Made in India
Name: Devika Fernando
Birthdate: June 1987
Academics: graduated from German college in 2016
Hobbies: reading, writing, languages, cats
1. When did you find yourself lost in the world of words?
At a very early age. As soon as I knew how to read, I was constantly buried in a book. I wrote my first short story when I was 7, and my first poem a little later. That’s when my ‘love story’ with words began.
2. Do you believe that self-experience is important to keep your pen flowing? What motivates you to write and just keep writing?
To some extent, yes. I think it automatically makes your writing more authentic and vivid if you’ve experienced something yourself or know a lot about it. But I don’t believe in the advice “write what you know”, because imagination is our greatest skill and research our best tool. If a writer wants to write about something, then there are a million ways to find out about it and to share it.
As for me, I can be inspired by anything and everything: writing prompts, photos, a story on the news, a character from television, songs, real life…
3. For a writer, how important it is to be a good reader?
I think one cannot be a writer if one doesn’t read. There’s so much to learn from books: what readers want, how language can be used or should not be used, how plots can be structured, how beginnings and endings work or don’t work…
Some people insist one shouldn’t read books from the same genre one is writing in because one could end up copying their style, but I think even that depends. I read a lot of romance as well as other genres, and still I have my own style.
4. Tell us something about your books.
I write mostly contemporary romance, but also paranormal romance and romantic suspense. What I like about my books is that they send the protagonists on an outer and inner journey and make them realize things about themselves while falling in love – and not just in lust – with someone. I love using exotic locations, especially for my multicultural romance novels like SAVED IN SRI LANKA and SEDUCED IN SPAIN. I’ve lately started writing royal romance novels, and these also take the readers on virtual trips.
THE PRINCE’S SPECIAL BRIDE is my latest release, and I’m currently writing its sequel THE PRINCE’S STUBBORN BRIDE. Some of my eBooks are available for free download, like WHEN I SEE YOUR FACE and PLAYING WITH FIRE. I’ve also coauthored a romantic thriller with bestselling American author Mike Wells, called FORBIDDEN (Book 1 is free).
5. Why do we need to sensationalize the topic of feminism? What is feminism for you?
To finally get enough attention for it? Difficult to say. These days, feminism can range from shaming men to outright rage, from quiet protests to rousing social media posts, from education and politics to fashion to art and literature.
For me, feminism means fighting for women’s rights in any way that is acceptable, and being a role model too. It’s interesting that you should ask this question, because Princess Olivia, the main character in THE PRINCE’S STUBBORN BRIDE, is in some ways a feminist and she’s interesting to write.
6. A message for young literature enthusiasts...
Read voraciously. Everything. Anything. Never underestimate the power of books and of words in general. And if you’re an aspiring author, write, write, write, because practice makes perfect and talking about writing doesn’t make you a writer.
[Having always loved to read and write, Devika Fernando made her dream come true in 2014 when she became a self-published novelist. The Amazon bestselling author has released several eBooks in the genres contemporary romance, paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Her German and Sri Lankan roots influence her writing.