By Balázs Zágoni
I always wanted to become a writer. A novelist. While I was still a student I met a beautiful girl, we fell in love, got married and our first child arrived. I had to work and I still didn’t write my first book. I was frustrated. Instead of working on my novel, I told bed-time stories to my first-born son.
One day a friend who was editor of a Christian magazine heard my stories. She told me that if I wrote them down, she would publish them in her magazine. And so it happened. Later her publisher called and asked me, “How many of these stories do you have?”
“Three,” I said.
“Well, If you can write 25 then we can make a book of them.”
I wasn’t sure if I could write, but I said yes. So when my son was five, we attended the launch of our first book together. And we signed copies together.
And my mother-in-law was proud, too. That was the really great thing!
Now I have one more book than child. Four books, three kids. God made me a writer in His own way. I never thought I would be a children’s writer. I wanted to be a “serious” writer. Now I am proud to write for children. They are such a faithful and attentive audience!
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Balázs Zágoni is the CEO of Koinonia Publisher, a Christian publishing house in Romania that serves the Hungarian minority there and distributes to Hungary. He has written several fiction and non-fiction books for children. Balázs became a Christian in a student Bible study group after the fall of the communist regime in Romania. He and his wife have a son and twin daughters.