Welcome to a HUGE blog post. As my part of the Farsighted blog tour I am composing a three part post. First, a book review, second, an author interview with Emlyn Chand and third, two giveaways! Please vote for my blog, The Write Path, in the Novel Publicity Traffic breaker poll-
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FARSIGHTED, A Review:
Farsighted, by Emlyn Chand, is a YA paranormal of 219 pages.
The Story- Alex is your typical teenager, except for one thing, he’s blind. And of course, there’s also the fact that he hears voices. While starting his sophomore year in high school, Alex grows concerned when he starts hearing conversations that haven’t taken place yet. While wondering if he is psychic, Alex is amazed to learn that “The All –Seeing Miss Teak” has set up shop next to his mom’s flower store.
Along with the arrival of Miss Teak, Alex makes two new friends; Simmi, a new student from India and Sharpi, Miss Teak’s daughter. With the help of his friends he begins learning to control his powers, but things go from bad to worse when he begins dreaming of Simmi’s death, over and over again. Plus, he hears the voice of her killer in his head.
With his life in turmoil, his powers growing, and his dad up and leaving (looks like he’s having an affair with Miss. Teak) Alex doesn’t know what to do. And the toughest part, he’s falling in love with Simmi and will do anything to save her.
My thoughts- This is a great debut novel by author Emlyn Chand. I really loved the multicultural feeling of the book. Even though it takes place here in the US, many of the main characters bring an exotic flavor to the work.
I enjoyed the main character Alex. I can’t imagine how difficult it was, as an author, to have a main character that couldn’t describe his surroundings. Emyln does a great job using his other senses to relate to the world. I didn’t notice any sticky parts, everything flowed. He is a strong individual who must deal with strange situations bombarding him from every direction. I also liked that he is a wonderful son. When his father leaves he does a great job helping his mother and being there to support her.
The tension of the story is like a string pulling you through to the end. The whole beginning of the book I was wondering what was going on with Alex, and then I spent the middle of the book wondering who Dax (the killer) was and of course the end focused on how to stop Dax. Up until the last page I didn’t know if Simmi would make it and if Alex would fail.
And for those who would like an even more mystical flare, each chapter of the book begins with a different rune and prophecy that relates to that particular chapter. Overall, a very tense read, great for young adult readers. Farsighted is coming out as an eBook on Oct 24th and as a paperback on Nov 24th.
Author Interview with Emlyn Chand
Emlyn, How long did it take you to write Farsighted?
Well, that depends what you consider the start of the writing process. I first got the idea for the novel on July 5, 2010. I didn’t start writing it until October, but I thought about it a lot and started building the plot in my head. I wrote about 1/3 of it in late 2010 and then decided to start my own book promotion company, Novel Publicity. That kept me super busy, so I didn’t get back to Farsighted until summer 2011. Then I wrote and wrote in a wild frenzy. I spent about 10 hours per day holding myself “writing hostage” at the local Panera. This lasted about 3 weeks. If I had to pick a definite amount of time, I’d say Farsighted took about one year to write.
What were some of the highs and lows?
There were two points during which I really struggled. The first was in deciding whether or not to write the story that was itching away at my brain, and I actually 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. I had another low point about half way through. I just couldn’t figure out how to get from where I was to where I wanted to be. Oddly enough, the middle part of the book seems to be most people’s favorite. The highs were pretty much every time that there wasn’t a low. I had a blast writing this story. I often found myself chuckling aloud at the coffee shop. Alex amuses me greatly with his inability to understand certain things. And getting feedback from my earliest readers and finding out Farsighted won the WritersType first chapter contest—that was priceless.
What advice can you give first time authors about finishing that first book?
Well, Farsighted isn’t actually my first book. It’s my second. After lots of back and forth, I decided my first novel would be better off unpublished. So with that said, it’s important to remember that not every work has to be published. My first novel was so important, because it taught me I could see an entire novel through from start to finish. But in that first novel, I made lots of mistakes as a writer. This was actually really beneficial to my career as an author, because I learned what my faults were and sought out ways to improve upon them. I applied all of these lessons I learned to Farsighted. I seem like such a cynic, don’t I? I guess what I’m trying to say is this: have fun with your writing. Don’t put pressure on yourself or your story and don’t try to fit either into some type of mold. Just let it flow :-)
And just for fun- If you were stranded on an island, what one book would you want with you (besides Farsighted)?
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, definitely. It has so many layers and entertains on so many levels. Also the characters in that novel seem more real than those from any other I’ve ever read. If I had Owen Meany with me, I wouldn’t be alone on said island.
And what was your favorite book as a child?
The book that changed my life is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson. It opened my eyes to the world that could exist if only I was willing to create it—I think it’s what encouraged me to be a writer in the first place.
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