Delve into myth and legend, where the Fates force post-modern man into a world of the unknown—a world long since dismissed as ignorant superstition.
The Brother-Sister Fable by Alyson Grauer: A young boy disappears into a realm where only his sister can follow.
Faelad by Sarah Hunter Hyatt: Claire Whitaker didn’t even know she was Irish, let alone The Morrigan, the goddess of war.
By Skyfall by Emma Michaels: A mer-couple from Atlantis find themselves in the middle of a human murder investigation.
Charon’s Obol by. R. M. Ridley: Jonathan Alvey didn’t believe in gods, until he helps a lost child find her all-powerful parents.
Peradventure by Sarah Seeley: A jinni must choose between the woman he loves and destroying the city that persecuted her.
Natural Order by Lance Schonberg: When Carlos Vasquez is kidnapped, he discovers powers within himself to change the world.
Two Spoons by Danielle E. Shipley: A little girl’s soul meets its match in the family diner’s most mysterious patron.
Grail Days by A. F. Stewart: Living forever has its drawbacks, especially when you spend it clearing away the messes of other immortals.
Downward Mobility by M. K. Wiseman: They say love conquers all, but can it save a Valkyrie when she breaks all the rules?
How did the idea for this story come to you?
It was strangely spur of the moment. There was no true conception point for By Skyfall. If anything I think the reason I gave it the title I did was because I fell into the story myself. I was just sitting at my desk as I usually do and next thing you know I’ve typed out the story in one sitting. Normally short stories take me a few days of silent contemplation but this one was different for me, almost as though the siren’s call had pulled me in as well.
What makes your main character unique?
I tried to be very upfront with how flawed my main character is. I can’t stand perfect characters and off the bat she is already in a situation she fears, facing the one thing she had hoped wouldn’t happen. She may not be human but her reactions to the situations are.
Is this part of a series?
No. One complete story, start to finish!
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
There was no specific moment I realized I wanted to be a writer per say, however, there were many moments I realized I wanted to write. Writing is a part of who I am. It’s something I can’t help but do. It was only natural to start pursuing it professionally when I realized I had run out of excuses not to and my fiancé gave me the encouragement I needed.
What have you written?
My current series is the ‘Society of Feathers’ which includes Owlet and Eyrie. I also have a number of anthologies under my belt including Holiday Magick, Cogs in Time, and Cogs in Time 2.
What are you working on?
I have the final in my trilogy nearly finished, a stand along done, and another stand along in the works! I seem to be switching between Urban Fantasy and Steampunk in phases.
How do you write? Longhand, typewriter, laptop, tablet?
I write on everything from my computer to disposable napkins. I tend to work with whatever I have on hand when inspiration strikes.
What is your writing zone and how do you get there?
I am a binge writer. I will go a week without writing then type out 10k words in a day. The main thing I need is a chunk of free time I can spend in that ‘writer’s frame of mind’. The rest comes easily.
What’s the hardest thing about writing?
Confidence and time management. There aren’t enough hours in the day for work and writing so I have to make writing a priority or it doesn’t get done.
What’s the easiest thing about writing?
Writing. That first draft where everything flows smoothly and you get swept away in another world you come to love and hate almost instantly. I’ve never found any other way to get that same rush.
What are you currently reading?
About to start in on Lies I Told by Michelle Zink! I’m addicted to her work.
Do you prefer reading eBook or paperback?
eBooks! I don’t fumble with pages. Give me a paperback and it will take me twice as long to read because of my clumsy fingers. It took me a long time to convert but once I noticed the time difference I was team eBooks all the way.
What advice do you have for fellow writers?
Don’t be afraid of researching the market. You need to know what you are getting into. Write for yourself and the rest will come but also remember that marketing is an essential part of making sure your story is read. That being said, make sure you are writing something you would enjoy reading. You’re going to be taking this journey a lot longer than your readers will and you’ll want to buckle in and enjoy the ride. By the time you are done with final edits there will be lines you remember more clearly than your own name.
Emma Michaels is a cover artist, blogger, and author of the Society of Feathers series. Her love of blogging started when she created a book blog in 2009 which gave her the courage to finally submit her own novels to publishers. Emma Michaels’ publications now include Owlet and Eyrie (Tribute Books), Holiday Magick Anthology (Spencer Hill Press), and Cirque d’Obscure Anthology and Cogs in Time Anthology (Crushing Hearts Black Butterfly). To find out more stop by www.EmmaMichaels.com
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