Interview with Nektaria Markaki

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do, because the first completed story I ever wrote, is my all time favorite and it is called, Unmapped.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was a Greek book called "The birthday" that was about the November 17th revolution against the junta.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have plenty but I guess as a romantic, you can say that my favorites are Cecilia Ahern's books, because I love the simplicity of her writing style, and I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and her flawless men.
Describe your desk
My desk must be tidy at all times. The only thing that you find on it, is a cup of coffee or tea, and my plushy unicorn, Sebastian, who is my muse!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small island in the Aegean sea, named Fourni. I guess it was there that my imagination grew... it was there where I first felt the need to start writing.
When did you first start writing?
When I was 16. I was a shy and not very talkative teen who needed a way out of her depression, and writing gave me that way out.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Unmapped is the tale of two young people that are trying to find where they belong.
Lexie was taught to live a life well-programmed that eventually made her feel like a robot, and Manu is a carefree man that seems to care only about his pleasures. Together they take a long journey around Europe in hope for Lexie to find out what she wants from life, and along the way, they discover themselves and each other. It's a fun story with lot's of flirting, humor and wonderful places around Europe as a background.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My need to share wonderful stories with the world, and communicate.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is when readers tell me that my stories made an impact on them, that they made them think and have fun and laugh or cry. I think it's the best reward and what keeps me going.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Many things... life itself I can say...
Published 2016-03-08.
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