People Magazine’s Best New Book author, Nicole Kear shares exclusive details about her hilarious breakout novel, Now I See You. 

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Nicole C. Kear has become somewhat of a household name since her debut novel, Now I See You hit stands this month. Readers have been captivated by Nicole’s unique, honest and often times hilarious approach to living with visual impairment.

If you haven’t read this book yet, check out our review, and make sure you pick it up fast because copies are flying off the shelves! We had an exclusive opportunity to chat with Nicole about her new author gig, and how visual impairment ultimately opened her eyes in ways she could never imagine.

Did your early career as an actress prepare you for becoming an author in any way?

“Both are creative pursuits—I feel like the two are branches on the same tree. As an actress I told stories—other people’s stories, but realizing them as a storyteller. Years being in front of an audience definitely prepared me for the public speaking aspect of becoming an author.”

Do you have plans to write a follow-up book?

“I’m entertaining a lot of ideas at the moment, but am not sure exactly what I am going to do yet. My idea for another memoir is telling my grandmother’s story (Nonny, in the book) which is absolutely amazing. I also have a few ideas for fiction stories, but I’m still deciding!”

Do you have any aspirations to see your story on the big screen?

“Of course, that would be a dream come true! I feel like it would be a great movie—a funny, but moving film which are my favorite kinds. I would love to see someone play my parents—I joke with my dad that he would be played by Robert DeNiro. And someone really hot to play me!”

In what ways has visual impairment impacted your life the most?

“I didn’t expect it to affect my life in such complicated ways. Of course, being struck blind, you know you won’t be able to do a lot of things, and have to change the way you’ve done a lot of things in the past. What I did not anticipate was that it would change the nature of who I am. I was at a very formative time in life and did not realize it would so affect my life choices and the core of my personality.”

What is the most common misconception people have about visual impairment?

“The biggest misconception that I find is that people are not aware of the ‘spectrum of seeing.’ There are more options besides ‘blind’ and ‘sighted.’ I would love for people to understand there are various levels of light perception, loss of peripheral or sensual vision—that there are many ways to be blind. I think that spreading awareness about these things is one of the great benefits of the book.”

What do you most want people to take away from your story?

“The idea that we all have hurdles to overcome in our personal lives. This is something I eventually realized and it was a great consolation to me. I try to teach that to my kids and it helps me to deal with difficult moments that arise. It’s not the cards you’re dealt, but how you play them. I had no control over my diagnosis, but I did have control over how I responded to it. We all have personal challenges and they don’t have to define us.”

We’ll be hosting a live Twitter chat with Nicole on July 16th at 1PM EST—join us then so you can ask her YOUR questions! Just use the hashtag #NowISeeYouChat. To prep, check out the fun animated trailer for Now I See You below!

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Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

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