Good morning everyone, I leave you with another mystery author Luke Christodoulou:
– What did you want to be when you grew up?
The earliest dream I can recall is wanting to be a presenter on Animal Planet or the National Geographic. I wanted to be like David Attenborough. Teaching came later as a grown up teen and I am now a proud English teacher. I always wrote. Since I learnt how to write, I was always making up stories. Being an author the last three years is all I could ever ask for.
-What is your favorite genre and what drew you to it?
Murder/mysteries wrapped around in thrills and suspense. The procedure of solving a case draws me to it. To leave clues all around the book and glue the reader to the page –or screen. The fact that you can develop complex characters and deal with a plethora of human emotions. What makes us tick? Kill? Lie? How do we cope with tragedy?
– When did you start writing in a professional way?
Three years ago. The day I saw my my first book, the Olympus Killer, hit number one in its category on Amazon. That’s when I saw myself as an author.
– Do you have a specific writing method or ritual? How many hours do you devote to writing every day?
The amount of hours varies. As a full-time teacher, a husband and father of two, I make the most of my free time when it comes to writing. Some days it could be for just an hour, others I could sit for hours creating. As for methods and rituals, well, not really. It all starts with creating a plot in my mind and never stop thinking about it. Characters get created and a rough outline is written. Then, it’s full speed ahead and never looking back.
-What part of writing do you enjoy most?
There’s enjoyment in the process?
I would say creating unique and believable characters. And, also, leaving well-hidden clues as to the solution of the crime all around the book.
-How do you develop your characters?
I view them as real people. In my mind they are as real as you and me. I think of them as well-rounded humans and add traits until I am happy with the result. Then, I let them free to grow throughout the book(s).
-Which of the characters in any of your books mean the most to you and why?
Though, my two main leads are like family to me and mean the most to me as I carry them with me from book to book, I have a tendency to fall in love with my villains. I feel the need to do them justice and explain their story, their motives, their pain and get drawn towards them. This happened in each of my books. For obvious reasons, I cannot mention names. Also, I have a thing with creating strong Greek grandmothers. They are the most ‘Greek’ people you will ever meet.
-What are your aspirations as a writer and where do you see yourself in five years time?
To keep growing as an author, to keep developing my skill and just to keep on writing. Five years is well too far down the line for me. I am a kind of live-in-the-moment kind of guy. I would like to see myself more relaxed in terms of house mortgages and my children grown up to an age where I don’t need to wake up in the night!
-Which author has influenced your writing most?
By far, Agatha Christie. She was so ahead of her time and created many things that today are considered clichés in murder/mystery books. I nearly cried when a review board compared by book, Death of a Bride, to her work. ‘An Agatha Christie tale set in the 21st century,’ it read. I love how she left clues all over the book and how at the end it all made sense, unlike many books today that end with an unbelievable twist that is too hard to swallow. I guess, some authors aim for shock value or strive too hard to stand out
-What would you like to say to your readers?
Thank you for being there. I have an amazing fan base of readers that help promote the books and feel comfortable providing feedback and asking questions about the book series. I am always available through social media and love a good talk!
A colour- Greek sky blue
A day of the year- Any Sunday
A favourite recipe- Octopus marinated with red wine
A movie- Terminator 2
A song- Take your time
A quote- A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages – Tennessee Williams