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WeWriWa—Reasons for leaving


Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. I’m now sharing from Chapter 45, “Imre’s Revenge,” of my hiatused WIP The Strongest Branches of Uprooted Trees. This week’s snippet comes right after last week’s.

Imre Goldmark put himself in a great deal of danger by going to his girlfriend Csilla’s old house to dig up valuables she hid last spring. He got into a violent fight with the gendarme who took over the house, whom he believes he murdered. Imre fled back to Budapest with the valuables and a broken hand.

His mother quickly found a smuggler from the Brihah, a group which successfully got many people out of harm’s way in the early postwar years. However, no one expected Imre’s sister Júlia to announce she wants to escape too.

Soviet soldiers marching through Budapest, 1945

“Since when? You still have a few more years of gymnasium. Imcsi will have plenty of company with his friends, so you needn’t worry he’ll be lonely.”

“I don’t want to stay in Hungary anymore. None of the people at my gymnasium understand what I went through, living in a ghetto under false papers and terrified every single day. They didn’t lose their fathers to forced labor brigades, and didn’t almost lose their mothers to an Arrow Cross firing squad. And those damned Russians are everywhere. Some of them are really nice and helpful, but a lot of them only see someone with breasts and a skirt and want to have their way. I don’t want to spend the next few years constantly on-guard when I’m walking anywhere, thinking about which soldier might try to rape me. I’ll feel much more comfortable and safe in France.”


I started reading at three (my first book was Grimm's Fairy Tales, the uncensored adult version), started writing at four, started writing book-length things at eleven, and have been a writer ever since. I predominantly write historical fiction family sagas/series. I primarily write about young people, since I was a young person myself when I became a serious writer and didn't know how to write about adults as main characters. I only write in a contemporary setting if the books naturally go into the modern era over the course of the decades-long stories being told over many books. I've always been drawn to books, films, music, fashions, et al, from bygone eras, and have never really been too much into modern things. If something or someone has appeal for all time, it'll still be there to be discovered after the initial to-do has died down. For example, my second-favorite writer enjoyed a huge burst of popularity in the Sixties and Seventies, but he wrote his books from 1904-43, and his books still resonate today, even after he's no longer such a fad. Quality lasts for all time.

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