EV: Have I ever stated before how much I love having cool, creative peeps on this blog? Oh, right. Probably a million times. I love em. I believe creative, innovative people are the backbone of society. We need them. And of course, we need all the awesome fellow believer right alongside. So today, I have invited the way-too-cool-for-this-blog author, innovator, cover designer, giant slayer, zombie neutralizer Emma Michaels to talk a little bit about what she does and who she be. Give your eyes for a few moments. Don’t think you’ll regret it!
EMMA MICHAELS: The (UN)-OFFICIAL MAD HATTER
Well, actually a raven and a writing desk are both very closely related when it comes to the life of this mad hatter. The most common questions I am asked normally have to do with my abundance of professions. I love to write and ultimately writing novels and short stories is my passion BUT I also do cover art, create silk screen designs for clothing designers, do public speaking, am a marketing consultant and do some work as a blog scout for publishers (and that is the short list). People find out how active I am in many of these professions, and their first question is almost always “How do you do it?”
Here is my little secret. I am a mad hatter!
I was simply made to wear many hats and have too many thinking caps on to let it all aim at one profession. If I am working on one project, I am ONLY a person from that profession at that time. I let me concentration zero in on that one project and all other thoughts are banished from my mind and given a vacation. I try to schedule everything with larger amounts of time devoted to one frame of mind at a time instead of skipping around and to be honest, I am naturally someone who has too many thoughts going at once so having so many projects keeps me balanced.
Now for the question they should be asking. “Why?”
Because I need to. It isn’t just that I am the type of person that has to have multiple projects going, it is also a necessity for what I hope to accomplish with my future. I grew up sick. I was constantly having to fight to stay alive, keep breathing or to keep walking and it taught me something. NO, I am not going to say that time is limited, that one is obvious. :-p Instead, remember that time is precious. The average person will spend five years over the course of their life in lines waiting for something, whether it is a Starbucks coffee or the ride of a lifetime, all of that time is spent simply waiting.
I woke up one morning after my fiancé finally convinced me that no matter what the doctors said it didn’t have to control me and decided I was tired of waiting. I wanted to accomplish something, something bigger than me. The first thing I knew was that I would have to decide how I wanted to accomplish that something and lay out a plan. Over the course of the next few years I realized that I had to use everything to my advantage that I could. Sure, my health was never that great but I spent a lot of time in beds and that meant reading, drawing, writing, learning and studying people and the ways they behaved. When I started writing, it felt like flying, it was the freedom I had never had before so I took a hold of it and ran.
In this industry and at this time in history you have to use your strengths to your advantages and turn your weaknesses into additional strengths. New and innovative ideas catch attention, especially when they have to do with more than one talent. Just think of Maggie Steifvater’s book trailer for Shiver and how it exploded on the internet! You never know what tools you have at your disposal until you take a step back and look at your own hat collection. Have you been letting something you love that could help you fall to the wayside? Then why not include it in your current profession? My blogging helped my blog scouting which helped my marketing consulting which helped me market my own novels which helped me breakthrough in the cover art industry. Follow your own road and not the ones you think have been laid before you and you never know where it might lead!
So how is a raven like a writing desk? In my case it is because my novel, Owlet, was written at my writing desk and has an interesting avarian urban fantasy twist to it. So this October 13th you will just have to see for yourself! :p
EV: So there you have it, folks…go get creative. Feel free to follow Emma on twitter: @emmamichaels or on her rockin blog: http://emmamichaels.blogspot.com/
And um…spread the fire!
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