My Life as a writer
When did you first realise you wanted to write for a living?
I have been writing since I was a child. For me, writing is not a job, so I don’t write to live, I live to write.
Which writer, past or present, do you most admire?
There are many contemporary writers whom I admire, not only I, but people from all over the world. From my country, Romania, would be Mircea Eliade, Mihai Eminescu, Ion Creangă, and from the United Kingdom I admire Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens, Beatrix Potter and Agatha Christie.
What was your first published (or performed) credit as a writer?
My first published credit as a writer was the children’s storybook, The Brave Squirrel and The Enchanted Hazelnut Tree. It is a book whose idea I wrote when I was only 10 years old and which I returned to finish in 2020, when I also published it in several languages (English, Romanian, Spanish, Italian, French, German and Japanese). And from then others publications followed.
Which piece of writing work are you most proud of?
I love all the books I’ve written so far, most of them for children. I can’t say that I have a favourite because I am attached to each of them in a specific way, because in each of these writings I put a different emotional charge.
Who or what inspires you to write?
I grew up surrounded by books and especially with people who loved books and writing. My grandfather on my father’s side was a writer of monographic books and not only that, but also a museographer and painter. My father in turn wrote children’s books and books of poetry, and my grandfather on my mother’s side loved to read, he was always reading a book at a time. I can say that both my grandparents and my father were the biggest inspiration for me, giving me their passion for books and under their guidance I came to love books enough to write them myself and more recently to dress them up with covers and illustrations because in addition to writing I am also a graphic designer.
How do you switch off when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing I like to paint, travel and do sports.
Which one piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I believe that when you have a passion, you don’t have to give it up if that passion makes you happy, even if sometimes things don’t go the way you want them to. Any passion requires a lot of work but also patience to be able to become better at what you do every day. So if you like to write then keep writing.
Why are you a member of WGGB?
I am a member of WGGB because here I have the opportunity to connect with people who embrace the same passions and find a lot of useful information in this field.
”Magic is not just about things. Magic is inside us, too.” (Delia C. Zorzoliu)
Delia Manuela Codin-Zorzoliu was born on March 28 1987 in Bucharest, Romania. She currently lives in Southampton, United Kingdom.
She has written over 14 children’s books, several novels and poetry books.
She is the author of stories such as: The Brave Squirrel and the Enchanted Hazelnut Tree, Crystal Frog and Waterlily Fairy, The Crumb Monster, The Fifth Season, Princess Quail and the Enchanted Corn, Sea Fairy and the Silver Dolphin, The Enchanted Goose Egg.
Also, she is the author of the novel Emerald earrings. Only one love, two lives.
Delia C. Zorzoliu is a painter, illustrator, graphic designer and member of the Romanian Writers League Association.
On the occasion of her debut in painting in 2021 with the exhibition entitled ‘Inspiration and the road’, Delia C. Zorzoliu received the Diploma of Merit awarded by the International Art Center Romania.