Monday, October 15, 2012

Owlet blog tour: Unexpected ideas (Read-along excerpt, guest post & giveaway by Emma Michaels)

 Hi everyone

Today, as part of the Owlet book blog tour, I’d like to welcome author Emma Michaels to my blog.  I’ve always been fascinated by how authors come up with their ideas for their stories, and luckily for me, Emma has written a post about Unexpected ideas.

Along with her guest post, you can also find an excerpt below and stand in chance to win swag and prize packs by entering the giveaway below. Before I get onto the guest post though, here’s some more information about the book:

Owlet by Emma Michaels

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.


Owlet Goodreads page:

Read-along Excerpt:

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Roger paced between the windows set on either side of the front door, watching the outside world. He was sure he had seen someone when he had carried Iris to the office and he already knew what that would mean for her.

I feel like such a liar. Do I tell her? I have to decide. She needs to know. But will she ever forgive me for protecting her?

Can I really face my only daughter and admit to the most innocent person I know the reasons why I have kept her from the truth?

She is all I have left of Elena...my beautiful Elena. There are so many reasons why I have hidden Iris from the world she was born to be a part of. How could I ever explain them all?

How can I make amends? Now it might be too late to undo what I have done. They are coming...and we were all wrong about her.

She wasn’t born wrong; she wasn’t lying in wait to change. She really is the girl I have always seen. I was right all along and now...

There is no way for me to help her.

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Scroll to the bottom for a complete list of the read-along scheduled posts.

Unexpected Ideas (Guest post by Emma)

Oh, how I love these. I will often outline and research my novels before I begin writing them. Once I start the actual writing process, it normally doesn’t take me long to write a novel. But something that happens to me during my writing is that I will often get an unexpected idea. Sometimes it is a wonderful “ah ha!” moment.

Other times it is one of those things that suddenly occur to me, and I would love to implement it, but I have no clue how to do it. It throws a stick in my wheel and I freeze up, wondering as I bite my lip what I should do.

No matter what we are doing, whether we are writing, reading, out with friends at a restaurant or at the grocery store, we experience unexpected ideas. But just like when we are in the grocery store or with friends at the restaurant, sometimes those unexpected ideas are not the best idea.

For instance, getting dessert when you’re on a diet (though I am not someone who diets). Or buying snacks you know you shouldn’t get, but the packaging and flavor looks so tempting.

So what is the difference between a good unexpected idea, and a bad one? How do we implement the good ones? Will our eyes of our editors begin to glow red if we ask for an extension to implement unexpected ideas?

I’m not sure because I haven’t had that happen as of yet, but I’m fairly certain that big red eye in Mordor once belonged to an editor (luckily not mine. Mine is a dream come true).

I don’t think there truly is a bad idea, just ones that we might need to work on a bit. Try using a friend or family member as a sounding board if you’re not sure. If it is a food related idea, think twice, but an occasional indulgence is fine. If it’s writing, don’t be afraid to go a little crazy.

I tend to get my really good ideas from really weird places. For instance, my latest novel, Owlet, came from an idea I had in a dream which almost never happens to me.

Other ideas I have had have come from things as small as red four leaf clovers to dogs I met when I was a child. Most of these ideas have been turned into manuscripts that are slowly being released.

But for the unexpected ideas that happen during writing, these can be a bit more difficult to implement.

Editors and burning eyes notwithstanding, don’t be afraid to lose a portion of your manuscript and implement the unexpected idea if you think it is worth it.

In the age of Microsoft Word, we can save a version of our manuscript, implement the unexpected idea, then save the new version under a different file name right next to the other. This way we don’t lose our first version and can always go back to it.

If you get an unexpected idea that you think is a really good one, but you don’t want to use it in a current project, that’s okay. Save it for another project on another day. Write them down and make backup copies.

So when you get those unexpected ideas, don’t be afraid to yell “For Frodo!” and charge in while your family stares at you in bewilderment. It might just be the best idea you’ve ever had.

P.S. Can you tell I am a Lord Of The Rings fan? :-p

About Emma
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.


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A Huge thanks to Tribute Books for allowing me to be part of this tour.

3 comments:

Tribute Books said...

Tammy, thanks for inviting Emma to stop by and share some insight when it comes to unexpected ideas.

We appreciate your support of her novel, and for helping to spread the word about her new YA series :)

Brooke said...

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

Brooke said...

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