Interview with Jo Ebisujima

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small village in Staffordshire, UK. I didn't have loads of toys, we didn't even have a TV until I was school age so there was a lot of imaginative play and 'helping' my parents in the shop that they ran. I think this helped me relate so much to the Montessori ideas when I discovered it as an adult, I wasn't raised as a 'Montessori' kid but much of what I was exposed to as a child could have been Montessori.
I also grew up in a home where if the 'proper' thing wasn't available, you improvised, out of the box thinking was actively encouraged and that is the way I still do things today. I love the challenge of fixing a problem, especially if it is in a non conventional manner.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
From the age of two I have always been VERY independent (as my mother will tell you given half the chance) so it felt right to go in that direction, I like to do things MY way, if it means falling flat on my face, well be it. Lessons are always learned and I do a better job the next time.
Of course, I don't do it all single handedly, I have a team to help me out.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love reading, so I suppose it is the knowledge that the reader is getting enjoyment and help from the books that I write, knowing that I am helping others is a big motivator for me.
What are you working on next?
So many ideas! Where do I start?
I have another Montessori Inspired book planned, the goal is to have 3 in the series. I also have several kids book in various forms of draft, there are two that I am especially excited about.
I also started a book for Entrepreneur Moms last year but it had to put aside for a while, I will be dusting that off and getting it out as soon as possible as it is another area that I am passionate about.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't really have one. I really enjoy autobiographies but not specifically those of authors, I am currently devouring Mud, Sweat and Tears by Bear Gyrlls. I do love Julia Donaldson's books and Roald Dahl, do kids authors count?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that I will be learning something new. Each day brings its own challenges and it is that and the fact that I know I will be creating something at some stage of the day that makes me love what I do. I wouldn't last a day in a repetitive type job, it's just not in my character.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Writing is just a small aspect of what I do. I have My Organized Chaos which is a course for busy mamas that want to organize their home, mind and parenting and I do 1:1 mentoring linked to that. I also enjoy doing all the graphics and artwork for the website and posts so that takes up a chunk of time each week.
I read a lot, both for pleasure and for work, although the lines are often blurred on that. Any type of creative, arty-farty thing keeps me interested, I sew and have a range of sewing patterns that I sell on Etsy and after school I spend time on projects with my son. We are raising him to be bilingual so I concentrate of doing fun stuff in English to keep his English level up.
I also enjoy cooking, well trying out new recipes and experimenting in the kitchen would be more accurate. I would like to say that I go running every morning and do zumba classes 3 times a week, but I don't, as if I have time for that too!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not the first, I was reading at a very young age but a story I fell in love with was Brandon Chase. It was about 3 brothers who didn't want to go back to boarding school so they ran away from home and lived in a tree in the chase. It was about them surviving against the elements, in the wild, I really wanted to join them.
Describe your desk
I have a mac desktop computer, the desk has no drawers and is in the open plan area of our home. There is usually my accountability journal (open) so I know what I have to do for the day, a notebook depending on what I am working on at the time. It might be notes for writing or project ideas, blog post ideas, tech stuff so I remember how to do everything.
A pen or two, I like muji's erasable pens, especially purple and orange.
And a memo pad that I tend to use for just jotting stuff down or keeping track of numbers etc.
I don't like a cluttered desk, it stops me from working efficiently.
Published 2014-01-09.
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