This week we are pleased to have an interview with Elizabeth Moldovan, who’s written her autobiography about her struggle with drugs and recovery.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Elizabeth and I am a mum of 5, the youngest is 15, and a grandmum of 3. I am a simple person who enjoys gardening, cooking, and taking care of my home and family. I like solitude and during these times I read, write and think deeply about life.
Can you give us a brief description of your book?
My autobiography is about my journey out of drug abuse. I used heroin everyday for more than 20 years and then recovered and healed during the past 12. I stopped using, attempted suicide and suffered withdrawals all the while raising my then 3 year old daughter alone, in the world. I did not attend any na/aa meetings, rehabs, psychologists/doctors and was homeless initially for 2 months. I only had a bag of clothes and had no money, phone, car or friends. Then one day I found myself in a church where people prayed for me every time they saw me. My book is about what drove me to become a heroin user from before I was born, all the years in between, and the hope and light that finally set me free.
What inspired you to start writing?
I was inspired to start writing because my memory was very clear and it was that way for a reason. Even though initially I was terrified of going public, and very apprehensive about how my family would react, it has been very worthwhile to be able to help other’s who struggle for understanding, insight and a way out.
Recently I have started to write again and my short story (5,000 words) will be included in a new book, along with 14 other inspiring authors, called
“Courage: Stories Of Darkness To Light.” All proceeds from book sales will go to Samaritans. I am energized and happy to be part of such a worthwhile project. Release date, June 2019.
Whats you favourite under appreciated novel?
I don’t really have a favorite under appreciated novel, but I truly appreciate “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.
Do you have any writing rituals?
My writing rituals are peace, quiet and lots of good coffee. I need to get outdoors and enjoy the sky, ocean, nature and then I sit at my kitchen table and write usually during the early morning hours.
What do you do in your free time when you aren’t writing?
When I am not writing, I spend time raising my daughter and helping her with her final years at school and I walk to pick her up at night after she finishes work. She only recently began her part-time job. I also mind my 2 year old granddaughter two full days a week. Shop, cook, clean and take good care of myself, which is new for me. I also try to post good content on my author page and update my website occasionally. To date I have donated more than 300 paperback copies to people who request them and my book is in Correctional and Rehab library facilities in 2 countries and in NA meetings libraries as well as Harvard University Library.
Thank you for reading, if you would like to find more about Elizabeth Moldovan or read her book you can find her at the links below: