Interview With Author Mileva Roumer
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am Mileva Roumer, a pure lover of literature and arts. I find arts and literature an excellent and needed mixture for my life to be complete. It has been through my life, an armor when I felt weak and a barrier when I felt vulnerable and a door when I needed to escape. Lately it has been a motor of happiness as I learned to confront each sides of my life. For me, painting is like gazing at the sun, it is living in each seconds and enjoying each colors made to be in my hands. I find also a different yet similar kind of joy in writing. So far I have written one book titled ” Clementine blues” and I am currently writing a novel and more poetry books. As poetry is such a unique way to romanticize your life, to shorten so many ideas into segment then into short words that are meant to raise our consciousness. I find that poetry is a magic tool and it is something that I want to keep doing for a long time. As much as the cloud dances with the sky, the earth magic can never end.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Clementine blues was inspired by my grandmother. Her name was Denise Lavaud Roumer, she was a force in the creation of that book. As she died when I was young and after my dad death, ( 27th may 2021) I came back to my country. I felt so lonely and scared that I remember distinctly the awful feeling of being left alone in the world. As if from now on I was by myself and no one else was there for me. It was suffocating and I was 24 and suddenly I was just by myself. I felt like I was unprepared for that. I remember needing so much comfort that I went to my grandma’s house, her house was part of my dad’s place but most of the time I avoided it and it stayed generally empty. For a young self her death was quite scary and I didn’t get over it. The day she died, her dog that I loved, Josephine died, and there was this so beautiful mandarin tree it died as well as the orange tree. And they never blossomed again. For me that was a significant part of a part of my youth ending. It was like death opened a void, where nothing felt the same. But this time I came back, and it was as if that place welcomed me back. As if it was waiting for me and I strangely felt so comforted and I sat there and cried like a baby. That was when I let go of my refusal to accept how I felt and I started healing. The book is all a symbol of that moment, it’s about healing and letting go of all those barriers that we put into our lives. It is not just about poetry there is a story to follow and I hope at the end of it the reader will feel like they healed as well.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I sure do. I write a lot while painting at the same time, or while composing a script for a future movie project. I like to collect little rocks that I write on and that symbolize my characters so I can feel that they are present. So that in my imagination I can threat them as real beings when I write. I collect a lot of rocks as an artist it inspires me but that way they don’t just stay there on my shelf, they have jobs to do as well.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
One of the books that influenced before writing that book was by my great uncle a poet Emile roumer ” Le caiman etoile”. It influenced me in the way that I never got to read his poems despite his talent, as he died before I was born and that I never got occasion to study his work in school as I studied abroad. But when one of my cousins gave me one of his first manuscript I felt like I had a piece of history in my hand. And it was so magical as if my relatives that passed away in some kind of form where telling me to put my stuff together and to go beyond. So it inspired in taking the first steps that I never thought that I would one day have the confidence for: to publish my own.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on two big projects. One as an art director, on scripts and one putting a powerful storyline together and the other on preparing a novel to publish I hope next year.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am not quite sure but I hope that it will be this one.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just trust the process.It is not easy it not soft. You will be desapointed,hurt and sometimes feel like nothing matter and that you probably suck but just don’t know it yet. And honestly so many top authors I know feels that way as well, so you are pr
o+obably on the right path lol. Be kind to yourself, accept when it hurts, take a break, make sure to fill yourself with happiness and strengh and start again. We all take no’s, refusals, and there’s always doubts that comes with creative journey’s. You are not special, you are the one that makes yourself special. Don’t just only write to create and to publish, but write yourself to be the best as you can. Celebrate yourself, brace yourself and always make sure to believe in yourself. It is actually the motor that will push you up to so many places when opportunities don’t line up as much as you wanted.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Just trust the process. It is not easy. You will be disappointed, hurt and sometimes feel like nothing matter and that you probably suck but just don’t know it yet. And honestly so many top authors I know feels that way as well, so you are probably on the right path lol. Be kind to yourself, accept when it hurts, take a break, make sure to fill yourself with happiness and strength and start again. We all take no’s, refusals, and there’s always doubts that comes with each creative journey’s. You are not special; you are the one that makes yourself special. Don’t just only write to create and to publish, but write yourself to be the best as you can. Celebrate yourself, brace yourself and always make sure to believe in yourself. It is actually the motor that will push you up to so many places when opportunities don’t line up as much as you want. You are part of your creative journey, your stories are not the only factors. Keep that in mind, it will help you a lot.
What are you reading now?
I was reading Emma Carroll book about ”les secrets de toutankhamon” it was magical and I really needed something to really get lost in. I found it accidently and it was about pharaohs and Egypt, that was already a hook for me, so add the story now and it fantastic.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I wish to highlight many stories in unique manners and to also learn from so many writers. It’s all about the feeling of sharing something special with peoples you might not even know. For that I am sure working on my future books.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I would definitely take :
mort sur le nil by agatha christie
Any book from my Comtesse de Segur collection( it was an habit of my dad to by me one book as a child each time we were mad at each other or we felt guilty and they are so precious to me )
Emile roumer” Le caiman etoile”
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