13 Jun 2014

Joss Landry: “I Can See You” Launch and Author Interview

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“I Can See You” by Joss Landry is both beautiful and haunting. It carefully handles the grim subjects of child abuse and child abduction, letting us witness the plot through the eyes of ten year old Emma, a girl who has nightmarish premonitions and visions of the culprit.

However, not everything in the book is dark and terrifying at all. Emma is a lovely and good hearted girl who is learning how to handle her psychic `gift’ and how to separate her imagination from truth. She serves as great, innocent and pure perspective, which adds some gravity to the terror, but fortunately we also see the nicer sides of her social and family life in this book. This part of the book feels like great teen fiction and is reminiscent of the greatness of The Lovely Bones – only with the added bonus that Emma is unharmed and can help the police for real.
The police investigation is another well done part. Landry has created two interesting detectives that make a great team. A school teacher – and ex-lover of one of the detectives – comes to their aid and adds spice and chemistry to this rich book.
The opening dream sequence is an instant pull into the story, a great set up that continues to cast its shadow over the story while Landry established the rest of the well-chosen set of characters. I must admit I am a bit of a sucker for psychic detective stories but I almost forgot about all that over the intense emotions that the book stirred in me. Landry has handled this difficult subject with style and good taste. I hope Emma will return as the lead character in another book.
This is a gripping thriller, intense and powerful but never over-done. Young adults will find it as appealing as older readers. Parental Guidance however is advised.

EVENT: Friday June 13, I Can See You launch party.

https://www.facebook.com/events/394449654028580

Book: I Can See You on your Amazon site

INTERVIEW OF JOSS LANDRY BY CHRISTOPH FISCHER. Joss Landry

Tell us a little about yourself as writer and a person.

What made you become a writer? Have you always written?

I always sensed I could write, rewrite people’s stories, my own … Maybe this is why I wrote a diary from the time I was seven to the time I was fourteen, rewrote outcomes when I didn’t like what the world showed me. In those days, I read in French and wrote in French. Then at fourteen, I stopped writing my diary and reading. Began to dislike discrepancies I found with character traits in the books I read, in people reactions that to me made no sense.

Many years later, once my children were all grown up, I was walking with my dog on the beach in Miami and a story emerged from the waves of the ocean—I think. Dialogue and plot and subplot began to pour in at an alarming speed. I had no choice but to get home and start writing.

Do you believe in supernatural things or do you just enjoy the subject?

As a five year old child, I remember a young priest who came to dinner on Sunday evenings. He’d belonged to the same Jesuit order as my father. They were good friends although, I would never approach him of course. Feared all those dressed in long black frocks. (A story in itself) He would stare at me whenever he thought I didn’t notice and discreetly told my parents I had the gift of sight, (heard them argue about it afterwards). While this young priest went on to become the Archbishop of a major metropolis in our country, I became a people reader. So yes, I believe in supernatural talents, tools I believe help many writers create wonderful characters from people they’ve met along the way.

How do you balance life and writing?

A difficult question, Christoph. If the choice were up to me, I would write day in day out, nights too. However, I’m a mother first and foremost and have four children and five grandchildren, soon to be six. I also have a husband who encourages and supports me but finds the time lonely when I’m lost in a story, although he would never say. (Reading people does have its drawbacks.) So, I balance life and writing one day at a time. Plans get changed, but I find the let–down of not writing more discouraging than broken plans.

Would you say there is a message in the book beyond the stories? Do you find it is well received and picked up by the reviewers?

So far, my best reviewer has been Kirkus Review tinyurl.com/p8l92f2and all the good people who enjoyed my writing. Kirkus has reviewed both my books quite nicely. Also, I like to believe there is a strong morale rooting for love in my books and I’m always pleased when one reader or another will spot it. I believe in using more love to rewrite our world, so you will always find it in my books.

What do you like most about your characters? Which one is your favourite?

So far, I believe little Emma Willis is my favourite character. I haven’t yet published the story containing Augustino Milan or Eric Parker or Jennifer Cormier. Haven’t published Barnum yet so I guess I may say differently later. But for now, Emma’s innate loneliness that calls for her to be strong is what I can identify with the most. She is my favourite character.

Which is your favourite book that you wrote and why? Which was the most fun to write?

Harbor Lights oh, and The Onset. They need to go through a bout of editing and refreshing but they are soon ready to be published and I really enjoyed writing them. Oh, and so did I love, love writing Manhattan Melody. Right now, I’m nursing these fledglings and will be releasing them when the time comes.

What are your next projects?

I have two books running at the same time. When one story’s pictures leave me I go to the other. I often work on two at once.  I Can find you which is a sequel to I Can See You, and What About Barnum? a story I’ve been wanting to write for years but just got the wind I needed while on vacation in Mexico. Something about the Pacific Ocean that grips onto your soul and doesn’t let go.

Tell us about your other book, Mirror Deep.

This is a book that exploded inside me while I was working on another story and watching the Grand Slam Tennis Match at the same time. I believe it was the Australian Grand Slam. Great ideas often spark in the middle of a mind in turmoil, fire bolts increasing their power with each surge of multitasking.  Mirror Deep is a very special romantic mystery that demonstrates the soothing power of horses on the human heart. I love Kat’s fire and Pierce’s stubbornness, especially when played against each other.

What is your life like? What do you do for pleasure and work when you are not writing?

I love to play outside: bike, swim, roller blade, baseball, basketball, horseback riding. The list goes on. You’ll notice that most are summer sports. The one thing I treasure about winter: the extreme cold that brings on the need to retreat from the outside world and just write.

Who are your literary influences? What are your favourite books/ films/ albums?

John Grisham, P.D. James, Erick Segal, Pat Conroy and many others. I enjoy the way Danielle Steel weaves her plots so silently and effectively, as though there was nowhere else in the world than her mise en scène. Favourite movie the Matrix and its sequels, and I am a Trekkie who has all the movies and all the seasons.

Thank you for having me, Christoph. These were fun questions.

Buy links and Social Media Links.

EVENT: Friday June 13, I Can See You launch party.

https://www.facebook.com/events/394449654028580

Email. josslandryauthor@gmail.com

Web site.http://www.josslandry.com

Book: Mirror Deep http://tinyurl.com/cdv37n6

Book: I Can See You on your Amazon site

Amazon Author Page

FB: http://www.facebook.com/josslandry

TW: http://www.twitter.com/josslandry

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joss-landry/39/485/121
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomjosslandry

Short Bio.

Joss has worked as a consultant for more than twenty years, writing copy for marketing firms and assisting start-up companies 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. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and is presently working on honing three other novels for publication.

Blessed with four children and five grandchildren, she resides in Montreal 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.

 

 

 

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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