When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I teach languages or work as a translator or interpreter.As a hobby, I love reading and listening to soothing music.I also enjoy taking care of my twins whenever I can.Last year , I was leading free workshops on synergy and leadership and I want to do more of that.I also provide free coaching to people who need help applying for scholarships or looking for a job.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Some of my favorite books are: The seven habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray and Chicken Soup for the soul by jack Canfield.Those books help me teach and inspire people who need encouragement and advice and there are tons of them in my country and elsewhere.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading magazines and newspapers.I would read almost anything that can make me laugh unless it is filles with obscenity.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use an ipad and that is what I am used to, so I guess that's my favorite until I get another device.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Antananarivo,the capital city of Madagascar.However, I have visited many other regions of the country such as the east coast,the west coast and the south west coast and I love travelling so much especially to the countryside.All those trips have influenced my writing as well as the people I met locally and overseas( South Africa and Botswana ) where I lived for two years.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing poetry when I was around twenty, and I started writing some articles for online publication a few years ago.Oh, and I have written in my journal since 1998 but I haven't written regularly for the last few years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book happens to be my first book as well.Well, hundreds of my friends ,relatives and friends have been asking me for help on how to find jobs, how to write a CV and cover letters.Most of them are either unemployed or underemployed. I think they are not the only ones who need help, because I have noticed the high unemployment rate and poverty in many other countries. I found out that one of the most common issues is lack of self-trust and that is the reason why the title of the book and the contents will help people get back this self-confidence.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
First of all , it is very important to protect the environment.Second , I can save a lot of money by avoiding traditional publishers.And because of Smashwords and its partners, I will be able to reach millions of readers around the world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love helping people overcome their weaknesses and challenges and through writing,it is much easier to reach more and more people especially with the help of the new technology.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are my support and without them my book would have no life.
What are you working on next?
This week , I will start working on my second book which will discuss the power of synergy and why it can help change the world faster than anything else.
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