Jo Ebisujima


Every time I make something for a child or whenever I see that spark of deeper understanding or each time I hear a fit of giggles brought on because of something I have created my heart swells that little bit bigger. I love it, I love the facial expression of recognition, the whoops of joy and the extra special hugs and cuddles. I know that this is what I was born to do.

Those who know me well say I was a born teacher, whether it be leading my scout group to camp, teaching friends children to ride or teaching people on three different continents to speak English, teaching is what comes naturally and teaching children really lights a spark for me and I want you to be able to experience it too.

Over the years I have gained so much through teaching and as a perpetual learner I have absorbed as much as I can along the way. In 2005 my son was born and I discovered the genius of Maria Montessori, this led me down a path of more study and yes, more teaching. I devised several systems to make teaching easier and then applied those to my home life too and I want to share what I have learnt along the way with you.

The Nitty Gritty Stuff…
Jo is a Brit who has been living in Japan for the last 14 years. She resides just outside Tokyo with her husband and son. Although she has a formal education in Electronic Imagining she now writes, runs courses and does 1:1 mentoring for a living. When she isn't doing all that she designs sewing patterns and fabric, she can also be found in the kitchen trying out new recipes or making a crafty mess with her boy.
She doesn't like fish, curry or intolerant people!

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small village in Staffordshire, UK. I didn't have loads of toys, we didn't even have a TV until I was school age so there was a lot of imaginative play and 'helping' my parents in the shop that they ran. I think this helped me relate so much to the Montessori ideas when I discovered it as an adult, I wasn't raised as a 'Montessori' kid but much of what I was exposed to as a child could have been Montessori.
I also grew up in a home where if the 'proper' thing wasn't available, you improvised, out of the box thinking was actively encouraged and that is the way I still do things today. I love the challenge of fixing a problem, especially if it is in a non conventional manner.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
From the age of two I have always been VERY independent (as my mother will tell you given half the chance) so it felt right to go in that direction, I like to do things MY way, if it means falling flat on my face, well be it. Lessons are always learned and I do a better job the next time.
Of course, I don't do it all single handedly, I have a team to help me out.
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