Time does not stand still and brings with it good news. Authors who have already signed with Velvet Story are to be joined by a new name – a young and talented writer who impresses by her deep approach to truths and realities and who tests the psyche. Her name is Cynthia Orszag, and her book, which is being published at our publishing house, will raise the reader's awareness, bringing to attention a subject with a great emotional load.
Who is Cynthia Orszag and how did she start writing?
I think the answer will be a classic. I'm twenty-five years old, I graduated from psychology, I did a master's degree in Clinical Psychology and I want to continue on the psychotherapy side. I started writing at sixteen and tried, at first, the fantasy genre. When I remember those times I find it quite strange, because I haven't had any connection with this genre since. It was like this, a six- to seven-month period where I wrote every day about my fantasy story, and then, after I finished it, I turned my attention to other genres: drama, thriller, even romance.
You're at the debut book. How are you feeling?
I am happy, I feel that I have finally taken the big step – towards publication – and I am very curious what this world of authors means. I think the most important thing to mention here is that I've prepared for anything. And for the praise, and for the critics and, above all, for the fact that not everyone will perceive the message the same way and that maybe some will not even notice a message. I think that's the beauty of it – the uncertainty that comes with publishing. I'd love readers to empathize and resonate with what I meant, but that's everyone's choice. Readers have no obligation to me, to my book or to my characters. However, I hope that the balance is tilted in my favour.
Tell us more about your writing. What inspires you?
I am inspired by reality and its less beautiful parts. A lot of the ideas I've had over the last few years have come together as I walk through the neighborhoods on the outskirts of big cities or even in the bad areas inside these cities. There is the concept of "State in state" and I think there is the concept of "World in the world". I'm talking about those people who live among us, but that we pass by, we look at them and we don't see them. Either we think they don't matter, or we don't want to load up on other people's problems or maybe we're even afraid. It's a different world because we don't know much about how these people live, how they hold up. I was telling a friend at one point that I wanted to walk around Ferentari. I don't even know if I was joking or not. I find it fascinating how we isolate these communities, instead of integrating them. And then we wonder that some neighborhoods are buzzing with crime. That's what inspires me. Marginalizations.
Readers will learn that in your book you are addressing a delicate and alarming topic, among others that impress. What made you go with this idea and how much reality is intertwined in the action of the book?
I was waiting for the train home and at the edge of the platform was a tall, skinny boy with a hood over his head. I saw that there was something wrong with him, he was standing on his side and, from time to time, his body was shaken by spasms. He was high, I realized later when he got up and I saw his face. We rode the same train to Arad. I felt really sorry for him, but I quickly forgot about the event. Then, however, I saw him twice. The last time was when I looked up from the phone. We were in the car and for a few seconds we crossed our eyes. He was in a group with other young people. That's when I noticed it was Roma. There was something interesting about him, though I still can't figure out what – a charm of his. In any case, I felt I had to write a book, because I had nothing else to do for it. Every life has a meaning, by the simple fact that it flows.
What impact do you expect your book to have? How do you feel when people leave the last page?
I want to give readers a new perspective. I don't hold the truth, all I have is an opinion; opinion and perspective. It is up to the reader whether he agrees with my vision, tolerates it, or rejects it altogether. I just hope they start noticing these people, I don't have the pretension to see them in a better light.
In your opinion, why does a story need to be extraordinary?
I'd say originality, but it's a very vague concept. I will therefore say that what matters most is the approach. I don't think there's a topic that hasn't ever been written about, but two people, with two different perceptions and experiences, will write the book differently. So my opinion is that writers should focus more on an original approach than on an original topic. I could quickly name a few books in which the drug issue was addressed, but I tried to add other elements – Roma characters, for example.
What kinds of books do you prefer to read? Do you have favorite authors you can say guided you to write?
I think the thriller predominates, although I've also read historical books. I really like Parinoush Saniee, Vintilă the Raven, Dan Brown, even Donna Tartt. I can say that I was a little inspired by Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor who spoke of "meaning": If a man has a "why" to live for, he can survive any "how". That's what it's all about, that's what it's all about, that's what it's all about. If you don't have anything to fight for, it's very easy to go the wrong way.
Cynthia, congratulations on the book and we wish you all the success you want!
Thank you, too! Surely with the Team of Velvet Story everything will be perfect! I enjoyed a support I would never have dreamed of.