Title: Bessarabian Nights
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Synopsis: The upshot of the dilemma between sacrifice and desire? – It’s not betraying your destiny but creating it! The novel explores issues besetting contemporary Moldova. Its plot rests on modern topics, such as economic migration, the East/West culture-clash, the sexual exploitation of East European women and the role of local religion – which has a penchant for the sensational – in the psychological makeup of these victims. The book is given life and flavor by the tumultuous human stories, which form the pulsating heartbeat of the novel. Perhaps sometimes the devil you know is more dangerous than the one you don’t.
Author: Stela Brinzeanu
CH: Welcome, Stela. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to share your writing world and the world of Moldova with my audience.
CH: Please tell us in 20 words or less why we should read your book?
SB: You will discover a new world—The world of Moldova.
CH: What inspired you to write Bessarabian Nights?
SB: The story of a girl from our community, who disappeared for a few years and who upon her return was a changed person. She never said where she had been or what happened to her. The rumors were she had been a sex slave abroad. That was my starting point.
CH: Where are you from? Does your background have any influence on this book?
SB: I was born and raised in Moldova until the age of 18, when I moved to London. The book is about the culture and the people of Moldova, a country, which is known (unfortunately) as a hot hub for trafficking in Eastern Europe.
CH: Since the topic is about a very sensitive and political issue, did you have to do any special research to write this book?
SB: I traveled to Moldova twice in order to speak to victims of human trafficking, as well as liaising with local NGO’s (non-governmental organisation).
CH: Most of the situations are taken from real life, how did you intertwine facts and fiction?
SB: I chose real life events and built a story around them. Once I had picked the subject and have done the research, the plot emerged as I got to writing.
CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters come from?
SB: It came from all of the years I lived in Moldova—family, friends and people I knew, met or read about in the Moldovan press.
CH: Was it difficult trying to create your characters? And who is your favorite character?
SB: It was not difficult to create the characters, only time-consuming. Like with real life friendships, characters also appreciate nurturing. I don’t have a favorite—they are all my children.
CH: Do you have a support system and if so, who does it consist of?
SB: My partner is the first person to read anything I write. Then, there is my editor, who despite living in a different country, works with me on a regular basis.
CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of the book?
SB: The response I’ve had so far has been mixed. Some readers loved it, others not so much. Like with anything that is subjective, the reactions are always going to vary from one to another.
CH: Do you write full-time or part-time?
SB: I am currently writing full-time.
CH: Is there a “universal message” in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?
SB: No messages. Just storytelling.
CH: Do you have a website?
SB: Yes, www.stelabrinzeanu.com
CH: Where are your books sold?
CH: Any Closing Remarks?
SB: Do you really know who your neighbors are?
CH: Thank you, Stela, and thank you for sharing your book, the world of Moldova and the issue of human trafficking with my audience.
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