1. Who is your favorite author?
I like the classic authors like Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Ray Bradbury and John Steinbeck. They have written books that never disappear from a modern reader’s library because the books are so good. My favorite contemporary author is Paolo Cohelo, whom I had the honor of meeting several years ago. He is a genius and his books are philosophical and say a lot about life.
2. What book should everybody read at least once?
“The Believing Brain,” by Michael Shermer. This book has to be one of the most interesting books I have ever read. The way the brain formulates beliefs is told in a detailed but understandable way by self-confessed skeptic, Michael Shermer. It is interesting to note that how strongly we will fight to self-validate our beliefs, no matter how ridiculous they may be. This is a very good approach to explaining the science behind our brain and how it perceives things, recognizes patterns, forms beliefs and enforces and rationalizes them. It has fascinating explanations of religion, conspiracy theories, and other adamant belief systems and I highly recommend it. The procedures and approaches to beliefs and science in this book helped me to be impartial during the making of some of the most important arguments that I find myself having beliefs about, and grounded me to stick to the scientific principles and studies in my book about the demise of the bees and what we can do to stop bit.
3. Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
I grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles until I was about 8 years old. Then we moved to Oklahoma City for a year. After that, my father got a job with an American company working overseas, which I personally think was a front for the CIA because it was a turbulent time for the country and his company was charged with the task of “improving the Greek infrastructure.” We lived in Athens, Greece for about three years, and that’s where I really grew up. When we moved back to the states I was 12 and felt like a stranger in my own country. I had to make all new friends and couldn’t really relate to anyone because of the differences in my upbringing. I finally made a friend with one person, and that friendship has lasted a lifetime. I lived in the states until about 2002, when I started going back and forth between California and the south of France, where I live now. For the past four years, I have been a gypsy, living between the far East of Russia, where I met my wife, Valentina, and the south of France.
4. Where do you get your inspiration from?
I try to write about real life subjects; things that are important to people. I have a wealth of life experience to draw from; both from my career and my travels. To find inspiration, I will go on a long walk and think about what is happening in the current chapter I am working on and ideas come to me.
5. What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
Getting published nowadays is easy, because you can do it yourself. Thanks to the changing nature of the publishing industry, having a publisher is not as important as it used to be. Writing takes time, but marketing is by far the most difficult task. Marketing has been changed by the Internet as much as the publishing business, and it is tedious.
6. Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
My wife is very supportive. She reposts all of my social media posts and reads all my books. We worked together on Bless the Bees http://amzn.com/B00EYOG02A She is a professional photographer and shot many of the images in the book.
7. Do you plan to publish more books?
Yes. I’m working on a new book called, “Predatory Kill,” which centers around a lawyer who has taken on a client against a major “too big to fail” bank for a wrongful foreclosure case. The hitch is that the client believes that a bank official murdered her mother and incapacitated her father in order to get their beautiful home in Montecito, and tries to convince the lawyer that it was fraud turned to murder.
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