About Stef Smulders:
In 2008 Stef Smulders, his partner Nico and their dog Saar emigrated to Italy to start a new life and set up their B&B Villa I Due Padroni. They sold their home, left their friends and family behind and took a leap into the unknown. In 2016 Stef shared his experiences in a collection of witty short stories. The book "Living in Italy: the Real Deal" treats the trials and tribulations of an emigration.
What inspires you to write?
My life in Italy, the people I meet, the often hilarious experiences you have when living in a different culture.
Tell us about your writing process.
It often starts as a result of what happened to me recently when I see how I can turn it into a short funny story that can stand on its own. No outlines, I know what has to go in and just start.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just write! And read a lot in your genre to get inspired.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Well, I was to shy and insecure to send my work to official publishers, so I decided to self-publish. Now that I am much more self-confident, I do not want the hassle of the big publishers either, I can do it just as good (better!) myself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
A category of self-publishers will become more and more professional I think. Major authors may turn to self-publishing as well when they are no longer satisfied with their publishers service.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: non-fiction, humor, travelogue, memoir
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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