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 blinked and rubbed milk out of her eyes, but the mob wasn’t finished. A stiff hand shoved her from behind and she stumbled against the table. Unfinished slices of pie and rolls of bread pelted her.
With nowhere to hide, she dove into the horde and tried to shove her way out. Most of the people only yelled insults as they let her pass. Others bumped her roughly with their shoulders, tried to trip her, or pushed her around so she bounced back and forth between pairs of hands.
One woman caught Marisylia and carefully steadied her. She peered into the woman’s eyes, one friendly person amid the riled swarm. The lady smiled softly, then suddenly spit into Marisylia’s face.
When the saliva splattered her cheek, Marisylia stopped caring why the citizens acted like this. Whether due to fear of the religious power, worry that it would infest Three Fingers, or simply senseless anger, none of it mattered anymore since the time to quit had arrived.
All of her determination to succeed had been ripped to shreds by the crowd. Each hand that shoved, every object that struck, drained her enthusiasm. Her devotion to the religion had drowned in the woman’s spit. It was all too much. Marisylia didn’t have Milick’s iron skin or Shri Lilyn’s boldness. She had nothing, only the desire to run away and forget everything.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH ALEXANDER
-What inspired you to become a writer?
Hello Mary, I’m very grateful to you for hosting my novel. As a kid, English was always my favorite subject because I loved reading cool stories in class such as A Wrinkle in Time, Of Mice and Men, The Westing Game, and many others. Most kids saw the reading and writing assignments as a chore, but the stories enthralled me to the point where I would get in trouble for reading in class when we weren’t supposed to. Writing was exciting, and since youth I wanted to create my own stories.
-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?
Wow. Meeting the Creator of the world, Lysielle, would top my day. Who wouldn’t want to meet a deity? The moment would be awkward with her being stuck in prison, but at least she wouldn’t run away. Maybe I could give her an interview, much like this one! Then again, I might be too fascinated (or afraid) to say anything. After all, Lysielle is accused of trying to destroy the world if set free.
-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.
I had a blast reading about the different terminology and methods used to create and manipulate musical notes. In the story, the Song of Earth is used to move terrain and communicate with special, holy beings called Drests. I wanted to create a unique language out of music, a way for the protagonist, Marisylia, to communicate with the Drests. She had to create the Song in her mind and alter things like trills, chords, crescendos, ballads, sharps, flats, bass, and tempo.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks and pizza with?
General Aerilly Kishineous would by my date…er, companion. I don’t think that warrior has ever had a day of fun in her life. Way too uptight and hard-nosed. Maybe a few cold ones and some tasty food like pizza would help her relax. Who knows, she just might lapse into chill-mode and actually be cool to hang around with. If not, I’m sure a gauntleted fist to my nose would end the night.
-If you could go back in time and give your pre-published self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Good question. I think many writers out there always have that “one thing” they could have done better or been more prepared for. After stepping out of my time machine, I would tell myself to do more research on promotion and marketing before release day. That way I would have a better grasp on social media, networking, and getting my work out there. Mountains and seas of books everywhere, physical and digital, make it difficult for new writers to get recognition.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
I love horror stories and movies, even the cheesy ones that are supposed to be scary but make you laugh. My attempt at writing horror might produce that same result. I would love to write a story and put a good, serious fright into people, but instead a whole lot of cheese may be the outcome. As much as I enjoy it, horror seems like a tough genre to crack.
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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