Interview with fantasy author Alexander Fernandez

Today
I have an interview with fantasy author Alexander Fernandez. He’s doing a
virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions for his newest novel, Tears for a World.

During
his tour, he’ll be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card (winner’s
choice) to a lucky winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your
chances of winning, feel free to visit his other tour stops and enter there,
too.

Bio:

Alexander
Fernandez was born in Santa Monica, CA and grew up in Rancho Cucamonga.
Currently serving over 20 years in the United States Air Force, he lives with
his wife Helem in Rocklin, CA.
Alex
has been writing fantasy stories since early childhood for both school and for
pleasure. He hopes to make a lasting emotional impact in his readers. He
thrives in the exhilaration of creating memorable characters and adventures
that become a part of the reader’s life.

Welcome, Alexander. Please tell us about
your current release.

Hello
Lisa, I really appreciate the time you took to host Tears for a World on your site. I’d also like to thank Goddess Fish
Promotions for their support. The story is a fantasy involving sorcery and a
mysterious, scorned religious power. There is plenty of drama and action
involving one-on-one fights, battles between armies, and a budding romance.
Some themes from the novel reflect our daily lives, such as practicing faith or
not, or believing if a deity exists at all. In this story, 16 year-old
Marisylia Malludar must not only find faith that a goddess exists, but she must
also decide if the deity is good or evil. She alone has the capability to
release the goddess from prison.

What inspired you to write this book?

My
incessant (and sometimes annoying) imagination and need to create were a large
part of my inspiration. As a child, I had always written short stories with
different genres. However, as I grew older I had always dreamed of writing a
full length fantasy novel. That motivation came from Lloyd Alexander,
award-winning author of the Chronicles of Prydain.

Excerpt from Tears for a World:

Marisylia nodded, then reached out
and touched his shoulder. “Thank you for watching over me, Krahn. You haven’t
stopped doing that since the explosion. All those days I wrapped myself in
seclusion, but I do realize how much you’ve been here for me.”
Krahn turned toward her on the
bench. Unexpected heat rose in Marisylia’s cheeks as their eyes met. Her hand
still rested on his shoulder. His arm moved as if to touch her leg, but his
hand ended up on his knee. “You’re very welcome,” he said. “But I’m just doing
my job, Mari. Security has been my life for many years. With Milick in Three
Fingers, I can return to Lenth knowing you are safe.”
Disappointment pressed Marisylia
like a weight, pinning her to the bench. Is that what he had been doing all
this time, merely performing his job? Did he not care about their effort at a
relationship that began in Lenth? Apparently he wanted to return home. She then
felt a bit naïve as the warmth returned to her cheeks. Of course Krahn was
doing his job, that’s what he had been hired to do. And truthfully, their short
time together in the city didn’t warrant a full loving commitment, as if they
had been a couple for years.
Still, after everything they had
experienced together, she hoped Krahn had developed more affection for her. She
certainly had grown to appreciate him, and found his company reassuring.

What exciting story are you working on
next?

Writing
is funny, because I get excited whether I’m creating one sentence or five
pages! Tears for a World is the first
book in the Lonely World Trilogy, so right now I am working on the second book
in the series, Tears for Love. The
cover designer, Angela Rogers, is currently putting together the art and I am
going over some edits. There is no release date yet, but hopefully early
summer.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

I
remember when my 5th grade teacher chose to read my cave-exploring
adventure story in front of the whole class. I was mortified! However, I felt
happy that he liked it as well as the other students. Then in 6th
grade, I had déjà vu when the teacher read my monster-fighting Halloween story
in front of the class. I felt mortified again, but that happiness returned
knowing that some people actually enjoyed my writing. After that was when I
took writing more seriously. 

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

Military
life and a hectic work schedule make writing difficult. I tend to write in
small spurts, and finishing projects takes a long time. However, I always make
an effort to have fresh ideas and scenes in my head, even while at work or
driving. That way, when I do get to sit down, the writing comes easy and I
never struggle with writer’s block or anything like that. The story is always
there; I just don’t have the liberty to write for long stretches of time.

What would you say is
your interesting writing quirk?
This
is kind of embarrassing, but when I really get into a scene, I actually get out
of the chair and act it out. I envision myself in the scene, I move around and
gesture. It truly helps to capture the moment. I feel the character’s emotion
and picture the surroundings. I then hop back into the chair and the writing
comes easy.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

I
actually wanted to be a policeman or firefighter. In high school, I joined the
police and fire department Explorers Program where you go to the station and
they teach classes or you go on ride-alongs. However, I was a puny kid and am
still small as an adult. I had trouble doing some of the activities, such as
holding up the jaws-of-life while trying to cut open a car door. I also got
queasy learning some of the paramedic stuff. Reality set in and I ended up
joining the Air Force as a satellite communications technician.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

Keep
reading, and pass on your passion to children. Books are such amazing pieces of
art. They spur imagination and bring us to places we dream about. In this
technology-driven world of smartphones and computer games, I hope many children
out there still want to pick up a book and read about Frodo and Sam, Nancy
Drew, and my favorite Taran Wanderer.

Links:
Thanks, Alexander.

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12 thoughts on “Interview with fantasy author Alexander Fernandez

  1. Unknown says:

    My favorite part is the wonderful interview~I really enjoy reading about authors in addition to reading their books! That is a fantastic cover! Thank you for the interview and contest!

  2. Alexander Fernandez says:

    Hello Nikolina and Betty, thanks so much for stopping by. Interviews are fun and hopefully readers can know the authors a bit more. Good luck with the giveaway!

  3. MomJane says:

    I really enjoyed your interview. I lived in Sacramento for most of my life. Love Rockling. I loved the excerpt. This really sounds like a great book.

  4. Alexander Fernandez says:

    Hello Jane. Glad to see a fellow Californian 🙂 Yep, this area is very nice indeed. Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your week.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I totally agree with the author and quote " Keep reading, and pass on your passion to children. " It's so important to help children develop a love of reading !

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