Interview with M.Y. Jaabosigo

When did you first start writing?
2014
What's the story behind your latest book?
Expedition of becoming a woman.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It first started as a hobby when I was trying to express my feelings on paper. Little did I know that I naturally have a passion for writing. I realized that I had a story that I wanted to share with the world. To use to inspire young women and men in their relationships and marriage.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
My editor, proofreader is the one who recommended Smashwords to me. I found it to be very easy to use and the service is outstanding. I love it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Wow, I smile when I read this question. My writing for me is therapeutic. When I write, I become one with my inner thoughts. I become free. The joy that my writing brings to me, is that it is original. I keep to the facts and in hope that my writing will touch lots of life about the true reality of what we face in our relationships as a couple, family and friends.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't want to call it "Fans" or "Followers" Rather use the word supporters. I value the support that each and every reader give me, the review, the critics, this I take as an opportunity to engage and have an understanding and have space to improve my writing where I went wrong. In short I value my supporters opinions in many different ways possible when it comes to my writing.
What are you working on next?
I have already written the second book, waiting in line. This book touches more about my life as a child, my personal growth. My journey as youth, my relationship with my family. It is basically talking about who I am and where I am going.
I have recently started travelling the world a lot, my first journey out of Africa. This made me to think of the 3rd book about travelling, but instead I decided to keep going it as a blog on Tumblr as my travelling will still go on for many years to come.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jodi Picoult
Ian Rankin
Patricia Conrwell
Herman Koch
El James
Charlotte Wood
James Patterson
And the most recent book written by the local South African Icons Bonang Matheba and Sbusiso Leope
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My writing. I look forward to the quiet mornings and nights where I can only listen to the sounds of the tapping buttons on my laptop. Of course I have work to do despite writing and this keeps me going too. I have always had a passion to work in a hospitality industry and being in one helping my partner run his boutique hotel business as a Group Manager is inspiring.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a quality time as a family, watch movies, cooking together, and still read book from different authors. How I collect my books to read, I first look at the title if the author is unknown to me, read the back part and the prologue. If it is interesting I take it. If its the known author, I sometimes go for the second series of the books. I also go out and meet with a friend or two, but most of the time, its either I work in the business.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of them very interesting on kindle. But to be quiet honest, I prefer reading a hard copy. I can easily mark it. I hope this does not get me into trouble with ebooks sites and promoter etc.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a poem to the boy I had a crush on. I was too shy to it to him, i gave it to his friend instead, not sure if it ever got to him. I at least hoped it did. As I found out later that my mail man to take this poem to the original person had a crush on me too.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, the 30th Candle by Angela Makholwa. My brother after reading this book, he passed it on to me. This was a very interesting read from a fellow South African young writer about a group of women who were friends about to turn 30. So many squabbles along the way in between their friendship, the betrayal, the lies and deceptions. I touched me a lot. I then realized how much most women are nervous about turning 30. You look at your life and realize that you have not achieved so much compared to your friends, the sadness and jealousy in between. This made me to realize that you do not need to have a group of friends to compete with. Your life can still be normal with only one or two friends or none and make your partner your friend.
How do you approach cover design?
It has to say a lot about the interior.
I let my designer do the work, send me the sample, she always knows. If I like it I approve. If not she has to re-do.
What do you read for pleasure?
Novels. I read both fiction and non fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Ebooks.
Describe your desk
I am a very orderly person. My desk is always clean and yet I spend my whole day in it and night but still keep it tidy, all necessary things in place and unnecessary in the trash.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Haartebeesfontein now called Lethabong in Rustenburg North West region.
Then moved to Pretoria where I lived for 8 years while working for a big company there for 5 years before I resigned. My writing began while I was in Pretoria living in Centurion Gauteng region. My writing was actually inspired by my life in Gauteng. Every about the life I knew before changed.
What is your writing process?
I want to have a continuous writing in hope that my writing inspires a lot of people whose manuscripts where turned down by publishers but never gave up believing in themselves like me. I am now working on my 3rd book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have no favorites. Most of the books I read are all my favorites this is how I get to pick a book before I read it. It is interesting before I even buy it.
Published 2017-09-06.
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Books by This Author

The Coming of Age
Price: Free! Words: 218,900. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: September 1, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dating, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
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