I recently read Love and First Sight
by Josh Sunquist (Contemporary Corner’s book of the month for January) and I absolutely LOVED it. Of course after finishing the book, I tweeted at Josh about how much I loved the book then asked him if I could ask him a few questions for a Q&A for my blog- and he agreed!
1) Were you worried about writing Love and First Sight because of how touchy the topic can be for others?
Any story that matters is going to be about a topic people have strong feelings about. And my goal with this book wasn’t to argue a particular viewpoint about appearance or beauty or disability, but merely to raise interesting questions for readers to ponder and discuss with their friends.
2) Did anyone in your real life inspire any of the characters?
The main characters were more built around the sort of people I needed for what I knew was going to happen in the plot. Some of the secondary characters, yes. Like for example Nick is a kind of a composite two people: A guy whose lunch table I sat at freshman year of high school and a really distant cousin who is super smart and funny.
3) How was your experience writing fiction whereas your other books have been non-fiction? Was it harder? Easier?
With writing memoir, you always have this tension in your mind like, “Here’s is how it actually happened, but the story would be way more interesting if it happened like THIS.” But of course you are constrained by the bounds of non-fiction. In writing fiction, certainly there is great freedom. Because the story can actually happen the most interesting way. But with that freedom comes the infinite choices of imagination; now you have to choose which out of any possible choice is the very best one for the story?
4) What has been your favorite book to write so far?
LOVE AND FIRST SIGHT was the most fun to write. Being able to research so much about visual impairment and sensory perception and such, topics that are of great interest to me, and then attempt to translate that information into an engaging narrative; it was all a great adventure.
5) What’s next for you?
Assuming people like LOVE AND FIRST SIGHT, hopefully more novels!
6) We are all dying to know…what’s your favorite pizza topping?
My standard order is extra cheese, jalapeños and pepperoni.
Buy the book: https://goo.gl/CPZAeI
Read my review: https://goo.gl/LgiPG2
Follow Josh: https://twitter.com/JoshSundquist