Monday, December 16, 2013

Interview with Erika Szabo

What inspired you to become an author?

I’ve been publishing educational books, but because I always loved reading romantic suspense, I decided to write one. 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 am not a literary genius, I have no idea how to create a good story line or form characters and make up a plot - I thought, but the idea didn’t leave me alone. I kept adding events and dialogs in my head to Ilona’s story, and one day I decided to sit down and write it.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I love to write in first person, diary style, because I love to read books that written that way. I can get into the story easier and get to know the character as a person.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

Oh, boy. The title was changed so many times, I don’t even remember how I decided on the final ones. Any writer can tell you that it’s easier to write a whole book than decide on the title, cover and especially writing a blurb.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Anything is possible with hard work and determination, if you set your mind to it and are willing to work on it.

What books/authors have influenced your life?

I’ve always been a bookworm, but I got most of the influence from books in my teen years. I learned to be brave but not careless, honest and a loyal friend from the stories I read.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Grammar is not my friend. When I started writing, I agonized over every word and sentence, to make it perfect. Then I realized that if I’m going to think and look up every word, I’m going to forget what I was going to write about. So now, I just let the story flow, and when it’s done, I edit it.

Do you have to travel much to do research for your books?

I wish I could, but the historical background comes from books I read and the legends my grandma told me.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

The cover for the first edition was designed by a cover artist, but I designed the covers for the present edition.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep writing and dream big.

Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?

I’ve found this great composer Graham Timbrell, and added his music to my book trailer. I think it represents the secrets, mystery and the fast pace in the story

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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.


Erika M Szabo said...

Thank you for having me on your blog :) Here is my new book trailer
And new magazine