Interview with Erika M Szabo

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.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Two books from my Ilona the Hun trilogy, Birthright Bestowed and Secrets Revealed (available on Amazon and Barnes&Noble) the third book Destiny Altered is coming in December are based on my Hungarian heritage and working in the medical field all my life, combined with fantasy elements such as magical healing, time travel, ancient secrets and mystery with romantic love story.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It is so easy to work with Smashwords, every step is user friendly and clear.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans give me the greatest joy when they tell me how much they enjoy my stories or how successfully they use and how much they learn from my educational books.
What are you working on next?
My next project is a ghost story
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
See my family healthy and happy, check what my fans said on social sites. improve my website and make a difference in people's life working in a hospital
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly on social sites recommended by friends
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I must have been about nine or ten, we had an assignment in school to write about our favorite pets. I wrote a 30 pages long story about my black Puli Crumbs about his ability to herd the chickens, his sneaky ways to steal food and how protective he was towards family members and our house and property. My teacher gave me an A+, but my friends hated me because there was not enough time left for them to read their stories.
What is your writing process?
I don't follow any schedule or writing process. Sometimes I don't write for days, and then I write 14 hours straight
Published 2013-08-22.
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