Writing the last page of Owlet was bittersweet. When I was writing my last draft, I knew it was the last draft. I knew it was ‘the one’ and that if I tried rewriting it again, I would only diminish part of what I had created. So when I wrote the last page, I knew it was the end of the first novel and the novel I have worked the hardest on so far in my life.
So many different authors have different reactions. Some are happy, some excited for the next step, others feel accomplished. Then you have people like me who delay writing that last page (or last ten) for as long as they can because they never want the story to end. I sat there staring at the page, knowing what I wanted to write for the last paragraph word for word, and… I sat that way for probably ten hours.
Of course my fiancé snapped me out of it by making me chocolate chip pancakes, so I wrote the paragraph, so that he would give them to me. He knows me well enough to know that showing me chocolate and the smell of it cooking then holding it hostage can help me overcome just about anything. That or Chinese food. So naturally, I started on book two because I couldn’t stand to be without a project (in addition to a side project I added on to my list).
But there is something else about writing that last page. While it is bittersweet because I feel like it is over, it is also really thrilling and exciting because it is only the beginning. A dear friend of mine always told me the difference between a writer and an author is that both write but authors make it a career. Their work goes out to their readers and they make a point of trying to have their writing reach as many readers as it can.
Looking back, I was so sad to see that last page completed even if it came with a wonderful sense of accomplishment. But now, I read that last page and I smile because it proves something to me. Not that I am an author, or that chocolate pancakes are a great bribery tool, but that I was able to do it. I set out with a goal of making a character I would have been able to relate to at the time in my life where I needed it most. Who had asthma and flaws but at her core tried her best and thought logically while still having emotions that could get the best of her. Writing that last page was the closing of one chapter of my life and now I get to flip to the next chapter and I am so excited to be here!
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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.
Emma Michaels' Bio:
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.
Release: October 13, 2012
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