Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1977, and finished Journalism School in 2003 at University Estacio de Sa. I started writing poetry at 10, and went on to write short tales. After graduating, worked as a freelance Journalist, writing pieces for online magazines like Brazil Post (Huffington Post Blog) and QG Feminista).
I lived in Portugal, Scotland and Spain before moving to France. In UK, I came into contact with stand-up comedy, and since then I started writing humour content as well.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My first published book, The Grumpy Guide to Quit Smoking, was written after I succeed to quit smoking for a second time. I started making snark remarks on Twitter about some of the most popular tips to kick the habit. Most of them and many more are now collected in this little book.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to be surrounded by something to eat and to drink. I hate to seat at a table to write – I prefer sit on my bed.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Since I’m from Brazil, my favorite author is Luiz Fernando Verissimo. He is the son of a great writer, and went on to be a journalist. His columns in many Brazilian newspapers brings a weekly piece about politic satire. Many of his pieces were collected later in books. I wanted to tell my stories like him – nagging about everyday situations.
What are you working on now?
I have lots of projects started at the moment. A child’s book series which challenges gender stereotypes and is age appropriate to first readers in Portuguese. Two tales in Portuguese are ready to start publishing too. Now, I’m venturing into a tale in English too.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Since this is my first book and I’m self-published, I’m still trying to find places to promote it. So, I don’t know yet which one is going to be the best method now. But Awesome Gang looks pretty neat – they even have a free interview platform for authors!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
With all the resources – many times available for free – on the internet, there’s no reason to be shy now. Find your favorite spot to write. Write down the main idea. Focus on your writing if you are a first timer. Then, self-publish yourself if you can’t find a publisher. Get out there. Your word can be part of the debate and the voices speaking right now.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Get writing. It’s simple. Jot down your ideas. Decide later what this is all about.
What are you reading now?
I’m a huge fan of crime and detective stories, so I’m always reading some Doyle and Christie. If I’m not reading again my old books, it’s because I’ve found a new book by another less known author of this genre.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Keep publishing, establish myself both in comedy and fiction writing.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
A book by Luiz Fernando Verissimo, another by Agatha Christie, a book about survival on a desert island and another one on how to get yourself out of a desert island, I guess. I’m practical that way.
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