Wisdom from a Wordsmith — Episode 12

Alina Mitrut

I “met” Alina in one of the children’s literature groups that I am in on Facebook. Like me, she loves whimsical stories, castles, travel, and medieval times. We started chatting about our writing and shared encouragement and advice. I find it so cool that I have an author friend from Romania!

I adore Alina’s use of the English language. She is so poetic and writes as though her readers are her friends. Her book, The Magic Cards, is truly magical. It is filled with beautiful phrases such as, “the new garment gleamed with stardust sparkles” (describing snow), “curiosity was a frequently crossed bridge”, and “chilling shadow of reality.” It transported me to a Christmas world of lamplight, treasured toys, and love of family and friends. Her illustrator was the perfect pick to show her gentle wisdom and whimsy.

I am looking forward to reading Alina’s first novel when it comes out in English! I am sure you will find Alina as interesting as I do as you read her interview!

What are some unique and interesting items about your life that you would like to share with readers?

Quite often, I tend to live in several worlds at once:  The real one, abundantly rich in beauty and possibilities; the ones I’m immersing in through reading, which can be fancy, historical, or artsy; and the one I’m creating through my writing.  It feels pretty nice to have the ability to travel between different worlds, as I like to call them. Oh dear… searching for uniqueness on a seven billion populated planet is like searching for unicorns. I’m pretty sure there are plenty of readers and writers experiencing the same. On a more trivial note, though, I speak four languages, and I love to play chess.

What led you to have a passion for writing?

I think authors have a particular way of experiencing life, with their overflowing imagination, glimpsing untold stories and mysteries everywhere, and imagining the unimaginable. They can be creators of infinite worlds, on which they so often dwell.  They get to create magnificent experiences within their minds. Therefore, this passion for writing is just an extension of who we are, and an invitation into our world.

Share something about your future projects and goals.

My plan for this fall is to self-publish The Magic Card in Romanian, which is my native language, hopefully, as hardcover with glossy elements this time.  Next year, I intend to have my book ready in Italian, maybe in Spanish too. Meanwhile, I’m working on my first novel, a medieval history book inspired by actual events.  This novel is halfway written already!

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Write, dear ones! If you want to be an author, you have to write. Constantly, daily, even if it’s for 20 minutes only. Postponing might only result in losing momentum. Keep writing, playing with words, experimenting, changing, rephrasing, —  just write. And also, educate yourself! Learn how to write a better plot, how to build believable characters, how to create suspense and dialogue. Go to workshops, classes, online platforms (such as masterclass.com) where bestselling authors are sharing their processes and insights from tens of years of writing. Absorb it all in, and then, again… just write.

To find out more about Alina, check out her Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Alina-Mitru%C8%9B/e/B08QFZZQ48?

One response to “Wisdom from a Wordsmith — Episode 12”

  1. Thank you so much for considering interviewing me, dear Amy, among so many other talented authors! It’s been a wonderful and revealing experience, which made me reflect upon my why. I’m thrilled we did this! Your thoughts on my writing are precious to me, as they belong to an author I truly appreciate and admire. Also, thank you so much for introducing me to your audience! Each new reader is another gift to cherish!

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