I can.
Now, let’s find more about the author and her book!!
I don’t know if many of you have heart about this series but I am really glad that Emma Michaels, the author of Society
1. S: Hi Emma! Thank you for accepting this interview! How about letting the readers know some things about yourself?
Emma: My pleasure and thank you for having me here on Secrets From Books! I am an author and cover artist with a passion for all things related to books. I love Doctor Who, drink green tea while writing and have a pet Chihuahua named Hope who has more character than almost any human I have ever met. J
2. S: What is your book “Owlet” about? Tell the readers a few words about it!
Emma: Owlet is Young Adult Urban Fantasy about a young asthmatic finding out more about who she is and what that means. Here is the blurb:
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.
3. S: How did the idea for your book come to your mind?
Emma: It started out as a dream of a girl and a bird and grew from there!
4. S: You made a really awesome choice for the cover! Was this the cover from the start?
Emma: I actually went through number of different covers for Owlet. The beauty of publishing with a publisher I was already a cover artist for is that their team knew that they could trust me with the cover for Owlet. Even up until the last minute we had two different ones we were looking at but this ended up being the favorite. I am so happy we went with this one!
Check out the amazing covers for the next 2 books in the series!!!
5. S: In your book you bring up a really important thing for our society. What made you choose this subject?
Emma: I ended up deciding that Iris should have asthma because growing up with asthma I couldn’t find any Young Adult novels with asthmatic main characters. Throughout the series you will notice a number of other themes that pertain to modern day society.
6. S: What are you favorite books/book series? You can make a top 5 if you want to!
Emma: I actually have a post on my blog with the five top influential books to me; they might not be what you expect! Stop by and check them out: http://www.emmamichaels.blogspot.com/2012/05/top-5-most-influential-novels.html
7. S: Which authors do you consider to have been your inspiration?
Emma: I would have to say Tamora Pierce was previously my main inspiration and now I am having a current fascination with the works of John Green.
8. S: Where do you usually to write your works? Any place in particular?
Emma: I am a bit of a wanderer to be honest. I tend to write anywhere and everywhere I go.
9. S: What country would you like your books to be popular in?
Emma: Any! :-p I am just so happy that people enjoy Owlet and are reading it anywhere! <3
10. S: What do you think about Romania, the contry i live in? Would you like to visit it one day?
Emma: I would love to visit Romania. I knew a woman once. She was one of my grandmother’s best friends and she used to talk to me about Romania. She had lived there most of her life until she married an American and moved to America to be with him. I loved hearing her stories and would love to visit the home she had told me about. I love to travel and see new places. I find that whenever I travel I feel so inspired!
11. S: As an ending, you can say anything that comes to your mind to those who are reading! Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions!
Emma: Thank you so much to everyone reading to taking the time away from your day to support this blog and authors! Truly, readers and what bring novels to live. An author writes their book only once, but every time it is read it comes to life again. Thank you for making my dreams come true and making my story come to life!
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Hope that you enjoyed the interview and don’t forget to comment if so! Also check out the author and send her a message if you would like to say something!
Thank you again, Emma for accepting this interview!