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About Mike Ormsby
Mike Ormsby is the author of ‘Never Mind the Vampires, Here’s Transylvania’ (2017), ’Palincashire - Tales of Transylvania’ (2017), and ’Never Mind the Balkans, Here's Romania' (2008). Romania’s literary critics dubbed him ‘The British Caragiale', after Romania's fin-de-siècle satirist.
Mike’s two-volume, tragicomic novel - ‘Child Witch Kinshasa' and 'Child Witch London' - was published in 2014.
His eco-themed picture book for children - 'Spinner the Winner' (2012) - has been translated into French, German, Serbian, Spanish, and Romanian.
His screenplay 'Hey, Mr DJ' (2007) was filmed in Kigali and shown at Rwanda's first Hillywood Film Festival. His script 'Enfants dits Sorciers' was filmed in Kinshasa in 2002.
A former BBC journalist/World Service trainer, Mike is based in a mountain village in Transylvania, where he and his wife Angela Nicoara have lived for five hundred years.
Angela Nicoara’s ground-breaking book ‘Loving an Alien’ is a timely reminder that love can conquer any differences. Her work speaks to a shrinking world of easy travel, lightning-fast telecommunications, and increasing contact between people of diverse backgrounds, many of whom will fall in love and get married. Sounds like someone you know, perhaps?
In this true life, romantic page-turner, former broadcast journalist Angela Nicoara interviews twenty-seven women of different nationalities; each responds with an authentic voice that transcends borders to offer helpful relationship advice for women, based on their own successful marriage to a foreigner.
While many relationship books provide theoretical expertise from a single source, ‘Loving an Alien’ contains twenty-seven personal memoirs from brave women who dared to be different, crossed the cultural divide, and loved to tell the tale. Their stories span the decades to enlighten, surprise, and delight you.
In ‘Loving an Alien’, you’ll learn:
The secrets to successful, international romance - up close and personal.
Why travel often leads to true love, when least expected!
How to follow your heart but think with your head.
What to do if you meet the right person in the wrong place.
When to stand your ground, and when to elope.
How love can “take root and flourish in the rough terrain of an intercultural relationship,” as one reviewer said.
How to turn miles into smiles - global perspectives on mate seeking, dating and intimacy, marriage and family.
Why you should test your love in more than one country.
Some crucial do’s and don’ts for cross-cultural dating online.
How to navigate ethnic differences, with sensitivity.
Diplomatic strategies for difficult moments: what if you disagree with your partner or his family, on dating and sex?
Why you might need two weddings to the same spouse, and how to plan them successfully!
How to stay cool and cope with bizarre surprises, such as ‘free thinking’ adult relatives who walk around naked.
Useful tips on raising rootless, bi-lingual, ‘third culture’ kids.
How to finesse your in-laws and marshal your outlaws, without recourse to costly family therapy.
The language of love - do men really mean what they say?
How to read between the lines and avoid misunderstandings in marriage and adult relationships.
Special Section on International Cooking
If ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’, Angela Nicoara’s book offers food for thought. She has gathered twenty-seven recipes from around the world - one from each interviewee - and presents them here, as a bonus, with easy, detailed instructions. Never tried Coliva? Cuban Flan? Soto Betawi? Well, now’s your chance!
‘Loving an Alien’ is a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys travel writing, romantic comedies, and dabbling in the kitchen. Here’s a taste of the wisdom in these intimate, personal memoirs:
“It was almost as if I’d been to Mars, had this love affair with a Martian, and now I come home to my own country and I've got a Martian to take care of, right?” Jennifer, USA
“Marrying into a different culture means you’re not trapped by your own culture, which was how I felt.
STORY: A little wind turbine is separated from his family, develops a squeak and is vandalized. But when a nasty storm plunges the nearby town into blackout, his courage and hard work restore electricity, winning him lots of new friends.
Mother-of-3, Sarah Hoss, UK:
"Beautifully illustrated story of a little wind turbine dealing with the trials and tribulations of life along with the debate about wind energy. The characters develop quickly, some gentle leg-pulling of authority along the way, and all ends well. Perfect introduction to environmental concepts, with an emphasis on kindness and family.”
Reviewer LoopyLu says:
"A brilliant tale of a friendly wind turbine who saves the day! With lovable characters, lots of laughs, drama and fab illustrations; a page-turner even for adults. Great to see a children's story touch on an important environmental theme in a fun and digestible way. Should be read in every primary school."
“As a journalist who covers the environment, I'm thrilled to see Spinner the Winner. I grew up an avid reader, and I remember vividly the stories I memorized as a young child. But these are different times, and today's kids need different stories. It's a real trick to introduce youngsters to the pressing problems our planet faces without turning them (or their parents) off. Spinner the Winner effectively informs while keeping the story lively and entertaining... and with fantastic artwork. If more kids learned about real issues through books like this, we might not have such divisiveness in adulthood.”
“This is an interesting, unique story with good illustrations. The overt message seems to be about accepting new technology, but the story also conveys a good message of accepting and being yourself even if you’re new and different. …I’d recommend it for teachers in elementary school or young readers.”
What if our best effort turns into our worst nightmare?
When a hardworking French priest in the Congo tells an agnostic British journalist, “God is just the best that we can be”, he unleashes a chain of dramatic events that will resonate from Kinshasa to Kingston-upon-Thames.
Rising to the ethical challenge, journalist Frank befriends twelve-year-old Dudu - a homeless Congolese boy accused of sorcery - and promises to help him return to his family.
But streetwise Dudu is nobody’s fool. Their unlikely partnership disintegrates with profound consequences for them both - and for Frank’s wife and kids waiting in London.
In this colourful and humorous travelogue, what you see is not what you get, but a little faith goes a long way.
The story continues in Child Witch London.