Virginia Geddes


Born in Georgia and raised in Hanover, New Hampshire, B.A. Smith College, M.A. Stanford University. Acción International in Venezuela and in Brazil. Married Robert.M.Geddes in 1998 and remained in Brazil, three children. Teacher at Chapel School Sao Paulo, founder and director of two English language schools for children in Brazil. Member of Sao Paulo writers group. Painter:

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had an absolute necessity to publish the story contained in my screenplay Viva Cuba Libre because, although it is in fiction form, it represents the real story of my husband's experiences participating in the Cuban counterrevolution against Castro and reveals much information that has never before been exposed to the public. After my huband passed on, I felt a strong obligation to "save" this story before it was lost forever. As I have zero patience and skills for the whole process of submitting to publishing firms, I was thrilled when my writer cousin Julie Painter suggested using Smashwords--perfect for me as my primary goal was to "get it out there" for people to read.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Outside of writing the screenplay, which was more of a mission than anything else, I have written two novels (in the reject trunk) and many short stories, some of which have been published. The pleasure of writing these stories was that of expressing myself in a disciplined and creative way. Each story was like a birth, creating something that didn't exist before and now entered the world, bringing with it the satisfaction of having accomplished what I had envisioned. One series of stories called "Brazilian Elevator Tales" developed in reaction to problems such as corruption and senseless beaurocracy that I encountered in Brazil, where I live, and which, of course, exist in all countries. I had a good time making humorous accounts of these problems from the points of view of humble elevator operators.
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Brazilian Elevator Tales
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,950. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Hispanic & Latino
Brazilian Elevator Tales contains 14 humorous short stories featuring elevator operators or passengers involved in a variety of situations that deal with culture, corruption, politics, economics, and the Brazilian "jeitinho", finding an original way to get around an impediment. Some stories end with the character's disappointment, doubt or confirmation of beliefs that surprise the reader.
Viva Cuba Libre
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 42,150. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Drama, Fiction » Historical » USA
This screenplay is a fictionalized drama of the real involvement of a young British man in the leadership of the Cuban counterrevolutionary organization "Unidad Revolucionária", supported and ultimately betrayed by the CIA and the United States government. After the Bay of Pigs our hero is picked up by G2, interrogated for 3 months and sent to trial as the responsible CIA agent.

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