By profession, Ludmila Dubcovetcaia is a doctor working in the Department of Immunology of the Municipal Dermatovenerological Dispensary of Chisinau. However as a part time writer she strives to reach out and touch the hearts of others. If her poem or story stirs someone’s soul, then she is fulfilling her creative mission – which is exactly what one of her recent books did when it won “The Marziya Zakiryanova Award” at OEBF literary competition in 2018. OCA Magazine finds out more…
OCA: How did you come to understand that writing is your true calling?
Ludmila Dubcovetcaia: I always wrote from the heart because I could not help but do so. I’ve been writing since my early childhood.
I never look for inspiration, however, since inspiration always finds me, and most often unexpectedly. I can be at home having a cup of tea, on public transport or sometimes even at work during a break. Most often inspiration strikes when I’m alone with my thoughts. There can be very long periods of inner emptiness, however, some kind of spiritual pit where nothing can be pulled out of oneself, not even a line. I used to be afraid of this silence and sometimes even forced myself to sit down in front of my notebook, but nothing happened.
Now, I wait, knowing, that sooner or later a source of inspiration will come. Sometimes, it can be unpredictably, in the form of music, random meeting or smiles which give me an unstoppable urge to create. Whether it be poems or prose, I simply have to write.
OCA: What book or author influenced you the most?
LD: It’s difficult to answer this question because each book leaves its mark, giving one a deeper understanding of oneself, a fuller sense of self-awareness. If I were to focus on one book, though, I would probably say The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, because in a simple statement great wisdom is laid bare.
Nowadays, it’s common and, dare I say, fashionable to name contemporary authors, but my favourite is Pushkin. His books express what is eternal. There is no topic that he didn’t touch upon, from love, conscience and dignity to the fall of man.
OCA: What are the books that you think everyone should read and why?
LD: My top six would be The Black Obelisk by Erich Maria Remarque, The Story of a Real Man by Boris Nikolayevich Polevoy, Buranny Polustanok by Chingiz Aitmatov, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, the Collected Works of Alexander Pushkin, and Young Guard by Alexander Fadeev. Each of these books covers the authors’ time, the interests and core values of people, and most importantly, what a person is capable of for the love of life and their homeland.
OCA: Given the rapid development of technology, do you think books will be replaced in the future?
LD: No modern special effects will ever replace the human imagination. Therefore, no matter how rapidly technology develops, books will always remain the major source of spiritual development. As for the e-book, I don’t see them being in opposition to the printed version as both fulfil the same criteria. A big plus of a printed book, though, is that you can have a special life and soul contact with it. Nothing can replace the rustle of pages, the very feeling of paper which is absent when reading an e-book.
OCA: How do you usually spend your free time?
LD: I try to devote all of my free time to my family, but as soon as there’s a moment for solitude, I spend it with a book. I have many friends who write and share their creativity and give recommendations. I try to read everything and then express my opinion on each work. At the moment, I have several unfinished projects and dozens of new ones which I will soon put down on paper.
OCA: What would be your advice to new writers?
LD: To work, to write, to create, experiment, not to be afraid to try different genres and directions, and never give up. And read, read, read!
OCA: What can inspire young people to express their creativity today?
LD: Nothing develops the imagination better than reading books. Therefore, I think reading is the best way to inspire creativity. One can also be driven by the examples and experiences of people who have already achieved success in their creative field.
OCA: Are your characters derived from people you know or are they purely fictional?
LD: They’re fictional characters, but they’re sometimes drawn from my friends and acquaintances in different ways. For some reason, it just so happened that the good characters are mainly fictional characters, but the evil, proud and envious ones are often prototypes of people I’ve encountered more than once in life.
OCA: Would you like to make a film of one of your books? If so, which one and why?
LD: Like any author I would imagine, I’d like it if my works were not only read, but also heard, and even better, seen. If I was offered the opportunity to make a film of one of my works, my choice would be the cycle of stories, Little Stories about Little People.
OCA: How do you look upon the state of modern Moldavian literature today?
LD: With optimism, as today literature in Moldova is in its prime. I can name many talented contemporary poets and writers who publish their books successfully. On a personal note, thanks to winning the international competition, Open Eurasia-2018 held by Eurasian Creative Guild (London) (http://www.rus.eurasiancreativeguild.uk/), my children’s book, Poems about Boys hasbeen translated into English and will be published by the prestigious UK publishing house, Hertfordshire Press.
OCA: Finally, which national dish should every tourist who comes to Moldova try?
LD: The classic cuisine of Moldova: placinta, zama and mamaliga; and, of course, homemade Moldovan wine.
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