Interview with Ignatius Fernandez

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I) The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren: It has lessons couched in persuasive language.
2) The return of the prodigal son by Henri Nouwen. The parable is so beautifully explained that it become a signpost for life.
3) Fully Human, Fully Alive by John Powell. The meaning in living a full life is graphically presented.
4) The Singapore Story by Lee Kwan Yew. The Story of the land of my birth fascinates me.
5) The road less traveled by Scott M Peck. Gentle, and appealing thoughts shared.
What do you read for pleasure?
Nonfiction - only.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have tried social marketing with little success.
Describe your desk
A computer, dictionaries, thesaurus, lots of paper (because I write before I type) and reference books that are shifted from my shelf to my table for the work I am doing. A picture of The Divine Mercy has pride of place.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in India. My well read parents had an impact on me; as did my teachers who loved the language. As I grew I tried my hand at writing and have not regretted the decision.
When did you first start writing?
Although I wrote a few articles earlier, my first book was published in 1994.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My first four books were published by Traditional publishers. The other three were through CreateSpace. Mostly because finding Traditional publishers and agents was becoming a hassle.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am yet to experience the benefits. I hope to, in time.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The main reason I write is to help people read and reflect. When that is achieved, I am compensated.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are supportive. When things are down, their support keeps me going.
What are you working on next?
The leadership of Jesus Christ.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Each day is a gift from God. I try to use the day in His Glory.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, listening to music, reflecting, praying and trying to help others.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through my Kindle device.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do not write fiction. Neither do I read it.
What is your writing process?
An idea strikes me. I try to develop it in stages through reading and reflecting and praying. Then I make a draft which I redraft and polish.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Biblical Stories my mother told me are etched in my mind. They have had a lasting impact on me.
How do you approach cover design?
My son is trained in that area. He helps me.
Do you make enough money from writing?
No. Since that is not the main reason I write, I take that in my stride.
Published 2015-05-15.
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Books by This Author

The Child Is Father of the Man: Tips and Techniques for Wise Parenting
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,820. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood development, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Parenting / child rearing
Did the world change the day you became a parent? You are not alone in this quandary. Welcome to the club of puzzled-parents! To most parents, raising children as best as they can, falls short of unspoken expectations. This book, which is a storehouse of practical ideas, can help in many ways. LEAD PARENTING is the prescription.
The Golden Rule: For Empowering Professional Relationships
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 61,290. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Motivational, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management science
With compelling examples, penetrating insight and a clear crisp narrative, the author shares the benefit of his hard-won experience in Industry, at a senior level, Professor of Management Studies, Corporate Trainer for senior managers, speaker and writer. The Golden Rule shares time-tested methods to keep professionals careers on track and to power their business relationships onwards.
The Heart has its Reasons: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,970. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Religion and self-improvement
What if we could look ahead even as we look back? What if hard-won insights were ours to use when we needed them most? This short book puts such possibilities within our reach! In a series of brief articles, the author explains important ideas on relating to God, oneself and others. He asks and answers critical questions. These reflections, gained with age, rouse us to change the way we live.