Interview with Devika Fernando

Published 2015-01-20.
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.
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Books by This Author

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 » Romance » Billionaires
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 » Romance » Billionaires
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 » Romance » Billionaires
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?
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 » Romance » Billionaires
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 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 » Billionaires
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: 49,460. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Billionaires
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 » Romance » Billionaires, 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 » Romance » Billionaires
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.