My recent book Victor and the Sun Orb, the first part of a trilogy, is a fantasy novel for children and young adults. It is a story of a young sun fairy prince, who is cursed to become mortal on his baptism day, forced to live his land Solandia at the age of thirteen, and to live with humans. His quest to retrieve the sun orb, the source of power to all sun fairies, and find the mysterious, dark, hooded figure is the ultimate way to get his power back and help the sun fairies from being perished forever.
Since my target readers are children ages nine and above, my intention is not only to entertain and tickle their imaginations, but to inculcate values as well. I deeply emphasized the value of family, love, and friendship, and that good triumph over evil always. I want to make sure that young readers learned some lessons after reading the book, or at least remember them.
Tell us something about yourself.
I was born and raised in the Philippines. I finished a bachelor’s degree in English and worked in a youth center, where I gave seminars, retreats, recollections, and organized youth assemblies. My work required a lot of travelling so I decided to stop after five years. I was hired as Executive Staff in an importer/distributor company in Manila afterwards. I migrated to Denmark in 2001 to settle with my Danish husband. I still work full-time and I write on weekends.
What inspired you to write this book?
I’m an avid reader of fantasy books and fairy tales since I was a little girl. When I migrated to Denmark, I was fascinated to see old houses, century old castles and churches, and the 4,000-year-old tombstones in the Black Forest. In one of our visits in the castle park, my husband climbed an old oak tree and he looked so white and bright under the midday son that I thought he needed only a pair of wings to look like a fairy. When I saw the tombstones in the forest, I began to imagine the forest full of fairies and the story just swirled in my mind non-stop. I didn’t find any story or book about sun fairies in my internet researches, so I decided to make them as my main characters. Since sol is the Danish word for sun, I named Sol as the goddess of sun fairies and their world eventually became Solandia.
How did you publish this book?
Danish publishers don’t publish books in English, and books from other countries are translated in Danish. Thinking of my target market, I decided to self-publish my book in USA.
What do you believe is the hardest part in writing?
Editing and promoting the book are the hardest part for me. Even if I have a bachelor’s degree in English, still English is not my native language. Chances are I still commit mistakes. Promoting the book is another, as a self-published author, I need time, effort, money, and a lot of nerve to promote my book, especially that I live in a country where English is not the spoken language.
How do you research your book?
Since my book is a fantasy and sun fairy is a new category of fairies, I didn’t make a lot of researches; it’s my imagination that’s working all the time.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I never had a hint I would become a writer one day, although I noticed already before, even when I was a little girl that I love to browse and read all kinds of reading materials. I felt the urge that I love to write when I was in college, but I took it for granted. The right time came when I migrated to Denmark.
Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?
I learned the value of patience and determination. It doesn’t matter how long it will take to write a book, but what’s important is that I do what I like to do, and finish what I’ve started. I count what I sow and not what I reap.
Are you working on your next book? Can you tell us about it?
The story of Prince Victor will continue in three series. I’m currently writing the sequel titled Victor and the Seven Circles of Darkness. His adventure will continue as he rescues his friend Rower from being banished forever from the Black River. Angels will be added as new characters in the story. It will be darker, entertaining, and mystifying as well. I’m also working on a memoir in between, as this is being asked by a good friend of mine.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Writing a book is a long process, time consuming, and sometimes painful. It’s all part of the process, just keep on writing and stay focused. Your book represents you as an author, so make it your best, error free as much as possible. Write what interests you and listen to your fellow authors, their advices are precious. And when your book is out there, let the whole world know that it exist, take your lead to promote it.
What are you doing to promote your latest book?
I maximize the use of the internet. I put up my own web site, press releases, book reviews, Google Adwords, video trailer, social networking, email campaign, book giveaways, author interviews, and join groups and writers organizations.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
Thank you Cathy and all the staff of Selling Books for the support you’ve given to us authors. I deeply appreciate the time and effort you’ve rendered to this author interview. I am honored to be included in your list.