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September 1, 2014

Family saga anybody?  To write one has been my life-long dream: a fictionalized story of my fierce, desperate ancestors and their colourful lives all the way from 19th century Devon to New Zealand's unknown shores.  

 

About to begin, by chance I was introduced to r...

August 30, 2014

I did begin it, but felt I knew the history too well; felt I didn’t have in interesting voice or enough originality to do justice to ideas lurking in my subconscious.

 

Also about this time I heard Tom Wolfe say to a large audience in Toronto just what I’d been thinking...

August 15, 2014

Sunday night on a long weekend and I'm in my small, dark little room upstairs writing - well, editing to be precise. Now it is 10 PM. and still I'm at it. This must be my zillionth edit and I think I'll never be finished with it. What kind of a life is this? How does o...

August 1, 2014

I started asking, who were the ancient peoples who raced across the Anatolian Plateau over many thousands of years? How did they live? What do today’s populations of Greeks, of Turks – the origins of Turks are complicated already – have in common with them: the Hittite...

July 30, 2014

Over a period of months I listened to the tale told to me by this Greek hair dresser about the tragic lives of her forebears who had lived in Turkey until surviving members were forced out after the Greco-Turkish wars of 1919-1922. A tale that included soaring successe...

July 15, 2014

And now to Helena, the last in a long line of forebears to carry the ultimate burden of restoring family honour, four generations after her great grandfather’s quest to restore her family’s rightful place in old Byzantine history.

 

But she’s only a hair dresser, you mig...

July 1, 2014

Once there was a time when there was a happy co-mingling of Greeks and Turks. Then there wasn't.

 

 I didn’t begin with a plot, but with a character, the patriarch Yiannis. I tried to imagine him living a subsistence existence on the vast Anatolian Plateau, a king in his...

June 30, 2014

It’s a fool’s game to believe one can simultaneously achieve both love and fame, some say.

 

Helena believes she can achieve just this, but it’s a long, hard road for her. She grows up to the cries of bereaved refugee women in what, at the time, is a poor part of Greece....

June 15, 2014

In thrall to the fate of my characters.  

 

Sunday night on a long weekend and I'm in my small, dark room upstairs writing - well, editing to be precise. Now it is 10 PM. and still I'm at it. This must be my zillionth edit and I think I'll never be finished with it. What...

June 1, 2014

Where did my character Spiros come from? Next to Helena, it is he, her great uncle, who burns many of the pages with his sufferings and brief triumphs. An accidental character, I call him, since I created him only because I felt that first-son Adam needed a brother.

Som...

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