As a lawyer with a passion for history and archaeology, Gabriel Farago had to wait for many years before being able to pursue another passion—writing—in earnest. However, his love of books and storytelling started long before that.
‘I remember as a young boy reading biographies and history books with a torch under the bed covers,’ he recalls, ‘and then writing stories about archaeologists and explorers the next day, instead of doing homework. Whilst I regularly got into trouble for this, I believe we can only do well in our endeavours if we are passionate about the things we love; for me, writing has become a passion.’
Born in Budapest, Gabriel grew up in post-War Europe, and after fleeing Hungary with his parents during the Revolution in 56, he went to school in Austria before arriving in Australia as a teenager. This allowed him to become multi-lingual and feel ‘at home’ in different countries and diverse cultures.
Shaped by a long legal career and experiences spanning several decades and continents, his is a mature voice that speaks in many tongues.Gabriel holds degrees in literature and law, speaks several languages and takes research and authenticity very seriously. Inquisitive by nature, he studied Egyptology and learned to read the hieroglyphs. He travels extensively and visits all of the locations mentioned in his books.
‘I try to weave fact and fiction into a seamless storyline,’ he explains. ‘By blurring the boundaries between the two, the reader is never quite sure where one ends, and the other begins. This is of course quite deliberate as it creates the illusion of authenticity and reality in a work that is pure fiction. A successful work of fiction is a balancing act: reality must rub shoulders with imagination in a way that is both entertaining and plausible.’
Gabriel lives in the Blue Mountains in Australia just outside Sydney, surrounded by a World Heritage National Park. ‘The beauty and solitude of this unique environment,’ he points out, ‘give me inspiration and the energy to weave my thoughts and ideas into stories which, I sincerely hope, will in turn entertain and inspire my readers.’
on Jan. 07, 2014 :
Skillfully Crafted Short Stories!
Author Gabriel Farago's LETTERS FROM THE ATTIC is an artfully crafted collection of short stories that he created from his personal experiences in life after receiving the key to his grandfather's attic when just a child. He informs the reader that it wasn't until his later years that he started writing using his grandfather's journals.
Farago's life led him to become the man that wore many different hats. I do believe this is what has made him the unique writer he is today! His passion for history and archaeology blended with his knowledge of all his schooling over the years.
One of Farago's short stories takes the reader back to Austria, 1956. His vivid description of winter and the Russian tanks rolling through Budapest is captivating. As the reader I found myself transported back in time sharing the hardships of everyday living.
My favorite is the story THE MAJOR and the PHOTOGRAPH in the WINDOW. The author's use of simple observation, vivid detail, and a pleasantly surprised twist made this story all the more believable.
This is just two of the many short stories available in LETTERS FROM THE ATTIC. So if you are looking to find another great author to follow this is the place to start! Farago has the talent to weave fact and fiction into a seamless storyline. I couldn't tell whether each story was factual or not. They all were a fantastic read!
His collection of short stories will lead the reader to want to read his current novel, The EMPRESS HOLDS The KEY. I am told this book holds all that I enjoy. The action thriller read, finding myself in exotic places with plenty of adventure. I just bought his novel and can't wait to start reading it!
(review of free book)