We recently had the incredible opportunity ask Emilyn Chand questions on her newest book Farsighted! Check out the interview below.
Blurb: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.
1)Who was your favourite character to write in Farsighted?
Shapri Teak. She’s the kind of the person I wish I could have been back in high school. 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.
2)Is their a book you've read recently and loved?
Well, I didn’t read the Hunger Games trilogy until this year, but my word! I’m a HUGE fan now. Go Katniss, go! I’m currently reading Matched and really enjoying that as well :-D
3)What inspired you to become a writer?
I was born with a fountain pen grasped firmly in my left hand, at least that’s what my Twitter bio says. But seriously, I do believe writers are born into the craft—we haven’t got much choice, but it’s a great calling to have. As a child, I always had a story to tell. I also loved illustrating my own books and comics. I first became a writer writer when I began doing a book review column for the local paper. That taught me the importance of deadlines and letting the words flow out even when I had no idea what direction they’d take me in.
4)Why did you decide to write for this genre?
I actually just wrote a blog post about that (it’s here). It all comes down to the enjoyment factor. YA is my favorite genre to read, so it’s only natural that I would choose to write it as well. I like the vulnerability and changeability of the characters. I love the ease of language and the connection that is created by writing in first person point-of-view. But mostly, I like the readers of YA. YA readers WANT to enjoy books .Their primary goal is not to dissect the literary merit of a story but rather to find a bit of entertainment. YA readers are also extremely loyal to authors they like and can border on fanatical. It makes you feel good as an author ;-)
5)What do you think separates Farsighted from all the other paranormal YA reads out there?
Farsighted is YA and thus written primarily for a teen audience. It’s a bit cleaner than other YA on the shelves so would also be a safe bet for slightly younger readers. Adults seem to enjoy it as well :-) Farsighted is paranormal that’s a touch more normal, so yes, it can be likened to Twilight, Harry Potter, or Hunger Games. But Farsighted’s world is much more like our own than any of these other settings.
*Emilyn Chand is doing a give away of a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour so leave your comment below with your name and email address for a chance to win.
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!
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