Sunday, December 11, 2011

Farsighted, by Emlyn Chand

Emlyn Chand, author of Farsighted
I simply could not be more excited to have Emlyn Chand visiting today for an author interview, here at Fresh Pot of Tea. Emlyn just published Farsighted through the Novel Publicity imprint. She says she 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)." 



First, tell us about Farsighted, your new book.

Farsighted tells the story of Alex Kosmitoras. Here’s my mini teaser:  Alex Kosmitoras may be blind, but he can still “see” things others can’t.  When his unwanted visions of the future begin to suggest that the girl he likes could be in danger, he has no choice but to take on destiny and demand it reconsider.


The main character, Alex, is blind. How did you research his world?

I read books about coping with blindness in a school setting and spent a great deal of time pondering how I might behave if I couldn’t see. In the story, Alex has always been blind; he’s always known the world to be a certain way. Not everyone understands that, and they have trouble talking about it with him. I gave Alex a tendency to overcompensate. He knows who he is and what he’s capable of, and he wants the world to know it too, so sometimes he overdoes things a bit.


Tell me about Simmi. It sounds like she was a lot of fun to create.

My husband is from India, and ever since we first met, I can’t help but write Indian characters. Simmi is very true to Indian culture in that she is polite and reverent and very sweet. She is sometimes a little fake, however, but Alex is so smitten with her he just can’t tell.
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Your book has a bit of a paranormal touch to it. What were the rewards and challenges of adding that element?

One thing I hear from readers quite a bit is that the paranormal seems normal in Farsighted. They don’t question the existence of the powers, and it doesn’t seem out there like some other books of the genre do. That was important to me. I wanted my story to be run by the characters, not the fantastic elements. This is a story about Alex, not about a blind psychic.


You have a great online presence! Can you tell us about your other web ventures?

Why, thank you. My “day job” is working as a social media book marketer. I founded my own company, Novel Publicity, earlier this year, and it’s taken off incredibly fast! Marketing Farsighted has been a full-time job on top of a full-time job. I’ve definitely devoted a great deal of man power into my campaign, because I have no limits. I’ve spent an enormous amount of time and energy recruiting bloggers for my launch, and I have over 200, thank you :-) 

I’m also hiring 6 other blog tour companies to tour my book over the next couple months—getting buzz early on is crucial! I’ve had a good amount of luck with GoodReads pay-per-click advertising too.  I’m also taking out advertising on targeted websites like Parajunkee.com and Night Owl, which cater to fans of my genre, and Kindle Nation Daily and The Frugal eReader, which cater to a mass of eBook lovers. I’ve even taken it off the web and created some Farsighted-themed swag. I’m most proud of my postcards. Readers can request an autographed postcard by filling out a simple form on my website. It’s a fun way to connect with readers that is memorable and only costs me a quarter.
 

Finally, could you give us an excerpt from your book to intrigue the readers?

Sure. Here’s a scene with Simmi that I call Almost Kiss...


Simmi and I arrive at this rally point together from Mrs. Warszynski’s to wait for Shapri. Several minutes go by. I want to suggest we leave without her but don’t think that’ll score me any points with Simmi.

“You didn’t want Shapri to come tonight, did you?” Simmi asks.

“Well, I—no, I mean, it’s fine. I’m glad she could come,” I sputter.

“You’re such a horrible liar,” Simmi teases, pushing me playfully.

“Hey, that’s not fair. I can’t hit you back. You’re a girl.”

“I’m just teasing you.” Simmi blows a raspberry and pulls her body up onto the circular wall surrounding the flagpole area. I hesitate before pulling myself up too. Simmi scootches over so we touch at the hip. She loops her hand through the crook of my arm and places her head on my shoulder. “I never would have gotten away with this in India,” she says. “But I’m glad I can here. I’m a psychic feeler. I need to be in touch with others.” She pauses and strokes my arm with her free hand. “You know, when I touch someone I can make them feel what I want them to, but I can also sense their existing emotions. It’s almost the same as being able to read minds. Everything important has to do with the heart, not logic.” She lightens her tone. “But don’t tell Dr. Brown I said that, he’d take marks off of my next chem exam out of spite.”

I laugh nervously. Is she like Miss Teak in a way? Can she read my feelings for her? If she can, why hasn’t she said anything? I contemplate reaching over and kissing her, so I can know for sure how she feels. But I’ve never kissed anyone before. I’m not sure how I’m supposed to initiate it. Do I take her out for dinner and a movie first? Or make some lengthy speech declaring my intentions? Do I kiss her, just like that? Or do I ask for her permission before making my big move?

I decide to ask if it’s okay. Simmi is a classy girl. She needs respect. I swallow, hoping the motion will open up my airway, because right now, I’m kind of having trouble catching my breath. “Simmi,” I start.

“Yeah, Alex?” She lifts her head and links her hand in mine, nudging her slender fingers in between each of mine.

“Would it be okay if I…”

“There you two are!” Shapri says, running over to us, panting heavily. “I thought we were meeting in the commons.”

“No, we agreed on the flagpole,” Simmi says, hopping down from the wall.

The moment is gone. I don’t know when I’ll get the chance and the nerve again. My opinion of Shapri transforms from cautious indifference into outright hatred. Why did she invite herself along?

Shapri clears her throat. “Did I—Did I interrupt something here? Maybe a little romance?”

“What? No, no,” Simmi says shaking her head adamantly. “Nothing like that, Alex is like a brother to me.”

Ouch. Pain. Stabbed in my heart. I’m like a brother to her? I guess this means romance is off the table…

 Super Awesome Book Trailer! ^^^^


You can follow Emlyn and her book Farsighted on her author website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, and on her Novel Publicity site.


*EMLYN WILL BE GIVING A 50 DOLLAR AMAZON GIFT CARD TO ONE RANDOMLY SELECTED COMMENTER DURING THE TOUR!*

16 comments:

Christine Murray said...

This sounds like such a great book! Best of luck with it Emlyn!

marybelle said...

It is a super awesome book trailer & I loved the excerpt thank you.

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Emlyn Chand said...

Thank you for giving me a home on your blog today, Alison. I loved your questions. You seem like such a fun and kind person to know, and I'm so glad you connected with me on Twitter :-D

Emlyn Chand said...

And thank you, Christine and Marybelle, for the added support :-D

Alison said...

I'm glad we connected as well, Emlyn! It's a blast to host such a fantastic book here at Fresh Pot of Tea.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting Emlyn today!

Karen H in NC said...

Thanks for another interesting excerpt today.

Alison said...

Hi, Karen! Thanks so much for stopping by.

MomJane said...

I love the concept of your story. The blind teen is not handicapped and I love that.

Chelsea B. said...

Ouch, indeed! I hope they get a happy ending :-)
I love the way your characters sound, Emlyn!

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Mysti Holiday said...

the paranormal seems normal

That's how it should be and is the mark of a great paranormal book.

My heart broke a bit for poor Alex in your excerpt. :-(

Catherine Lee said...

Hi Emlyn...You say that your husband is from India so now you seem to be drawn to writing Indian characters. Have you been to India? I find so many of the authors I like are well-traveled, which gives the settings & characters such an authentic feel.

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Alison said...

Great point, Catherine! Yet another reason to read Farsighted!

Emlyn Chand said...

Wow, you have a wonderfully supportive blog readership, Alison. That's so cool. Hi, everyone! Thank you for the encouragement :-D

Alison said...

Thanks again, Emlyn, for stopping by during the tour. It was so much fun to host your amazing book.

Rebecca M said...

Cookies and a good book! What a great site.