Pens, Paws, and Claws would like to welcome author, Elizabeth Moldovan to the blog.
Tell our readers a little about yourself and your writing.
Hi, my name is Elizabeth, and I recently published my life story only to help other people who struggle with drug use. I have 5 children, and the youngest is 15. I love gardening, drawing and painting, cooking and minding my granddaughter 2 days a week.
Tell us about your pets. Are any of them models for pets in your writing?
During the years it took for me to write my book, we adopted a dog that had been abused prior to her coming to live in our home. Shortly after we found out that she was going to have puppies and she gave birth to 7, in the corner of our kitchen. We called her “Tiny” and everyone loved her. She brought much joy to us all and we had over 40 different people visit us and her puppies. They went to good homes and after 3 years, Tiny went to live on a farm with a good home. At that time, we cried to let her go, because a young mum 18, from the community, who reached out for help with her newborn baby, came to live with us for the next 2 years.
Tell us about any pets you have in your books/stories. Are any of them recurring characters? What are they and their names?
My children always had pets growing up, and I wrote about them all in the book. (guinea pigs, fish, rabbits, rats/mice). We bought them a puppy for Christmas and called him Binky. I write about Binky in the book because we all loved him, and he grew up with my children. After I fell pregnant with my 5th child, we had to move home so my niece adopted Binky and cared for him into his old age.
What are you reading now?
“The Invisible Girl” by Samantha Houghton
What writing projects are you currently working on?
I have been accepted to be part of a new book that will be released in April in the UK along with 13 other authors. I have to write 5,000 words about my life story, and the book has a working title “Courage: Dark to Light” and proceeds will go to Samaritans, who help people who have lost hope.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Anne Frank, because as a child I identified with her suffering and her courage touched and inspired me.
Did you have childhood pets? If so, tell us about them.
We were very poor growing up, but I remember before Dad fell ill with lung cancer, we had a cat. I was only 5 at the time, but I remember he crawled under the washing machine and Mum had to clean the grease off him.
What’s your favorite book or movie that had an animal as a central character? Why?
It would have to be “Lassie.” I have very lovely memories of how beautiful and intelligent a dog could be.
What is your real life, funniest pet story?
There are so many, the stand out would be when “Tiny” was giving birth to her puppies and because she was so small, we all thought she would have about 3. After the 6th and then 7th were born, we were all laughing at the wonder and joy of life.
When did you know you were a writer? And how did you know?
I have always loved reading and writing but never in a million years thought I would ever write my autobiography.
What’s in your “To Be Read” (TBR) pile right now? And how many TBR piles do you have?
Mainly educational and biographies are on my Goodreads list. I know that I will never have time to read them all but the next book is “One nation under Therapy” by Christina Hoff Summers.
What are two things you know now that you wish you knew when you started writing?
Market and build an interested base around your book about a year before it is published. Connect with people who read your genre, and like-minded authors.
Where is your favorite place to read (or write)? Why?
My dining room table, perhaps because I feel comfortable in my kitchen and also because it was my mum’s table for 30 years.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a writer?
Read the fine print. Be brave and never give up.
What is one lesson you learned about writing or publishing that you’d like to share?
I learned that there is nothing to fear and that people love inspiring stories.
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