Looking for some Mediterranean mystery? Then sit back and enjoy this chat with author Luke Christodoulou.We talk about Greek grandmothers, Hannibal Lecter, Agatha Christie, and traveling. Sit back and be entertained!
If you could, what book/movie/TV series would you like to experience for the first time all over again and why?
I would love to turn back time and read The Lord of the Rings before watching the movie. After seeing The Fellowship of the Ring, I purchased all three books. Tolkien created a whole world in which he placed his characters and I would have liked to have created the images in my mind as I read. However, having watched the movie, the images were already there.
Conventions, book signings, blogging, etc.: what are some of your favorite aspects of self-promotion and what are some of the least favorite parts of self-promotion?
My favorite aspect by far is the one on one (live or through the internet) with readers. My least favorite part is when I realize late at night that I have spent more time promoting than writing.
Who are some of your favorite book villains?
For my book, The Olympus Killer:A Greek Island Mysteries Thriller, I traveled through the Greek Isles and gathered information about the setting of my book series. I also noted various trivia facts about each place that may be used during writing. The Hellenis Police were helpful enough to provide details needed as to keep the story as realistic as possible.
In writing your bad guys, do you want the reader to enjoy hating on him/her, or do you want the reader to be waiting for that magical moment when they redeem themselves?
With The Olympus Killer, I wanted the reader to hate him for his crimes, but at the same time, try to fight off compassion for him due to his abusive past that is presented through the book’s back story.
As a published author, what non-writing/reading activities would you recommend to aspiring authors?
Reading is always my top recommendation, but as you mention non-reading activities, I will say traveling. An author needs to absorb the world and to observe his surroundings and the people in always gathering details for his or her book. I am a great movie fan so the cinema would be another recommendation of mine.
What does your Writer’s Den look like? Neat and tidy or creative mess? can you write anywhere or do you need to be holed up in your author cave?
I had this discussion with an author friend just the other day. He enjoys writing at his local cafe while that sounds like a nightmare to me. I can only write in isolation in my office chair or maybe in another office if traveling. I cannot concentrate enough around others or upon a plane or train like I hear others do. My office is never messy, yet you would not call it neat and tidy. Papers with notes are always lurking around.
Wow, what a question. My brain has gone into overload. Shakespeare popped first in mind. For some weird reason, Moses appeared second. Hmm… Agathe Christie, my favorite, for sure. Tolkien takes the fourth seat. Jules Verne completes the group! As for the menu, I would cook for them a proper Greek fish meze (variety) and see what they enjoy most.
The Desert Island Collection: what books make it into your trunk and why?
My Agatha Christie collection for sure. Then I would take as many thrillers as possible. Ones that I have not read yet. I cannot imagine never reading a new book again. Never to be shocked by a twist again.
I do so try to not judge a book by its cover (which can be misleading at times). However, I enjoy anything that grabs my eye by being clever or unique. Despair by Nobokov is great and haunting. Lately, I read Under the Dome by Stephen King. That cover did justice to the title. Life of Pi’s cover has the heart the story has.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I work as an English teacher at a public primary school. I love my job and the children always manage to make me smile no matter what. My ‘free’ time is spent between my wife and daughter and my books.
Side characters can make or break a story. What side characters have you enjoyed in other works? What side characters in your own work have caught more attention than you expected?
Such a true statement! Side characters always tend to be my favorites. From my own work, I would say that my elder women seem to steal the show in their scenes. Greek grandmothers are truly unique. From other books, I enjoyed Gollum from LOTR and the ridiculous Mr. Collins from Jane Austen.
The Olympus Killer, a standalone mystery/crime/thriller and book 1 from my upcoming thriller series set in the Greek islands is available now through Amazon. Then, I will withdraw from the marketing world and continue writing book 2.
Where to Find Luke
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greek-Island-Mysteries/712190782134816?ref=hl (Like page and end of the month there will be a draw for a free copy of The Olympus Killer).