How many years must go by
when we finally realize that
we should appreciate
every moment of our life?
How many tears must be cried
to finally understand that
there is only one meaning of war –
sorrow and death?
How many living things
must be wiped off the face of the Earth
before we finally disappear ourselves?
And how many stars must fall down
so that only one of our wishes comes true?
How many snowflakes must be caught
and melted on our tongues before we feel
the affectionate approach of spring?
Valda Taurus is inspired by stories of survival in extreme situations, whether it be a natural disaster or an inner psychological struggle. She holds a master's degree in sociology and a minor in psychology that complements her desire to be a judgment-free observer of people. On the path to becoming a writer, she completed an advanced fiction-writing course. 'Killing Your Best Friend' is her first novel in which she touches on the topic of destructive feelings such as guilt and self-accusation. Writing has always been her passion. As she says, "Before I learned how to write, I invented the stories in my head, or they just lived in my head, and then, I tried to guess where they originally came from, and why all these characters chose me to share their stories. I was never alone in my mind although often lonely in the world of real people."