E. A. Moldovan and I met through social media.
I am a Mum of four adult children and one teenager, a grandmum of 3 and my autobiography is in Harvard University library.
My story is in a new book called, “Courage: Stories Of Darkness To Light”, release date July 2019. #1 Best seller.
I enjoy gardening, drawing, painting and spending time playing with my grandchildren.
Tell us about yourself.
Hi my name is Elizabeth and I wrote my autobiography to help other people who struggle with substance abuse. I was very reluctant to go public with my book because I had to consider my 5 children. All the names have been changed except mine to protect their privacy. I am a Grandmama of 5 and I try to live a simple and quiet life now. I enjoy gardening, nature, reading and painting/drawing. I have been seeking The Truth for the past 4 years and enjoy social media and spreading the word of freedom that I found.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
That is a very interesting question and probably only a few months ago when I woke up one morning and said out loud, “I have a book”. Until then I think I was just in shock at how receptive people were about my story. I am what you may call a reluctant author.
What genres do you like to read? Are these the same genres you write in?
I like to read autobiographies, history, political and memoirs/true stories the most. Yes it is in the same genre.
Is your book for adults, young adults or children?
My book is for over 18 years.
What is your current release or project?
In July, a new book was published called “Courage: Stories Of Darkness To Light” by Samantha Houghton. My story along with 10 other authors from around the world, are featured in this entirely charitable project. All the book royalties go to Samaritans charity who work with people who are struggling to live. It reached number 1 best seller on Amazon.
Tell us about the key characters
The 11 authors write about their struggles in life ranging in issues such as a very rare medical condition being diagnosed as a woman in her early twenties to having a loved one diagnosed with cancer. Bi polar, substance abuse, burnout, teen bullying, having a spouse lie and manipulate, acute post-natal depression, being admitted to psychiatric units, suicide attempts and more. Eight women and three men, ranging in age from early twenties through to fifties. One author wished to remain anonymous.
What is your blurb or synopsis of the book?
My book is called “From Heroin To Christ” by E. A. Moldovan
Elizabeth’s life is penned very simply in this inspiring memoir about her incredible battle, to find a way to live.
Born the year her parents immigrated from Europe, in a large catholic family, she experienced poverty, neglect, rejection and abandonment before the age of eighteen. She had no sense of self and felt invisible most of the time. Her father passed away after battling cancer for eleven years, when she was nineteen years old. It was then that her world took a bad turn, when she fell in love with a drug addict/dealer.
Twenty four years later, after using heroin everyday while trying to raise her five children, circumstances forced her to leave him. Elizabeth and her three year old daughter had only one bag of clothes and a stroller. They were homeless for three months and she attempted suicide.
Without a car, phone, money or friends and in very poor health she was lost and broken and needed help but was too stubborn to reach out, believing her life to be worthless and of no value. She did not attend any detox, meetings, rehabs, counselors or doctors but with only sheer determination and persistence, overcame her dependency on drugs.
Elizabeth began her harrowing journey towards the light of truth and found freedom in Christ alone. She remains clean to this day and is a very private person. She wrote her story only to help people who suffer like she did and need help to find a way to live without drugs.
Share an excerpt.
I felt like a complete and utter failure and disgrace. My three year old daughter and I were allowed to stay in the refuge on the condition that I did not go back to the house where Francis was living with our four older children. I was so desperate at this stage that I agreed even though I missed them terribly. But strange things began to happen. The small t.v. that was in our room caught fire underneath and the fuses kept shorting out and blew out the power in the entire house. After a week or so I woke up one night and sat bolt upright in the bed. I was a bit fuzzy and looked at the digital clock and saw it was 11 p.m. I thought ‘how strange’ because I have never woken up at that time before now. And then I heard an audible voice in the air, not in my head. The voice said, “Do you want to be made whole? Do you want to be made whole?”
I lay down and went into a deep sleep straight away. The next morning I didn’t think much about it and went downstairs to ask the staff for my dose of methadone. I thought about the voice for a second and never forgot those words because the word ‘whole’ is not language that I have ever used.
Two weeks later I took Grace in the stroller to a church in the city and during the message the preacher called out, “Do you want to be made whole? Do you want to be made whole?” and tears welled up in my eyes as I realized the voice I had heard that night was Jesus. Beautiful gentle Jesus, and I was overwhelmed that after all that I had done wrong He still cared for me and forgave me and is real and very very close.
Do you have a favorite scene?
The favourite part of my autobiography was the births of each of my five children, because I know that without them I would be dead.
What advice would you give a beginner?
I would say “Be brave and courageous, someone will enjoy your words and journey. Write and don’t procrastinate like I did.”
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