Let me say this first: There is only one of me in the entire United States, therefore, I am unique.
or fewer people with my name in the U.S.A.
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 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 pay cheque, 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: I’ve (secretly) penned down stories, but the thought of publishing never crossed my mind. Not until the beginning of 2012 when I’d completed my first novel. Well…it was then that I realized my most inner thoughts made more sense on paper; inside my head, they only sounded crazy. (Grin) It was also then that the simple notion sent me into a complete panic mode.
On one hand, I was excited about finally seeing my story in print: my friends were going to read it; my kids were going to read it. So would my neighbors.
On the other hand, the voice of excitement quickly morphed into a voice of pure terror: Ica, you’re not ready to put on the big girl pants. You don’t have an MA in literature. What if no one reads it? For sure those opinionated acquaintances will read it just to laugh in your face.
I could just imagine eyes, coupled with huffs and puffs, rolling to the hairline. I had written my novel in English, and English is not even my first language.
The voices in my head were absolutely paralyzing. They terrorized me to a point when I began going over my manuscript again, and again. And again. Until the words didn’t even sound like English. Then my husband, who was always my biggest cheerleader, told me to stop thinking of corollaries, mute the voices in my head, and just enjoy the ride.
I did, and to date, I have published several books. I write romance and paranormal novels mostly.
My paranormal (romantic) thriller, She Never Got To Say Goodbye, was a winner 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.
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 now 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.
It’s 2017, and I finally took the leap and pitched my new book, Divine Intervention. Guess what? I received a total of three contracts. I only signed two (of course) – one for the English version, and another for the Romanian translation. Both books are released in November of 2017. I guess I could say the Divine has worked in my favor.
You can find me at every one of the following sites plus more.