Interview with Ruxandra Duca

What's the story behind your latest book?
I began writing under the influence of my belief that all known approaches of the universe's creation are somewhat flawed. I aimed at writing a book that would both terrify and inspire people to believe in themselves both as individuals and as a whole. I wished to portray perfection in the most genuine manner, and got to the conclusion that perfection lies under the mark of relativity; i.e. what I find perfect might be potentially disastrous to any other person. I hoped to someday be able to employ some of the earnings so as help some less fortunate people. I ended up with an universal psychological description of man. Beyond anything else, I have always believed in change. Now, more than ever, I believe that we are all in need of a purely conscious paradigm shift, and that we need to remember our qualities to prevent ourselves from being buried under the weight of our obsession for our flaws.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Well, my first pick would have to be "The picture of Dorian Gray". If people could see their souls I believe that they'd be utterly terrified and disgusted. In the end, it's not about how many people you've impressed, but about how many people you've inspired. Those are two very different things.

Secondly, there's Kafka's "Metamorphosis". How small are we all when confronted with our greatest fears and failures? How do we crawl through life only to make ends meet? How do our fellow humans crush our spirit while treating us like disposable yet barely tolerable creatures?

Dostoievski's "Notes from the underground" appealed to me immensely because I was able to identify myself with his character. It was a relief to know that what I felt had been felt by at least one other person and so wonderfully transposed into words.

Immanuel Velikovski's "Worlds in collision" was truly fascinating in that it helped me understand that, if people seek the truth, the truth does not lie in religion or in science, nor in any of their multiple branches, but that, as always, the truth must be somewhere in the middle.

Not lastly, Rudolf Steiner's writing has had the greatest influence on the Pendulum. It opened my eyes to a different reality and, while I might have misunderstood it, I know I have not. As always, words offer the means to meaning.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small, poor Eastern European country that has fallen prey to the obsessions of the Christian church. I've watched people giving to the church instead of feeding a hungry beggar. I've seen traditions unfold in the same manner: impress your neighbors by wasting money that you don"t have to serve them some steaming slices of frustration on a porcelain platter. I"ve seen priests refusing to bury the dead without being paid the money that they deem rightfully theirs. I've seen the Orthodox Romanian Church receiving money when there was "little to spare" according to the politicians, when salaries were being sliced and masses of people were getting fired by the day. Then I remembered how people constantly kill each other for the love of their religions. And, if the Pendulum ever gets accused of slamming the church, it"s gonna be my most absolute pleasure to repeat that religion is a hoax and not more than a political system cleverly designed to control the masses.
What is the most important thing when it comes to writing?
I believe that writing should always come with a purpose. It should be meant to inspire, not to spoil. It should most definitely not involve a wish that gravitates around enormous piles of money. The fact that writing has become business is a crime in itself.
Published 2015-09-16.
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Books by This Author

INCONSPICUOUS I - Great adventures in magic realms
Price: $3.89 USD. Words: 37,190. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General
A poor leprechaun sets out to find his treasure, flying around the world in an improvised hot air balloon and meeting legendary and historical figures. He introduces himself as a dwarf, because he is ashamed of being poor, so it is up to his newly acquired friends to help him rediscover himself, even at the cost of redirecting his journey...
The Pendulum Strikes Three
Price: $9.21 USD. Words: 74,460. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Nonfiction » Biography » Religious biography
Could you outsmart the devil, if he were within you? ‘Ah, angel! He told you a story of saints,’ the fantasm finally shouted, its voice suddenly accompanied by the growls of the throbbing cosmos. Vibration increased until the angel’s ears bled. ‘I’ll tell you a story of beasts!’