Interviu cu o autoare: Emma Michaels

4104941Nu am mai postat de ceva vreme in aceasta categorie, si mi-am spus ca ar cam fi cazul. Emma Michaels, cartii Owlet, a fost de acord sa imi raspunda la intrebari. Thank you Emma!!

1.   Hello Emma! Thank you for granting me this interview. I’d like to talk first about your recent fantasy book, Owlet. How did this story come into being?

My pleasure! Owlet is a book that is very special to me. It is exactly the kind of book I needed when I was growing up. I felt so different and out of place having asthma and other health difficulties and when I heard the saying “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Originally said by Toni Morrison it really stuck with me, so I wrote Owlet.

2.  What was the most challenging aspect of creating this character of Iris?

While I am an asthmatic and was raised by my father, making it easy to relate to Iris in that way, that is where our similarities end.  Really it was about mapping out what kind of values she had as a person and how realistically someone like her might react to the situations she ends up in. Then putting myself in her shoes and trying to do justice to the character that has been a part of my imagination for so long.

3.  How did you approach the research needed for this book?

There was a lot of the research that I needed that it turned out I already had the information from. The main research I needed to do was into the different types of birds and their traits which ended up being tons of fun.

4.  What are your current/future projects?

I have a number of projects in the works from the sequel to Owlet to a number of standalone novels and even some short stories! I love to stay busy. J

5.  If you had to be one of your protagonists, who would it be?TributeFormattedOwletCover

There is only really one main character but when it comes to the side characters I am most similar to Autumn who shows up more in book two though is featured briefly in the end of the first novel.

6. Who are your favourite writers and why?

Oh! There are so many!!!! Tamora Pierce, Dia Reeves, Veronica Roth, Julie Kagawa, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Laurie Halse Anderson and my most recent favorite Sharon Cameron. I really love any author who truly draws me into their story and the world that they have created.

7.  What was the book that most influenced your life — and why?

In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce. It was the first YA novel I truly read and enjoyed and from there, I started reading through everything the library and bookstore had to offer.

8. What are your 5 favorite books —and why?

I actually did an in-depth post about that on my blog last year! Here is the link:

9. What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your career as an author?

Not giving up. There are a lot of things that happen along the way and you really have to be writing because it is what you love doing. To be honest though, the down sides don’t mean nearly as much to me as just getting to write. It is the best feeling in the world to me – like complete and total freedom.

10. Describe your writing room

I like to write just about anywhere. I write at the dining room table most often but I also write sitting cross legged on the bed, laying in the grass outside (when it isn’t snowing or raining since I like in Washington state) or even on the go when traveling.

11. Take us through a typical day in the life of Emma Michaels.

I don’t really have a set way that my days go because my day jobs change pretty often. I try to fit in as much writing time as I possibly can and tend to spend at least a few hours a day working on writing related projects, probably anywhere from 45 minutes on days off to 13 hours on days where my inspiration is really going. Then I also have my cover art work with publishers and authors, edits on works that are currently with one of my publishers and my normal work (which luckily I am able to do almost all of on my computer). Add in some Doctor Who, lots of green tea, time with my fiancé and Chihuahua puppy and reading – and that about sums up most of my day to day life.

12. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Absolutely! Thank you so much for being exactly who you are, for loving books, wanting adventure and fueling the imaginations of authors everywhere! Without you there would be no authors, not novels. You keep us writing and by reading out work, bring out characters to life. Thank you so very, very much.

Interviu cu o autoare: Marissa Burt

marissa_burt_author_photoA venit randul Marrisei Burt sa imi acorde un interviu pentru blog. Thank you very much for the interview !! Marissa Burt este autoarea seriei STORYBOUND.

STORYBOUND (HarperCollins, 2012)

Inkheart meets The Neverending Story in this sweeping fantasy about a twelve-year-old girl who falls into a magical world – and discovers that it may be up to her to save it. In the land of Story, children go to school to learn to be characters: a perfect Hero, a trusty Sidekick, even the most dastardly Villain.  They take classes on Outdoor Experiential Questing and Backstory, while adults search for full-time character work in stories written just for them. In our world, twelve-year-old Una Fairchild has always felt invisible.  But all that changes when she stumbles upon a mysterious book buried deep in the basement of her school library, opens the cover, and suddenly finds herself transported to the magical land of Story. But Story is not a perfect fairy tale.  Una’s new friend Peter warns her about the grave danger she could face if anyone discovers her true identity.  The devious Tale Keeper watches her every move.  And there are whispers of a deadly secret that seems to revolve around Una herself… With the timeless appeal of books like A Wrinkle in Time and the breathtaking action of Inkheart, Storybound has all the makings of a new classic.  Brimming with fantastical creatures, magical adventure, and heart-stopping twists, Storybound will leave readers wishing they too could jump through the pages into this enchanting fairy-tale world.Storybound Cover

1. Hello Marissa! Thank you for granting me this interview. I’d like to talk first about your recent fantasy book, Story’s End. How did this story come into being?
STORY’S END is the sequel to STORYBOUND.  Both books were born out of my love for good stories that immerse you in a fantasy.  My favorite books are ones that invite you in to an otherworld, so much so that you’re almost a bit sad to leave.  That love for story turned into an idea of a land where characters from books were training for their own tales.
2.  What was the most challenging aspect of creating this character of Una?
I think one of the challenging (and fun!) things about creating any character is to consider how to make him or her active in the story.  Sometimes the plot or setting can carry you away until you realize that all these external things are happening to your character, which may be appropriate in small degrees.  But the kind of stories we want to read about are when the characters do something – when they grow or change or save the world.  🙂
3.  How did you approach the research needed for this book?
One of the great things about writing fantasy novels is that most of the „research” is spent dreaming up a good setting and plot.  With Story’s End, it was fun to research some cowboy slang to work into the setting for The Ranch, the district where characters from westerns live and train.
4.  What are your current/future projects?
Right now, I’m working on a new middle-grade fantasy series tentatively titled THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN, which is about a girl who discovers an ancient order of magicians and her place in their history.
5.  If you had to be one of your protagonists, who would it be?
All of them!  🙂  I get attached to all my characters, so it’s hard to choose.  I would definitely live at Bramble Cottage!
6.   Who are your favourite writers and why?
What a tough question!  Some of my favorite books to read as a young adult (and to this day!) are The Lord of the Rings trilogy, anything written by L.M. Montgomery, and Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series.
7. What was the book that most influenced your life — and why?
Another difficult one!  I think the most influential book would probably depend on the season of life I was in at the time.  The first sci-fi/fantasy novel I stumbled across might have been C.S. Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet.  I remember reading it in the 5th grade and being captivated by the idea of traveling to another planet.  I didn’t know it was part of a trilogy at the time, so was very happy to discover the continuation of the story many years later.
StorysEnd jkt des1.indd9.What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your career as an author?
I think it has been difficult to prioritize.  Once a book is out there in the world, there are an infinite combination of opportunities for connecting with readers, growing as a writer, and networking with other authors.  The instant online availability of this can be overwhelming (and distracting!)  I’m learning that these other opportunities can eat up all my writing time unless I really prioritize and make space for creative work.
10.   Describe your writing room.
I have a little table tucked under my bedroom window.  I prefer to work from home if at all possible, so I closet myself there and write away.
11. Take us through a typical day in the life of Marissa Burt.
My typical day involves lots of ordinary Mom activities like making breakfast, packing lunch, caring for my three small sons, and the million other things that are involved with running a household.  I squeeze writing into any nooks and crannies and typically have several afternoons a week to focus on my work.  One of these is spent catching up with online business and correspondence and the others working on new projects.
12. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for your interest in Storybound and Story’s End!  I hope they bring you may happy hours of reading and that you’ll get lost in the Land of Story.  🙂
Thank you!!
You can visit Marissa online at
O seara frumoasa,