Seymour Ubell has spent most of his career in the print and advertising business. His clients are, and have been, the largest apparel, footwear, pharmaceutical, retail, and consumer products companies in the world. He is a published author (A Life of Risks Taken, 2014 and The Birth Mother, 2019), lecturer, and raises funds for Parkinson’s research when he’s not at the theater with his wife, Marsha.
Author Interview with Seymour Ubell
The Birth Mother has many stories interwoven together. So how did you decide on the title? The title could as easily have been about the twins, or about some other aspect of the story?
My original plan for the title was THE TWINS (The title only was to be In English and Mandarin). However, as in all creative efforts, from my experience, the story takes over the writer’s imagination. The tale of the twins led me to the life and efforts of the Birth Mother, her development as a strong woman, who believes that God is a Woman.
Which part of this story did you find most difficult to write?
I found the most difficult to be where the real facts had to be accurate. In particular - the incident in China, while taking children from China to the USA; Genetics; Buddhism; Leukemia. All were researched thoroughly. In my research interviewing Chinese friends, they said, “How would you like to see Chinese families adopting American Girls and moving them to China? It’s very complex".
Having written a memoir first; what are the differences between writing about another person’s life experiences compared to one’s own?
Writing the memoir was much easier. All I had to do was have a good memory of my life and write the truth.
Writing The Birth Mother novel, which is based on several true incidents in my life, is uncomplicated because I had the leisure of being creative.
I could tell the story as I saw fit. The novel gives me as the author the power to punish the villain, reward those I liked, enriched them or deprive them.
I am in charge of the Novel.
One incident that bothered me in this book is that no legal action was taken against Hans the very first time. Did you have any such apprehensions through the journey of writing The Birth Mother?
Hans, the villain in the story, was punished by the loss of his business and his pride and the humiliation in the community where once he was an honored philanthropist. I hope it was quite clear that he had the police as a paid partner.
Most people choose to reveal only the best of themselves. As an author, how did you ensure that the underlying, subconscious emotions were revealed be Daryl?
Excellent question, Daryl is me. Totally the best of me, both with strengths and weakness. The most difficult part of the story for me was the death of Daryl. But that was how the story ended. I found my decision to that very powerful storytelling. Over is over.
Are you currently working on any book? And I am especially curious about if you have any plans to write a work of fiction?
I am currently writing two books simultaneously.
Book number three is called The Family Business. It is based on true incidents in my great grandfather’s life in Poland in the 1880s, as told to me by my father. In great-grandpa Moishia’s little tailor shop that continues and grows for four generations. The story includes, as told to me, stories of the business compromise and concessions to both the Italian Mafia and the Jewish Mafia. All this history leads to the final enormous company in the United States today run and owned by the same family. Being run today by great-grandson Ben.
My fourth book is about men and women who have lost their loved ones and survive death, loss, divorce, and disappearance. Who, after a painful mourning period and adjustment find another person to love and be loved. The title is The Second Love.
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