Interview with Sophia Turol

What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to tell my story in the hope that people would understand what it is like to go through a war and hope that we have peace in this world. It also helped to heal my wounds. I was able to express myself and know that my story will live on and my family and others will understand the journey and that life can throw you difficult situations but you have to push through and not give up.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have had some wonderful feedback from people reading my book. It has given me great pleasure to share my story and appreciate all the feedback.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Expressing myself and in that process it helped me to heal especially with the loss of my mother and not knowing what happened to her.
What are you working on next?
A booklet of my poems that I have written.
What do you hope to achieve from publishing the book?
To teach the young that in life you can go through hard times but you should never give up.
Any other message you would like to give?
We need to understand each other more, communicate better and live together in peace and harmony, no matter what race, creed or religion. We all belong to this world. There is no need for war or destruction. Be gentle, kind, do good in this world and give love and happiness to others.
Who have you dedicated this book to?
My lovely children, grandchildren and great grandchild. I love them all very much. They make me laugh, make me smile and make me happy and have shared with me all the joys in life.
Anyone else you would like to thank?
The greatest thanks is to the New Zealand Government for giving a home, care, support and understanding to all the Polish orphans who arrived in New Zealand in 1944. The hospitality, kindness and generosity of the New Zealand people was tremendous ad it will never ever be forgotten. Thank you very much.
Do you have any other creative outlets?
My painting is very important to me and allowed me to express myself in other ways.
Can we get a snapshot of one of your poems?
Sure. This one is called "Be Happy"

Be happy each day
Have positive, active mind
Be loving and caring
And all will be fine

Respect your loved ones
And all your friends
Give them support in need
And a helping hand
Published 2016-01-28.
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Books by This Author

Sophia's Challenging Journey
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 35,540. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Sophia Turol was born in Poland. In 1939 came World War II and all her dreams and desires vanished. She was at the age of 12 when Russians occupied Poland and sent her family out of Poland to labour camps in Siberia. This book is a true account of Sophia's journey