Interview with Devika Fernando

What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the paranormal romance novel 'In Deep Water', Book 2 in the 4 Elements of Love Series. I'm also editing my contemporary romance novel titled "Saved in Sri Lanka" (Romance Round the World, Book 1). And I'm co-authoring the romantic suspense novel "Forbidden" with Mike Wells.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My mother is from Sri Lanka and my father from Germany. I was born in Sri Lanka, but grew up in various parts of Germany. Having spent 19 years of my life there has made me quite 'Western / European', I'd say. But after that, I spent many years in Sri Lanka - where I live at the moment - and it has brought me more in tune to my Asian side. Trying to balance both can be as challenging as it can be fascinating, and it does show in my writing. I try to write books that somebody from India or the Philippines might enjoy just as much as somebody from Spain or England or Canada.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could spell. :-) Seriously, I was the kid in school who loved writing assignments and would always have to read their essays out to the class. And I spent a lot of my free-time thinking up short stories and poems, even before my teens, when things got more serious.
Describe your desk
Orderly and reduced to the bare necessities like computer and laptop, but with two 'decorative' items: a pocket calendar with beautiful landscapes, and one of my cats sleeping on my printer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Uncluttering my mind. :-) I love putting thoughts into words, describing things and people, dealing with life and maybe conveying a message.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Being more independent and getting a fair chance.
What do you read for pleasure?
That's just too hard to answer. To me, reading in itself is a pleasure. I prefer genres like romance, fantasy and science-fiction, but will also read anything else. I absolutely love Anne Rice's books, and these days I am discovering all the English classics, as well as books that my writer friends have written.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to list. If I have to settle on a Top 5 of sorts: Anne Rice, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett, Michael Ondaatje
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading and thinking of writing. Spending time with my family, including the four-legged, finned and winged members.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Everything seen as a whole, I guess. Interacting with writers and readers on Facebook and having a website including a blog seems to be the most useful (and fun) method of book marketing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It helps me to reach a wide audience, to keep up with the writing world, and to improve and improve and improve.
Published 2015-01-20.
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Books by This Author

Hidden Hopes (Inn Love 2 - Canada)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,080. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
The last thing famous Hollywood actor Colby Williams needs is another personal tragedy splattered all over the media. To lie low and find himself again, he stays incognito at a cozy bed & breakfast in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. But the solitude is broken by another guest: an intriguing woman who sees beyond his brooding surface and makes him feel alive again. Should he open his heart to her?
The Lady Sotheby's Curse Trilogy (Forbidden #4, 5 & 6)
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 178,840. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Jayne Clark is now living an entirely new life in Oxford, England, with Robert Astor, the man she loves. As her horrific memories of Lady Eleanor Sotheby finally start to fade, a blackmail letter arrives out of the blue. Unless huge payments are made, the blackmailer will destroy Jayne and Robert's lives. Can they track down the malicious criminal before all is lost?
Forbidden Book 6: Lady Sotheby's Curse
Series: Forbidden Romantic Suspense · Forbidden: A Novel of Love & Betrayal. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 114,560. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
In the final book of the Lady Sotheby’s Curse trilogy, the grand opening of the restaurant is quickly approaching and Jayne is still desperately searching for the blackmailer. Things go from bad to worse as Jayne and Robert's relationship is threatened by the mutual suspicion. Can their love endure this test? Will they break under the pressure, or will they find the nefarious criminal and prevail?
Forbidden Book 5: Lady Sotheby's Curse
Series: Forbidden Romantic Suspense · Forbidden: A Novel of Love & Betrayal. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,070. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Feeling that she has no other choice, Jayne Clark trusts her instincts and takes the blackmail problem into her own hands. As she chases the criminal all over Europe, her business partner, Beatrice, becomes increasingly angry with her for not shouldering her share of the responsibility. Is Jayne really ‘losing it' under the all the stress, or—as unlikely as it seems—is she on the right track?
Tantalizing Temptations (Inn Love 1 - England)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,030. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Unhappy in a marriage based on lies and control, Samantha decides to start a new life. She leaves London with her little daughter Annie and opens her own bed & breakfast in the English countryside. Nothing could have prepared her for the suave gentleman who helps her with the B&B and captures her heart along the way. Will their love stand a chance when her tragic past comes knocking?
Forbidden, Book 4: Lady Sotheby's Curse
Series: Forbidden Romantic Suspense · Forbidden: A Novel of Love & Betrayal. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,110. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Jayne Clark is now living an entirely new life in Oxford, England, with Robert Astor, the man she loves. As her horrific memories of Lady Eleanor Sotheby finally start to fade, a blackmail letter arrives out of the blue. Unless huge payments are made, the blackmailer will destroy Jayne and Robert's lives. Can they track down the malicious criminal before all is lost?
The Prince's Surprise Bride
Series: Romancing the Royals. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,850. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
When Jessica is accidentally involved in the kidnapping of the Crown Prince of Eirik, her life turns upside down. Not only does she start questioning everything she has taken for granted, but she also falls head over heels in love with the charming Norse royal. Prince Erik makes her an offer too good to refuse, but she's in trouble. Should she listen to her heart or her head?
The Prince's Stubborn Bride
Series: Romancing the Royals. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,170. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Princess Olivia has just lost her husband. She is all alone in a foreign kingdom in desperate need of a ruler who can make it prosper again. Prince Sebastian is the only one who can help her prevent an uprising – but he has a reputation for being a loner and a rebel. Can she trust him when it seems that everyone else has a hidden agenda?
The Prince's Special Bride
Series: Romancing the Royals. Price: Free! Words: 95,930. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Marie doesn’t believe in fairytales – but everything changes when she falls in love with Crown Prince Christian of Taragonia. When his sister invites Marie to the palace, their lives collide and leave them both fighting their forbidden attraction. Prince Christian has no place in his life for love, but Marie steals his heart. Will the unlikely couple have a chance at a happy ending?
Seduced in Spain
Series: Romance Round the World. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,600. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Nine years ago, Alejandro broke Emily's heart, but a business trip to Spain forces her to be in his company again. Old wounds are reopened and new temptations complicate things even more. When life leaves her no choice, she realizes that sometimes the heart doesn’t listen to the brain. Will Emily win the battle against her forbidden desire and Alejandro's charm, or will history repeat itself?
Felicia's Fire
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 175,760. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
This is the complete FIRE Trilogy, containing PLAYING WITH FIRE (Book 1), DANCING WITH FIRE (Book 2) and LIVING WITH FIRE (Book 3). Magical awakening, first love, and the terrifying quest to save the world: Fire witch Felicia discovers her magic abilities and finds love in ice wizard Joshua - but nothing is at it seems, and someone is bound to get burned!
Living With Fire (Book 3 of the FIRE Trilogy)
Series: FIRE Trilogy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,030. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
When a fire witch and an ice wizard flee to Iceland to build a new life, they never expect the one thing that could tear them apart – Kyle with his own magic. Felicia starts questioning everything they have. She is torn between the man who loves her but is her polar opposite, and the man who attracts her but means nothing but trouble. Will she give in to temptation or will she save the world?
Dancing With Fire (Book 2 of the FIRE Trilogy)
Series: FIRE Trilogy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,650. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
When a fire witch and an ice wizard flee to Iceland to build a new life, they never expect the one thing that could tear them apart – Kyle with his own magic. Felicia starts questioning everything they have. She is torn between the man who loves her but is her polar opposite, and the man who attracts her but means nothing but trouble. Will she give in to temptation or will she save the world?
Saved in Sri Lanka
Series: Romance Round the World. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,970. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Some people are destined to meet. It sure feels that way when Sri Lankan tour guide Sepalika meets Daniel. The mysterious tourist from Ireland steals his way into her heart and makes her question everything her life is built upon. Instant attraction turns to love – but does he feel the same? And what about the secret she’s hiding from him?
Forbidden, Book 3
Series: Forbidden: A Novel of Love & Betrayal · Forbidden Romantic Suspense. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,870. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
When Lady Eleanor Sotheby unexpectedly enters the life of Jayne Clark, a 23-year old waitress from Wichita, Kansas, Jayne's world is turned upside down. She meets Robert Astor, the man of her dreams. But her feelings for Robert are forbidden. Jayne's heady new life begins to unravel into a dark web of deceit, domination and greed.
Forbidden, Book 2
Series: Forbidden: A Novel of Love & Betrayal · Forbidden Romantic Suspense. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,470. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When Lady Eleanor Sotheby unexpectedly enters the life of Jayne Clark, a 23-year old waitress from Wichita, Kansas, Jayne's world is turned upside down. She meets Robert Astor, the man of her dreams. But her feelings for Robert are forbidden. Jayne's heady new life begins to unravel into a dark web of deceit, domination and greed.
Forbidden, Book 1: A Novel of Love & Betrayal
Series: Forbidden: A Novel of Love & Betrayal · Forbidden Romantic Suspense. Price: Free! Words: 44,390. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
When Lady Eleanor Sotheby unexpectedly enters the life of Jayne Clark, a 23-year old waitress from Wichita, Kansas, Jayne's world is turned upside down. She meets Robert Astor, the man of her dreams. But her feelings for Robert are forbidden. Jayne's heady new life begins to unravel into a dark web of deceit, domination and greed.
Forbidden, Books 1, 2 & 3
Series: Forbidden: A Novel of Love & Betrayal. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 117,040. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When Lady Eleanor Sotheby unexpectedly enters the life of Jayne Clark, a 23-year old waitress from Wichita, Kansas, Jayne's world is turned upside down. She meets Robert Astor, the man of her dreams. But her feelings for Robert are forbidden. Jayne's heady new life begins to unravel into a dark web of deceit, domination and greed.
Kaleidoscope of Hopes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,340. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
High hopes mean big disappointments. Nadia has learned that lesson the hard way. Single, struggling to make ends meet, and hurt by the past, the last thing she needs is another complication. When her new boss – a handsome, secretive widower with a child – moves in next door, their worlds collide. Sweet hopes bloom, but both are burdened by tragic secrets. Should she give love a second chance?
Playing with Fire (Book 1 of the FIRE Trilogy)
Series: FIRE Trilogy. Price: Free! Words: 80,260. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Sparks fly when Felicia and Joshua meet. Discovering her inner fire and unleashing unimaginable powers makes her realize that all her life, she has been hiding her true self. When buildings burn and people are in danger, the tempting game of playing with fire becomes serious. Will their love and desperate struggle for control save her life, or will the fire magic turn itself against its mistress?
When I See Your Face
Price: Free! Words: 49,630. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
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Having run away from her abusive husband, Cathy tries to pick up the broken pieces of her life, focusing on her dream to start her own cake business. Finding true love is the last thing on her mind. When she meets a man who looks exactly like the one she is struggling to forget, life throws the biggest challenge yet at her: Should she give in to his charm and care or will history repeat itself?