Interview with Erika M Szabo

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read was about a selfish goose "Full of himself Gedeon"
I learned that selfish animals and people end up being alone in life, and I learned to accept people as they are and respect their beliefs.
How do you approach cover design?
I design my own book covers.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romantic fantasy, suspense, mystery
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on Kindle, but I still prefer print. I cannot give up the smell, feel and joy of turning the pages of the paperback.
Describe your desk
Organized mess. I know where everything is, but for others it looks like there is every inch covered with books and papers.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've been writing Natural Healing books, short stories and picture books of animals, and I donate the money to animal shelters. I love to read magical realism/fantasy stories. About two years ago, on a rainy afternoon, I wanted to snuggle up on the couch to read, but I didn’t have any new books. I voiced my disappointment, while browsed my numerous bookshelves. My daughter had enough after a while and said, “Mom, stop whining! If you don’t have a book to read, then write one.” She surprised me with her statement, but I took her advice, sat down and started writing my Guarded Secrets series.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My imagination can fly and I can play with the characters and story line
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans give me the greatest joy when they tell me how much they enjoyed my books
What are you working on next?
I started writing the third book of the Guarded Secrets series
What is your writing process?
I don't have a writing schedule or process, I write when a new idea pops into my head about how the story should continue. Some days I write ten minutes, other days ten hours straight
Published 2014-02-05.
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Books by This Author

Creepy Hollow Adventures 1 and 2
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,010. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The ghosts of the Trinity of Wishmothers are trapped. The children offer their help, so the talking skeleton takes them on a journey to the realm of Creepy Hollow. Righteous motivations drive Jack and Nikki: to protect the weak, confront evil, conquer their fears, and gain courage. In the battle against Evila and her minions they grow into the warriors they were destined to become.
Metoo, the Annoying Little Sister
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 110. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Siblings
A picture book for children 2-6. Penny always wants to do what her big brother does. She imitates his every move and constantly tweets, “Me, too.” Spike is angry at his sister and threatens to name her Metoo, but when the two young chickens face danger, Spike realizes how important family is and happy to have a sometimes annoying, but loving and brave little sister.
Mira, ¡puedo hablar con los dedos!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,170. Language: Spanish. Published: October 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Multigenerational, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Special Needs
Cuando la abuela Rosa perdió la audición, Los padres de Sandra se sintieron frustrados y tristes. No sabían qué hacer y cómo aprender a comunicarse mejor con ella. Ellos intentaban gritar, cambiar el tono de voz o acercarse a su oído cuando se dirigían a ella, pero no servía de nada. Rosa podía oír algunos sonidos claramente, pero otros no podía escucharlos bien.
Look, I Can Talk With My Fingers!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,040. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Multigenerational, Fiction » Children’s books » Special needs
When Grandma Rosa lost her hearing, Sandra found a website for hearing impaired people that explains how deaf people communicate. They start learning sign language and to “talk” with their fingers. Sandra and Grandma Rosa find realize that with compassion, love, and hard work, they can overcome the obstacles of disability.
The Power of the Sapphire Wand
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,520. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Nikki and Jack return to Creepy Hollow in this action-packed fantasy adventure. Nikki discovers she has magical powers, Mutanto and his minions attack them and they find out the Grim Witch’s plans to conquer Creepy Hollow. Nikki learns what happened to her parents.They conquer their fears and gain courage, and go into battle against Evila with their friends Ghoulina, Wishbone, and Catman.
Three Ghosts in a Black Pumpkin
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,810. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Halloween, Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters
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Golden Book Award Winner. Spooky and funny fantasy adventure for middle-grade children. Nikki and Jack, find a mysterious black pumpkin in the forest on Halloween. The Trinity of Wishmothers are trapped inside the pumpkin and can’t be freed without their wands. They go on a journey to Creepy Hollow with Wishbone, Ghoulina, and Catman to retrieve the wands.
Bobby Book's Bedtime Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,730. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Peer Pressure, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Three stories in one book for children 4-12 about dealing with bullies ans saving drowning kittens. The second story is about a frustrated parrot. Pico doesn't understand English and driving everyone crazy until Pedro has an idea. The third story is about Sandra who learns sign language so she can talk to her Grandmother who lost her hearing.
Terry And The Number Fairy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 210. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Bedtime & Dreams, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Counting & Numbers
Terry is struggling to learn numbers. Pansy, Terry’s dog, and Pansy’s best friend, Oliver, the hedgehog, want to help but they don’t know how. When Terry wakes up in the morning, she tells her mother that the fairy showed her the numbers in her dream. Her grandmother says with a playful smile on her face, “Maybe there is a Number Fairy, sweet pea… Maybe there is.”
Pico, el Loro Latoso
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,900. Language: Spanish. Published: September 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Cuando Pico desordena la habitación de Emma, ella se enfada mucho pero sus amigos la ayudan. Charlotte se da cuenta de que Pico parece triste y Pedro averigua porqué Pico está chillando tan alto todo el tiempo. El pájaro está frustrado porque nadie sabe lo que quiere ni le presta atención.
Who Stole Terry's Music Box?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
Terry is sad because she can’t find her precious music box that was a gift from her Grandmother. With the help of her dog, Pansy, and the wise hedgehog, Oliver, they cross the portal to the magical world and Pansy leads them to Wolfgang’s cave. Terry finds out why she has the ability to talk to animals and why the good witch enchanted her music box so long ago.
Pico, the Pesky Parrot
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,720. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
When Pico makes a mess of Emma’s room, Emma gets very angry, but her friends help her. Charlotte notices that the parrot seems sad, and Pedro finds out why Pico is shrieking so loudly all the time. The parrot is frustrated because nobody pays attention to him, and nobody understands what he wants.
Asthma Relief with Grandma’s Remedies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,600. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative therapies, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative therapies
My grandmother was born in 1892, and she suffered with asthma all her life. She, of course, didn’t have the luxuries afforded us by modern medicine, but she managed her symptoms well with herbs, dietary, environmental changes, and her home remedies. Now I regret that I did not continue learning from her. Back then, I thought I was smarter and the “old medicine” was just that, old.
Twenty-Eight Tiny Paws
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,090. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Animals, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Amateur naturalist
We found seven orphaned fox pups in our backyard, back in 2005, and I want to share my memories of them with people who love and respect animals. Watching these magnificent wild animals as they grew, played, learned and fought for leadership, was a wonderful experience. They demonstrated their wild instincts as well as their love and compassion for one another. They will always be in our memories
Strange Symptoms and Bizarre Cravings
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,100. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Body cleansing & detoxification
The symptoms, our body’s signals of diseases and conditions, are fascinating. This book contains unusual symptoms, strange food cravings, vitamin deficiency and overdose symptoms. Also a list of foods that keeps your body healthy, as well as easy, whole body detoxification methods. The main purpose of this book to increase your awareness of the signals that your body is sending you.