Interview with Penelope M. Fernandez

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Himalayas. I spent a majority of my life hopping under the fir trees, and planting bits of green. I have always loved nature, most of my evenings were spent either listening to the blackbird sing, or watching the dance of the fireflies, or staring at the clear unpolluted skies. The people in the hills, in comparison to the one's living in the cities are not as tainted, perhaps this is because nature soothes the soul. Connecting with the earth is essential for mental balance. The concrete landscapes of the cities have disconnected people from their source of healing energy. I think, I became who I am because I spent hours listening and learning from the organic world. If you care to listen to her, she will whisper many secrets to you.
When did you first start writing?
Words and melodies have always been my thing. I love them both. I started writing poetry when I was about seven, it was not the finest of poetry, I continued dabbling and I always told people that I would write a book someday. Secretly, when I looked at books, I would think, 'that's too much work,' and I would look in the other direction when it came to actualizing my intention. But the idea never died and so about a year and half ago, I plunged into the deeper side of the prose-pool. And after that long painful swim, I am now crawling out of the waters with a book in my hand.
What do your fans mean to you?
I would refrain from using the word 'fan' because its etymology disturbs me. I prefer the term 'like-minded individuals.' So what do they mean to me? All I can say, is that ever since I could think, it has been my desire to connect with like-minded individuals.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The primary impetus that drove me to be an indie author is control. I detest the manner in which traditional publishers deal with authors. They control the ideas that flow into the minds of the readers, and I have noticed that they tend to stick to genre templates. Corporations control everything, right down to ideas. If our minds are chained, then we are doomed. The traditional publishers have now become brands...brands are nothing but illusions. If there is any brand that is to be pressed unto my skin, then I would prefer it to be my own.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There are some days, when the words flow without effort and each line is beautiful, that is the greatest joy. Riding the perfect wave of inspiration.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I enjoy reading on my phone or on the kindle.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story, I wrote was called "Little girl."
What are you working on next?
I am working on the website, which is not just for the book but also another attempt to promote mental expansion and spiritual evolution. I am also working on an electronic music collaboration with a dear companion.
Published 2014-08-02.
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