Book: Brothers Born A Month Apart: A Surrogacy Story
Q1.Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.
My name is Lisa Pontzious. I am a cardiac sonographer, meaning I do ultrasounds on the heart. My real job though, is being a mother. I am a mom to two beautiful boys who are four years old. I always knew I wanted to be a mother, it was just one of those things that was a must for me. After eight miscarriages, countless heartbreaks, and hundreds of shots, my dream finally came true, times two! My fiancé and I were doing IVF and had several embryos. We finally decided to turn to a gestational carrier- a surrogate. But I didn’t want to give up on my dream to carry a child to term, so I suggested that I try again and have an embryo transferred to me a month after our surrogate. Month after month I could sense my dreams coming true, until they finally did!
Q2. What is your inspiration behind your book “Brothers Born A Month Apart: A Surrogacy Story”?
While in the surrogacy process, we had to see a psychologist to have any of our questions answered and make sure we were ready for this big adventure. One of the questions that was posed to me was, “When will you tell your son his was carried by a surrogate?” I initially thought I would wait and see, figured it would know when it was time and when he was ready. The psychologist insisted that I tell him when he turned four. When the boys were around 3.5 years old I started hearing her voice saying, “tell them when they’re four….” I scoured the Internet for the perfect book to read and open up the conversation but couldn’t find the right one. So I decided to write my own!
Q3. When did you realize you want to be an author of Children’s Book?
This was never a dream of mine, the book was initially written for the boys and I was not even going to publish it. It wasn’t until the woman I had hired to do the illustrations said that I should get it published as this would help many other people.
Q4. Are you planning to release your next book soon?
I don’t have any other plans to write another book. I might see how they do with this one and if something else comes up, I would consider it as this was a fun process, but for now, nothing in the works.
Q5. For which age group your books are suitable?
This is a book for young children, ages 4-8.
Q6. What is your favorite Quote?
“Mommy told Gavin he was going to be a brother. Gavin smiled. Mommy couldn’t help but smile too.” I love this quote because it really happened and I caught it on video! I was holding Gavin and got my phone out and told him he was going to be a brother the next day. His eyes were closed and he just smiled. It was so precious.
Q7. What do you like the most about your country?
We are so fortunate to live in california where the surrogacy laws are fair for both the intended parents and the gestational carrier. It’s not like the everywhere, so we were thankful that we could use our doctors, local hospital and stay close to home to do this.
Q8. What suggestion you want to give to parents of little readers regarding a reading habit?
Start young! Reading is so important as kids brains develop so rapidly. One minute you think they don’t understand, the next they are reciting the books or the facts you tell them. Kids are so amazing!
Q9. What does literary success look like to you?
I think that finding a book that you can read, understand and most of all, enjoy, you have found success. It’s not how thick the book is, or the material that you are reading that makes you a successful reader. It’s just about enjoying what you are reading.
Q10. Lastly, who is your inspiration in life and why?
I am inspired by my boys everyday. I think we can all learn a lot from children: how to see people for who they are and not their skin color, or what they can get from that person. They just love with their whole hearts and have the best energy.
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