Updated: Nov 18
In anticipation of her new release "This Child" we caught up with Emilie Szasz-Frank and here is what she had to say.......
What was the inspiration for the story?
The complete and utter amazement I felt at becoming a mother. Separate to the cascade of love felt, I am both bewildered and humbled that these tiny humans want to seek comfort from us, to love us, to be in our presence and to share their wonderful imagination with us, adults who for the most part have lost the ability to see magic, even when it’s right in front of us. I also wanted to capture that feeling, so that when my two little humans no longer think it’s “cool” to be seen in my presence I remember what it was like to be such an intimate part of their world!
What is the key message in the book?
To try and find some joy in every moment spent together, even if only a few minutes between arguments! And, when I am exhausted from juggling life’s pressures and get annoyed at having to stop and listen to the nonsensical stories my tiny humans try and tell me, whilst I load the dishwasher, put groceries away and pay a bill, all at the same time, I try and remember that these stories are a window into their minds and hearts. They tell me about their dreams, adventures, and hopes. Being a part of these moments in time, is being a part of our tiny humans'
What was the highlight of writing this book?
Travelling the world whilst still being at home and seeing it through little people’s eyes.
Is writing your full-time career? Would you like it to be?
Writing is not my full-time job; I am a Dental Surgeon currently doing higher studies on Global Health Equity. I love to write but I cannot do it on command unfortunately. I can only write when inspired by something. That inspiration is usually something I have seen or heard at work or from the world and people around me.
What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?
I too, am just starting out so I would probably say, “Best of luck, may I read your book please? I hope to see you sometime on this road we are both travelling on, isn’t it exciting?!”
What was your favourite book as a child?
One of my all-time favourite books was “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint- Exupery. The absolute magic of it still gives me goosebumps.
Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
There is more about me and my first book at www.emilietheauthor.com