Monday, December 12, 2011

Emlyn Chand - Farsighted - Author Interview

My thanks to Emlyn Chand for stopping by The Character Connection for an author interview during the blog tour for her book, Farsighted.

Author Interview

1. Who is your favorite character?
Definitely Shapri Teak, daughter of the woman who runs a psychic shop in a small Midwest town.

2. Why is he/she your favorite?
Not only is she the most fun of all my characters, but she’s also the kind of the person I wish I could have been like back when I was younger. 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.

3. How did you come to create him/her?
For each manuscript I write, I have one minor character who refuses to remain minor. These players take over the stage and throw-out my previous plans. In Farsighted, this character was Shapri. I just openly admitted to her being my favorite and many readers adore her as well, but she was not supposed to be a main character. She demanded it, and I’m so glad I listened!

4. When did he/she first enter your mind?
I wanted a character who could channel spirits to round out my psychic gang, but I didn’t anticipate her being in more than a couple of scenes. When I wrote the scene in which she first appears, I was hooked and knew she would become one of the most important characters in the series.

5. Where was he/she given life in the creative process?
Shapri first appears in chapter 3 when she meets the main character Alex in her mother’s psychic shop. She becomes increasingly important as the story progresses and later in the series she will narrate her own volume.

6. What do like the most about him/her and what do you dislike the most about him/her?
I love Shapri’s realness to herself and others. She knows who she is (for the most part), and she demands that others accept her for it. She’s also incredibly intelligent but not at all pretentious. On the negative side, she takes some getting used to. She moves around a lot and is kind of all over the place. Some people find her quite annoying.

About the Book

Book Details:
Publisher: Blue Crown Press
Published: October 2011
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 224
Format: paperback, ebook
Price: $12.95 paperback, $0.99 ebook
Buy Links: Amazon, Kindle

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.

About the Author
Emily Chand

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 for more info. Don't forget to say "hi" to her sun conure Ducky!

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  1. Thank you for hosting me a second time, Connie. You're really too generous :-D

  2. Thanks for being a part of this tour!

  3. Thanks guys for stopping by. No problem, glad to be a host.