Presumed Crossed Over a Paranormal/ghost story by Ica Iova. An Interview

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in Romania, and I moved to Vancouver, Canada, in 1988.

Wow that is different. What makes you passionate about writing?

We are all passionate about something. Writing is no different than any other passion. Most people—myself included—take the path most traveled and work for a paycheque, but being passionate about something, it’s curiosity, stepping out of that comfort zone, pushing your limits, filling that void that you knew was there all along.

I’ve had many jobs before, and I might add that I was successful at all of them, but it is writing that lights my fire and that makes my heart beat faster. When I sit down to ponder a new story, I don’t just want to create a story; I want to travel with my characters and create worlds that I wish existed.    

This being said, I like to be realistic. Passion alone is not enough to become a good writer. The world doesn’t owe me a writing career simply because I’m passionate about it. I have to work hard and improve every day. I take any constructive criticism and dissect every layer of it until I’m satisfied that I did everything I could to make the story better.

Great idea. How long did it take you to write your manuscript?

This is a collection of stories which I’ve accumulated over the years from my native country—Romania. It started with my cousin’s story, which could only be explained as being supernatural. Then I wrote others as they became available, and kept themin an old journal for years. They are all presumed to be true stories and as you can imagine, I first wrote the facts, the skeleton of each story. Then, when I finally decided to bring them to light, because they were relatively very short stories, I elected to combine fact and fiction, so I built the muscles on those skeletons using my own twisted imagination. To answer your question, it took me over thirty years to collect and bring these stories to their final stage—the longest it has ever taken me to write a book.

Tales from true events, nice…Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Romania is crisscrossed with legends and stories about paranormal, and I grew up listening to my grandmothers telling me stories about creatures that come and eat you in your sleep. In other words, the love (and fear) for the unknown was instilled in me, very early in my life.

Anyway, one day, I was watching Ghost Whisperer with my grandchildren, and they asked me why I don’t write scary stories that they could read. I’ve written two other books about paranormal, but because they are somewhat suggestive—one is a paranormal romance, the other is a paranormal thriller—my grandkids are not allowed to read them.

Hmm… how about that, Grandma? I thought. I already had plenty of stories sitting in my old journal for years, it was time I brought them to life.

How exciting. What is the title of your book?


Presumed Crossed Over

It doesn’t sound paranormal until you see the cover. Could you give us the back cover blurb?

Have you ever had that unmistakable sensation that someone is watching you?
Did you know that feeling a ghost is like walking into a cobweb?
Do you believe in paranormal?
You should.
Presumed Crossed Over is a collection of spine-chilling stories about the unexplained, gathered by the author from her native country—Romania.
These stories are based on true stories but the author has changed names, places and some events in order to protect the people involved.
Since fact and fiction are intertwined, I’ll let you be the judge of which is which.

Creeeeeeepy. What genre does your book fall under?


Perfect for October. Do you have a favorite character, why?

*Smiling* This is like asking me which one of my children I love more. I’d have to say Elena, the main character in my first story, because she was my cousin I told you about (not her real name).

What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

I have a gift and I want to use it to create written works of art that can move people deeply, that can make a difference in people’s lives, even change people’s lives. In each one of my books as well as my articles, there is a message, a story behind the story, if you will. I’d like to make a positive impact in people’s lives, and whenever possible, my readers will find happy endings in my books.

What else might pique the reader’s interest in your book?

There are ghosts, and evil witches, and guardian angels, the devil himself, and many other unearthly creatures. What more can anyone want?

But I’d like to mention that when I was pondering the sequel for each story, my granddaughter asked me, “Are there any ghosts that are not scary?” I answered her question with one of my own. “Why are we scared of ghosts and everything supernatural?” I came up with the simplest answer: because we like the things that we can see, and touch, and feel. Whatever doesn’t fit that description, frets us; naturally we have a fear of the unknown, yet we all want to believe that life doesn’t stop here on this earth. So when I created the stories, I kept that fear factor in, but they are gentle enough so the entire family can enjoy them.


Where can we find your book?

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One Response to “Presumed Crossed Over a Paranormal/ghost story by Ica Iova. An Interview”

  1. Ica Iova says:

    Thank you so much, Anna for this opportunity. I just returned home and I’ll now share the link.

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