Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Hi Fiona,  my name is Elizabeth Moldovan and I am 58.

Fiona: Where are you from?

Sydney, Australia.

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

I was raised by immigrant parents from Europe,  born the first year they moved here.  The middle child of 6 children.  I studied secretarial skills at college after I finished high school.  I have 5 children and 3 grandchildren.  The youngest is my 16 year old daughter who I have raised alone.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

I am one of 11 authors who are sharing their life stories in a new book called, “Courage: Stories Of Darkness To Light”, due for publication in June 2019.  The creator is uk award winning author Samantha Houghton. The book is a charitable project, for the Samaritans.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing my autobiography 6 years ago because God did a work in my life and pushed me to go public with my story.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After my book was published in October 2018.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I was inspired to write my autobiography to help other people who struggle and suffer in life, like I once did.  I wanted to give them hope that I never thought existed.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I posted a poll on social media, one of two choices.  Because my book is in Harvard University libraries, I was going to call it “From Heroin To Harvard” but chose “From Heroin To Christ” even though it received fewer votes.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I knew there was a reason that my memory was very clear all of a sudden and just wrote down everything at the time.  I write very simply.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

All my experiences are true as I remember.  Names have been changed except mine.

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

No I did not have to travel although I do love travelling.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The outlines and photo were suggested by me and I used a professional graphic designer based in the uk, Clare McCabe to design the covers.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes there is a message,  “never ever give up hope”

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?

I am receiving a book for Mother’s Day called, “Sandwichd, by Peter Roseman” and I am looking forward to reading his stories about his life behind the counter of a new york deli.  His writing style is witty, interesting and funny.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

That is a difficult question because I was a very reluctant author and never believed my book would be published.  I did not speak much about it to anyone so I guess, God was my biggest supporter.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Not really.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Perhaps I would delete a few details that the editors forgot to do in the original publication, e.g. the schools my children attended.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Yes I learned that everyone has a story but you need courage to go public with it.

Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

I am not sure, perhaps Anne Hathaway.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Keep going.

Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Life is a struggle but a joy at the same time.  Never stop smiling.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Sandwichd by Peter Roseman

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The Diary Of Anne Frank

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

I love comedy and I weep when I see people suffering.

Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

President Donald Trump

Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?

Painting, drawing, art, gardening, cooking,

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Documentaries

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors,  music? 

Grapes, indian cuisine,  blue, gospel

Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Play with my grandchildren more.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

With my children and their families, kissing and hugging them and telling them how much I love them all.

 Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?

She tried.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Yes,  https://www.elizabethmoldovan.org/

https://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Moldovan/e/B071NJP89L/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1