Interview with Adelaide Miranda

What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure I read poetry. My favourite poets are Florbela Espanca, Fernando Pessoa and Luis de Camões.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My kindle goes with me everywhere I go!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am still trying out the marketing techniques. I thought that writing a book was the difficult part but it clearly isn´t. The hardest is to market the product. I have tried facebook, twitter, goodreads, book trailers, news papers adverts, book signing sessions. All is new for me and I cannot say which is more effective, but either way they all keep you engaged with your work at all times, I find myself more aware of things, always looking for new opportunities to promote my book,
Describe your desk
My desk is tidy. My desk is tidy because I hide the mess inside the drawers. I have prints of possible book covers, prints of poems, prints of stories I have started, prints of marketing strategies advice, prints of... you name it. But my desk is tidy!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Portugal. I moved to Portugal when I was only 3.
My parents separated and I lived most of my childhood in my grandparents (my mum´s side) house. As my mum struggled to make ends meet I always felt as an outcast as I couldn´t reach her to explain my feelings and emotions and as I always had strong opinions as I was seen as a trouble maker. So I started making troubles in writing. It felt like a therapy. A good therapy.
When did you first start writing?
Since I learned how to... But in form of poetry was when I was 12 and learned about poetry and portuguese literature.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Bargained Soul is a book of thoughts. Moments... moments that took me deep down my soul and when I realised I developed the ability to write and think in English as easy as it is in Portuguese.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just want my work to be read... I want to feel inspired. Majority of times I did´t go through a story as I had no one to read it. Now I can share them and have a feedback!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Relief. Therapy. Insights...
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. If I don´t get to get my books read what is the point for me being an author?
What are you working on next?
"Amor de Amor". A small poetic prose about love. It will be published in Portuguese soon.
Who are your favorite authors?
Florbela Espanca. Fernando Pessoa. Luis de Camoes. Jane Austen. Philp Pullman.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My son! My life! My joy!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working as a process and safety engineer for the offshore oil and gas industry. Spending time with my son and husband. Travelling. Managing my property portfolio.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. I wrote a story about this African boy that travelled to Europe. The story had sets in Paris, London, Madrid. It was challenging and funny.
Published 2015-05-04.
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