Today we’d like to introduce you to Isabelle Fernandez.
Isabelle, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have always loved writing. Growing up, I wrote fiction stories, kept a diary, wrote short texts. Anything was good. I just needed to write. One of my dreams was to someday publish a book…
Then life happened, and I ended up getting an MBA, moved to the USA, got married, worked and raised a child, none of which included dedicating time to this passion of mine.
It is only in my forties that I started writing again. I was transitioning career and needed to take a children’s literature class to become a preschool teacher. Soon after, and for the first time, I had a story I thought was worth sharing with others. I also remembered that one of my daughter’s teachers had printed a collective book out of the students’ short stories. It had clearly become quite easy to publish your own book! I started writing more.
I wanted one of my new stories to have illustrations, so I decided to make them myself. I have also always loved playing with colors and shapes (I was an interior designer for a while) and had taken some drawing classes during college.
I realize now that everything was coming to me at the right time… That’s just the way things work.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am also an ADHD life coach, so naturally, my writings are very much influenced but it. My stories allow me to widen the scope of my work and to reach more people around the world as I write in English, Spanish and French. My fiction is about self-discovery, self-acceptance, self-esteem, about our connection to others and to the planet, and about finding meaning and our personal role in this world in transition. Important things in my opinion, said in a playful way.
My stories are easy to read and as you can guess, the message behind them is for all ages. My fans range from 88 to 7 years old! I also like having a direct interaction with my readers, so I sell at markets and read in schools.
Concerning my illustrations, I ended up creating my own style by starting with color pencil drawings and modifying them on the computer. When I go to markets and fairs to sell my illustrated book, people see the artwork first, and many compliment me on it. I even once had an author ask me to illustrate her books! So I am now considering selling my artwork separately. Everyone is not interested in reading…
No matter how people connect with me, my goal is always to inspire them honor who they are and free themselves from what others will think. Expressing ourselves artistically is a great way to bring some balance in our lives. We all need a space where there are no set rules.
What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Don’t be shy and do contact anyone you would like to get to know better. Check online for artists in your area or anywhere in the world. With technology, distance is not a problem anymore. A quick email or a call asking for a short meeting in person or online are easy enough, and you never know what the response can lead to!
Look on social media for like-minded groups or create your own local meetup group and if you need it, ask a friend to join you and support you just to get started! If you are looking to connect, others are too.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can get my books on Amazon, leave me some feedback, check my personal website and/or like my facebook page:
To contact me directly, email me at:
- Website: Isabellefernandez1111.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the3leafclover/