Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in Athens. I have studied history and archeology at the University of Athens and had postgraduate history studies at the University of Cardiff, in Great Britain. I serve in secondary education. I am also a Creative Writing graduate (Diploma in Creative Writing) from the Writers’ Bureau College (Manchester, UK), and have studied theater writing at the International Theater Institute and directing at the Foundation of Culture in Tinos island. I have been honored twice by the Fictional Larry Niven Prize for Literature ( “Fantasy” category). During Panorama International Literary Festival 2020-held in India by Indusscrolls Press in cooperation with Writers Capital International Foundation- I was honored by the Panorama Youth Literary Award 2020. I have written four books, which have been published and launched in Greece. One of them, “One moment just an eternity”, has been translated in English and was published in 2020 by Ontime Books in Great Britain.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
As mentioned above, the title of my latest book is “One moment just an eternity”. This book (its title precisely) came as an inspiration a spring evening, at the port of Tinos island, where I was involved in a discussion with friends about the relation between “moment and eternity” and about what is eternal and what is temporary.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t know when inspiration may strike, so I always carry a small notebook with me, where I jot down my ideas and thoughts; later they are turned into stories. As far as my writing, I do write first on paper and then I transfer all this work to my laptop… actually, during the writing process, there is a pile of notes on my desk with parts of my stories, notes and comments. Sometimes, I may write the end of a story first and then the beginning!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
There are too many. Each one has provided me with valuable insight, really, but I would like specially to mention: Josephine Cox, Jennifer Donnely, Kate Morton, Khaled Hosseini, Ildefonso Falcones, Gilbert Sinoue.
What are you working on now?
Actually, I am working on two projects: an online course about the fascinating world of Homeric Ladies and my new novel! Yes, you guessed right, it hasn’t been transferred on laptop yet…it’s in the form of notes…notes…notes.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My favorite method is book presentations and book signings, as it is a face-to-face encounter between readers and writers and a great chance to talk in general. I also do my best with promotion on social media and book sites.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Be yourself and never give up. Keep your feet on the ground and your eyes on the stars.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Have faith in yourself and keep going…keep going… keep going
What are you reading now?
Well, I have been reading “Love Letters from Monmartre” by Nicolas Barreau, a novel about a man who sets out to fulfill his dead wife’s last wish.
What’s next for you as a writer?
More inspiration… more ideas… more novels.
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 certainly choose “Mahabharat”, the great epic of India; “Amy, the first revelation”, by Mario Karma… and two Greek novels, which have great potential: “Secret lace” by Maria Gavrielatou, “Silence of Persephone” by Theophanes Panayotopoulos
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