Interview with Nefeli Soteriou

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am trained to be an indie filmmaker. I graduated from Temple University's M.F.A program, it nurtures and supports independent voices. It was the natural next step to become an indie author as well.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in the process of writing is the process itself, from the initial concept, to publishing. I simply love spending time to write meaningful content that motivates and inspires audiences.
Who are your favorite authors?
One great inspiration for me is Nikos Kazantzakis.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The sun or the rain and the fact that I have a project to write about and complete.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I work on my film or designing, or working with children at schools in New York City, or working out, or coach for my private practice.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through professional associations, or through online search on the topic I am interested in.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do not remember the first story I wrote. But I remember the dark blue hard cover of the notebook I used to write. I was seven to nine years old when I started writing my own stories.

I also remember spending the summers with my grandparents in rural Limassol. The themes of those first stories were all observational and about my daily life. I remember I used dialogue in my writing and read the stories to immediate family to entertain them.
What is your writing process?
I come up with an interesting idea, take a note, then make the time and develop it. I make time to write. When I finish, I revise. I revise a lot.
I find it true, that writing is rewriting.
How do you approach cover design?
I studied graphic design at the art high-school I attended and then a few years in college, undergraduate and graduate, so I designed my own cover this first time for Smashwords. I used my own photography in the background and simple titles.
What’s the creative process in writing a film?
Any creative process requires devotion. When it comes to writing anything, a writer must make time to write. I recommend writing every day, even if is writing fifteen minutes during a lunch break at work. It would best serve a writer, in my opinion, to establish a morning daily practice; after all, it is proven that our brains function better in the morning. Having said that, if you are a night owl, please do not be discouraged. Sticking to a daily practice is what really matters.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Aside from loving writing and the creative process entailed, I felt the need to write my first book and to document my experience as an instructor, aiming to inspire those seeking a career in the field, or educational departments that wish to promote teacher training.

Over the last 17 years, I was fortunate to teach visual art to all ages, from 5-77 years old and in various classroom settings, from academia to recreational after-school centers with no classroom space. My book is rich in examples that can help train teaching personnel how to be with children and empowering to mindful educators that pursue the teaching profession. It is also a very helpful guide to administrators with a smaller budget that want to start a recreational, afterschool, or summer camp program from scratch.

The lessons I design are easy to complete, and no special skill in the visual art is needed; a thorough explanation is provided to complete them.
Published 2018-06-02.
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Books by This Author

Easy in Teacher
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,600. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Applied arts, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Teaching methods & materials / arts & humanities
This book is a unique coaching guide in helping educators break into the teaching profession. Easy in Teacher is about mindfulness education with rich examples in managing day-to-day interpersonal communication at work, tips for classroom management and many more. Easy to follow enrichments lessons in visual art and filmmaking are also included.