The Story Behind the Novel
The Thirteenth Chime gave me the courage to write what I really wanted and then it came down to me realizing what I wanted to do with my writing career. I wanted to write, not only because I love to write but because I wanted to do something special with my writing. Some authors start writing because they hope to make a lot of money or to become the next big author that will take the world by storm. But Owlet isn’t about those things. For me, this story is about a dream.
I’m not in this for sales or for recognition. I write because I love to write and because I want to make a difference. I fell in love with books when I was younger. I knew then what I wanted for my life – I wanted to write. But for me, it’s more than just writing books and sharing them with the world.
It’s about a young girl dreaming of reaching out to an owl and flying through the sky. Iris represents change, strength and heart. Through her story, I’m able to experience all that I have yearned to share with my readers. Owlet is also about my own story of change, for while Iris was undergoing her trials, I was exploring my own. Like her, I have also spread my wings, and I have found a deeper love to life than I could have ever imagined.
I set out to write a novel about an asthmatic main character who girls could look up to and I truly hope I have accomplished that. Iris changed my life and hopefully one day she will be there for a girl who like myself, had a hard time finding a main character who shared the same limitations she did and was still able to show amazing strength and love.
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Read Along Excerpt:
He let his hand drop and the disappointment was clear on his face, as though he was worried she thought there was something wrong with him. She grimaced, realizing her feelings must have been equally as plain on her own face to have hurt him in that way.
You don’t understand. You both see each other differently than others can. It is just the way it works.
“Do you still like gazebos?”
It was Iris’ turn to tilt her head in confusion; copying his look and making him chuckle.
“Follow me, I will show you,” he said. Smiling, he walked into the trees, without a path to follow. Iris tried to keep up with him and he slowed down so that they could walk together, leading only enough for her to be sure which direction she should go.
Iris listened, hoping she would hear another one of the birds from the day before but she didn’t hear anything. The trees were silent other than small chirps emanating from high up in the branches. “Where did the singing birds go?” she asked.
“Joseph rotates what logs on what sides of the island he fills depending on the day. He feels that they will get lazy otherwise since they don’t have to hunt. I think he is doing the one in the garden today, so you will be able to hear them at the house. That garden was designed to attract birds, you know. It is their favorite spot to be fed. Your mother always had birdseed for the smaller and medium-sized ones and nectar for the hummingbirds. She would even grow all types of berries for them. They love when the madrone and holly have berries, or when the sugar bushes, iris, red sage and lilacs, bloom. You can almost always find some finches or waxwings in the dogwood or hemlock trees.”
“Wow, you know so much about birds.”
“Yeah, that is something I have been meaning to talk to you about. There seems to be something you don’t know and I really don’t know how to tell you about it. It is something pretty big and I don’t want you to be caught off guard.” He stopped talking and looked like he was waiting for her to answer while holding his breath, trying to keep whatever emotions he was feeling from showing.
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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.
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Synopsis: 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.