Wednesday, January 6, 2016

George Saoulidis ~ an interview and his novel ~ Erinyes

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George Saoulidis
George Saoulidis -Writer/Director from Greece. I enjoy taking ancient Greek myths and turning them into modern sci-fi spooky versions. I don't like Stephen King's novels.


Q: Bedtime, relaxing so you can sleep sounds. Is your preference, white noise, TV, soft music, ocean waves, forest or meadow sounds, babbling brook, or something else?
A: Listening to audiobooks. I have an app with a timer you can set for it to stop. Then the book gets exciting, so you reverse-snooze the button and keep on listening till it’s morning.

Q: Have you ever been too embarrassed to promote any certain titles to friends or family?
A: Yes, self-promotion has always been an issue. With strangers or online it’s always easier to do it. I still get surprised that the people in your life are always trying to support you when they find out you have something interesting published out there. Just don’t listen to their feedback.
Q: Texting, love it or hate it?
A: What’s not to love? Texting is a great way to get misunderstood in this day and age. Keeps relationships fresh and filled with drama.

Q: What do you think is the hardest part of writing a book?
A: Coming up with the names. Your characters, your coffee places, your companies, your boats or spaceships need to have a name, and it really really matters. There’s a reason we still remember Peter Parker or Morpheus. Weyland-Yutani with always conjure up an evil-megacorp in my mind, even though it’s actually a tough-to-remember name. Need I mention the Enterprise or the Millennium Falcon?

Q: Who's your favorite author?

A: I have plenty, right now it’s John Scalzi.

Q: Your favorite title?
A: Atlas Shrugged. Cause you do a double-take on it, and then you imagine it, and think of the implications, and your mind goes kaboom.

Q: Have your characters ever taken the story in a different direction than you had originally planned? Do you have a for instance, for us?
A: Yes, I pretty much rely on my characters to get out of the situations I put them in. I just keep being sadistic and they just keep coming out on top. For instance, on Nanodaemons, I had my main character try to figure out how to fight a huge genetically modified cobra that was shaking off any gunshot or blade that was thrown at it. Well, he figured it out. He turned a concrete-mixer lorry into an oversized snake trap. I had no idea how to deal with the cobra before my character figured it out. Of course I know I did that, but I had to get to the solution through the character’s life as a construction worker.

Q: What geographical locations are your favorite and why?
A: Greece, cause I live here. There are many places to explore, lots of nice little implications you can weave into stories, popular and hidden locations, three thousand years of history. We also have some of the most badass soap-opera mythology on the planet.

Q: Generally speaking, is your work based on real life experience? If it's not would you want it to be?
A: Definitely not. My universes are not nice places to live in.
Q: Do you like to read the genre that you write?
A: I believe it’s impossible to write without reading in the genre. Not only that, I like to read articles, listen to relevant music, see TV shows and movies related to what I’m writing.


Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: I’m working on a novella called “The Girl Who Made Herself.”
When the daughter of Greece’s premier singer fails to sing as expected, she finds out about a biker group of women. But will she manage to find the elusive Orosa, the bikers’ motovlogger, when all she has to go on are random street-sightings of criminal behaviour, when her family is opposed to her following this path and when her dad’s employer wants to keep her as she was for marketing purposes?

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: My upcoming book is a novella called “Erinyes.” It is a modern retelling of Antonioni’s Blow Up. Erinyes mixes the selfie generation with sci-fi elements to uncover a conspiracy. 

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A: You can see the current books in the God Complex series at this website:
My only interesting social account is the twitter one, where I post about articles I like, things that inspire the stories and our own creations, special offers and cover reveals.

Edrinyes Description:
When a sheltered teenager starts noticing a hazy face following her in her photographs, she begins to investigate an urban legend. But will she uncover the truth when she gets in trouble with a technology corporation, when an enigmatic hacker starts telling her conspiracy theories and when the hazy face becomes all too real and starts chasing her non-stop?

A modern retelling of Antonioni’s Blow Up, Erinyes mixes the selfie generation with sci-fi elements to uncover a conspiracy.

From ScifiSelect: "A new kind of nightmare to haunt your restless nights…"

Do you want to know what’s next for the inexperienced self-adoring Mahi? Do you wanna meet the Erinyes? Then read this unique young adult horror story that toys with the very concept of narcissism.

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Thriller, Sci-fi, Young Adult

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