Hi, guys! I’m Kostas and today I’m thrilled to host my friend Luke Christodoulou, a super-star author that follows Agatha Christie’s steps. I’m saying this because he is a great fan of her and because Agatha Christie is the world’s most translated author. So, Luke is an award winning author that has written five books so far, and has been interviewed around 30 times. His books have been widely translated and are available in five languages (with more on the way). His first book, THE OLYMPUS KILLER (#1 Bestseller – Thrillers), was released in April, 2014. The book was voted Book of the Month for May on Goodreads (Psychological Thrillers). But I need to stop mentioning his nominations and get to it. Please enjoy the interview!
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been creating stories since I can remember. At first, coming up with scenarios with my Lego castle and characters, then writing weird fantasy as a child, dark poems as a teenager and then, finally as an adult diving into the world of murder/mysteries. Why? I guess, it’s a need. A need to create, to empty the thoughts lingering in dark corners of my twisted mind.
Which writers and books have influenced you the most?
Agatha Christie for sure. She was well ahead of her time and she created many things that, today, have become clichés in the genre. I grew up reading King and Patterson. I can’t think of a specific book that has influenced me.
Do you have a writing routine?
As I have a career as an English teacher and two young children, I have certain days on which I write. The major part of a book is written during my summer break from school.
What are your current projects?
At the moment, I am writing Greek Island Mysteries no. 5. Each book is a stand-alone, yet features the same investigating duo. With the fifth entry, the series will be put on ice. I plan on taking a few months off (if I last that long), and then, try my chops on something a bit different. At some point in the near future, I do see myself returning to my bestselling series.
Do your characters stay with you after you write the books?
It’s weird; you start thinking of them as if they are real, which helps as they become more believable with each new book.
How do you deal with the fact that you have a regular job? Do you think of becoming a full time author? Can you consider writing as a career?
I have equal love for my two jobs. And, to an extent, they do not interfere with each other. With a mortgage and two kids, it isn’t easy taking the step and becoming a full time author. The stability of my teaching position offers my family security. If one day, my books became hugely successful, I will rethink it.
I know that you enjoy telling people that you ‘kill people for a living.’ But why do you like killing people?
Because I’m not allowed to in real life (laughs)? Sorry, I have a dark sense of humour. Well, it does sound cool, doesn’t it? I wouldn’t go as far as saying I like it. I enjoy creating a mystery, and murder/mysteries –for me- rank as the best mysteries. A dead body offers thrills and suspense. No one really cares about a mystery involving a lost pet or a stolen car.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
In Dory’s voice: ‘Just keep writing, just keep writing.’
Never let negative opinions push you down. Not all books are for everyone. Each book is liked by someone. Yours will find love too.
Why do you think that readers love your books?
The Greek setting, the realistic characters, the twists, and the mysteries are points highlighted by my readers.
How do you feel when you see reviews for your books by readers in other languages?
It’s fascinating to register that your words have been read and enjoyed in a language you can’t even understand. It’s an amazing ‘feel-good’ feeling.
Do you think that authors should consider book translation and why?
Yes, and this is the place for them to find all the help they need. There is a whole world out there. English is not spoken or read by everyone. The Spanish market, in particular, is huge. As authors, we want our books read. Our stories to be heard.
Luke, sincerely, thank you! See you around Limassol in beautiful Cyprus…
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