“How do you find a word that means Maria?” —The Sound of Music
“I just met a girl named Maria. The most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard …” —West Side Story
Two epic films have written about girls with the classic name of Maria. It’s a beautiful name and today I feature another Maria.
Maria Savva is a writer who inspires, and she’s worth getting to know. Find out more about this diverse author of numerous books.
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Who is Maria?
Maria Savva was born in London on 19th March 1970. She studied for a Law Degree at Middlesex University and went on to gain a professional solicitor qualification at The College of Law in London. She qualified as a solicitor in 1996. Maria continues to practice as a solicitor in London whilst writing her novels and stories in her spare time.
Her latest book The Dream is a paranormal novel, exploring the concept of fate.
Find out where to buy all of Maria’s books on her site.
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Inside Maria Savva’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Now, that is a question. I think perfect happiness is something we all strive for and maybe many of us feel that we don’t have it until we achieve a certain thing or a certain status. I think most people go through life like this (me included). The ultimate goal that we should try to achieve, however, is to learn to be happy in whatever situation we are in. I mean, what if you did win the lottery, or you did get to be with that person you’ve been crazy about for ages? It doesn’t mean that you would definitely be happy then; it’s just another way for us to make ourselves feel like we are lacking something. Over the years (I’m quite old now lol) I have learnt that there are many things that we cannot change, and there are many dreams that we will never realise. It’s so easy to compare our lives to other people’s lives and this often leads to unhappiness. Yes, we should have dreams and ambitions, but they should not be allowed to stop us living the life that we are here to live. Perfect happiness can be found in the simplest things: the sound of a child laughing, the sound of the sea, the appearance of freshly fallen snow on the branches of a tree…
What turns you on creatively? Everyday life and everyday people. I am constantly being inspired by things I see and things I hear. Also, creativity inspires creativity. When I read a lot, or listen to music; when I look at beautiful art work like paintings and sculptures, or artistic photography, and other such things, I find inspiration. I always find that I am most creative when I have many other things going on in my life. Whenever I get spare time and try to write, I often find that I am literally lost for words.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? In speaking: ‘Whatever’. In writing, I noticed that in my first novel, ‘Coincidences’, I used ‘realised’ quite a lot (I’ve been editing that novel in preparation for the release of the second edition– out soon)
What quality do you most admire in a man? Honesty.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? Honesty.
What is your greatest regret? (WARNING: I’m going to get all philosophical again.) I really don’t believe in regrets. This is just another thing that weighs down the spirit. It’s like beating yourself up over and over. We tend to be our own harshest critics. Every time we make mistakes we learn something from them. The best way to live is with no regrets, after all we can’t change the past but we can make the future better.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I could say I’d change the fact that I’m too much of a dreamer — sometimes even bordering on delusional — but actually it helps with my fiction writing, so I think it’s best if I stay this way :)
What is your greatest fear? That I will end up as the ‘crazy cat lady’.
Which living person do you most admire? I’ve met many people through social networking that I greatly admire. To name a couple: Joyce Rothman, who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer a while back and writes a blog and also writes a column for a newspaper about her continuing struggle. I find her positivity and mental strength very inspiring. Then there is a young lady, Nisha Varghese, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, and she keeps a blog diary to inspire others about how she tries to improve herself. She’s also running a very successful campaign called The Water Project to build a well in Africa. Both of those inspirational ladies can be found on Twitter. I also admire anyone who is just brave enough to be themselves in public. It’s quite a hard thing to do.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? If I had my time again, I think I’d like to do something like Cardiology. When I was going through my treatment for SVT I found the medical procedure side of it all very fascinating.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? Maybe some type of bird, so that I could fly away anywhere I wanted. I’m forever staring out of windows at birds and thinking how lucky they are (sad, I know, lol)
What do you consider your greatest achievement? As I am a bit of a Woody Allen in the sense that I don’t really rate myself, I don’t think that anything I achieve is necessary noteworthy. I mean, if I can do it then surely anyone can? This is really a question you would have to ask someone who knows me.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Intolerance.
What is your greatest extravagance? My Mini Cooper. I bought it a few months before I was made redundant from my rather well paid job. I can’t really afford it now, but I still keep it.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Travel more. There are too many wonderful places in the world that I haven’t seen.
What is your favorite piece of music? Too many to mention, but ‘To Live is to Die’ by Metallica is definitely one of my top favourites. ‘Child in Time’ by Deep Purple, is another, ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ Iron Maiden. I have countless favourites…
What are some of your favorite curse words? I am going to sound prudish here but I really don’t like curse words. I don’t get offended when I hear other people swear, well not unless they over do it, but I don’t like saying them myself. I only ever use them when I am so angry that I don’t even know I’m saying them… I shock myself sometimes lol. Curse words are unnecessary; there is always something you could use instead, in my honest opinion.