Name Luke Christodoulou
Where are you from I am from Cyprus, I have Greek, English and Spanish roots.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I am a happily married man with an amazingly talented and crazy daughter. I consider myself a movie-book-coffee lover. I studied education in Greece and Applied Linguistics in the UK and for the last 8 years I have been teaching English to the little ones in public primary schools in Limassol and Paphos.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My book, The Olympus Killer, became an Amazon bestseller in various thriller categories. Not even in my wildest dreams could I have expected more. I have also passed the 40000 word mark on my second book from my Greek Island Mysteries series.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Natural need really. I had to get the thoughts out of my head and onto paper (well, screen). I started as a kid, writing mostly science fiction tales for my family, then poetry while at uni and now thrillers.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When my first book, The Olympus Killer, was published and someone bought it. A great moment.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I have always been drawn to thrillers, both books and movies. I wanted to do something different though, and I was inspired by the sun kissed Greek Isles and Greek mythology.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Olympus the mountain where the ancients believed the Gods lived and ruled. As my killer, was murdering according to Greek myths, I named him THE OLYMPUS KILLER.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That life is fragile. That tragedy can strike at any time, but as humans we stand strong. Also, to appreciate the people protecting us.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
The plot and the characters are entirely fictional. However, the emotions and the settings are real. The murders are fictional, but we hear daily of gruesome crimes being committed around the globe.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
As a writer, Hercule Poirot books have been a major influence. As a person? Hmm… influence my life? Ok, don’t laugh, but the Gruffalo. Read it as a child and admired the little mouse for using his brain to survive.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Agatha Christie or Stephen King. I would settle for James Patterson too!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am currently reading a Greek book, called Five Keys by Lena Manta.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Greek Island Mysteries #2 is coming along great. It nice to be living with my characters once again.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
The book’s fans. The Olympus Killer was voted Book Of The Month in two Goodread’s groups and has thousands of followers on social media. Their feedback, love, support, judgement, reviews have been overwhelming.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, but in all honesty, it does not pay enough for me to give up my day job and pursue a full time writing career. Besides, I love teaching.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’d rather not reveal the title. Let’s call it Greek Island Mysteries #2 for now. It follows the two protagonists from the first book, however, instead of being faced with one case (The Olympus Killer), they are now faced with various cases all strangely connected to the church. The first chapters are available at the end of The Olympus Killer.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Agatha Christie. She was unique and ahead of her time. It strikes me how she used the same character so successfully thoughout so many different cases.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Yes. I visit annually the Greek Islands, each time discovering another hidden paradise.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
An amazingly talented young lady, Maria Nicolaou. She grasped the main idea of a thriller being set in the Greek Islands and the cover is eye candy. I love it and look forward working with her for the next instalment.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part was I actually finished it. The editing took months, changes were hard to accept and I remember reading the same chapters again and again and finding it hard to let go. To accept it’s finished.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A few clichés. To write daily and to keep reading while writing. For newcomers, I would say, to set up a platform over social media before releasing their book. Marketing is harder than writing.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Just a huge THANK YOU for all their support.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The very hungry caterpillar was a childhood favorite. My first novel, was The witch, the lion and the wardrobe.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Life. My wife, daughter and crazy friends whom I travel to work with make laugh quite often. I don’t cry easily. I get emotional with a good movie, but tears rarely form.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would
To meet and why?
Mother Teresa. I believe I live too selfishly. I would love to hear her advice. Get inspired by how she lived for others. Fought to make the world a better place.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Anything with good acting and a descent story. I am mostly drawn to thrillers and blockbusters, but me and the wife watch all Oscar winners/nominees. Comedies are my least favorite. Pixar movies are a guilty pleasure.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Octopus marinated in wine / Blue and black / All genres. If my ear likes it, it does. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I can’t explain it any better.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
People can find me : http://greekislandmysteries.webs.com/
LINKS: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JMTRPTE
Thank you Fiona!