Interview with Mauro Gibo

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I gained confidence in writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's the pleasure to share my thoughts and convictions with my readers.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are part o my world. That is, part of my life too.
What are you working on next?
A true story of a Japanese Foot Soldier who survived the atrocities of war in China and Siberia.
Who are your favorite authors?
William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Yukio Mishima, etc.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To be able to see the sun shine again.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working at the company I work for.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I will never will forget the first story I wrote, I was fifteen then and it was a short story about two teenagers in love.
What do you read for pleasure?
Yes, I do a lot of reading. I read all kinds of books.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Most of the books I wrote I didn't intend to sell them, so I have not studied any technique.
Describe your desk
It's crowded with books and documents.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Brazil, and lived there until I was fifteen, then I came to Japan and started school from the elementary school again, because of the language barrier.
When did you first start writing?
When I went to junior high school in Japan and went to a lot of trouble to assimilate to the new culture. The culture shock motivated myself to write something about my new experiences.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's the story of a man who goes through so many hardships, face death so many times, loses hope to ever go home again, but prevails at the end.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, it was a novel, "Kidnapped" by Robert Louis Stevenson, and it gave me the desire to travel to far distant lands.
How do you approach cover design?
I search for simple covers with simple designs but captivates the eye of the reader like the Chinese Characters.
Published 2015-04-16.
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Books by This Author

Survival of an International Industry
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 1,560. Language: Portuguese. Published: December 29, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business administration
Great Expectations for the year 2012 in the industrial world.
The Fall of the Kingdom of Nanzan
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 1,210. Language: Portuguese. Published: November 17, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Asian
This book tells the history of the ancient Kingdom of Nanzan, Ryukyu Islands, Japan. It also describes the holy places where the pilgrims pay their respects to their ancestors,every year.
The Traditional Family of Okinawa
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 700. Language: Portuguese. Published: November 10, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Asian philosophy
The way of life in Okinawa with its traditions and customs. The meaning of the word family since ancient times through the generations.
Let Nothing in the World Be Unknown to You!
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 7,340. Language: Portuguese. Published: November 9, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Religious cults
Belief of the existence of one Unknown World.
The Inscrutable Decrees of Providence
You set the price! Words: 3,860. Language: Portuguese. Published: November 9, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Eastern mysticism
Narration of my first trip to Japan. Beliefs and Traditions of the Okinawan People in The East China Sea. Book based on the Analects of Confucius's philosophy of life.