Lexi: Tragedy can bring two people together, but what happens when they’re hiding their pasts and searching for each other's secrets to expose them? That’s what you get in SOME OF IT WAS REAL and you do not want to miss it! And here to talk about it today is the author—welcome, Nan Fischer!
Nan: Thanks so much for reading SOME OF IT WAS REAL and interviewing me Lexi! I’m thrilled you loved the story and so happy to answer your questions.
Lexi: Reading the blurb for this book makes me want to shove money at my bookstore and immediately receive a copy! You set up two characters who have deep, emotional scars against one another—and nothing is black and white! Do we get both Sylvie and Thomas’ POVs throughout the book?
Nan: Yes you get both POVs throughout the story in alternating chapters. Sylvie and Thomas were really interesting characters to write. Sylvie suffers from imposter syndrome despite the fact that her psychic abilities have helped so many people. Part of this is because she doesn’t know her own origin story (the early memories that explain who we are and the choices we make), and part is because of the immense pressure she feels to help people who are suffering. Thomas, on the other hand, is an investigative journalist and very certain that the world is black and white. Writing a character who has his beliefs challenged and struggles to hold on to them allowed me to write for the skeptic in all of us. Plus, Thomas and Sylvie have a delicious game of cat-and-mouse and more in common than they originally imagined!
Lexi: I love being able to see the story through both sides. On one hand you have the psychic medium, Sylvie, who is gaining fame doing shows. On the other hand you have Thomas who is about to lose his reporting job unless he can crack a huge story—exposing Sylvie as a fraud. Which POV was easier for you to write?
Nan: Once I developed both characters’ back stories they were equally fascinating to write. I think all of us suffer from imposter syndrome at some point in our lives and I’m no exception, so I could relate to Sylvie’s fears and ultimately her courage. And Thomas is so intractable at the start of the book, and I can understand being stubborn and holding on to beliefs, so it was fun to create a situation where, bit by bit, Thomas had to open his mind to possibilities and face his own faulty origin story, which required great courage, too.
Lexi: What isn’t easy is the relationship that grows between Sylvie and Thomas. Thomas deals in cold, hard facts while Sylvie’s talent is an intangible one. Two opposing sides. How did you research this book with such different characters?
Nan: I spent a lot of time watching shows about psychic mediums, reading articles written by people whose life’s work is to expose psychics as grief vampires and frauds and researching the history of psychics from both sides. I thought after going down the rabbit hole of research I’d emerge with a definitive answer as to what I believe. Instead, I realized that as long as a psychic isn’t trying to steal someone’s money/life savings and is attempting to alleviate their client’s angst and grief that it doesn’t matter what’s real to me. Sometimes a psychic has the ability to do what years of therapy can’t—help people move on!
Lexi: Well, we’re definitely one sided about SOME OF IT WAS REAL and it’s 100% excited!! Thank you so much for stopping by, Nan. Cheers to your upcoming release!
Nan: Cheers to you and thanks so much for the lovely chat!