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Let me just say this first: There is only one of me in the entire United States. I am unique.

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What you might want to know…

 

I’m happily married, and I have two children and two grandchildren. I grew up in a small village in Romania and I immigrated with my husband and small children to Vancouver, Canada, in 1988. The road to “dreamland” – shifting from communist dominance to an adoptive country with unfamiliar grounds, hasn’t always been easy. We arrived in Vancouver with everything we owned packed in a small bag, but we had freedom and each other, and that made it okay.

In my former life I took the path most traveled and worked for a paycheque, holding various jobs – from accounting to management to driving a tractor-trailer.

I am an easy-going, family-oriented gal, and I value the simple things money can’t buy. I do not follow the crowd – not willingly anyway, I never compare myself to anyone else, I don’t expect others to agree with me, and I accept people as they are even when I don’t agree with them or condone their behavior.

My grandfather used to say, ‘Don’t judge a man until you have walked in his moccasins for a year.’ I’ve based my entire life on this principle, and now I made it the core of my writing.

People fascinate me. I love to study them, to find out what makes them who they are, and I create my characters based on that. I create flawed characters moulded by their upbringing, decisions and life experiences – characters with whom my readers can sympathize and fall in love.

My life as a writer: although storytelling has been my passion since childhood, my writing carrier only began in 2012 when I published my first novel. However, that’s long enough to have hoarded a full set of first-hand mistakes. I started blogging hoping to help others, especially new writers, avoid making the same mistakes I did. The other reason, of course, is because I like to put my most inner thoughts on paper – they make more sense to me that way than they do inside my head. (Grin)

To date, I have published several books. I write romance and paranormal novels mostly.

My paranormal (romantic) thriller, She Never Got To Say Goodbye, won bronze at WBS 2015. In 2014, I won 3rd place at Tallenge short story competition. Also in 2014 my romantic novel – Boundaries – was an award-winning finalist at World’s Best Story.

Also in 2015, one of my short stories, The Ring, was published in a collection of short stories written by Canadian authors, titled “Wherever We Roam”. The book is part of the national collection at Library and Archives Canada for preservation in Canada’s documentary history.

Between 2012 and 2015 I wrote for Examiner.com about parenting and other social issues. My achievements at Examiner include 24 trophies – from Picture Perfect to TGIF Top Dog to Media Master.

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You can find me at every one of the following sites plus more.

http://icaiova.blogspot.ca/

http://amzn.to/1ySBdlB

http://www.examiner.com/social-issues-in-vancouver/ica-iova

www.examiner.com/parenting-in-vancouver/icaiova

https://www.facebook.com/icaiova.author

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