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Today I have a special special treat! I got to interview Emlyn Chand the author of Farsighted! 
Emlyn Chand author of Farsighted
Find her on : website .  twitter . facebook
Emlyn Chand has always loved to hear and tell stories, having emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). When she's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm, Novel Publicity. Emlyn loves to connect with readers and is available throughout the social media interweb. Visit www.emlynchand.com for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky! 


Interview

If you could describe yourself in three words, what words would you use? 

Ambitious. Creative. Quirky. 


Can you tell us a bit about yourself? 

I’m Emlyn, a 26-almost-27-year old YA author. I am also the president of Novel Publicity and a crazy bird lady too. And, oh yeah, I emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in my left hand (at least that’s what my Twitter bio says). 

Where did you get the idea for Farsighted? 

Everything started with a single image—my face in these tacky oversized sunglasses reflecting out at me from the car’s side mirror. I was daydreaming while my husband drove us across Michigan for my sister’s wedding. Something about my image really struck me in an almost horrific way. I felt the glasses made me look blind but found it so weird that there was still a clear image within them; it seemed so contradictory. At the time, my book club was reading The Odyssey, which features the blind Theban prophet, Tieresias. I started thinking about what it would be like to have non-visual visions of the future and began forming a modern Tieresias in my mind. Lo and behold, Alex Kosmitoras was born. I didn’t want him to be alone in his psychic subculture, so I found other characters with other powers to keep him company. Thank God for my poor fashion sense.

What was the hardest part of writing your book Farsighted? 

The hardest part was getting started! I spent about three months trying to talk myself out of writing Farsighted. It’s too ambitious, my inner critic pointed out. You’ll never get it done, not in the way it deserves to be done, it pressed. But there was another part of me that couldn’t resist; I knew I had to at least try before giving up. So glad I decided to be an optimist for a change!

What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, etc) in bringing it to life? 

Oh, I had quite a few nightmares, and I also consumed so much caffeine at times that I had unstoppable jitters—both of which you’ll see in Alex if you read Farsighted. The nightmares came because of my research. I spent a lot of time learning about the occult, superstitions, and psychic powers. Most scarily of all, I read the collected prophecies of Nostradamus. They are really quite terrifying in their eloquence. Once the nightmares stopped (about 6 weeks into the research), I knew that I was properly immersed in the world of the occult and ready to start writing. 

If you could have dinner with one of your characters who would you want to take? Why?  

I’d have dinner with my favorite character of course! And my favorite character would have to be Shapri; she’s kind of the person I wish I could have been like back then. She’s strong, always true to herself, and won’t let anyone disrespect her. Sure, she has fears, but we all do. Shapri is the kind of girl I would love to be friends with. You know she’ll always go to bat for you when you’re too tired to step up to the plate. Plus she makes a mean gumbo, and boy, do I like soul food :-D 

Are you working on anything now? Can you tell us about it? 

I’m working on book two in the Farsighted series. It’s called Open Heart and will be written from the point-of-view of a different main character. I’m also toying with the idea of a special hardcover edition of Farsighted Book 1 with new chapters added to the end and a sneak peek of Open Heart. 

THIS OR THAT 

Vampire or Werewolf? 
Werewolf, obviously. I mean, didn’t you read my team Jacob post? 

Zombies or Unicorns? 
Unicorns. Unicorns are pretty even if they help to sustain fetus-like Lord Voldemorts <shudders> 

Dog or Cat? 
Bird. That was an option, right? ;-) 

Winter or Summer? 
Winter. I LOVE the cold weather. Yeah, that’s pretty weird, I get it. 

Brad Pitt or George Clooney? 
Ewww, neither! How about Taylor Lautner?

-Thank you so much to the beautiful Emlyn Chand for taking the time to do this interview! Don't forget to check out her book Farsighted!


Farsighted by Emlyn Chand
Paperback/Ebook 218 pages
Series

Alex Kosmitoras’s life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead-broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he's blind. Just when he thinks he'll never have a shot at a normal life, a new girl from India moves into town. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Yes, sophomore year might not be so bad after all. 

Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to “see” the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they begin to suggest that Simmi is in danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and new friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex must embark on a journey to change his future.


Find Farsighted on: Goodreads . Facebook . Amazon . Barnes and Noble . Smashwords

What an awesome interview right?!? Yes! ha Don't forget, just like the Team Jacob Post if you comment on this post saying what you thought of it etc, you are entered to win 100$ amazon giftcard! Also don't forget to check out the whole blog tour, you can check out dates and such here http://www.novelpublicity.com/farsighted/ !

8 comments:

chelleyreads said...

love the this or that. i'm a werewolf/unicorn kind of gal too.

thanks for stopping by our IMM last sunday. :)

-michelle

Christy (Love of Books) said...

Great interview. I love learning about where an author's inspiration for their book came from. It's funny how the most random, mundane moments can spark something so awesome. Can't wait to read this book :)

Miss Lauren said...

Love the interview! I love winter too. Everyone thinks I'm crazy but they're the crazy ones :)

marybelle said...

I admire your dedication to the research. I don't know if I would persevere if it gave me nightmares.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Emlyn Chand said...

So I'm not alone in my winter-loving, Unicorn-preferring ways? Always nice to know that there are others. Thank you for the wonderful interview, Haley. It was really fun, and I'm still in total <3 with your blog!

LittleRedReads said...

I love this interview!! :D
Great job, Haley!

xo stephanie
http://little-red-reads.blogspot.com/

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