I would like to introduce "The Fascinating K R Fajardo" as our "Author of the Month" for the month of April. Here is the personal interview that we were blessed with.
Make sure you check out K R Fajardo's book Linked (The Shadow Chronicles Book Two) out NOW on Amazon. Get your copy today!
K R Fajardo: I am a married mother of three wonderful children who calls the piney woods of East Texas home. Some of my favorite things are Dr. Pepper, chocolate, and, with the exception of Garth Brooks, will take an 80’s hair band over Country music any day of the week. However, my real love is reading, so at the end of a long day of being wife, mom, chauffeur, nurse, and book keeper for my husband’s business, I love to settle into bed with a good book and transport myself into another world. It was this passion that led me to writing and, in 2014, after much consideration, I decided to take a chance on myself and attempted to write my own book. Now a completed novel, K The Awakening is available for purchase on Amazon, and its sequel, Linked, is out now on Amazon. Get your copy today!
Candie & Michelle: It's so nice to get to know you better K R. Have you always known you wanted to be a writer? Did anything happen to push you in that direction?
K R Fajardo: I have had the desire to write for as long as I can remember, but always came up with excuses as to why I couldn’t do it, time usually being the number one reason. However, several years ago, after my youngest started to school, and with me only working part-time, I found myself with a significant amount of free time and lack of any other reasonable answer as to why I shouldn’t try. It was then I finally put my own self-doubt aside and turned on my laptop. Six months later, I was staring at a completed 120,000 word manuscript with no idea what to do with it. Then, one day, while I was browsing online, I came across this online article about a famous Indie writer named Hugh Howey and how he had made a fortune self-publishing his own novels using Amazon’s Kindle Direct. So, after a little more research, I found the website, uploaded my book, and self-published my first novel.
Candie & Michelle: We are so glad you decided to travel the path to become an author. As a whole which character has been your favorite “good guy” to write about? Who has been your favorite villain? Do you feel like there is a particular character you relate to the most?
K R Fajardo: Probably the closest thing I have to a “good guy” in my book is Citera. Who, despite only being sixteen years old, is extremely mature, thoughtful, and always manages to find a silver lining in even the most depressing of situations. As far as “bad guys” go, I definitely have to go with the Enforcer, aka Jarod, even though I consider him more of an anti-hero than a villain. He was also one of my favorites to write about because the further you get into the story, the more complex his character becomes and continues to become in the upcoming sequels. He is the type of character that you will find yourself continuously alternating between hating his guts and wanting to wrap your arms around him to cry on his shoulder. Do I relate myself to any of the characters in my book? I would love to say I see K in myself. After all, she is a no nonsense woman who doesn’t put up with anybody’s crap. Underneath that tough exterior is a kindhearted soul that is willing to do whatever it takes to protect the people she cares for and make things right again.
Candie & Michelle: We can't wait to read your books and get to know each character. What book are you reading now? Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
K R Fajardo: Oh my goodness! Since joining Anchor Group, my TBR list just continues to keep growing. Currently, however, I am in the middle of three books! First of all I am finishing up with Jennifer Malone Wright’s Savior, which I have thoroughly enjoyed and look forward to one day reading her Vampire Hunter series. I have also just begun to read St. Valentine by Rain Murphey and the newest release, The Best I Could, by one of my all-time favorite indie authors, RK Ryals.
Candie & Michelle: Each of those are already on my TBR list. I can't wait to read them too. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
K R Fajardo: I just want to take a minute to thank everyone who has helped me make my dream a reality. You guys have no idea how much the kind words you write in the reviews and the messages that I receive from people telling me they enjoyed my books really warms my heart and encourages me to keep going on days that it seems easier just to give up and quit. I also want to take this opportunity to just say to those of you out there who are letting self-doubt and fear keep them you from pursuing thier dream, just push those thoughts aside and go for it; because you will never know what will happen if you never try. And with that I leave you with one of my favorite quotes.
“When you are afraid of trying something new, remember this. Amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.” – Anonymous.
Candie & Michelle: Great advice! I love that quote!
Thank you so much K R for taking the time to sit down with us. We both feel blessed to be featuring you this month.
-Candie and Michelle
You can follow K R Fajardo on the following social media sites:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorK.R.Fajardo?__mref=message
You can order "The Awakening" at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Awakening-Shadow-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B00PKKN54I
Linked (The Shadow Chronicles Book Two) is out now! Get your copy today!