Interview with Viora Mayobo

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in one of the remotest corners of earth, where we had to walk three and half hours to get to school and another three and half to get home. although we did this many times over, on a daily basis, none of us got used to the distance, because every time we set foot on that corridor, nothing was the same.
Sometimes it was raining, hard; other times the sun was scotching hot, breezing cold some days. But that was what we had to endure to acquire knowledge. We knew early in life that those doors, doors to our classrooms, were the doors to the world. We knew that education was the vehicle to get us there.
Hence, we pushed our little selves far beyond limits in pursuit of life. We knew very well the implications of not getting educated - spending the rest of your life in the village, where people, regardless of strides made, still have to climb in trees to speak on their cell-phones.
When did you first start writing?
2010. My other half made a big deal of nothing. I was accused of having relationships that never existed, because I did far better than him, and that made him jealous. He is one of very few men in today's world who believe a woman cannot make more money than him, a primitive way of thinking.
And if he thought fighting me for doing better was going to change my motivations, motivations I developed years before I met him, he was only fooling himself. When I started making money from home, creating content for websites, he became hostile, and I had to leave him.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Numbers Game - in which I describe in much detail of what my kids and I went through, and lessons learned from domestic violence. Numbers define who we are and where we belong in society. If you have fewer numbers or none at all, you perhaps spend more time struggling and none living.
In today's society, we do have a tendency of gauging others based upon where they live, the degrees they hold, where they work, and the type of neighborhood they live in, the size of their house, make of the car they drive, and so on and so forth.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I became an indie author because I had four t's - Tall Tales to Tell. At first, I wrote to make money, but that was before I realized there was more to be achieved from becoming a published author than meets the eye. My stories had to be told, and not one person besides me could tell the whole truth.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Yes, I believe so. It took me almost a year to write The Numbers Game, whereas, it only takes me a day or two at most to complete a six to seven thousand word e-book. That alone is progress!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The joy with writing is that you get to explain in detail what it is you want told. Writing allows you to communicate in tongues, explain your side of the story as only you can, and believe it to be true, though there two sides to every story. The fact is that you as a writer are only responsible for your side of it. The rest...go figure!...
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean more than they will ever have a chance to understand. Without them, there's no writing and certainly no fun.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on Slave Wages in America, in which I voice my opinion of what I know of minimum wage. It is not humanely possible to raise a family of four on $2000 per month. $2000 is what members of congress, house of representatives, and all law makers spend when they take their friends and family out to dinner.
Discipline has to start from the top down, if they want citizens to be responsible. The do as I say not as I do mentality of the medieval era, here to destroy the very livelihood of humanity, must be done away with. Pay hardworking people a living wage, and that is not too much to ask.
Who are your favorite authors?
Rich dad poor dad, myself, Harry Potter, and many others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My two little boys. They are the reason i do more than just try, though am with limitations. I want my pride and dignity preserved, regardless of my ability to stand on my two feet, just as yet.
Published 2016-03-30.
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Books by This Author

Slave Wages in America - Turbulence of Life in the World
You set the price! Words: 5,160. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy
Early in life we are introduced to school as a means to learn, acquire knowledge, get informed, and get educated. Illiteracy becomes more of a curse and an outdated way of life. Hence, the procedure of learning begins and incorporates a large portion where the activity of humanity is founded.
The Life of a Homosexual
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Sex and health
Inverted sexuality, homosexuality/lesbian, and the sexual instinct that has been diverted from its normal route, directed therein the case of man to man, and create the topic of the subsequent discourse. The study will in many regards be confined to modern times, and to the countries which associate the phenomenon with that of religion detestation.
The Final Stretch
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family relationships
My favorite teacher in red was my inspiration; he made every child’s learning experience a pleasure. He gave us everything we needed to bring home the grades. He taught us the tricks as only he could. That extra distance is almost always yours alone to go.
My Great Desire to Live
You set the price! Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healthcare issues
The hit-and-run accident left me a completely different person, in that things I did with ease before the accident take me a whole lot longer to do, but such is life. I work within my limitations to ensure I don't become a parasite, even if it means I labor more than usual, then that exactly is what I'm going to do. I was a mother before the accident and still am, as do all responsibility.