Tell us about yourself and your books.:
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. My first published book, The Grumpy Guide to Quit Smoking, was written after I succeed to quit smoking for a second time.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I do something that most writers say it's not the best way of going around writing: I normally choose a title or name for my stories first!
What authors have influenced you?
Luis Fernando Verissimo (a Brazilian writer who writes political satire), Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes), Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple) and Margareth Artwood (The Handmaid Tales).
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Get writing anyway you can. Put your ideas down. And let people know you are writing. Expose your work to readers.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Your voice is as important as anyone's else. You have something to say about our world, say it.
What are you reading now?
My favorite genre is crime and detective stories, so if I'm not reading another Doyle or Christie, it's because I've found a new writer of this genre.
What’s your biggest weakness?
Probably impostor's syndrome! It's when you think your voice doesn't matter that much. Or your actions are not enough to bring change. You are constantly pushing yourself to be better and that can be overwhelming.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That would be Polyanna by Eleanor H. Potter. I read it when I was 9 (the age of the main character) and I was really moved by her compassion and strength.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
Stand-up comedy shaped the way I want to express myself about everyday struggles. But I also enjoy disaster and apocalyptic stories, and I'm always wondering how life could be different after a major event. That's my inspiration for tales.
What are you working on now?
I'm currently working on tales with women promoting changes to the way things are now. One is in English, another tale is in Portuguese, my mother tongue.
What is your method for promoting your work?
Right now I'm discovering these amazing sites where I can be "interviewed", and reader's listing as well.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I guess I want the world to laugh with my rants about quit smoking, or my family life (it's another humour fiction I'm working on at the moment), or being absolutely horrified about these tales I'm writing, hoping it never actually happen in reality.
How well do you work under pressure?
Not well at all. I have my own pace.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
It depends on the type of readers you want to reach. If you want a wider audience, you have to keep it simple and straight forward.
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