About John Archievald Gotera:
My name is John Archievald Gotera. I am a Filipino-American who was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. I currently reside in Washington D.C. I’m a spiritual person who enjoys hiking, meditating, cooking, weightlifting, gardening, healthy-eating, and yoga. I’m always adventurous in a sense of discovering new hobbies & interests.
What inspires you to write?
Prior to winter 2006, I had little interest in poetry until a handful of interesting events weaved together. These few incidents guided to me write poetry as an outlet to the myriad bursting emotions longing for a steam of release. As a result, I ended up writing about over half of the material in less than a week’s time which debuted in my first poetry compilation, Misty Dawn Road, which is available on the website, Smashwords.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I write poetry, I usually form phrases in my mind. Sometimes, I would even sing them quietly out loud forming a sort of melody to my newly concocted poems. When I like the results, I scurry to my notepad app on the cellphone and jot everything word-by-word. After a couple days or even weeks, I would reread the material I have created and analyze to see if I am still fond of that particular writing. If I like it, I place it in the forefront of poems to consider publishing; otherwise, the rejected ones go in the backburner, my archives collection.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Writing is my outlet for self-expression and one of my methods for venting out my thoughts, feelings, and emotions. I was impressed with a handful of poetry materials that I had written and I couldn’t resist to share them with everyone as a source of inspiration. So, I did research on how to self-publish my books and that’s when I stumbled upon Smashwords, a website for people who wish to self-publish their own e-books. If you have passion to write and just as much passion to share your own work, I say go for it and share! You’ve got nothing lose, but to gain connections, maybe some profit, and most importantly, great experiences!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As an author and reader, I appreciate reading from a computer screen as much as reading from your traditional hand-held dust-gathering book. While e-books have exponentially more popular the many past years, traditional books will never be replaced. There will always be people who prefer to be tactile holding and flipping through pages of a book. If there is any newfangled method of reading I can predict in the future, I foresee people using virtual holograms to read texts and maybe some images to go along with it!
What genres do you write?: I write poetry and medieval short stories.
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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