Mitsos has spent the last twenty years trying to comes to terms with the events of a single day and all that led up t0 it. As a boy the mischief he caused wreaked havoc in his village. In his twilight years a suprising turn of events gives him a chance to rectify his biggest wrong and give himself the peace he is seeking. But is what he has wanted for the last twenty years what he still wants now and is he the man he thought he was?
Set against a backdrop of a small Greek farming village, comedy and tragedy are present in equal measures.
Sara transports you to a land of sea and sun as she explores what it means to be human, and fallible. The book examines the nature of friendship, and how our choices and our perceptions of our place in society can define us.
Targeted Age Group:
25 to 105
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
My writing is very immediate. I write in the present tense to pull the reader in from the opening sentence and be there with the characters. My sentence structure is short and snappy and to the point lending immediacy to the text. The descriptions are enough to get the feel of the locations, the smells, the sounds, the essence.
As a psychotherapist my chief interest is in human relationships making this very much a character driven book.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
How I Write.
a)Set aside an hour. Turn the phone off. Sit down and write. That is the hardest part. Putting pen to paper, thoughts to keyboard.
b)Do not go back over what you have written, go for flow. If you need to remind yourself where you have to to with your manuscript read the last sentence, the last paragraph if you must but try to read no more then that, you will get embroiled and start editing.
c)Keep is clean. By this I mean avoid the desire to embellished, over work, write poetry when you need prose. When you read the second draft you can add, this easier then taking away.
d)When you have to stop writing do two things. 1) Make note of where you are and where you want it to go next – this saves you from needing to re- read next time.
2) Decide on a day and a time when you will write again.
e) Honor d) 2)
How I Deal With Writers Block.
If you find you are stuck it is probably because you are holding to tightly.
You have you characters, Jack and Jill but now you are stuck.
Ok where do you want them to go. Up a hill.
Why. To get a pail of water.
So now to get unstuck asks yourself questions in order to embellish each part of your outline. What sort of path was it up the hill. What was Jacks motivation, was he thirsty for the water? Where was Jill in relation to Jack. How did she experience the hill.
So here goes;
The track up the hill was dusty. A lizard darted across Jack’s path, seeking shade. He tentatively touch his lips, the skin cracked, curling like paper.
Jill, pushing her weight on her knees, exhaled loudly behind him.
If you are bored writing it then your readers are probably bored reading it. So either add action or add dialogue, do something unexpected.
They were so near the top. Jack had been given to understand the well was very deep. Without looking behind him Jack asked Jill. ‘You did you bring the pail didn’t you?’
Allow yourself freedom and the words will come.
Sara Alexi was born in Oxford, England. She has traveled widely and now spends much of her time in a tiny rural village in the Peloponnese, in Greece, where she is (very slowly!) renovating a ruined stone farmhouse, whilst observing the Greek way of life and absorbing the culture, to enrich her vision for both writing and painting.
Sara began writing later in life. In school English lessons were a time of confusion, books indecipherable hieroglyphics. Dyslexia was not well understood then and no support was available. The joy of reading and writing were cancelled by the teacher’s red pen …
Despite her dyslexia Sara qualified as a psychotherapist and ran her own practice for years. Her artistic nature was, at that time, confined to painting and she exhibited widely.
In a casual conversation with a client she discovered that Agatha Christie, Jules Verne and Hans Christian Andersen were all dyslexic, and Sara’s perspective changed. The world of fiction opened to her with this shift in perception and she has been a prolific writer ever since.
Her ‘Greek Village Series’ has been very well received and provides a keenly observed, compassionate insight into the Greek people and culture, and the human condition in general. Watch this space for the next in the series, coming soon!
* The Illegal Gardener – Book One of the Greek Village Series
Book one of the Greek village series tells the story of one summer in the village from the perspectives of two outsiders, both recently arrived in Greece, but each from a very different back ground. Juliet is an English ex-pat who has bought a house in the village. Aaman is an Pakistani illegal immigrant looking for work. Juliet employs Aaman to help clear her garden, and the relationship that develops touches them both deeply and changes them both forever.
* Black Butterflies – Book Two of the Greek Village Series
The second book in the series follows Marina, the village shopkeeper, as she embarks on a courageous mission to stop her daughter Eleni from making an unsuitable match. Eleni is enraged by her mother’s meddling, but as the story unfolds we discover that both mother and daughter have guilty secrets that each dreads the other discovering. This is a moving, compassionate tale of love, heartache and forgiveness, that will make you laugh and cry.
* The Explosive Nature of Friendship – Book Three of the Greek Village Series
The book follows two lads from the village, and the mischief they cause as young (and not so you) men, culminating in a tragic but ridiculous ending. As usual, comedy and tragedy are present in equal measures, and Sara transports you to a land of sea and sun as she explores what it means to be human, and fallible.
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What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Bullying is a word we hear often in the school yard but hidden behind many adult friendships lays a relationship of bullying. From seeds, often planted in early life, the people who are bullied mature to be people who rarely speak out in defense of themselves, perhaps not even aware of the unfairness they are subject to.
The book explores such a relationship from the view of the person bullied. In this case the bullies overbearing character pushed the protagonist in act and ways of acting he would not normally have entertain. Because of this he was viewed by society with the same disdained as the bully. Times leads him to believes this is the person he is.
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