Freelance journalist in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Self-publishing reports and magazine features.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really, but I do have a short story stowed away in my closet that I wrote when I was 14. It's awful. It's about a boy who lives in the favela who has an abusive father and an alcoholic mother. It lacks depth because I obviously do not know what that is like so it's shallow and just all around uninteresting.
How do you approach cover design?
I love design, and I always try to think what would leave the reader wanting to read the story, so in addition to a good image I try to think of a good, compelling title.
The Brazilian protests revealed a poorly prepared and violent police, but this has been the reality of the slums for decades. After feeling abuse of power in their skin the higher classes know how it feels to be oppressed. But this hasn't changed the exclusion of the people of the favelas and the lack of reporting concerning these crimes in the mainstream press.