03 May, 2019

#Interview with Kelvyn Fernandes, #Author of The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi

About the Author:

Kelvyn Fernandes decided to follow his dream of becoming an author after graduating from McMaster University with a degree in Biochemistry. He enjoys travelling and going on adventures, with his favourite pastime being back-country canoeing in Algonquin Park. He uses both his experiences with nature and education in the sciences to shape the world of the stories he writes.

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Interview with the Author:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
Ever since I was a child, fantastical stories and incredible adventures have always sprung up easily in my mind. I’d love to watch a movie or read a book, and then imagine how I would’ve told the story or else take those characters on a new adventure. My own ideas would cascade over one another over days, weeks, and months, each new tale replacing the old one. The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi is the story I was finally ready to commit to paper, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. 

Are there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day?
Not quite stories, but outlines and ideas. I have so many running journeys stowed away in notes, documents, and a not so little vault in the back of my mind. Every so often, I’ll dig through that long list of ideas and find a way to incorporate a long, lost memory into my new series of adventures.

Tell us about your writing process.
I love writing well into the night. I find the words just flow in the dead silence and distractions are few. It's not uncommon for me to start a writing session at midnight and just go for hours. Unfortunately this is an impossible schedule to keep when trying to live a normal adult life, so I try my hardest to find inspiration during the day too!

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
My favourite scene was the finale to Volume I. I won't spoil what happens, but I got so engrossed in the story that I just kept writing and writing, and soon it became the longest chapter in the story by a considerable margin. I kept fretting that it was way too long and I'd have to trim it down. But after handing it to my editor and beta-readers, the response I got was surprising. They loved the added details and the parts I fleshed out made the pay-off much more rewarding for them. Sometimes you need to put aside the voice in the back of your head that warns you from straying from the traditional path and just go out on a limb and let your imagination take you on a journey.

Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
I find each and every one of my characters shares a piece of me. Peter has an inquisitive nature and always wants to ask questions to understand a new scenario. Fi has no regard for authority. Jack values honesty above all else. I wouldn’t say I base any individual character off of myself or any other person for that matter. Rather, I pick and choose quirks or personalities I encounter and let a brand new character develop from the seeds of that inspiration. 

What is your most interesting writing quirk?
I love throwing in words that don’t quite have a traditional fit in our language structure, but that paint a vivid picture of what I want the reader to imagine. “…as spurts of blood painted the air” doesn’t quite make sense, but I feel it gives a far more visceral image in the readers mind. 

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Just write! Seriously, you'll never know whether you're any good at it until you find out. If you're unsure or embarrassed, keep your writing to yourself or share it anonymously. But when you're ready, show it to your friends and family and ask for their input. You need to have confidence in your work in order for it to succeed. Also, don't just blindly take advice if it doesn't fit your style. Go against conventions! Who cares? Do what you want in the way that you want to do it, and your passion will drive you forward!

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
I love ingesting media. Books, programs, films, videogame, music, news. I pull inspiration from all walks of life. Sometimes directly, but more so as a general imprint for my imagination. The more things I experience in as many different ways, the stronger and more unique my writing will become. 
Similarly, I enjoy adventuring myself. Finding new places, interacting briefly with new people from all walks of life. Every new experience is another impression I can use to fuel my craft. My favourite activity in the world is back-country canoeing in Algonquin Park.

What do you have in store next for your readers?
I'm hard at work writing Volume II of The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi right now! It's planned for a summer 2019 release, and I can't wait to share it with my fans. Past that, I have the ideas and framework for several more books, all I ask is for the opportunity to tell my story.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
I love hearing readers' thoughts and discussing my work with them. To hear what parts of my story worked and didn’t work and how I can improve myself as an author is one of my greatest joys. To hear that my stories resonated with strangers I’ve never met gives me this warm feeling I never could have anticipated. Please reach out once you start reading! 

About the Book:

Follow Peter and Fi as they work together, each searching for something uniquely special to them through the four kingdoms of their known world. It’s a tale of fantastical beasts, peculiar characters, remarkable settings, and a unique brand of biochemistry-based magic. My writing focuses on meaningful character interaction, delicate world building, and intense action battles. 

She emerged within a dark sea of green, shielding her eyes against the crescent moon’s pale blaze. The twinkling stars hummed softly, discordant against the chattering birds below. The lush leaves rippled in the breeze, tempting Fi to dip her toes in for a swim. The wind blew at her back and she turned east to face it. The fresh air carried the salty spray of the Shimmering Sea. Although she could not see it, she knew it was right there. Her ears caught the distant waves crashing  against the shore. One last step. She thought. 

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