Thursday, February 26, 2015

Author Interview: Devika Fernando

1. When did you first know you wanted to write?
I wrote my first short story when I was 7 years old, so I started pretty early. Of course it was just a hobby throughout the years, but I never gave up on the dream of writing my own novel one day. I finally decided to make that dream come true in 2013 when I started writing my first romance novel.

2. Which authors inspire you the most?
Too many to name… Within the romance genre, Nora Roberts is a huge inspiration for me. Apart from that, I also find Anne Rice’s books immensely inspiring.

3. How did you get the inspiration for your novel?
My first book “When I See Your Face” was loosely inspired by a daily soap opera on Sri Lankan television. I thought of a story idea for my paranormal romance novel “Playing with Fire” when I saw some great artwork on DeviantArt. I’m a very visual person, so often photos spark an idea. I also draw inspiration from quotes and from things I observe in life.

4. What is your favorite part about being an author?
Being able to create stories that people can identify with and get lost in.

5. What is your least favorite part about being an author?
As a self-published author, formatting and uploading can be a pain in the neck. Marketing is sometimes difficult, though it can also be fun.

6. Could you write a bit about what your publication process was like?
I chose to go the indie way. Every single part of the book publishing process is in my hands. I write, edit, format, upload and market my novels. I also make my own covers.

7. Do you have any upcoming projects?
The romantic thriller “Forbidden”, that I have coauthored with bestselling author Mike Wells, has just been released. And I’ll be releasing the contemporary romance novel “Saved in Sri Lanka” in March.

8. Describe in three or fewer sentences what makes your book unique and why a reader should buy it.
My 3rd book “Kaleidoscope of Hopes” is a sweet and sensual romance novel in which both protagonists are reluctant to accept their second chance at love. They face various obstacles like trouble at their workplace and being a single-parent with a small child. It’s also Cinderella told backwards because the heroine goes from riches to rags.

Author Bio

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark is writing sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a self-employed German web content writer, as a translator, and as a faithful servant to all the cats, dogs, fish and birds in her home. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.

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