LAKE ZURICH, Ill. – Lake Zurich resident Bogdan Sopterean has published a children’s book, I Slowly Disappear, a tale about a lonely book that misses having readers, available at Amazon.com or the Barnes & Noble website.
Sopterean, 39, is a hands-on father who has an 11-year old daughter with wife Natali. He decided to write the book after he noticed that children are more consumed with devices than with reading.
“Unfortunately, more and more children would rather pick up their electronics than a book. I created I Slowly Disappear to remind children, but also adults, about the power of books and how they can take us on any journey, and nothing can or will replace a good book,” he said.
The book was illustrated by Alexandra Greties. “Our collaboration was perfect and I look forward to working with her again,” said Sopterean.
Sopterean self-published I Slowly Disappear, which was a new experience for him.
He decided to self-publish after experiencing unusual delays from publishers. “Maybe I didn’t receive an answer from the publishing companies because of COVID-19. But since I didn’t know how long I would wait for an answer, I decided to publish my own work. And honestly, it wasn’t difficult. It was educational learning how to self-publish,” he said.
His first book, Beautiful Lightning, was published by Joshua Tree Publishing and is a true story about his family’s journey with their rescue dog Bella, a pit bull mix who faced prejudice. Sopterean’s own personal story of coming to America from Romania is interwoven into the book.
His next book is a fictional historical romance set during the First World War. He hopes to finish writing it by the end of 2020.
“Since 2002, the year I came from Romania without my family to the United States, I have had many different jobs. I worked in construction, restaurants, warehouse jobs, as well as being hired as a police officer in Evanston. But that’s a long story and if people would like to find out more, it is all in Beautiful Lightning.” Sopterean also owns a transportation company and works as an owner operator truck driver.
Regarding the theme of I Slowly Disappear, Sopterean said “It’s certainly up to us to keep books alive. Especially as parents, we need to keep a balance for our kids between allowing them to use their phone that drowns them for hours and teaching them the benefits of reading,” he said.
There are 25 illustrations in I Slowly Disappear and the book is appropriate for all ages.
Bogdan Sopterean moved to Lake Zurich in 2016 with his wife, Natali, his daughter Sydney, a 6th grader at Lake Zurich’s Middle School North, and their dog, Grace. The Soptereans have been married for 17 years.