Born in Bucharest, Romania, Oana lived twenty years under the grotesque dictatorial regime of Ceausescu. After the fall of the communism in 1989 she studied languages at the University in Bucharest, then received her Master’s at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
She has worn many hats, working as a translator, as a teacher, and eventually caring for animals both domestic and wild. She volunteered and worked for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers both in the US and Canada.
Her first book, The Healings, was published in 2010 by All Things That Matter Press.
Oana lives in the US, where she continues to dedicate most of her time to promoting human (and animal) rights. She has authored numerous articles and short stories. Her interviews titled “Mahogany Keys: The Complex Image of the African American Woman,” can be read on Author’s Info. and will be soon available in book format.
And now from the author herself:
Why I Write. A few Words on my Upcoming Projects
Born and raised in the Balkans, a very culturally diverse area, I have been writing since I could hold a pen but it wasn’t until I moved to the U.S. that I discovered the spontaneous dark humor that was part of my heritage.
I love to laugh even when I talk about serious stuff. I believe that laughter is a wonderful recipe for survival. You can read samples of my humor here: http://thehealings.net/oana/the-healing-session-in-censorship
I am currently working on a fiction novel, a children’s book, Dr. Schnauzer and Nurse Lhassa, as well as numerous scripts and unfinished short stories 🙂
My latest project is a little book about everyday life under a communist dictatorship. I shouldn’t even call it a book; it’s more like a longer article. Written in simple words, the book aims to introduce the American reader to the devastating effects of the communism. It is not my story; it is the story of millions of people like me, who lived through that hell.
It is also a very honest account of life in a reality where the state controls everything: from economy to the most intimate details of its citizen’s lives. Everything is presented from the average citizen’s viewpoint: nationalization/confiscation of properties, the lack of personal freedom/s, the constant harassment from the secret police, censorship and total control of media, food shortages and the rationing of food, the collapse of the medical care, the education system and the creation of “the new man,” disinformation and propaganda, the mechanism of fear and of turning people against each other, the anti-abortion law and the total control of the intimate lives of the citizens, the horrific orphanages that made headlines around the world, the ethnic discrimination, the marginalization of religion and destruction of churches and last but not least the implementation of a slave mentality that continues to make victims to this day.
More about me and my writing in this excellent interview http://www.richardgodwin.net/author-interviews-extensive/chin-wag-at-the-slaughterhouse-interview-with-oana-2
To learn more about Oana and to read excerpts of her book, The Healings, visit www.thehealings.net.
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