Saturday, October 13, 2012

Write the Novel Only You Can Write - Emma Michaels, author of Owlet - Excerpt & Giveaway

Write the Novel Only You Can Write
Guest Post by Emma Michaels 

You might have heard how every person has at least one book inside of him or her. Fortunately for some of us, we have dozens if not more. But when we write it is important to write the novel that only we can write.

What does that mean? For me, it means that when I write, I bring my view of the world I am writing about to my readers. Have you ever listened to a storyteller? He or she not only tells you a story, the storyteller weaves the entire storytelling experience into a time that is meant to capture your mind. You not only hear the story, you see and feel it. If done correctly, you don’t hear about the main character riding a red dragon through the sky – you’re on that dragon’s back catching the breeze.

When you write a novel, it’s the same thing. Write not only what you know, but what you feel. Bring your readers into the world with you because they’re relying on you to open the gateway. Shown them around your world. Let them breathe it. Trust in your words and write the novel the way you know it should be written.

If you want to know if you are writing it properly, try reading it to a crowd. Watch their faces. Listen to their expectations as they are with you through the whole experience. Write the novel that only you can write, and you will be bringing your readers into worlds they never dreamed could exist because you were the only one who could have known they were there. So many novels fall into preset categories or follow the latest trends but each of my favorites but a brand new concept that managed to touch my heart because it was something unique and new.

So my ultimate suggestion for anyone interested in writing isn’t to write what you know or keep up with trends, it is to write the novel that only you can write. Something that is a culmination of your creativity and all that you are. That will be the novel that will sweep me off my feet and as a book blogger turned author, I love being swept off my feet by a good book. 

Owlet was that novel for me, what are a few novels you feel are truly unique and original that caught your attention?

Owlet by Emma Michaels
Society of Feathers #1
October 13, 2012
Tribute Books

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.


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Excerpt 
“They are beautiful. They are all different shapes and sizes and all of them are white,” she answered. As she remembered her imaginary world’s disappearance, Iris felt her eyes start to water. Quickly pushing her emotions back down, she looked up to face him.

You did it. You told him. Finally, you told him. He’s realized!

“What?” he asked simply, looking a bit confused.

Iris hesitated just a moment before answering. “It is an island composed of white feathers. I fly there in my dreams,” she admitted, waiting for him to tell her that the trip was canceled and instead she was being sent to a psychiatric ward. Seeing the odd look on his face, Iris knew she wasn’t about to tell him that the same dream involved her jumping out of her balcony window.

But instead, a smile spread across his face and his eyes danced with laughter. “That is wonderful!” he said, completely jubilant. “That sounds like a fantastic dream! I wouldn’t mind having it myself.” He was laughing now.

Don’t worry. It is a good thing. Trust yourself. He needed to know.

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About the author: 

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 (http://OurBooksOurVoice.Blogspot.com) 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. 

Find out more at EmmaMichaels.com, on Twitter, and Facebook.  

Find out more about Tribute Books on their website, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

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4 comments:

  1. Tami, thanks for celebrating Owlet's release day with us. We appreciate your help in spreading the word about Emma's new YA series.

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  2. Amazing prizes! Thank you so much!

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  3. This book looks great! I love the cover and excerpt. Thank for the chance to win!
    -Brooke Banks

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