Interview with George Trialonis

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I wrote about my personal experience with lucid dreaming which I have had since I was very young. That was my first ebook which is not very long. I also did the drawings. The book is on Amazon under the title "Awakening in a Dream (a boys experience of Lucid Dreaming)
What is your writing process?
I wrote "The White Gloves" on the basis of short notes I had taken approximately 5 years earlier. When I saw the notes again, taking a break from a novel, I decided that I could expand them into a children's story. When I decide to write, it is the hero who inspires the story in general. The hero wants something and in order to get what he wants, he has to overcome obstacles. In addition to the hero, I begin to gradually people the story and fashion a web of events.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was the "Old Man and the Sea" by E. Hemingway. Although I was very young I identified with the old man and the simple life he lived. The descriptions of the sea and of fishing created in my mind a sense of a tranquil life which filled me with happiness.
How do you approach cover design?
I design the covers myself and I like it very much although I am not a professional. The authors of the story have plenty of images in their mind, so it's easier for them to choose which one best fits their story and has better marketing potential.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read short stories because I can finish them fast and then do something else, e.g. write my own story or draw on the computer. My favorite short story writers are: Edgar Allan Poe (I love his style, use of language), Roald Dahl (good for children, too) and others. I also read poetry and I occasionally write poems myself.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an iPad which I find it convenient for ebook reading and for drawing/painting. The applications for iPad are many and practical.
Describe your desk
There is always a little clutter which I try to minimize for space. I have a laptop in front of me and writing pads to my left and behind the screen of the computer. What is more, there are dozens of pens and pencils lying between the computer and the notepads.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the island of Crete, Greece. This is a very nice place (of course) with a lot of sunshine most of the days in a year. I love the sun and the ambiance it's light creates at different times of the day. For example, I love morning light. It stands for the colors of awakening from sleep and the stepping out of dreams. As a child I would get up early in the morning and search for my friends and then run to the shore for a swim.
When did you first start writing?
I started scribbling many years ago. I could not write full time because I had to earn a living as translator / interpreter. I write full time now that I am retired.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In "The White Gloves" I needed to expose how naive, innocent and lovable some villains (the wolf) can be. In addition, I tried to tell that when you take somebody out of their natural environment, they change and this change may be for the better of for worse. But there is always the thrill of the new environment which antagonizes the desire to return to the origins.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am scared of rejections (I know I shouldn't) which print book authors have to face. Indie authors can revise their work as many times as they wish, the same for the price of their ebooks. In addition, indie authors appear faster in the market although marketing their ebooks is rather more difficult.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I wouldn't say there is joy in the writing I do. I started writing a novel and I find that I empathize with the hero and with the main characters. Their life is not easy and this creates in me a certain sadness.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a novel (fiction) where the hero is experiencing time travel. The title of the book is "Atonement in the Past". The hero is transported from Fort Worth Texas to Crete in the year 1450 BC. He grew up in Texas but as a child he shot his twin brother during a play in their back yard. It was an accident. The hero is filled with remorse and has recurrent dreams. When a student at TCU, he vanishes and wakes up in the central court of King Minos in Crete. Unconsciously, the hero seeks atonement. He will find it in the past because his brother is there, too.
Published 2015-03-03.
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Books by This Author

Talking Crow
Price: Free! Words: 2,500. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
This story is about a ten-year old boy, Yannis, who loves to fly like a bird. He becomes friends with a crow and both fly together over tall trees and apartment buildings. The town looks beautiful from up there! As they fly together the crow allows Yannis to enjoy his new experience from high up and inspires him to selfless and generous action.
The White Gloves
Price: Free! Words: 7,200. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Red Riding Hood meets the wolf again. He decides to start his dinner with the old woman who lives in the forest. However, this is no ordinary woman but the forest fairy who, having taken the form of a ewe, challenges the wolf. Frustrated by the defiance of the ewe, the wolf flees to the big city where he meets the ewe again. What follows is very exciting and so ... so heart-breaking.