About Penelope M. Fernandez:
Penelope M. Fernandez was born and raised in the sanctuary of the beautiful foothills of the Himalayas in a quaint town called Darjeeling, famous for its tea. She spent her childhood listening and learning from the sights and sounds of nature. Her favorite activity was watching the fireflies dance, while she contemplated over the deeper questions of life. As she grew older, Penelope developed a passion for words and melodies, and she started writing bits of verse. Before long clear unpolluted skies turned into concrete landscapes as she went to the city of Pune to do her Masters in Communication Studies. After working as a Business Editor for some years she decided to leave behind the security of a 9-5 job to become a writer. When she’s not writing on her next novel she likes to channel her creativity into the production of music and writing blog posts.
What inspires you to write?
The process of writing floods me with new ideas, therefore to discover these new thought forms and to share them with others is my sole motivation. I am inspired by beautiful music.
Tell us about your writing process.
The only sure-shot of getting anything done is to do it, so my advice would be to sit at the desk, and write whatever comes to your mind, you can always edit it out later.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, I do interact with the characters, sometimes when I would be working early into the morning, I would be unable to sleep because I would be unable to stop conversing with the character. Other times when I was on my day off, the character being worked on would come to prod me or coax me to getting back at my desk.
What advice would you give other writers?
Basically what I have written above, just sit down and write. Then restructure/edit what you have written.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After a long journey from traditional publishing houses to vanguard publishers and assisted selfpublishing I realized that self-publishing ultimately gives me the greatest freedom and control and most importantly I get to keep the rights. Also my royalties are higher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the large publishing houses are rapidly losing influence. Selfpublished indie authors are getting more and more recognized. Ebook readers are getting more popular. I believe the point has already been reached where more ebooks are sold than paper books and the future belongs to ebooks.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Science Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print