Interview with Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the countryside, precisely in two places: near Bucharest, the capital of Romania where I was not spared of work in the garden and in the fields and in summer and winter holidays somewhere in the countryside in a small and obsolete village in Southern Transylvania. This was maybe the deeper influence in my writings. My writing flowed or sometimes overflowed because of the green memories and the childhood river's water.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My poems are my own creations even if they are translations of my own poems that I wrote earlier in Romanian. I worked a lot to improve my English skills, and, though they are not perfect, at least they are a true image of my own self. I tried to share here on Smashwords a part of my creative process, choosing the poems by myself. My fourth and latest book here is an addendum to the third, because it comprises poems that were left outside the third, poems that I translated in the last few weeks.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
No one but me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I don't know how because I don't see myself as a successful writer. Now I remember Beatles' song "Paperback writer"...It's been a long time since I began to write poems in my mature age, at 36. Now I am almost 45 (in 2016). I worked a lot to improve my expressiveness the way I felt it, the way things developed by themselves. I am aware that very few people read my poems. I needed Smashwords as a kind of ultimate recycling tool and deposit.
Describe your desk
A desk designed for the computer, made of cheap material that became partly eroded where I keep my right hand on the mouse. Now it scratches my sleeves. Otherwise I may write poems in my bed in a notebook.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me the greatest joy of writing is when I manage to feel that my poem is smooth and savory like a well battered raspberry foam. I prefer synesthesia, the combination of different senses, I enjoy creating multidimensional spaces or emotions or feelings,
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything, but everything is hard to be achieved. A poem cannot breathe only in my mind, it needs fresh air to be a real poem.
Who are your favorite authors?
None. For the time being I prefer short poetry, novellas, short stories, e.g. re-reading Thomas Mann and others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It depends. Sunlight or moonlight. Anyway I prefer sunshine over rain and stars over moon.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I remember that (maybe). It was a rhyme poem in my notebook about my adventures together with my two dogs and one feral cat. Everything was set in a dreamy landscape with chocolate trees and surprise gifts at the alleys' corners. In reality, when I was a child, my dogs waited for me at my street's corner when I came back from school and walked with me along the way on their hind legs. One of the dogs was tamed by me to jump through a red wooden circle, one of my toys.
Published 2016-01-04.
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Books by This Author

Poco Sostenuto
Price: Free! Words: 14,580. Language: Romanian. Published: May 29, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Eastern European Poetry
97 de poezii scrise de mine în ultimii 2-3 ani, grupate în două părți - versuri lungi și versuri scurte. Teme diverse - vise idilice, credință, filozofie, trecerea timpului.
Price: Free! Words: 5,050. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays
Six hypotheses about the nature of knowledge, culture, language, briefly: amateur philosophical ramblings.
Through My Fingertips
Price: Free! Words: 4,790. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2017. Categories: Poetry » Eastern European Poetry, Poetry » Biography
Different poems, most of them from a prose poetry perspective, even when they have short lines. The rambling stories of a middle-aged woman about life, love, death or immortality. The self of the poet merging with the environment, the pain of being alone, the modus vivendi of getting older are translucent through these filigree of thoughts and images.
At the Edge of the Rain
Price: Free! Words: 610. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2016. Categories: Poetry » Eastern European Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A collection of 63 haiku written by the author between 2013-1015, some of them embedded into her own photos or drawings. Main motifs: nature, family ties, childhood, memories.
No Escape from Womanhood
Price: Free! Words: 5,590. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2016. Categories: Poetry » Biography, Poetry » Eastern European Poetry
29 poems in free verse and loose style, alternating more dense structures, prose-like or swifter emotions with more quiet passages. The main motifs are loneliness, assumed failure as a woman, the price of wrong love, lack of eroticism, etc.
The Scent of Blue Ink
Price: Free! Words: 12,220. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2015. Categories: Poetry » Eastern European Poetry, Poetry » Spiritual
(5.00 from 1 review)
A collection of poems, eclectic, written in the years 2013-2015 and translated into English by the author. You can find here sadness and melancholia with a dash of hope and a feeling of amazement in front of life's beauty or ugliness and disappointments. The poems are scattered with literary, religious and other cultural allusions.
A Wheel in the Garden
Price: Free! Words: 12,010. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2012. Categories: Poetry » Biography, Poetry » Female authors
Stories in 88 poems, stories about life and death, about the world around and the world within. All these poems were written by me in Romanian, then translated by me in English.