#OWSCyCon2019 Author Spotlight
As part of the build-up to OWSCyCon2019, I want to introduce you to some of the amazing volunteers and authors taking part in the event. If it wasn’t for the volunteers, there could be no CyCon, and I’m grateful to every single one of them for giving up their time to make this happen. But by the same token, without the authors taking part in the event, we wouldn’t be able to bring you the amazing events that we have planned. So without further delay…
Meet Maria Vermisoglou
Maria Vermisoglou is a fantasy and fairytale author who loves throwing her heroes into impossible situations, drawing inspiration from travels and…the ceiling.
Her first book, The Cursed Girl was published in 2018 and surpassed her expectations with a second place award in the TCK Awards.
When she’s not writing, she loves enjoying a ride on the fantasy dragon, but a book can also be exciting along with a cup of tea.
She’s currently residing in Crete as a librarian and battling supernatural creatures from overcoming the world.
Second place winner in the First Annual Indie Awards as the Favorite New Female Author.
Nominated as the 2019 Top Female Author by The Authors Show.
You can find more about her upcoming series at:
What Genres Do You Write In?
Why Don't You Start By Sharing A Little About Yourself
I am a tea lover, chocolate addict and an obsessed reader. I love travels and fantasy is my constant companion. I live in Crete where supernatural creatures roam and I work as a librarian.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?
The latest is in preorder and it’s a fairytale retelling of Aladdin. It’s a boxset and I collaborated with some other authors. I found the experience exciting and amazing. Now about my story which is the last on the box set: It’s set in Spain and Tristan “meets” Alyssa the djinn at his twenties. I made some research and found a Grimm’s retelling of Aladdin but then, fantasy took over. Tristan’s evil aunt has evil plans, trying to find rare treasures and obtain power. Her research goes very badly when she stumbles upon the purple magic lamp which contain one of the evil djinns. Tristan, Alyssa and Nori (Tristan’s love interest) must do everything to stop the havoc.
This story has a mess of situations and creatures: sacrifice, Aladdin’s original story along with the tinderbox, djinns. Even a dragon…or two.
Who is your intended readership?
While the story is young adult, I recommend it for anyone who loves fairytale retellings, young adult lovers or even someone who wants something light to read.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I blame C. Clare’s Mortal Instruments. It was just a normal day but on that day I finished the last book of her series and I was upset because this was the end. No other books to get obsessed about and dream. Every time I finish a book I like, I take a part of the story and weave my own. That question started all: What if Clary was a witch?
That little spark helped create the world of The Cursed Girl and later other worlds. After I finished my first book, I started bit by bit write other stories, get into anthologies and now, there’s not a day I haven’t written.
Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?
As I stated before, C. Clare was the inspiration of my first book and I’m truly grateful to her but I also thank every day, J.K. Rowling because she taught me to love reading. When it comes to writing inspirations…I have many. It depends on what I write. I get inspired by books, movies, travels and sometimes, the ceiling. Lol!
What advice would you give beginning writers?
It will be fine. One day, we will all succeed. We all see a dark tunnel ahead but there’s a soft glow in the end. Something we don’t see yet. This glow will become brighter until everyone in the world can see it. Hang in there!
Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?
I don’t know if it’s funny that a story is taking revenge on me but I suppose to the readers, it might be. I hated writing that story. I don’t know why but I couldn’t fully connect with that story from the beginning. I wrote it for a short story contest that was later rejected but…the story decided it wanted to turn itself into a full length novel. Can you believe the nerve? Now, it won’t leave my head so I’ve stopped anything else to deal with it. The title is surely fitting: Beware the Violet. Beware indeed!
What do you like to do when you're not writing? Any hobbies?
I like to read but also travel, make handcrafted items or just walk. Sometimes, the real world offers great views and inspirations we cannot see.
What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?
These are some upcoming projects I am writing right now…
- Beware the Violet: Violet has always thought Halloween was just a silly celebration but what happens when her grandmother’s necklace opens a gate to a world with the very creatures she mocked?
- A Mannequin’s Dream: Mar has watched people live their lives and have fun behind her glass window forever but what happens when the glass breaks? Mar is finally free to leave her glass prison but what will she discover on her journey to the world?
- Case file: I can’t reveal much at this stage other than it’s set between New York and Ireland, has something to do with geniuses and the mafia.
"The Cursed Girl (The Cursed Girl Series #1)"
A boy. A girl. A curse. You can’t always get away.
Sixteen-year-old Eva is a witch who lived in Spain, in the year 1230. She met a boy named Jonathan who would become her whole world. Everything was normal until she was faced with challenges that will change her life forever.
As a healer, her job is to help people, but there are forces that will try to prevent that. There is a war coming and Eva and her friends must do everything they can to survive. Can they fight their way against the dark forces that are surrounding them?
Her wits and inner strength helped everyone who encircled her to survive but will she be able to survive herself?
Supernatural creatures, royal backstabbing and many more await you in this thrilling novel that will take your breath away.