Val Emmich, is a singer, song-writer and author of “The Reminders” and hopefully more books to come in the future. Emmich published his book earlier this year with a four out of five star rating. He released several albums, his last one was released in 2016, called “Whatever’s Chasing You”.
Question: Are you going to write a sequel to “The Reminders”?
Emmich: At the moment I have no plans to write a follow up, but you never know. I’m working on two other novels right now, one which will be published (hopefully) in 2018.
Question: How long did it take you to write “The Reminders”?
Emmich: I began in 2013 and handed in the final draft in early 2017, so about four years.
Question: How did you come up with the ideas for Joan and Gavin?
Emmich: The initial idea for Joan came from becoming a new father to a little girl. Just hanging around with my daughter all day every day made me want to try to write from a kid’s perspective. I’m not sure where exactly Gavin came from. He has some similarities to two friends of mine, so maybe subconsciously I was thinking about them when I first created his character.
Question: What made you want to write a book?
Emmich: I don’t know; I just did. I’ve always loved reading books. About ten years ago, I set out on the path to write my own book. It took three tries and a full decade to finally write something worthy of publication.
Question: Are there any times you had a similar experiences to what happened in the book that inspired you to write about it?
Emmich: Sure. There are lots of things taken from experiences in my own life. I know what it’s like to write songs, act in TV shows, worry about how I’m going to provide for my family. I have certainly grappled with the decision whether to keep pursuing a career in art or transition to something more stable, like the father character, Ollie. I also think a lot about when to hold onto the past and when to let go. I worry a great deal about my place in the future, like Joan does.