Interview with rodolfo libres

What's the story behind your latest book?
It is a product of 15 year experience in Mindanao, Philippines after seeing the conflict between Filipinos. I wanted to have a balance outlook on the conflict by tracing back the history and show the romance and beauty of Filipino culture that is varied and exotic. It was a rocky path for the author to publish the novel, besides financial constrains, technical capabilities of the author made delays. Even to the moment of the interview the author has accountability to 52 novels group, who formatted the work for ebook publications and to a friend who help upload the work online. There are few people who knew the job. In general, this novel is founded in authors heart ache, frustration and hard work.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In the first place I never dream to become one. But to share an understanding of the conflict that run for centuries in the Philippines and show the exotic culture of Filipinos for me is noble.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It give me a hope to finish what I started.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Giving understanding to issues and entertain people
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have that word in my vocabulary. I know after the publication I will create allies and enemies.
What are you working on next?
flight of lepers in the Philippines and the analysis of Filipino rebels like Communist NPA.
Who are your favorite authors?
Leon Uris
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Those people I dedicated my first novel.They mean everything to me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In the first place novel writing is only my second priority. I work as researcher and technical writer independently here in Mindanao to survive. It is my bread and butter.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through the net.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
About the lost carabao. It was when I was 8 years old.
What is your writing process?
Research- outlining-writing-reviewing-rewriting, so historical events and dates are exact where my characters moved.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Exodus by Uris. It made me aware of human suffering that people are being killed for their beliefs and ethnicity
How do you approach cover design?
I want it to express what is inside the story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Exodus, Yakusa, Godfather, Mila 18 and Without Seeing the Dawn. They are all controversial.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything about human realities.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't have any.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm not very concerned with it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a farm. It made me aware of sufferings, joy and life of simple folks
When did you first start writing?
16 years ago
Describe your desk
I don't have any.
Published 2014-05-02.
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Books by This Author

Rock in the Current
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 52,360. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
A MAN’S SOJOURN IN SEARCH FOR LOVE AND REVENGE IN EXOTIC MINDANAO WHERE HE FOUND HIS ROOTS FIGHTING IN THE CONFLICT THAT RUN FOR CENTURIES. THIS IS A STORY OF LOVE AND HATRED, OF PEACE AND WAR, OF REALITIES AND MYSTERIES, OF UNITY AND DIVISION IN SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES.THIS IS A LOOK INTO THE BEAUTIFUL CULTURES OF ILONGGOS AND MINDANAOANS AND THE REAL STORY BEHIND THE CONFLICT.