Meet author Sarah Mazor, an author of children's books that teach good values! Her latest book is titled Queen Esther's Big Secret: A Purim Story.
The Purim holiday celebrates the miraculous story of the Jews of Persia during the reign of Achashverosh (Xerxes I), over 2400 years ago.The Book of Esther, the Megillah (on which Queen Esther’s Big Secret is based), which is read on Purim in synagogues around the world, commemorates the events of the days during which Haman’s plot to eliminate the Jews of Persia was met by the heroic deeds of Queen Esther, the Jewish heroine who saved her people. Read more here. Learn more about the inspiration behind Sarah's work in the interview below.
How long have you been writing?
I have always enjoyed writing. In the past, I used my writing skills for authoring papers, trade articles, and website content about a myriad of topics of interest. Approximately five years ago, I began writing for children on a whim and fell in love with this wonderful pursuit.
What is your most recent literary/artistic project?
My new release, “Queen Esther’s Big Secret” – a retelling of the miraculous Purim (Jewish Holiday) Miracle experienced by Persian Jewry over 2400 years ago, and of the heroic Queen Esther, who saved her people.
What inspires you to write?
Children’s joy and delight in new discoveries inspire me.
Writing for kids is a skill that I continually work on, though I find that my journey is still at an early stage. Indeed, the more I study the craft, the more I learn and improve, the more I admire the genius of those who truly mastered the ability. Writing for kids, I believe, is a true challenge. It entails an age-appropriate vocabulary that is rich and that can hold the interest of young readers, while also conveying a message or value. It necessitates a return to the innocence of childhood, an ability to see things with an untainted and non-cynical eye, and the capacity to perceive the shape, the sound and if you will, even the taste of words.
I wonder sometimes. Is there something sweeter than watching children revel in the sounds of funny, silly, tender, happy, or thrilling new words?
Who’s your favorite author and why?
A long list of authors would qualify. I love reading. My eclectic preferences include fiction, nonfiction, classics, and new publications. I also love reading children’s books, especially when their magnificence manifests in structure and word choice.
As mentioned, there are many authors I enjoy and admire. I confess, however, to having the obvious and perhaps clichéd admiration for the most singular and masterful Dr. Seuss.
What advice can you give to other authors or writers?
Read a lot (choose your reading material wisely), constantly toil on improving you skills, listen and implement constructive criticism, and write, write, and rewrite.
Where can readers go to find out more information about your work?
All of my books are listed on the MazorBooks website and available for purchase online on Amazon and other fine stores.