A few years later, she left Romania, taking nothing with her but a suitcase chock-full of dreams and her grandparents' stories about vampires, witches, faeries, and so much more. Thus equipped, she traveled the world, always writing, always adding new stories to her collection.
After living in places like Vienna, Milan, and Moscow, she is now happily settled in the UK with her husband and son, where she continues to write, primarily young adult fiction. Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale is her first novel. (bio taken from Amazon author page)_________________________________________________________
RW: Not really. I was watching Bewitched one day, and thought: “I should definitely write about a witch”. The actual idea came to me in the shower; I had a glimpse of a scary-powerful, yet totally powerless girl, caught between two boys and pulled in opposite directions by forces she doesn’t understand. What would she do? How would she cope? Overall, Lily made for an intriguing character. So I sat down and wrote her.2. In your opinion, what do you think are the best and worst aspects of being a writer?
RW: Huh, I never thought about this before. I guess writers are lucky people, in the sense that, if the world should collapse around me, if I’m in the middle of writing, I’d never even notice it. Writers get to walk in worlds no one else does, and even more than that, they get to adjust, reshape, and fine-tune those worlds to their own desire. It’s a powerful feeling, this absolute freedom. Of course, there’s a downside to it - writers make for lousy ... everything else, really. I always fall behind on answering emails, I hardly ever throw parties, I often forget to cook. My husband says that even when I go out with him, I’m never really there, that I’m still neck-deep in the story I’m working on at the moment. I’m a bit like Mr. Magoo, you know. It can be irritating to those around me.3. Any words of wisdom for aspiring writers?
RW: I don’t know. I mean, people write because they’re passionate about it. How do you advise someone about their passion? I wouldn’t know what to say at all.4. Is there anyone who inspired you to be a writer?
RW: My father had a friend who worked at a local newspaper. One day he showed this man one of my short stories (I must have been eleven or so), and the guy liked it so much he printed it the next week. It was a rush. And then when I was about twelve, our Romanian Lit teacher gave us this assignment - write a fairy tale. God rest her soul - she died in the meantime - but she was so amazed by what I wrote, she congratulated me and told me I had talent and that I should pursue it. I guess it was a defining moment for me. It made me think about things.5. Now for the most important question. The world has been taken over by robots bent on enslaving humankind, which super-hero would you pick to save the day?
RW: Wonder Woman. I’m all about girl-power :)*WW, nice pick.*
RW: Writers love books - it's just a fact of life. People don't become
writers for any reason other than love; we're all driven by passion
and the need to create - new worlds, intriguing situations,
interesting characters - but we also love to read about them. We get
touched, influenced, motivated by books. Funny thing, but when I get
tired, it's always other books, not my own, that carry me through. So
this is what I want to talk to you about today - those authors, whose
books I love best.
living in Italy (and that happens a lot).
Holly Black. She's one of the most brilliant contemporary YA authors
dealing in fantasy. I devour everything she writes. Her originality
and the way she phrases things - simple and yet achieving maximum
impact - blows me away.
Cassandra Clare. She can write. She's not afraid to tackle
controversial topics - in fact, it seems to me she seeks them out -
and she has a very smooth, very urbane way to introduce her scenes,
and characters. She's a very elegant writer.