An interview with Author Seymour Ubell:
1. What is your favorite travel spot?
Back to the old neighborhood in Brooklyn
2. What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you?
Michael Douglas, the actor was sitting next to me at the Philharmonic. As we left the theater, he told me how pleased he was that no one bothered him in New York City…it was a great private visit. I turned to him and sad, “Mike, look up at the balcony, there are two thousand people up there. Do you have any idea as to what they are saying as they see us?” He replied, “No, I do not.” I responded, “Each and everyone is saying, Who’s that guy with Seymour Ubell?” He almost fell over with laughter.
3. What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
My most courageous experience was having a child at the age of 56 years old.
4. What made you write a book about adoption
It came from an original experience of almost adopting Anglo Asian twins.
5. There are many books out there about adoption….What makes yours different? What advice would you give budding writers?
I have not read any other BOOKS ON adoption.. A good writer is always writing…even as he or she thinks. All thoughts should be written down…otherwise you will forget the ideas that come to you on a daily and even hourly basis.
6. Your book is set in China, the USA, and Europe. Have you ever been there?
I have spent 25 years of my life going to China on a monthly basis. And Europe as well
7. Which was the hardest character to write?
Shan Di’s biological father. It was difficult for me to imagine the feelings of a father selling his daughter. The easiest?The feeling of the adoptive father was the easiest.
8. If you could put yourself as a character in your book, who would you be?
I am all the characters
9. If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be?
I would like readers to remember about me, is I do not make up my stories. I write from an actual experience and fictionalize it.
A fiction book that portrays a lot about life's realities and human
'The Birth Mother'
There is much in this story that struck me emotionally. The characters in the story have their own intimate experiences that caused them to change and emerge into better versions of themselves. I guess they owe it to their adopted families who understood and supported them as well as influenced them in a positive way.
How painful is it for parents to sell their children for money? I was moved by the anguish of Shan Di's mother and the decision her father has to take in exchange for money needed for her older brother's hospitalization. He had no other choice. He knew that anything can happen to his daughter which he no longer can control nor be there for her when bad things happen. Then, after years of separation from their daughter, they have gradually become estranged. It was a sad fact.
The story too, has a big impact to parents, children, and women especially who belong to poor families who had to go through the same experience of handing over their children to work for strangers because of their dire need for money, or in other cases, for adoption due to lack of it. It gives us an awareness of how these children can suffer and suffer alone.
As the story moves from one family to another, one adoption to another and takes us from China to Europe and America, we get a glimpse of the different cultures that exist between Hi Bo's family and Daryl's family. In the end, the author managed to close the story beautifully through Shan Di, the birth mother, coming to terms with her twins whom she too gave up for adoption many years ago.
A must-read novel that would surely provide striking lessons about life, love and family♥️