Welcome! Thank you for taking time to answer some of my questions! I am so happy to host you so we can find out a little more about you and your work. Does travel play in the writing of your books?
-Hello Laurie, thank you so much for hosting. I think one of the coolest things in books is reading about the different places that the characters travel to. It’s part of the fun and sharing in the protagonist’s adventure. I’ve been lucky in my military career in that I’ve had the chance to work in places all over the world. Those experiences reflect in Tears for a World as Marisylia does a lot of traveling and meets unique people and cultures.
What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
-My family has been extremely supportive since I was a child. Over the years, even while I was away in the Air Force, my parents would always ask about my novel and how the writing was going. Their interest in my writing over the course of my life never waned. My wife is very supportive as well, although she dislikes when I stay on the computer for too long when I’m working!
Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?
-Many people like to hear about how I came up with my ideas. The characters, their unique abilities, personality traits, and major events in the story came from many short stories I had written when I was younger. I had histories and scenes of the characters, just in different adventures. Basically I put them all together into one novel, Tears for a World.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
-The story is original, something that is becoming more difficult to pull off these days. More than one review has stated how the plot will blow readers away!
If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?
-I’ve always been a morning person. I currently wake up at 4 a.m. to get ready for work, so jumping out of bed and starting the day is no problem for me. My body is so used to getting up early, sleeping in on weekends is near impossible. I just have to get up and do something, which is usually writing before the day gets busy.
If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?
-I would rewrite the last book in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. That was many years ago, and I still get mad when I think about how that series ended. I was shocked, sad, and most of all angry. Roland did not deserve that sort of ending. Most of the fans of those books were pretty upset and felt cheated. The last couple paragraphs on the last page make all seven books mean absolutely nothing.
Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.
-Lots. Of. Work!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Tears for a World
by Alexander Fernandez
The holy artifact bonded around Marisylia Malludar's neck gives her incredible physical and magical powers—at a price. The bloody piece of vein is consuming Marisylia's body inch by inch, her skeletal hands and feet only the beginning of a slow death. A cruel sorceress and her assassins are on the hunt for Marisylia to steal the artifact. Religious fanatics, volatile and unstable in their blind faith, also seek her to exploit the vein’s most dangerous purpose—liberating the erratic Creator of the World, Lysielle, from her 1,000 year incarceration.
With the vein the key to Lysielle’s freedom, Marisylia must use her abilities to survive long enough to find Lysielle first. Then her most grim challenge awaits—deciding if the Creator has truly repented for attempting to destroy all life. To achieve global peace, Marisylia must discover faith in the unpredictable Lysielle or rely on her own instincts to set the world’s fate.
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.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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.
Author site: http://www.authoralexanderfernandez.com/
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