Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Blog Tour: GUEST POST by Devika Fernando, author of SAVED IN SRI LANKA

Saved In Sri Lanka 
Devika Fernando

Some People Are Destined To Meet 


Question: Congratulations Devika on publishing another lovely romance! I know you are from Sri Lanka and so creating Sepalika and the Sri Lankan tour wouldn't have been so difficult. But how did you manage to create Daniel from Ireland? I must say that he's mighty fascinating.

Thank you for finding Daniel fascinating – I can’t help but agree. ;-) Interestingly, he’s my favourite hero so far, although I automatically create all my heroes in a way that makes me fall for them.

I knew from the beginning that I wanted a European hero for my Sri Lankan heroine because it would match her rather modern character and also highlight how exotic the country is and how many differences and hurdles there are in a multicultural / interracial relationship. Ireland seemed the perfect choice because I had always found the country fascinating and wanted to portray an Irish hero.

I researched typical names and collected information on where I wanted Daniel to live, and because he’s a history lecturer I also delved deeper into some parts of the Irish history and culture. I really wanted Daniel to come alive, so I also searched online for Irish words and phrases. I verified them and some of his English mannerisms with an Irish Facebook friend of mine during my final rounds of edits. 

Usually I don’t have a real ‘role model’ for my characters, although some heroes might loosely be inspired by a famous person. This time, however, two particular men were in my head all the time while writing Daniel: My favourite actors, Tom Hiddleston from England and Michael Fassbender from Ireland, served as inspiration for Daniel’s looks and a little of his character. I hope I’ve done them justice… :D

You have obviously created Daniel with a lot of love and some intense research. No wonder your heroine Sepalika finds him irresistible. Wish you all the best with this book Devika Fernando. It's your best so far :D


Some people are destined to meet.

It sure feels that way when Sri Lankan tour guide Sepalika meets Daniel. The mysterious tourist from Ireland steals his way into her heart and makes her question everything her life is built upon. Instant attraction turns to love – but does he feel the same? And what about the secret she’s hiding from him?
Follow the two on their quest for a happy ending amid the beauty and wonders of the tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka.

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Meet the Author

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark are sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a self-employed German web content writer, as a translator, and as a faithful servant to all the cats, dogs, fish and birds in her home. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.

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  1. Thank you for this opportunity, and for liking the hero and the book so much! :-)

    1. You are welcome Devika. Oh the hero - simply mwah! and the book is your best so far. I am sure you will get better and better :D