Interview with Gutemberg Raposo, Sr

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Ipad for reading. On the Ipad I can listen to and read at the same time, and that is fascinating. It helps me focus and absorb more of my reading. I usually use headset to get even more focused. I also read on my cellphone sometimes.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I like social media in general so and sharing with friends. On social media I can spread the word and everyone will get the message immediately.
Describe your desk
My desk is usually full, I like to bring everything on top of it. I'm a multitasker so I need everything as close as possible when I am working beause I don't like to get distracted.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Well, I grew up in the north of Brazil, and the north has great influence on me because I believe the north employs me to help it cope with national development. So I want to influence the north as much as it influences me. I believe that northerners could achieve more if they learned a second language or get more educations, so my writing, in a way, is aimed at helping northerners as much as I can. I love teaching languages, that's my thing. Then I decided I would help northerners to achieve their goals as I have achieved mine through language learning.
When did you first start writing?
Deep down, I have always been a writer, but tecnically I started to write during my first college degree. I did course on Portuguese and English language so that kind of propeled me to writing. During college I wrote some poems and published them on a magazine. Also, I have written several articles on language teaching and learning, but just recently I decided I want to go pro.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My lastest book is a guide on language acquisition. I created these lesson plans where people can use them to learn languages by themselves.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want to be a more refined writer so I can be able to tell people my story. It's as simple as that!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, I've just joined Smashwords, but I can tell if everything they promisse is true than I'll be a hit soon. Many years ago, when I started doin my first college course, it was so difficult to become an author. You need a lot of money and authors or publishers were so far away one could not even imagine the road down to writing a book. Now with only a few clicks you become a publisher or an authorwith ISBN and all. That's amazing!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think that writing sets me free of all the impressions I have never had of myself. Writing empowers us to go beyond. I feel like I can do anything when I am writing. Now with Smashwords i can reach people and connect with them anywhere. And I love connecting with people.
What do your fans mean to you?
Writing for the other demands a lot of responsibility of ourselves. So I see writing as a tool to reach people and help them to get what they want. Imagine if there were no people to be helped with thier issues, I wouldn't have the challenge responsibility. And because I live in this world with other 7bi people, I think we should help each other, othewise writing would be very selfish and sad. So my reader mean a lot to me, because without them I could only be selfish and I don't want that. And don't want that for anyone. Now I have this desire to connet with them through my writing.
What are you working on next?
I'm finishing my Study Guide andmy next project is a book of articles on Education, language teaching and motivation.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Sydney Sheldon, Shakespeare, Khalil Gibran and José Saramago
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God! No doubt on that!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do yoga. I love strolling around with my dog and girlfriend. I read and love listing to podcasts and music.
Published 2018-01-12.
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