Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am Sakis Tsilikis, a Greek composer with a great accumulative compositional work. I have written music themes and songs for 500 theatrical performances, 15 TV series and music for 10 movies. With my book “The Outcry of Love” I had a secret wish of mine come true.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My second book “Small suite for a big man” came naturally; it is a personal homage written for the greatest Greek comedian Thanasis Vengos, since for a decade we were collaborating closely and had daily contact with each other.
I was thinking of completing my writing work with memories from our college years in Thessaloniki spanning from the time of the dictatorship up until today.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
All the writing I do has great “inner rhythm” since music and rhythm define my entire life.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I always prefer authors who write subversively and I avoid clinging to anyone.
I read many newspapers and use the internet a lot nowadays.
What are you working on now?
I am preparing a project in my normal capacity as a composer, a project CD of the opus “Journey with Odysseus” which is based on Homer’s “Odyssey” presented in the form of musical theatre.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Of course my favorite site is Ontimebooks.net and Amazon.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am not a fan of giving advice and I never accepted any, because of my belief that the approach to life issues is a very personal matter.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Everyone is always surprised when they get a book from me instead of a CD.
What are you reading now?
I am currently reading Jean-Paul Sartre’s “The Words” and my beloved Charles Bukowski’s “FACTOTUM”.
What’s next for you as a writer?
As already explained above, I will conclude my writing works with a memoire of my life and work and I will give a special amount of my time to the completion of Homer’s “Iliad” which is a life’s vision for me; that will be my closing work.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I would always choose to carry with me Homer’s “Odyssey” and “Iliad” as well as all the ancient Greek authors’ works since in them lies the starting point and the essence of human intellect.