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Erika M Szabo

Erika M Szabo
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    Time Travel Romance Historical Fiction Fantasy Children's
  • Country: United States
  • Books: 4
  • Profession: Author
  • Born: 6 September
  • Member Since: Jun 2016
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BIOGRAPHY

I became an avid reader at a very early age, thanks to my dad who introduced me to many great books. The writing bug bit me much later, on a rainy afternoon, when I couldn’t find any new book to read. My daughter had enough of my moping around and snapped at me, “Mom, stop whining! If you haven’t a book to read, then write one.” Her challenge shocked me, but I started playing with the idea and I’ve been writing stories, that I like to read, ever since. I write alternate history, romantic urban fantasy, historical suspense novels as well as fun, educational, and bilingual books for children ages 2-14 about acceptance, friendship, family, and moral values such as accepting people with disabilities, dealing with bullies, and not judging others before getting to know them. I also like to encourage children to use their imagination and daydream about fantasy worlds.

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Prelude: The Ancestors’ Secrets Trilogy, Book 1
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Prelude: The Ancestors’ Secrets Trilogy, Book 1by Erika M SzaboPublish: May 21, 2018Series: The Ancestors' Secrets TrilogyRomantic Suspense
The Potion
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The Potionby Erika M SzaboPublish: Dec 10, 2019
The Worthless Painting
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The Worthless Paintingby Erika M SzaboPublish: Oct 25, 2019
Messenger: When the Raven Calls, Listen!
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Messenger: When the Raven Calls, Listen!by Erika M SzaboPublish: Oct 16, 2019

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  • The Ancestors' Secrets Trilogy

    Prelude: The Ancestors’ Secrets Trilogy, Book 1 - Published on May, 2018

Erika M Szabo interview On 28, Jan 2019

"Erika M Szabo grew up in Hungary. She devoured translated stories from most European authors by the time she was a teenager. She published medical related books in Hungarian but she didn't really think of writing a novel until her daughter pointed it out that she should. Erika combinses real historical facts with magical elements which makes reading a fiction story fun. She enjoys writing and illustrating children's books. Right now she is working on a new children's book. She has the story in her mind and she is drawing the illustrations."
Where did you grow up? Did you have a mini library in your home?

I grew up in Hungary and thanks to my dad, we had books in every room in the house. Well, not fancy first editions in leather binding, but the cheap, ten cents a copy paperbacks. I devoured translated stories from most European authors by the time I was a teenager.

Becoming an avid reader at a young age, who was your favorite author? Which was one all-time favorite book from all the great books that your dad introduced you to?

The stories by Ferenc Molnar such as The Paul Street Boys and Mor Jokai's historical novels were my favorites besides Dumas's Three Musketeers.

Before the writing bug bit you much later, on a rainy afternoon, what were your dreams? Did you ever think of becoming a writer?

I published medical related books in Hungarian but I didn't really think of writing a novel until my daughter pointed it out that I should.

Are you thankful to your daughter that she challenged you to stop whining and write a book? Has she read any of your books?

Yes, I'm thankful. Her challenge opened up a whole new world to me. She had read my books but refuses to give me her opinion. "Your head is big enough, mom." She told me once.

What are some things to keep in mind while writing about historical figures? Why did you choose this genre?

I've always been fascinated by Hun history, especially the times when Attila was king of the Huns. I did a lot of research and I fill the gaps with imagination in my novels. I combine real historical facts with magical elements which makes reading a fiction story fun.

How much do you enjoy writing bilingual books for children aged 2-14? Do you think your books will help the children to learn acceptance, friendship, family, and moral values?

I really enjoy writing and illustrating children's books and I think through the fun characters children learn valuable lessons without being preached at.

Having written children's books and historical fiction, what do you enjoy writing more? Do you have a preference?

Although I love writing children's books, I enjoy magical realism a little more.

How difficult it is to find a translator for writing your books in other editions? What other languages do you plan to translate your books into other than Spanish?

It wasn't easy to find a Spanish translator but I got lucky. I met Carmen online who is an English teacher in Spain and she translated my fiction trilogy and 2 of my children's books. I'm planning to translate my books to Hungarian, eventually.

How was your experience of writing "Three Ghosts in a Black Pumpkin" with Joe Bonadonna? Did you expect the book to become Golden Book Award Winner?

We had a lot of fun writing the Creepy Hollow Adventures with Joe. While we were passing ideas back and forth we kind of became kids ourselves and enjoyed developing the story, adding new characters and adventurous actions and scenes. We didn't expect to be the winner of the Golden Book Award and we were honored that the judges chose our book.

How do make stories like "The Power of the Sapphire Wand" relatable to children? How many more adventures of Nikki and Jack can we expect in the series?

I think children could relate to Nikki and Jack a lot easier than most characters in "princess" stories. We made Nikki and Jack real like and showed children that girls don't have to wait for a prince to rescue them. They can take care of themselves very well. We also highlighted in the story that boys don't have to be "macho" all the time and they can show fear or even cry a little if they feel like it. And girls don't have to wear pretty dresses and wait for a prince, they can become brave warriors. For now, we're not planning to continue the story, but who knows? Maybe Creepy Hollow will need saving once more and Nikki and Jack will go back.

What inspired the character of Penny? How did you come up with the title, "Metoo, the Annoying Little Sister?"

My friend has a son and daughter a year apart and when they were little, the little girl always wanted to tag along and kept saying to her brother, "Me, too! Me. too!" when he said he will do something. This gave me the idea to write a story where although the sister is annoying sometimes and they bicker, they love each other and protect each other when danger arises.

Do you encounter writer's block often? If so, which book of yours did you get stuck on the most and what are some things you did to get your brain working again?

I don't really feel that I have a writer's block. When I write a story I stop writing often and play with ideas in my mind while doing laundry or similar chores that give me a chance to let my imagination fly. When I worked out the details, I continue writing the story.

Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you. Do you have any new series planned?

Right now I'm working on a new children's book. I have the story in my mind and I'm drawing the illustrations.

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    • Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
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      • Many times. I get inspirations mostly from my life experiences, people I meet, childhood memories.
        I was a young teenager when grandma sold her house and asked me to help to clean the attic. I’ve found a rolled-up leather scroll-like document with fancy writing and grandpa’s name in it in an old wicker basket. Grandma said it was the deed to the 300 acres land grandpa owned before the communists took it away and turned it into a government property. The deed was called “dog skin” and grandma explained that back then paper was scarce and when the family dogs died, the owners preserved the animal’s skin to use as paper for important documents.
        One day I recalled this memory and it triggered an avalanche of unrelated thoughts. That’s when the idea for my book “Cursed Bloodline” was born.

        In my trilogy, The Ancestors' Secrets, I incorporated the ancient Hun legends I heard from my parents and from Grandma, and the scenes that play out in the Hospital are mostly from my years of working as an Emergency Room nurse.

        My children's books are mostly from experiences and memories as well. I wrote the story "A Basketful of Kittens" in memory of a young leukemia patient, Little Johnny, who never got to hear the end of the story how my best friend an I rescued the kittens from drowning. When I entered his hospital room to tell him the end of the story, his bed was empty.
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      • I strongly believe that the character's connection on some kind of emotional level is the most important element. As a reader, I don't just want to know what the character is wearing and what they look like, I want to feel what they feel and want to know their personality and inner most thoughts and feelings. As a writer, I try to describe my characters' personalities through their actions and dialog.
        The second most important element is the consistency and smooth flow of the story.
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      • The writing bug bit me on a rainy afternoon ten years ago, when I couldn’t find any new book to read. My daughter had enough of my moping around and snapped at me, “Mom, stop whining! If you haven’t a book to read, then write one.” Her challenge shocked me, but I started playing with the idea and I’ve been writing stories, that I like to read, ever since. I write speculative alternate history fiction, romantic urban fantasy, historical suspense novels as well as fun, educational, and bilingual books for children ages 2-14 about acceptance, friendship, family, and moral values.
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