Life experience, disappointments, joys and rebounds may all contribute to the birth of a novel. Sometimes, the perfect mix of mishaps can engender the perfect story.
Of course, to understand a little of the backstory behind I Can Find You, you have to take in a little about me, the author.
I was the eldest of six children close together in age, and I always sensed I came from an odd sort of family.
My grandmother would read palms and tea leaves, as a favor to others, never for money, and her sister, my mother’s aunt, would predict catastrophes well in advance. Both were usually right. People came to New Brunswick from all over, even from as far as Boston to have their fortune told. My grandmother would refuse the money each time they offered. “It cost you enough to get here,” she would say.
Then there was my mother who was so intuitive, the gift slowly made her sick. She could see inside people’s minds, interpret dishonesty and duplicity. She had a difficult time dealing with this.
I guess, because I had to help around the house because my mother was so fragile, when I began to read people, one of my favorite hobbies, I told everyone my talent came from reading and a brilliant power of deduction, like Sherlock Holmes. Hiding this gift became a priority. This made my dad happy, comforted my mother, and allowed everyone around me to treat me with normalcy.
I remembered this when Emma brandished her ten-year-old smile my way. She would tell my story and the story of many others I met along the way. Of course, this being fiction, I embellished her powers in the second book and she will no doubt enhance them again in the third version.
The first book in the Emma Willis series, I Can See You allowed ten-year-old Emma to flex her power of sight and to work with out of body experience (OBE), which almost put her in mortal danger, along with a little conjuring that created more than a little upheaval.
The second book in the Emma Willis series is just now being released. I Can Find You. Emma is now fifteen years old with regular teenage problems, and one year left before she has to decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life. Her family situation has changed for the better, and Tommy Carson is interested in being more than just friends. Amelia, her best friend, convinced her parents to let her attend Belleville high instead of private school and for the first time in a while, Emma feels her life is in order. Until she meets Hawke from Earth Optimal, and encounters wizards capable of entering anyone to possess and alter their decision making powers.
It’s not so much the new people she meets that frighten Emma, but the goals they need to achieve. She will need all of her powers, and some new ones to escape the Devronairs’ wrath, the wizards plans, and help chief of police Hank Apple rectify what needs to be done.
The Emma Willis series is my way of paying forward some of the wonderful gifts I was blessed with, and hoping many of you will understand and be encouraged to use your own repertoire of gifts. We all harbor the power to love unconditionally, to forgive and really forget, to move on and smile when we would rather frown. Intention is the most potent of all human powers. Wield intention with a big heart, you will perform miracles. Ask Emma.
About the Author
Joss Landry has worked as a consultant for more than twenty years, writing copy for marketing firms and assisting start-up companies to launch their business. She recently made the switch from composing copy and promos, to writing fiction and prose. She is developing her style through courses and the support of other writers and is presently working on honing three other novels for publication.
Blessed with four children and six grandchildren, she resides in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband, a staunch supporter, and enjoys spending time biking, rollerblading, playing tennis, and swimming. She loves creating stories as she says they fulfill her need to think outside the box.
Her latest book is the urban fantasy/paranormal, I CAN FIND YOU (Emma Willis Series #2).