We bid a warm welcome to Ica Iova:
Born in Romania, Ica Iova moved to Canada with her family, in 1988. Married, a mother and grandmother, her views on life are defined by her spiritual beliefs – that although everyone’s life is planned and managed by God, some things will happen in one’s life because of one’s actions. She takes pleasure in simple things and accepts people however different they are.
1. How long have you been writing?
I think I always had a passion for writing, however becoming a full time writer only became possible recently. I write about parenting and other social issues at Examiner.com, and in 2012 I published my first novel, My Children His Victims, followed by my second book Your Children First in 2013.
2. What is the earliest work of yours that you have published or intend to publish?
I wrote a collection of short paranormal stories back in the 80’s. That collection was translated in English in the spring of 2013, and will be published by the end of this year, under the title Presumed Crossed Over.
3. Who were the earliest authors to be an inspiration for your writing?
My very first inspiration was Romanian author Theodor Constantin. Chrysanthemums for Etna was the last of his nine novels which concludes the chain of agent Ducu Manaila’s adventures of international espionage. The profound and inadmissible love story between an international spy and an agent working for one of the most brutal secret police forces in the world – Securitate (Romanian Intelligence Service), had an intense stimulus on my writing in terms of bringing to light my characters’ powerful human emotions.
4. Which other authors do you consider to be an inspiration and for what reason?
I always loved Agatha Cristie and her mystery novels for an excellent characterization.
Given my fascination with the unknown, later in life I came to love Stephen King who inspired me on my second drafts and how to eliminate the unessential parts of the story.
“Mostly when I think of pacing, I go back to Elmore Leonard, who explained it so perfectly by saying he just left out the boring parts. This suggest cutting to speed the pace, and that’s what most of us end up having to do – kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” He said.
King’s formula for success: 2nd Draft = 1st Draft – 10%.
5. Are you inspired by any landscapes or buildings, or even towns and cities?
Though when I think of describing a place, I always think of my adoptive city – Vancouver – with its natural beauty of mountains and beaches, when writing any paranormal story I can’t help but associate it with my native country – Romania – where supernatural events are as common as soap operas in the western world.
6. Which was the first book you published and why?
My Children His Victims is a lyrical novel which through the eyes of its main character – Johanna – takes the reader in the midst of a bitter divorce, with all its bells and whistles. The tests and trials to which Johanna is submitted by her ex-husband and his equally irrational lawyer, shows the reader the lengths to which anger and court battles drive seemingly normal people. I wrote the book following my daughter’s bitter divorce and custody, because I thought that it is important to bring attention to the psychological and financial damage that such disputes cause to these families. Divorce is very common nowadays; people get married, people get divorced. It breaks my heart to realize that many parents suffer watching their children die of various illnesses or freak accidents, while others cause themselves unnecessary pain and suffering by fighting in family courts for who’ll take the children trick or treating.
7. Have you been surprised by a negative reaction to any of your work?
I have only received one negative comment about my first book, and although it was clear to me that the reader who made the comment did not read the book, I would not be surprised to hear a negative reaction, because no book ever, can satisfy all tastes. Nonetheless, I welcome all opinions equally, and I’m open and willing to learn from my critics.
8. Other than authors (and friends and family) who are your heroes?
My heroes are ordinary people who do, what I consider, extraordinary things such as a disabled individual who has to overcome incredible barriers and difficulties in order to live a somewhat normal life that many of us take for granted; I take my hat off to millions of abuse survivors who instead of resigning to being just victims, rise and turn a negative situation into a positive one by speaking up and educating others about an important social issue.
9. If you could go back in time to learn the truth about one historical mystery or disputed event what would it be?
I’m most interested in two disputed mysteries.
Atlantis, the advanced island civilization that was destroyed or lost. Stories about Atlantis are first mentioned in Plato’s dialogues Timaeus and Critias, in which characters say it was destroyed by an earthquake or a tsunami about 9,000 years before the time in which Plato wrote. The story claims Atlantis was somewhere outside the Pillars of Hercules. According to Plato, the story originated with Ancient Egyptian priests.
Also the extent of the historical basis of the Iliad has been a topic of scholarly debate in classical studies since the 19th century. While the Age of Enlightenment had rejected the story of the Trojan War as fable, the discoveries made by Heinrich Schliemann at Hisarlik reopened the question in modern terms, and the subsequent excavation of Troy VIIa and the discovery of the toponym Wilusa in Hittite correspondence has made it plausible that the Trojan War cycle was at least remotely based on a historical conflict of the 12th century BC.
10. What is the name of your latest book, and what inspired you to write it?
What is more mysterious than what happens to us after death? The lure of the unknown is deeply human, and being born in a country rich in paranormal, has doubled my fascination with the unknown. I’ve recently finished another book titled “She Never Got To Say Goodbye” – a paranormal thriller about young wife and mother who is killed in her own house. Convinced that her husband is the killer, she comes back from beyond the grave determined to punish him, but instead, finds herself joining forces with her husband, her best friend, and a private investigator, to find her killer. All my books about the paranormal, will not take you to places that won’t let you sleep at night, but to places which give you hope, that life does not end here.
Thank You, Ica Iova!