Wednesday, June 21, 2017

{Character Interview} Emma Willis of 'I Can Find You'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Emma Willis from Joss Landry’s, I Can Find You.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Emma.  How old are you and what do you do for a living? 

Well, I just turned fifteen on April fifteen, so as my friend Tommy Carson says, this should be my lucky year. I am a student at Belleville High, in Newark, New Jersey, and next year will be my graduation year. So, I have a lot on my mind, career choices and all. Not that I am being pressured to make a decision, but my dad, my aunt Franka and my friends are all concerned about me. They want
me to make the right choice, you understand.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features? 

Sure, that’s easy. Most people I meet, including my friend Amelia Swift, say it’s my eyes. People find the light ale color pleasing. I love Amelia’s eye color. Hers are sky blue. As for myself, I would say I prefer my smile. Didn’t have a lot of occasions to smile when I was younger, I was in so much trouble. Lucky I remembered about it because when you don’t practice happiness, you forget how to be happy. Now, I like to flex my smile whenever I can. I find even the slightest grin tends to relax everyone around me.

What would I love the most about you?

Well, my friend Christina Tyler, who used to be my fifth-grade teacher and is more like a big sister now, enjoys my childlike innocence, so she says. She believes my innocence has been my saving grace over the years. She has since admitted that this is her way of letting me know she appreciates my honesty and my lack of pretension.

What would I hate the most about you? 

Well, Hank Apple, chief of police and another dear friend, hates the fact I can read his thoughts. I can read most people’s thoughts though I try not to invade anyone’s privacy. Nevertheless, he reminds me not to peek inside his head once in a while when I’m too dead on with my reasoning. On the other hand, my friend Tommy hates when I use any magic, mostly my traveling through the Astral World. He’s afraid I might stay stuck there someday, and no one I know would be able to rescue me. You see, I can transport my mind, and do so corporeally to go anywhere I wish—well on Earth, of course. Tommy hates this and made me promise time and time again not to use this mode of transportation. Sometimes, no matter how hard I try, I need this form of locomotion. Very practical in a pinch, I’m sure you understand.

Where do you go when you are angry? 

Anger is not a sentiment that touches me often. I don’t think I’ve ever been genuinely angry. Ever since I can remember, I could read fear in others when they lashed out. Instead of an angry response, pity welled up in me, as well as the wish to help whoever needed my help. Anger and I have never been compatible. When I want to be alone, I retreat within myself and find absolute peace.

What is your most treasured possession?
So glad you ask. This Oudjat I wear around my neck. The Eye of Horus keeps me grounded. Allows me to block all the troubles around me. The pendant also prevents me from traveling unexpectedly. According to Luigi, the owner of Martin and Son Jewelers, it is worth more than a few dollars. My Granny Dottie handed it to my mother when I was ten years old, on her death bed. I still miss Granny Dottie. She also left me the big book of ages written over several centuries by my ancestors. A tome of dos and don’ts with magic and how to hone our powers. Some of the skills listed in the book don't figure in these women's capabilities. They wrote about them in case some of their descendants might be able to do so one day, and I applaud their foresight.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? 

The Universe is the real author of my life. Of course, the Cosmos will tell my story with precision while sticking to the facts. So to answer your question, I believe the author revealed in an accurate manner all that is possible at this time and will allow more to shape my future in the next installment of my adventures.

Do you like to cook?  If so, what is your favorite thing to cook? 

Christina Tyler is teaching me some of her favorite recipes. She taught me how to make boeuf bourguignon, and duck à l'orange. She also shared all her skills in making puff pastry, and even simple pie crust to get it as flaky as possible.

Last week, I made dinner rolls and potage Parmentier, a fancy name the French have for cream of potato and leak soup. My mother was impressed, and so was my dad.

Someone is secretly in love with you.  Who is it and how do you feel about that?

Well, it’s no longer a secret. Thomas Carson says he would like us to be a couple, a real couple. I’m fifteen, and he’s sixteen and a half. We have our whole life in front of us. Where does he think this will go? He’s handsome, and all, the best quarterback the Buccaneers have had in years. Still, I don’t feel this way about him, but I don’t want to lose his friendship so I would love our amity to continue unchanged. I discussed this with my aunt Franka, and she recognizes how Tommy’s feelings have changed toward me. I don’t understand. I can read everyone’s mind and thoughts, but I never saw this coming. Is Tommy more adept than others at blocking his mind? Aunt Franka says it’s not his fault, and that he’s loaded with testosterone and young bucks his age go through this phase. He kissed me at the theater last Saturday night, and it was nice.

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).



About the Book:

Title: I CAN FIND YOU (Emma Willis Series #2)
Author: Joss Landry
Publisher: Book Beatles Publishing LTD.
Pages: 372
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
    Emma just turned fifteen. Her powers have spiraled to include unusual magic, and she gladly relies on Hank and Christina’s friendship to mark the way. Thomas Carson’s feelings for Emma have changed, her aunt Franka tells her—a young man her aunt describes as a young buck whose testosterone plays a big role in his life. 
    New friends around Emma surprise her. They appear to be like nothing she could have imagined, and their goals stir more disturbance than their presence until she bumps into the scourge of her existence: entities who wish to control what humans do and say. She learns they are powerful, vindictive and will stop at nothing to obtain what they want. Will Emma be able to protect the people she loves?



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