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.
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Alexander Fernandez, author of Tears for a World.
Hi Alex, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I really appreciate your time, Patricia, thanks for having me. Being in the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years, I’ve been lucky to travel the world and visit amazing places. Due to my career, time is something I’ve never had but somehow I was able to complete my first novel. I grew up in southern California, cheering and crying over the Dodgers. I hope to retire from the military in a couple years and concentrate more on writing.
What were you like at school?
Shy. That one word sums up my entire school life. Most people didn’t even know I existed, and I was certainly considered “that weird kid in the corner.” Unfortunately, that meant getting the girls was never easy!
Were you good at English?
It was my favorite subject in school. While the other kids rolled their eyes and moaned at reading and writing assignments, I gobbled the material up and loved it. English class was a relief compared to the other boring subjects.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Honestly, at this point I just want people to read Tears for a World and give it a chance. Writing is a tough business. There are thousands and thousands of books out there, and more being released every day. It has become extremely difficult to get noticed. But if I can get 100 people say, “you know, that book was actually pretty good. I think I’ll read the rest of the Lonely World Trilogy,” then I will be very happy.
Which writers inspire you?
My first inspiration was Lloyd Alexander, author of the award-winning Chronicles of Prydain. I still have those books and the adventures continue to fascinate me. Anne Rice is very brilliant, and my cliché favorite, Stephen King, is always good.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
So many books these days have instant heroes, where the character is automatically brave and does everything right. My protagonist, Marisylia Malludar, is a realistic and naïve 16-year-old girl. She feels frightened and runs away. She argues with best friends when they are only trying to help her. She’s awkward around boys and has no idea what to say or do. This type of character allows growth and maturity as the story goes on. In Tears for a World, give a character like that the responsibility of deciding the world’s fate, and that’s what makes writing so fun.
What are you working on at the minute?
My novel is part of the Lonely World Trilogy. I am going over some edits for the second book in the series, Tears for Love, and am hoping for an early summer release. And when I have time, which isn’t very often, I hack out a sentence or two on the third book in the series, Tears for Life.
Which actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I would be honored to see Chloe Grace Moretz play the role of Marisylia Malludar. Miss Moretz is young, hip, and has tremendous talent. She showed us her physical abilities in movies like Kick-Ass, and a strong emotional role in Carrie. My character Marisylia faces tough emotions in Tears for a World as well as physical combat, so an actress like Miss Moretz would be perfect.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
I had grown tired of “messing around” with short stories and random scenes not really tied to anything. I finally ended up taking several characters from different stories, and putting them all together in one novel. It was cool to see my old characters still alive, but now in a full-length book with a new story to tell.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
My work schedule makes it impossible to find a dedicated time to write. I usually have to stick to weekends if I get up early enough. At least I have been fortunate that when I do write, the material comes easy and I don’t waste time staring at the screen.
Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas come from years of old, short stories I used to write for fun. I have a large database of hand-written and digital scenes from random projects. It was cool looking back through the material and pulling out bits and pieces for this first novel.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I have never used an outline before because I discovered that the tool restricts my writing. I would try so hard to stay within the outline, that my imagination grew limited and I wasn’t able to “think outside the box.” So I ditched the outline and free wrote to an existing plot. This method produced much better scenes and left room for easy changes.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Letting people know your stories exist, aka being discovered. The internet and physical stores are packed full of oceans of books. Even with marketing and promotion assistance, whether from a publisher or an author’s own effort, getting “out there” has been a challenge. There are many gifted writers who just want their voice heard.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.
Sadly, I can’t remember the last book I read because of hectic life and work. My free time has been focused on writing instead. But my favorite authors are Lloyd Alexander, Anne Rice, and Stephen King.
For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I actually don’t own any type of digital reader, so I prefer physical books. I love the smell of print and paper when you crack open that new book. And nothing beats browsing book aisles and thumbing through novels at the store to see which one you like.
What book are you currently reading?
When I get around to it, I have The Little Big Book of Chills and Thrills I discovered at a garage sale. It’s a very cool looking book full of scary children’s stories, witches’ spells, Halloween dessert recipes, and poems.
Tell us about the cover and how it came about.
I selected a scene from Tears for a World to be the cover. The scene shows the deity, Lysielle, trapped in her forest prison. The antagonist of the story, Synicia, creeps forward in awe when she discovers Lysielle hidden away. I drew the cover in pencil, then gave it to the cover designer.
Who designed your book cover?
The very talented Angela Rogers. The Tears for a World cover received an Honorable Mention for the 2014 Marcom Awards (ebook cover). You can check out her website here: http://gostudios-angela.blogspot.com/
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
A trailer would be awesome; I just haven’t had the time or resources to put one together.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
Giving books away absolutely works. I ran a giveaway on Goodreads and over 1,000 people responded. I received my first reviews that way. Also running free days on Amazon gets your novel in front of readers. Getting your first book into as many hands as possible is very important.
How do you relax?
I like to crank up my old PS2 and play video games. Yes, that system is old but I’m an old-fashioned guy. There are some amazing games on PS2 that have tremendous replay value.
What is your favorite quote?
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa.
I remember first reading about this in a Pathways to Peace class during college. It really hit me with how simple, yet powerful, the meaning can be.
What is your favorite movie?
Braveheart, and not just for the action scenes as everyone seems to point out. This film actually had a ton of drama and emotion that moved me. I’m not one of those people that complains if a movie is not historically accurate. For just a Hollywood movie, Braveheart was extremely entertaining and memorable.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
I do have an author website where the latest news and updates are posted: http://www.authoralexanderfernandez.com/
As for my writing, I invite folks to read the first chapter on Amazon and get a feel for Tears for a World and see what the story is about.
Any final words?
You’ve heard the saying, “Dance like no one is watching.” Well, you should write like no one is reading. What I mean is that you should first write for yourself instead of worrying about pleasing the masses. Your best scenes, strongest passions, and purest effort will come forth if you just write for yourself. Getting the stories to others will come later.
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.
And thanks to you for hosting!
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.
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