Dr. Aura Imbarus is the author of Out of the Transylvania Night, a memoir of her journey from communist Romania to her life in America. I had the opportunity to ask Aura a few questions. Continue reading to find out what she had to say:
BCM: Can you describe for us the moment in which you knew you were going to write your memoir?
AI: The moment was part of an ordinary day, a sunny day in LA, when I was preparing myself to go out and have breakfast. The phone rang, and it was my dad asking me to look up a specific medical trial my mom would be part of because she had started losing weight uncontrollably. I opened up the computer, typed in the name of it, and the word CANCER appeared in bold letters. Liver cancer – 3-6 months to live. This made me realize that my hourglass had been reversed, for my mom’s life-ticking watch had started its last beats. I wanted to immortalize the amazing life I had with her forever. I wanted her to know that I was writing about her and for her, and that she has been the reason for me to live, to write, to create, and lastly transpose her into eternity.
BCM: Which part was the most difficult for you to share/write?
AI: The most difficult was the last part of the book dealing with the passing of my beloved mother. The whole memoir took me nine months to write -- the same amount of time life creation happens -- but the last chapters took me probably four months, for I would write and rewrite them while crying over the words, inundating the pages one by one from the sadness of my heart.
BCM: What do you hope others will gain from reading Out of the Transylvania Night?
AI: Every human being is much stronger than he/she thinks. Humans have the ability to change and become chameleons; they can transform themselves in reference to their environment and start all over, not once but many times. The ultimate resource is inside our inner soul. We are the tailors of our own universe and destiny!
BCM: Do you have any other works that you plan to publish? If so, can you share with us what we can look forward to reading from you?
AI: My next book is a teen book with teens’ contributions. It is called 101 Ways to Make This World a Better Place. It deals with teens’ issues of fitting in, peers, parents, self-induced pressures, tolerance, and creating a colorblind society and race-free nations.
BCM: You have played many roles in life: revolutionary, student, teacher, author... The list goes on; can you share with us what else you hope to accomplish? Is there another dream you hope to fulfill in your lifetime?
AI: If I did not dream, I would stop living, so my next aspiration is to become a professional speaker and motivate people to find their inner resources for survival and to push forward at full speed.
BCM: Can you share with us some of your favorite books?
AI: Gone with the Wind is by far the most loved one. Other favorites include: Memoirs of a Geisha, A Beautiful Mind, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, The Count of Monte Cristo, and In Search of Lost Time.
BCM: Thank you, Aura!
Check out the review of Out of the Transylvania Night HERE.