1. Your name, please?
2. Where do you live, Maria?
In Greece and Wales
3. If you prefer to read a genre, which?:
To be honest I don’t read as much as I would like; and not one specific genre. I am a “butterfly” reader, if there is such thing. I only like reading parts of a book, sayings or outstanding personalities’ quotes as I believe in the power of “instant literature” as I call it. Also I love picture books, especially those for all ages. To read something in more detail I must have a purpose and it must be relevant to what I am writing at the time; that helps put my imagination in a certain channel.
4. Do you write in the same genre, if not, which?:
My genre is mainly children’s fiction but I have written a novel for adults.
5. Maria, have you always written and what got you started
No, I have never thought of doing that. I started when I was 29, it is a very interesting story! – but since I put the first lines on paper I have never stopped. I said to myself, “yes, this is your target in life; to be a writer!”
6. How many books have you published?:
I have had a series published in Greece. Three double-sided illustrated books with two stories each have been published by Noisi Publications (www.noisi.info) under the pen name “Mar-Mor” plus one e-book on Amazon-Kindle, so far.
7. Which one would you like to tell us about?:
My e-book, which is my first book published in English, is called:
“ALEXANDER and the 12 Nereids” and I recommend it to both children and adults.
8. Maria, tell us something about your book:
It is a short story inspired by Greek history and legend. Alexander, the Great King of Macedonia was followed by 12 Mythical women. It all starts on the day of his birth in 356B.C. and finishes with his tragic death while his glory was still at its zenith. Who are those mythical female creatures behind this powerful man and how do they interfere in his incredible life? This fantasy-suspense drama takes the reader to ancient times and another dimension with Alexander and his adventures.
10. What would you like your next book to be on, Maria?:
I have quite few stories to prepare for publication, but I always welcome an idea that comes into my mind out of the blue… And then I am ready to abandon everything and follow those footpaths of my rampant imagination.
11. If you could go anywhere in the universe, where would you go and why?:
It has to be MANI, in my home land Greece. For me it is the centre of the universe and the place where my inspirations come from. You will understand what I am talking about if you read the book “MANI” by an incredible man, Sir Patrick Leigh-Fermor. He and his amazing wife, Joan, were very good friends of mine. My huge admiration for them and the time I spent with them made me catch the writing virus and they supported me in every way. The least I could do was to devote my book, “ALEXANDER and the 12 Nereids” to their memory.
12. Is there anything you can share about yourself or your work that not many people know?:
Yes, talking about the universe. I would like to tell you how the universe conspired and I started writing. You also write about the paranormal, don’t you? This is a true story. It was the 11th. of August 1999, an eclipse of the sun was in progress, visible from Greece. I was at home with my two young children doing the usual routine. Every now and again I popped outside to check on the sun through my special glasses, feeling awe and excitement. At the same time, I had a strange feeling. I was quite unsettled, worrying that something unexpected was about to happen. Slowly, as
the light was fading away and the shadow of the moon was moving over the sun, the brightness of midday was disappearing and that worrying feeling started to overcome me.
On my next quick look outside, as I put the dark glasses in front of my eyes once more to see the impressive phenomenon at its peak, suddenly, I didn’t know how I lost my balance, I found myself rolling down the stairs. Some bruises on my legs, hands and back were the result. A little bit later, as I was giving my children their lunch, I climbed onto a chair to reach something, and again, I lost my balance and fell on the table causing havoc; glasses and plates breaking. What was happening to me? It was quite frightening.
Maybe something more serious would happen and in some way it did: all of a sudden, words and phrases filled my mind. I felt like I had a literary “stroke”, feeling that It was worth writing them down to memorise them. As I put those words and phrases on paper a story started to take shape. I was beginning to write a book! In fact I had the whole idea of what it would be about, the title…everything… I never changed the opening of that first novel It occurred to me that day, not just its title. I couldn’t think of a better one … That huge inspiration was the
universe’s present for my birthday! Yes, that day of the eclipse was my 29th birthday!
13. What is your favourite foreign food?:
I just love traditional foods around the globe. I don’t have a favourite one or anything, as long as it is not a recipe with dogs, cats or cockroaches…maybe cockroaches… Talking about food I have been interviewed by Rick Stein for his new series, “Byzantine Odyssey”, about my close relationship with Sir Patrick Leigh-Fermor.
14. Are you, or have you ever been, a terrorist?:
Our world is far from perfect, Injustice and exploitation create terrorists or “heroes” for some! I am not a terrorist; but I am not innocent either.
15. Maria, have you ever called your partner by a name in your books and what was the reaction?:
Yes! His reaction was to tell me to come to join the real world! But I prefer my own (see the answer above) and I would like to invite others to join in. I promise them it is exciting, enchanting and the right place to hide from reality.
Thanks very much for calling in Maria, and answering these questions about yourself and your work.
If you ever get to come over to Thailand for a real Thai curry, we will have to see if we can meet up.
I hope you will come back and let us know when your next book is complete.
My thanks to you, Maria Mavroyenneas for a very interesting interview!
It has been a pleasure you introduce you to our readership.
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All the best,
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