Friday, November 16, 2012

"The First Iris Drawing" Guest Post by Emma Michaels

Today, I would like to welcome author Emma Michaels as a stop on her Tribute Books Tour for Owlet: Society of Feather #1.

The First Iris Drawing

While I did many different pencil sketches, the first true drawing of Iris, back when her name was still Serenity (and she still had long, dark hair), was done when I was nineteen. It wasn’t my best sketch, and it was done rather quickly, but it has always stayed with me. Even through numerous moves I managed to keep this sketch, and it has served as inspiration for me during the evolution that Owlet has gone through.

The sketch portrays the strange, wide-eyed girl that continues to fascinate me. I have watched her dream, face hardships and be forced to discover the truth about her life when no one would help her. I’ve been right there along with her when she has experienced tragedy and I feel that I have learned as much about her through my drawings as I have writing about the world that she lives in.

While over the years the way I have seen Iris has changed, originally she loved dresses with jeans and had a face that might have come out of one of the old portraits when eyes were wide and cheeks were thinner. In the picture, she has one foot in the ocean and is sitting on a piece of drift wood on the island that became her Never-Never. I framed the image with briar thorns and ivy that I had always imagined growing along the side of the house from her dreams. 

For me, drawing has always been a big part of my life and served to not only inspire me, but to help bring to life my stories. While I would write, I would also draw. I saw the worlds I visited in writing come alive through my drawings. Although Iris has undergone many changes in her evolution, she continues to inspire me in my writing to this day.

Owlet Summary
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.

ISBN: 9780985792213
ISBN: 9781476473338
Pages: 170
Release: October 13, 2012

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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 ( 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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1 comment:

  1. Andrea, thanks for inviting Emma to stop by and share the story behind her first sketch of Iris.