I’ve been writing stories since I was around ten years old, although I did a lot of different things before deciding, three years ago, to throw my hat across the creek and become a full time writer.
I graduated from Bucharest’s Academy of Economic Studies in 1988 and then worked as an economist in my native town for a couple of years. I joined the press in 1992 as a financial reporter for The National Courier, a daily newspaper that was created immediately after the huge changes brought about by the Romanian Revolution.
Between 2000 and 2002, I was a project manager with a TV news channel called B1TV. In the 1990s, I was a contributor to BBC Romania and Radio Free Europe. I was an adviser to the Prime Minister of Romania for a year or so in the early 2000s, and then an adviser to the Governor of the National Bank of Romania for another couple of years after that.
I published my first short story in a Romanian literary magazine called Vatra in February 1989, and my first novel in June 1991. The book, whose title is The Massacre, was a huge success, selling over 100,000 copies in less than a year. It was followed just two months later by another bestseller, A Commando for The General, a political thriller set in Italy. But after that I published nothing for the next thirteen years. Why? Please read the paragraph above one more time. I guess that sometimes you forget who you really are and what career you are cut out for.
Anyway, I published ten novels and five non-fiction books (History, Economics, and Foreign Affairs) in Romania before leaving the country and settling in Britain in 2012. My son had graduated from the University of Cardiff and decided to settle in England, and my wife had received a very good job offer from a multinational company headquartered in the UK.
So, I said to myself: Why not give it a try? I collaborated with a couple of small presses in the States, before finding a literary agent, Marilia Savvides of Peters, Fraser, Dunlop (London). She opened for me the golden gates of the Big Five and one of my projects, The Book of Mirrors aroused great interest around the world.
I like reading a good book—although good books seem few and far between nowadays—walking the streets of cities that are new to me, chewing the fat with my friends, and watching movies. I don’t have any taboos or superstitions or eccentricities or expensive habits. I’ve been married for thirty years to the same woman, Mihaela, and we are still in love. Eugene, our son, who is now a young man, is a great guy and I’m glad he’s my boy.
*Represented by Marilia Savvides of Peters, Fraser, Dunlop (London) www.petersfraserdunlop.com