Istvan Szabo Ifj.


ISTVAN SZABO, IFJ. is an acclaimed international author and graphic artist best known for his epic fantasy novel Crystal Shade. He began his career as a screenwriter and director, and won his first award for his short movie, 15 Minutes of Fame in 2008. Crystal Shade, with the extended edition to be released in 2017-18, has reached success and was available on 6 continents and in 65 countries in between 2011 and 2014. One of his short stories in his 7 Post Meridiem series, Anno Humanae Salutis reached #2 Amazon Bestselling status in 2012. As a seasoned book industry veteran and professional graphic artist, he is also responsible for the formatting and design of over 500 books, and under the umbrella of Sapphire Guardian International, from time to time he offers publishing consultation and occasionally acts as a veteran beta reader to help young and inexperienced authors to reach their dreams. His next novel, the hard science fiction Remember Always will be released in 2017-18.

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I’m Istvan Szabo, Ifj., an award winning screenwriter and director, and the author and illustrator of the Auralight Fantasy book series, Crystal Shade and the short story series, 7 Post Meridiem.
I can see from your book’s website, ( that a lot of thought has gone into your flagship series, Crystal Shade. Can you describe your series to me?
Crystal Shade is about the life of a young, daydreaming soul, the seven years old Grace who always dreamt of becoming a guardian angel; like those who guarded and guided her people and prepared to bravely fight in a dreaded mythical event, the Crystal Shade – which never came. It's not like Grace ever wanted to see Demons. Or wants to know what evil and darkness is – things that no one ever faced on her world and as the legends says, the Crystal Shade carries within –, nor does she want to die to be reborn as a guardian. But she thinks the mysterious life of angels is so noble a fable that it sounds exciting – until it actually happens.

In Crystal Shade I'm inviting the reader to live the life of a young soul who is reborn as a matured Guardian Angel. I’d like it if the readers would discover a strange home world and its secrets along with her, evolve with the character, understand her motives, her thoughts and foremost her decisions, even in the darkest hours while she is trying to learn what the mythical event, the Crystal Shade really is. It’s a story about a soul who love to dream, just like everyone else… but just as the crystal has its own shadow, sometimes restless dreams and revealed secrets may also bring darkness into life and the world itself.

As many have asked what the secondary title, Angeni means. My answer is… the story will tell it as it’s all about an “Angeni”.
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