Cathy Piros


I hadn’t really noticed her before, probably because I was way too busy keeping track of myself, until she one day about five years ago approached me after class.

A few weeks earlier I had joined an international course in anthropology, mainly because I was too lazy to fill out the applications for studies abroad. I took the easy way. Something that Mary Jane often leads you to do.

Already on the first day I’d judged my classmates as idiots and was fairly surprised when this curly, brown haired, in class a quiet girl, started chatting me up. She told me that she was studying international affairs, and that she had just recently arrived to Sweden from Canada with a bunch of shit in her luggage.

I don’t know if we skipped the rest of the class that day, but after that first coffee we were inseparable. She told me about her shortcomings, how she dealed her way through college, managed to finally leave her abusive boyfriend and made her way to Sweden - the country that her eccentric father had grown to love after fleeing from communist Hungary.

She was a swift wind through my then fogged mind and helped me to see clearly upon the things that soiled the ground. We were young, stoned and unconscious of the future.

When we met we were both in a state of decay. Kati was angry about most of the things that came across, and I was deeply depressed and suicidal most of the time.

I think we met at the exact right moment to become friends for life. She stopped me in many depraved moments and helped me through a time where nothing could neither be helped or saved.

The biggest heart. A constant way to see things as they are. No velvet wrapping. No uncomfortable silences. No doubt sincere.

Felicia Korman

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing itself is a joy! The pen and paper act as my non-judgemental best friend. It allows me to clear my head and sort my thoughts. Sometimes I can have an idea floating around in my head for days, weeks, or years even and it seems that by writing something down it sets that "thought" free for others to take its place. Thus writing is a never ending process....
What are you working on next?
I have always wanted to write my fathers biography. I have had the pleasure to meet many colorful characters in my day, but no one measures up to stories that he comes up with just when telling about his life experiences. Plus, I myself don't even know the full story, every time we meet I learn something new. So I think it would be an important piece for me personally.

I am also planning to write a book about integration into the Swedish society by presenting the stories of several individuals as case studies. I plan to call it "Get to know us". There is a negative stigma that the word immigrant automatically means something bad and that "we immigrants" are taking away from society. Not just in Sweden, but everywhere. I think if people got to learn more about each other that I could help change stereotyping to understanding.

Otherwise, on a lighter note, I want to turn a recent vacation I had in Croatia into a fictional book. I couldn't have created the story or characters with my own imagination! Just an amazing time that with a bit of word fluffing and name changing could be a really fun piece to write.
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