Erika M Szabo

Biography

I’ve been writing Alternative Medicine related books in English and Hungarian as well as urban fantasy novels and picture books of animals. I love healing as passionately as I love to write and read. Growing up with a father who was a closet reader (having a macho image allowed him to read only in secret which he shared with me after I caught him reading my book ‘The lady of the camellias’ and he left a few teardrops on the pages) he introduced me to many great books.
I was playing with the idea of writing a fantasy story peppered with historical facts for awhile. 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.
Not knowing how to do something properly had never prevented me from a accepting a good challenge before, so I sat down by the computer and began writing. I've never been good at following rules or formulas, therefore I discarded the instructions and I made up my own rules. I began writing Ilona's story as a diary. 'Just for my own enjoyment, writing down the ideas that are swirling in my head is far better than being hunted by them.' I thought. I kept writing for months, and soon I realized that I never had so much fun doing anything in my life before. Somehow the characters came to life on their own, and they developed under my furiously typing fingers. Pretty soon I realized that I wrote about four hundred pages already.
I gave the manuscript to my friends to read, and they urged me to publish it. I was elated when I received the publisher’s review about my story that said “I want to give you my overall impression of your work: You have a terrific writing style. You have obviously done a significant amount planning and preparation in crafting your work. Your prose is nicely written with details that capture the reader. Right from the start your plot was very engaging. You do a nice job of slowly making your way through the story with details and a certain voice that allows your reader to really interact with the characters (who are all round and very nicely developed). The greatest value in fiction, it seems to me, lies in what we can learn about our own lives when we take time to analyze someone else’s — even if that someone else is just a character in a story. Characterization is one of the most important elements of any successful story. I always love it when I leave a story feeling like I know the characters. This is true for your prose. So many authors rush through their stories without really developing them. Not you. Your book read like a movie in my mind. You have crafted a quality piece of writing.”

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up in Hungary greatly influenced my writing. I learned the benefits and uses of herbs from my mother and grandmother as a small child. I furthered my knowledge of Alternative Medicine by receiving a PhD in Naturopathy.
My Hungarian heritage influenced my novelist side as well. In my contemporary fantasy trilogy, Ilona the Hun contains a lot of legends, historical facts and beliefs.
When did you first start writing?
About ten years ago I started writing health related articles to a New York based Hungarian newspaper. A few years later I published two Hungarian books and in 2008 I started writing Alternative Healing books and contemporary fantasy novels.
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  • Diary of a Dead Muse on Sep. 29, 2011

    Reading this short author's diary reminds me of reading a poem. Every word has a purposeful meaning, and it leaves a deep impression. Benjamin has an easy flowing writing style, I'd love to find out if he ever written Twil's story. For now, I will read his other book the Ant King. Sounds interesting and if it's written in the same style, I'm sure I will enjoy it.
  • The Whale Whisperers of Ensorclea on April 10, 2012

    I don’t like to give spoilers and I write a review only if I really liked the book; therefore I will tell you how reading this book made me feel. First of all, I really enjoyed Ed’s writing style and his gentle way of voicing his thoughts about society and politics woven into a story, without trying to influence me. In this book even murder and the plotting of the next one doesn’t shock you that much, because he rolls you into it gentler than some authors who think that by scaring you half to death will make you like the story more, although there are some much unexpected turns and well written darkness of human nature in this story. A few events in the book are developing a little slower than some readers might like, however this is not an action novel and I enjoyed reading these parts pretty much, because of his way of explaining and expressing things. The beautiful sentences made even the few slower parts really enjoyable such as : “The path’s gentle descent was occasionally broken up with short steep parts, the two men slid down on their feet like expert skiers on the bunny slope.” and many more. I liked the way he explains the concept of the thought, “Information is never lost, it always exists.” I’m a firm believer of this fact, the information exists, but it might have changed so we can’t recognize it, this is how he explains it: “When you drop an ice cube into hot water and watch closely, the thing you notice is the ice cube disappearing. You can’t really appreciate that it is really only changing. Changing back to water. Turn up the heat under that hot water and it boils away. Again, it hasn’t gone away so much as changed.” The idea of group consciousness exists in many cultures including in Hun history (my ancestry) and probably every culture has legends about how to get the long lost information back. This story gave me a new and almost believable idea about how it could be possible. The description of many different realities flowing simultaneously, tapping into ancient “singing” with an instrument were all new, original and fascinating. I loved the characters in the book, even the well written evil ones. I wanted to see my two favorite’s names written out Lorenna and Jennoquina more instead of using short Jen and Lore, I just liked their full name better. Usually I speed read the books that seems like just came off the chain production made by the same formula - if I find something interesting in the story line - good fights bad, fast actions and vivid love scenes with some profanity to please every reader with something. This book was different; I took my time to enjoy it.
  • The Whale Whisperers of Ensorclea on April 10, 2012

    I don’t like to give spoilers and I write a review only if I really liked the book; therefore I will tell you how reading this book made me feel. First of all, I really enjoyed Ed’s writing style and his gentle way of voicing his thoughts about society and politics woven into a story, without trying to influence me. In this book even murder and the plotting of the next one doesn’t shock you that much, because he rolls you into it gentler than some authors who think that by scaring you half to death will make you like the story more, although there are some much unexpected turns and well written darkness of human nature in this story. A few events in the book are developing a little slower than some readers might like, however this is not an action novel and I enjoyed reading these parts pretty much, because of his way of explaining and expressing things. The beautiful sentences made even the few slower parts really enjoyable such as : “The path’s gentle descent was occasionally broken up with short steep parts, the two men slid down on their feet like expert skiers on the bunny slope.” and many more. I liked the way he explains the concept of the thought, “Information is never lost, it always exists.” I’m a firm believer of this fact, the information exists, but it might have changed so we can’t recognize it, this is how he explains it: “When you drop an ice cube into hot water and watch closely, the thing you notice is the ice cube disappearing. You can’t really appreciate that it is really only changing. Changing back to water. Turn up the heat under that hot water and it boils away. Again, it hasn’t gone away so much as changed.” The idea of group consciousness exists in many cultures including in Hun history (my ancestry) and probably every culture has legends about how to get the long lost information back. This story gave me a new and almost believable idea about how it could be possible. The description of many different realities flowing simultaneously, tapping into ancient “singing” with an instrument were all new, original and fascinating. I loved the characters in the book, even the well written evil ones. I wanted to see my two favorite’s names written out Lorenna and Jennoquina more instead of using short Jen and Lore, I just liked their full name better. Usually I speed read the books that seems like just came off the chain production made by the same formula - if I find something interesting in the story line - good fights bad, fast actions and vivid love scenes with some profanity to please every reader with something. This book was different; I took my time to enjoy it.