Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Interview with Erika Szabo

Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I write romantic fantasy-suspense as well as fun animal stories for charity and Holistic Healing books.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

I use bits and pieces such as my experience as an ER nurse and some of the characters in my books resemble real people I know or met.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

Bullying, controlling or influencing people are not okay. Anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I’m a chocoholic, everyone knows that. But, people are surprised to find out that I rarely watch TV and I only listen to classical music. I had no idea that Jennifer Lopez could sing.

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

I read or watch old movies. My guilty pleasure is anything with chocolate.

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

I love ghost stories. Not the very spooky ones, but those stories that makes you ask, what if… I started writing my next book and it is a romantic, suspenseful ghost story.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

My favorite is Ilona. She is sensitive and vulnerable, yet strong as steel.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

The second book of the Guarded Secrets series, Acceptance is published, sooner than I thought. All I’m going to tell you is that don’t start reading it before bed. It is packed with unexpected turns that won’t let you sleep until you finished the book. Ilona goes through lots of soul searching before she finds out who will be her one and only. And, she struggles to find out the secrets that were hidden from her.

Guarded Secrets Series
Book One
Erika Szabo

Genre: epic romance, fantasy romance

Book Description:

Ilona has been in love with her unsuspecting best friend, when a dashing stranger explodes into her life. The sudden magnetic feeling frightens her. Will he break her heart, or will he bring true happiness? 

A sinister dark man appears, Ilona connects his presence with the series of mysterious deaths around her. She is an emergency room doctor, born into an ancient tribe which still exists hidden amongst us with its fiercely enforced rules. She doesn’t know much about her heritage besides legends and rituals that she continues out of respect for her parents. 

She begins to remember the forgotten instructions concealed as rhymes her mother was teaching her since she was a small child and discovers that she can rearrange the human body to its healthy state. This ability is exciting as well as frightening. She is conflicted between having confidence in her intelligence and inherited abilities while having no confidence as a woman. 

Her insecurity created barriers which keep others out, and I also keep her caged in. She has been evacuated from her easy and steady life, and is forced to face the unknown.

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About the Author:

Growing up with a father who was a closet reader, some macho image that allowed him to only read in secret. After I caught him reading my book, The Lady of the Camellias, he shared his love of books with me and introduced me to many great books.

Before I started writing this series, I had played with the idea of writing a fantasy story peppered with historical facts. The history of the Huns always fascinated me—they were my ancestors—although I decided that it was a stupid idea after I started reading about how to write a fiction book. I had no idea how to create a good story line or form characters and make up a plot, and I wasn’t a literary genius. But, the idea didn’t leave me alone, and I kept adding events and dialogues in my head to Ilona’s story.

Not knowing how to do something properly had never prevented me from accepting a good challenge before, so I sat down at the computer and began writing. I've never been good at following rules or formulas; therefore, I discarded the instructions and made up my own rules.

I began writing Ilona's story as a diary, for my own enjoyment, jotting down the ideas that swirled in my head was far better than being haunted by them. For months I kept writing and soon realized that I never had so much fun doing anything in my life before.

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1 comment:

Author Erika M Szabo said...

Thank you for having me on your blog today :)