Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born to Cypriot immigrants in Toledo, Ohio, and was raised in Virginia. I graduated from Elon University and worked for newspapers in Florida and Virginia before I started writing books and poetry. I have written two books, “Raping Aphrodite,” and “Delicate Secrets.” I am currently at work on the third book. I am married and have three children.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book, “Delicate Secrets,” was released in late 2014 on Kindle and for Nook, and in early 2015 as a paperback. It chronicles the early years of a relationship between a young art student and her teacher. Things didn’t turn out well and the relationship doesn’t survive the complications they encounter. My other book, “Raping Aphrodite,” reunites the couple, now married, and finds them encountering a difficult situation that threatens their relationship, again.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t like to write in total silence. I am inspired to write by watching movies I like, seeing the characters deal with emotional situations or listening to a soundtrack that is particularly moving.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley books are really interesting to me. You have a character, a poor American, who commits crime to advance his position into upper-class European society. What could be more dangerous than a subtle villain? I am also inspired by Charles Frazier’s works, particularly “Cold Mountain,” which deals with survival and loss, two universal themes. I read Brooke Shields’s memoir, written after her mother’s death, and I found her book interesting. You never really know what is going on in someone’s life until they tell you themselves.
What are you working on now?
I am working on my third book, which continues to chronicle the lives of my characters in “Raping Aphrodite” and “Delicate Secrets.”
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am not on Facebook, personally, but my novel, “Raping Aphrodite,” has a FB page. “Raping Aphrodite” is historical fiction, so I post information on that page about the island’s history and how the book came about. I also use LinkedIn, Goodreads and Twitter.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t give up. Keep trying to stay positive. Don’t go thinking you have to write a New York Times bestseller or you are a failure. In reality, very few books make that list. Write your book and try not to have any regrets. Don’t take the whole thing too seriously.
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What are you reading now?
I am reading Sylvia Day’s Crossfire books and “Jew In Jail,” a true crime memoir by Gary Goldstein.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Finishing my third book and working on my poetry.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I really don’t have one. I like many types of books and different authors.