Elena D. Calin

Biography

Elena is a self-taught writer who specializes in writing business essays, as well as turning her hand to funny and magical stories for children. She weaves her spiritual and philosophical thoughts into her writings.
Born in 1982, she is the daughter of an electrician and a housewife, and helps to run a small family retail business in her hometown with her brother and parents. Elena left her native town and moved to the big city to study Economics were she is currently working as an auditor. Her business experience was gained working in two multinational companies, where she conducted activities as an external auditor in the financial field. Her role was to manage projects and to lead teams. She lives in Bucharest now (some call it the little Paris), and paradoxically enough, she lives in an apartment where a well-known Romanian writer also lived. Her middle initial D. comes from her second name Daniela, which would have made her name too long, therefore she decided to write her author name as Elena D. Calin.

In her books she enjoys mixing reality with fantasy, and shares many humorous moments. Elena also loves to express her spiritual, philosophical and psychological thoughts through her work. She tries to find a special place for each character and introduces them to her audience in her very own, innovative and original way. It`s her belief that we are living in a magical world and she is sure that once we get a sense of the world that she depicts in her books, we will feel the same. She is a promoter of positive words and strongly believes that we can achieve a happy state when we utilize positive words and incorporate them into our daily life.

"I`ve come to know Elena through her books. Her writing is mature, but she somehow keeps a note of innocence in every word. Her writing is wise, without being arrogant or pretentious. Her writing says – `Here I am, a shiny, happy person who can always see the bright side of things. ` She invites you to join her on a special trip to a magical land where being positive is the key to making all of your dreams come true. There is no place for doubt, bad feelings or revenge in Elena`s world. She waves goodbye to greed and envy and embraces the spiritual side of life. Through her books, I have come to know and appreciate Elena as a person as well as a writer and I am positive that you will feel the same way about her. Just reach out, get one of her books from the virtual shelf, grab a cup of tea and enjoy a world of happiness. Written by Manuela Stancu - professional literature translator (https://www.itranslate.ro)

Check out her blog http://www.PositiveWordsResearch.com

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Smashwords Interview

How did you get started as a writer?
It all started in high school in the 10th grade when I was 16 years old. I was given a school book on philosophy. Back then I had no idea what philosophy meant. I remember taking it home, reading through it, and wondering if what I was reading was in fact somehow real, and did people actually think such things. I believe that book came into my life for a reason; to help me move forwards. I felt that this book was the universes way of saying that I too was allowed to use my brain to think like this. That it was OK to ask questions about the world, and by doing so it would enable me to learn, to grow and to move forward on my own spiritual path.
I read the book from front to back and devoured each gem of knowledge that was contained within its many pages. It was a comprehensive book and contained many philosophical thoughts on man, freedom, justice, happiness, truth, time, order and god philosophy. I still have that book sat on my book case- its pages now yellow through age.
Which do you think are the most important elements that influenced your writing?
My parents have always allowed me free reign to choose the books that I wanted to read. They would often find me up at all hours reading my favorite genre which is love stories. Even when they'd discover me curled up in the morning, still clutching my book with dark circles beneath my eyes, they never demanded to know what had captivated my attention so much, that it had kept me up all night.
I was a good kid, I would always help my parents, and I also got the best grades in school too. I had a good relationship with them and there was a mutual trust between us. I never showed my writings to my parents though and they never asked to see them. My brother knew that I wrote however I never remember him reading my pieces either. I guess you could say that where my writing was concerned I was left to my own devices. When I turned 30, I informed my mother that I had published two books on the internet. I thought that she would have been astonished, but surprisingly enough she wasn't. She admitted to me that she thought that it was just a normal progression of things and inevitable. I think sometimes my mother knows me better than I know myself!
Although my parents never kept track of what I was reading or writing, my father did pay particular attention to another area of my life. He focused on the results that I was getting. To my father, results were the only thing that mattered. If I received good results in my life, he was OK with that because that meant I was making the right moves. Needless to say that if the results weren't good, and you made up excuses, he would always say "Can't doesn't exist. Everything you do is for you, not for me. You hurt inside because you didn't obtain good results. Don't look at me! Look into your heart." My father is indeed a very wise man.
When my father knew I had done something wrong, he would punish me with a unique and very effective method. He would send me to my room, and tell me to look inside of myself and once I knew the answer to come and tell him. If I couldn't figure it out or I didn't want to confess, he would leave me in my room to think. His method proved to be fruitful as I would take a look at my behavior and how it had impacted on me as well as others. It normally wouldn't take me long to see the error of my ways.
Now I realize that through using this method, my father taught me the valuable skill of introspection. This taught me how to look within for the answers, and to draw upon my own inner wisdom rather than looking on the outside. I have used this skill in most of my writings, and found that it was an excellent way to get to know myself better. It has also taught me how to understand life from the inside out, which I strongly believe is the first step to making changes in your life.
My mother, on the other hand, taught me the importance of freedom of thought. I believe that this is one of the most important abilities one can develop in life. She taught me that to some people you have to remain a mystery; which translates into keeping your mouth shut, and not speaking your mind. She taught me to project my thoughts onto what I believed to be true but to act as if you agree with theirs. All that matters is that you remain true to what you believe. This strong belief is reflected in everything that I have done in my life ever since. I appreciate my mother’s lessons as it taught me how to retain my own energy whilst remaining true to my own values. Her lessons have helped me to become who I am today; an independent thinker. Moreover I feel that my mother lessons transformed me into a writer. Because if I could not speak my own thoughts, I needed to put them on paper, to write them down. So now I am a writer with a mind that can think freely and this is also why I have imagination and creativity. Awesome!

Another factor that influenced my writing is cartoons, movie series and comedy shows that I watched when I was a child. Even now as an adult I still find myself watching them. It is my slice of happiness. It is these magical moments and wonderful memories that resonate very well with my being.
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Books

Magic Sparkles of Happiness
You set the price! Words: 31,600. Language: American English. Published: August 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
A spiritual guide for feeling happiness which contains positive affirmations that make us feel happy. It`s that book you know you have to read at least once a year, to help you remind yourself of what you really are after, of what you want to do, of how you want your life to look like every day.
Hortensio and the Magic Stories
You set the price! Words: 20,420. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
(5.00)
The book is dedicated to people of any age that have a sense of humor and enjoy reading magical stories. The book contains ten magic stories: Cloudy; The Stone, Peli and Pag; The Boy and the Laughing Owls; Shiny and Goldy; The Nerd Dragon; Cups of Ice Cream; Flamingo; The Magic Girl; Susan and the Butterfly; Hortensio the Colored Snail. This book is part from the Collection "Ten Magic Stories".
Leader versus Manager
You set the price! Words: 12,440. Language: American English. Published: December 2, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Leadership
(5.00)
Over time, the word leader has acquired a great influence. People are reading thousands of books on leadership. They want to know why this attitude of a leader is so popular and why it is so desirable. This book is intended to be a parallel between a leader and a manager regarding differences and similarities of characteristics, behavior, intentions and beliefs.

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