Ildiko Scott currently resides in Northern California with her husband of over 45 years, Jud. When not writing, Ildiko loves to spend time with her children and grandchildren, going on long hikes with friends, volunteering with Blue Star Moms, serving our active military or watching every sunrise in her favorite place, Hawaii. Ildiko loves to read, especially historical novels, and is so grateful that through this book, her and her father's story can finally be told. She hopes it will inspire others to overcome adversity and to not allow their past to determine their future. Love’s Orphan, published by ALIVE Book Publishing, is avaialble in both hard cover and paperback on BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com. For information about publishing your story, visit AliveBookPublsihing.com, or call 925.837.7303. d e c e m b e r 2 0 1 6 A L I V E E A S T B A Y 25 be your life when you were a child in Hungary? IS: Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that my life would turn out this way. I promised myself early on that some day I would be successful at something and I would NEVER depend on a man like my mother did. I was going to call the shots. Marriage was definitely not on my agenda. I did such a god job at it that I simply shut my feelings off when it came to men in general. I dated and had fun but felt nothing—that is until I met Jud. It was the strangest thing. He was not my type. He was too young and he just looked like a typical California beach boy. Yet, what I felt for him soon after we were introduced was so powerful that I couldn’t shut it off. So I did the next best thing and broke up with him but after five years of on and off courtship, he wore me down. Our children are truly the greatest testimony of our love and deep respect for each other. And when it came to my career, Jud was my biggest fan as I am of his. Actually, it was my husband who insisted that I join the Nordstrom company where I had a wonderful almost thirty year career and the time of my life. AM: You survived and triumphed over a lot of adversity that might have tripped other people. What do you think you learned during your life that helped you to grow and succeed, and what has shaped your life to become who you are today? IS: The most important person who truly shaped my character was definitely my father. I feel as if I spent my entire life trying to do things in a way so he’d be proud of me. His losses in life would have broken most people. Just imagine, growing up in a loving family and working so hard to become a great cellist and one day your entire family is gone and killed in the most horrible way; then losing a dream of becoming a great cellist when he lost his right arm; then losing his entire family fortune simply taken away by the communist regime; then losing his marriage while dealing with learning to do everything with one arm; then coming to America in his mid-forties and starting over. Wow! He never gave up. Eventually Dad met his second wife and had two wonderful boys, opened a music school and brought the joy of music into the lives of so many children and families. He also loved America with all his heart and was very grateful for the opportunities this country had given him. For him, the cup was always half full. I might add that my grandmother’s nurturing love helped me get through some difficult times. Also, the gift of having the love of my husband and our children helped me to feel completely vindicated and gave me the confidence to succeed in other areas in my life. And just like my father; I am grateful to be able to live in this very unique country—the United States of America.
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