So, today we are about to start a new section on the site, Author Interviews.
A different author will be highlighted on the page every week along with their new baby, book baby that is.
Who better to start the section with, than the uber-talented, a polyglot, the uncrowned queen of romance, and a friend, Devika Fernando!? Besides, giving us a sneak peek into her writing world, she would also tell us more about her new book, ‘The Indian Prince’s Scandalous Bride’.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life.
What she loves most about being an author is creating new worlds and sending her protagonists on a journey with ups and downs that leaves them changed. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing. Some of her contemporary and paranormal romance novels are bestsellers on Amazon.
We had quite a few questions for Ms. Fernando, and must say, she handled all of them like a true professional that she is. Here are a few of them:
1) Devika, tell us more about ‘The Indian Prince’s Scandalous Bride’?
Devika: A wedding planner from England travels to India to organize a royal wedding. She meets a fascinating man on her first day, and sparks fly. Only later does she realize that he’s an actual prince (and the groom’s brother). Will these two give in to forbidden attraction?
2) What inspired you to write it?
Devika: I already have 3 royal romances out, and I’m a fan of sheikh romances (as a reader) so I had this urge to offer an alternative by setting my next royal romance in India.
3) How many WIPs do you have currently?
Devika: One, and it’s half-written. It’s going to be another Inn Love book but I put it on hiatus to write the 4th royal romance. Now that it’s been released, I’ll soon return to the WIP.
4) On an average, how long does it take you to write a book?
Devika: If I didn’t have my writing job, I could write a book in roughly a month (NaNoWriMo proved that to me once). As is, it takes me two to three months until the ready-to-be-published version.
5) Tell us a bit more about your writing process.
Devika: I am a mix of ‘plotter’ and ‘pantser’. Once I have an idea I want to pursue, I find names and create a rough outline of my characters and settings as well as major plot points. Then I start writing. I’ve found I work best when I don’t keep to the ‘timeline’ and write whatever chapters and/or scenes want to be written first. Then I go back and write the ‘fillers’ and the rest of the book.
6) Who are your favorite authors? Other than yourself, of course.
Devika: Sooo many… Nora Roberts, Anne Rice, Michael Ondaatje, Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett, Margaret Atwood, Deborah Harkness
7) Is yours a family of reading enthusiasts? Are they supportive of your writing?
Devika: My parents both enjoyed reading, which is why I grew up with books from a small age and was also encouraged in my earliest writing endeavors. As for my husband, he doesn’t read at all but he supports my being a novelist.
8) Finally, what advice would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Devika: Show dedication and perseverance. Read as much as you can, and write as much as you can. Treat it as if it was your job, not just like a hobby.