My name is Emlyn, and I emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in my left hand–and that’s totally a true story. Reading Harold and the Purple Crayon as a child changed my life, opening my eyes to the world that could exist if only I was willing to create it. I’ve never forgotten that lesson. In fact, I wrote and illustrated my first kid’s books at the age of 8, as a gift to my younger brothers, which means I have almost 20 years of experience as an author (thank you very much).
When I’m not writing, I run a large book club in Ann Arbor and am the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity.
I’ll be starting out with the Evolved Publishing team with 3 picture books for children 4-6 years old: HONEY THE HERO (about an intrepid parakeet), POPPY THE PROUD (starring a peacock, of course), and DAVEY THE DETECTIVE (featuring a curious crow). Yes, I do love birds, and with the great illustrations and inspiring stories these books will offer, I hope your kids will love them too.
I’ll be following up the children’s series with books for middle-graders, teens and adults–everything from YA to literary fiction. I love it all.
Where to find Emlyn Chand online
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Sammy Steals the Show
Sammy is a talented young cockatiel who loves to sing out of his open apartment window for all of Australia to hear. One day, he watches a reality singing competition with his human friend, Lisa, and knows that if he could just audition, he would surely win. Join Sammy in his humorous adventure of fame, friendship, and fun.
Nellie sauve Noël
Nellie découvre que le Père Noël lui a laissé une boussole. Elle est si reconnaissante de ce cadeau, en fait, qu’elle tient absolument à rencontrer le Père Noël pour le serrer bien fort et lui dire « Merci! » en personne. Le problème? Elle habite au Pôle Sud et le Père Noël est bien loin, de l’autre côté du globe! (Pour jeunes de 3 à 8 ans)
Suzie, un jeune perroquet curieux qui habite dans la brousse australienne, décide de devenir une super héroïne après avoir vu un épisode de Superman chez une famille humaine. Comme elle possède déjà le pouvoir de voler, il ne lui manque plus qu’à se fabriquer un costume pour masquer sa véritable identité et s’envoler à la recherche d’animaux ayant besoin d’être secourus. (Pour jeunes de 3 à 8 ans)
Larry the Lonely
Larry lives on the beautiful island of Mauritius, but he is not happy. He’s never met another dodo bird—not in his entire life—and feels very lonely. One day, he decides to stop moping around and embark on a journey across the island to find a friend like himself. Along the way, he meets several other animals who take an interest in his mission and offer to help. Is Larry the very last dodo bird?
Benito Celebra la Noche de Brujas
Benito es un travieso pájaro carpintero. Él y su amigo, Migue el mapache, se hacen sus propios disfraces y se dirigen hacia la calle para unirse a la celebración de la Noche de Brujas. Gracias al pico toca-puertas de Benito y a las ágiles garras de Migue, el dúo consigue un montón de dulces que les quitan a los inocentes niños y dueños de casa. Pero, ¿se están perdiendo del verdadero espíritu?
Ricky the Runt
Ricky so very badly wants to be scary like his parents and big brothers. There’s just one problem: he’s tiny! Terror birds are supposed to be terrifying—it’s in the name. Frustrated and impatient, he departs from his nest and embarks on a quest to scare at least one animal. Does he really have to frighten somebody to fit in, or will Ricky discover another way to belong?
Izzy the Inventor
Izzy is a clumsy young prehistoric bird still trying to figure out the whole flying thing, yet each of Izzy's failed flights leads to a wonderful new invention or discovery. Cave paintings, fire, even the wheel—all are results of Izzy's clumsiness coupled with her determination to fly. Will Izzy ever learn to fly like the other birds, or will she decide it's okay to be different?
Vicky Finds a Valentine
Evolved Publishing brings you the sixth of the "Bird Brain Books" by Emlyn Chand, "Vicky Finds a Valentine." This children's picture book, with full color illustrations by artist Noelle Giffin, is for kids 3 to 6 years old. Join Vicky in her hunt for love in this special holiday edition of this color-illustrated series.
Simmi Shergill's life is a mess. Her powers of psychic feeling are on the fritz, and Grandon Township's sudden population boom has brought quite a few unsavory characters to town. At least she has Alex, the boyfriend who loves her so much he'd do anything for her. Just one problem: she's not so sure she feels the same way. Why can't she stop fixating on her would-be killer, Dax?
Just when Alex thinks he'll never have a shot at a normal life, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India. Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to "see" the future. Try as he may, he is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they suggest Simmi is in mortal danger.
Courtney Saves Christmas
Courtney is a peppy young penguin who just loves exploring, and is overjoyed when she receives a compass from Santa on Christmas morning. She's so grateful for the gift, in fact, that she just needs to give Santa a great big hug and say "Thank you!" in person. The only problem is she lives in the South Pole, and Santa is all the way on the other side of the globe!
Honey the Hero
Honey, an inquisitive, young parakeet living in the Australian Outback, decides to become a superhero after she spies a human family watching Superman. Unfortunately, every time she tries to help, she only ends up making matters worse. Finally realizing that she’s not as heroic as she’d like, Honey gives up her day-saving efforts. But what happens when someone actually needs Honey’s help?
Tommy Goes Trick-or-Treating
Tommy the woodpecker and his friend, Michael the raccoon, fashion their own Halloween costumes and head off to join in the neighborhood festivities. Thanks to Tommy's knock-knocking beak and Michael's quick paws, the duo is able to heist many a candy bar from the unsuspecting homeowners and children. But are they missing out on the true spirit of Halloween?
Evolved Publishing presents "Torn Together": Daly English is having a harder time than most. Her future as an artist is unclear, her relationship with her mother is damaged beyond repair, and—to top it all off—her long-term boyfriend is having an affair. When Daly befriends two unlikely individuals—first a pregnant teen, and then a light-hearted charmer from India—her cynicism begins to melt away.
Poppy the Proud
Poppy is the prettiest peacock in the entire garden, but one day an all-white peacock is born and promptly named the most beautiful by a smitten flock. Intensely jealous, Poppy no longer knows where he fits in. In this compelling tale of self-esteem, pride, and learning what makes each of us special, Poppy the peacock discovers that true beauty lies beneath the feathers.
Davey the Detective
Davey dubs himself the luckiest crow in the entire world when he finds a wonderful, shiny object. Unfortunately, his treasure soon goes missing, and Davey is beside himself with grief. Inspired by the torn pages of a Sherlock Holmes story that were used to fashion his nest, he calls on the help of Sarah the sparrow to investigate the mystery and, hopefully, retrieve his prize.