Interview with Razvan S. Macovei

How did you become a writer and what was your first piece of writing?
I was in the 7th or 8th grade when I discovered the joy of reading poetry. I used to keep a diary and started to write short poems. It was then that I fell in love with English and tried to translate my first poems in Shakespeare’s language. I felt an immense joy which pushed me to write more.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The unique chance to reach people’s minds and heart, the incredible opportunity to make a contribution to a better world.
What made you write a joke book?
I’ve always enjoyed seeing the reaction of the others when you tell them a good joke; and what is more rewarding than to put a smile on someone’s face? Teaching should be fun and I think it’s a privilege to be able to write materials that can help students learn English in a pleasant way. I also took the task of writing original jokes as a personal challenge. It's up to the reader to decide if I've done a great job or not.
Describe your life in five words
Love, family, education, laughter, music
What's your favourite quote?
“Be the change you want to see in the world” (Mahatma Gandhi)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The everyday miracle of being alive, my wife’s beautiful smile and a nice cup of fresh coffee.
Which are your five favourite books and why?
1. "Fairy Tales" by Wilhelm Hauff because it has some of the most beautiful tales ever written (did you know that Wilhelm Hauff died at the early age of 25? If you asked me I would definitely say that he was a genius. I think everyone should read his tales, especially the one named Cold Heart)
2. "Animal Farm" by George Orwell because while reading it, I learnt that "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others"
3. "1984" by George Orwell because it teaches you that sometimes 2+2 = 5
4. "Christine" by Stephen King because it teaches you that you should never upset your favourite car :)
5. "How to win friends and influence people" by Dale Carnegie. Well, the title says it all, doesn’t it? I think if half of the people on the planet read this book, the world would be a much better place.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I teach English to high school students. I take part in humanitarian and ecological actions, watch interesting documentaries and listen to good music.
What is your writing process?
Inspiration is a very naughty muse. She crosses your path on the street, jumps out of a book while your reading and slaps your face, wakes you up in the middle of the night, barges in while you are having a bath… you just have to accept it in your life and have paper and pen ready.
What are you working on next?
Another great fun book, of course.
Published 2014-01-12.
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Books by This Author

English Laughs Best. 300 Fabulous Pun Jokes to Learn English
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 12,140. Language: American English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
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An outstanding collection of laugh-out-loud original pun jokes to learn English. Full of idioms and phrases to use in everyday speech. Perfect to entertain yourself and your friends! Safe for children and suitable for all levels.