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Author Victoria Popescu Answers Qs about Life, Her Books and More
Today, Nadaness In Motion is hosting author Victoria Popescu. Check out the interview and my 4-star review of her bookTwin Magnolia: A Soul Call
Q: First, tell us a bit about
I grew up in Romania,
where I spent the first twenty-two years of my life. I traveled greatly for the
following nineteen years and lived in the United States, New Caledonia and
I currently live in
France with my husband and our two boys. I am passionate about living the life
of your own true dreams or living by the truth within. I feel that it is the
path to living life to its deepest and achieving complete happiness.
Q: What first inspired you to write Twin Magnolia: A Soul Call?
Some people experience
a deep need to be with their twin souls- their other half. The longing for the
other is so intense that they don't seem to find peace within themselves until
they connect or reconnect again. They experience the greatest love one can ever
encounter and it feels as if they came to life in an agreement to accomplish
something together. This is what mostly inspired me; then, there was also my
intention to share information on healing and touch a bit on the importance of
healing the soul.
Q: As a reflexologist and healer,
what exactly do you do? Are you a much younger version of Tarana from your
I do the kind of
healing Tarana does. I use my energy field, bringing energy in through my
energy centers, or chakras, then send it out through my hands. During a
reflexology session, I work primarily by applying pressure with my thumbs to
specific points and areas on feet. These areas and reflex points correspond to
different body parts, organs and systems. Working this way, we help create an
inner balance that is essential for the body to function properly and
Q: How much time did you actually
spend in Hawaii to be able to write your novella?
Only a few weeks, but
I have a very detailed memory for places and people. I wrote Twin Magnolia- A Soul Call much later.
Q: Apart from the chakras mentioned
in Twin Magnolia: A Soul Call, what
are your favorite colors? Which lift your spirit and which bring it down?
To me, it's not a
question of lifting the spirit or bringing it down but rather speaks more about
helping to restore or recharge a particular energy center, or chakra, in order
to feel good throughout the day. I love pretty much all colors. The ones that I
mostly wear lately are blue, pink, amethyst and different shades of green.
Q: I haven’t read your first book Anita - A Journey Through Love but from
the blurb I feel it is a bit similar to Twin
Magnolia: A Soul Call. Are they similar?
They have some common
points--love and healing, for instance--but the stories are differently
oriented. While one character is overwhelmed with love, the other one is in
need of experiencing love.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about Anita - A Journey Through Love?
Anita- A journey Through Love tells the story of 32-year-old Anita,
who goes in search of herself while healing from an autoimmune disorder. On her
journey she experiences unconditional love after falling in love with a man she
can't be with--or so she thinks--and learns to love herself. She also learns to
accept and let go of certain things as she realizes that these might never
happen and she's wasting her life on a goal she may not be able to achieve. She
finds greater meaning in life by finding her true path. She's convinced that
there can't be more, until she discovers that certain lives are linked across
Q: Are you currently working on
other books? If yes, what is it/are they?
I've been working on
my third novel lately. Unfortunately, I have to leave it aside for a while, as
my life is quite busy at the moment. I'd definitely touch again on soul
matters, as that focus is partially inspired by a rather incredible experience
I had ten years ago when I saw my body next to me, or perhaps I should say that
I saw my body through the eyes of my soul.
Q: What is your favorite reading
Women's fiction and
inspirational, but I do enjoy reading other genres as well.
Q: If you could experiment with any
genre, what would it be?
I am thinking of writing
for Youth someday.
Q: What did you do before becoming a
I worked mainly as a
fashion store manager and had a short experience working at a bank. While
living in Boston I worked for Jessica McClintock in bridal and special occasion
dresses. Her fabulous gowns inspired Claudia's dresses in Twin Magnolia- A Soul Call. I also worked for two French brands.
That's how Paris became part of the story in Anita- A Journey through Love.
Q: Since the book deals with the
soul, how come you didn’t mention chocolate? Isn’t it like food for the soul?
I'd say that a vivid
need for chocolate is an indicator that there's a much greater need for
something else; there’s some deep issue awaiting resolution. If we have
chocolate, we calm that need and the soul will get quiet for a while, but we're
still in need of chocolate eventually. If we don't have chocolate right away,
the soul will get wild, and in its revolt will drag us to where the real
problem is, so we can fix it--at least partially. Now, once the issue resolved,
we can still have chocolate if we want to but it would feel more like a treat
than a necessity.
Q: Healing with colors: if the
chakras have the same colors for everyone, does that mean the same colors would
have the same effect on different people? Would orange, for instance, have the
same effect on a man and a woman? How do you determine which color suits who?
The same color should
have the same effect on a man and a woman as long as they have a common need to
rebalance the chakra associated with that particular color. Some people are
more receptive than others; in this case the intensity of the effect is
different. I usually suggest wearing a specific color or colors after
identifying which chakras need more balance. The desire to wear a specific
color often speaks about a need to rebalance a certain chakra or keep it
balanced when interacting with other people, especially groups, as there is a
higher energy exchange. If we allow our intuition to guide us and are not
afraid of making the wrong choice, we end up wearing the color that we need the
most every day.
Q: At what point did you decide to
write Twin Magnolia? How
did you connect the tree to the soul?
I first started to
write, then the image of a twin magnolia tree kept coming to my mind. It gave
me this idea of one unity that splits into two, going on individually but
having the same base, pretty much like twin souls divided from one soul.
Magnolia is believed to be one of the most ancient flowering plants, existing
even before bees, so in its original form before pollination. There is also
this idea of synchronicity as twin souls wait sometimes several lifetimes
before they unify again.
Q: Why did you opt for writing in
English rather than French (since I believe you speak the language well &
have lived in France for sometime)? Do you think this type of novel would not
appeal to a French audience?
I wrote it in english
because that's the way it came; I didn't really try to understand why. I do
speak French quite well and I believe my book can have a great success in
France. It will definitely be available in French sometime in the future, just
don't know when yet.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like
I'd like to say that
we should never underestimate the power of the soul. It is strong enough to
completely mess up our original plans for life and change our lives in ways we
never expected. Yet, if we listen to our soul's needs and fully allow it to
express itself as we go through life, without resisting changes, it is our
perfect guide to achieving and maintaining the greatest happiness of all. Check out Victoria Popescu's website and follow her on Twitter.