Vasiliki

Biography

I was born in Australia of Greek heritage, a first generation Greek-Australian and strongly shaped by my Greek cultural heritage as well as my Australian upbringing.
I am a person of the Diaspora; a member of an ancient community forced to leave a homeland due to economic instability. The quest for riches in the New Land was too great a temptation for my people; many left land and kin for the better life.
Whether they obtained this better life is, of course, highly subjective.
Grief, depression and creativity are inextricably connected for me. I started writing fiction as a form of therapy—to help me deal with that nihilistic agony that plagues me. Writing is my voice in a world that doesn’t seem to care and that engages in the superficial and the trivial. Well, certainly in my eyes.
I have a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor and Honours of Theology and a Diploma of Education. I entered the chaotic world of high school teaching and, after many fruitful and maddening experiences, left it. For good? Only time will tell.
My fiction and non-fiction writing reflect my Greek-Christian heritage as well as my love for poetry, literature, theology and history in general.
In the last ten years, I have been working on a novel that traces a young woman’s journey back to the motherland (Greece) and is largely based on my experience.
This novel will now become a three-part book series, with the first part--Daughter of Odysseus: Ithaka Calling—now available.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That I have been given the gift to have a new day! That this is another opportunity to achieve my goals, to grow and develop as a person, to hopefully make a difference. And sometimes, to just BE.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I live a pretty quiet, uneventful life. So how do I spend my time when I'm not writing? With family and friends. I read a lot, I volunteer at an animal shelter (one of the greatest joys in life!) and I also love to knit - it brings out the grandma in me.
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Where to find Vasiliki online


Where to buy in print


Books

Daughter of Odysseus: Searching for Ithaka
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 65,870. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Coming of age
Ithaka had been calling to her. The longing for wisdom, meaning, fulfilment. . . For home. So, the search begins.
Daughter of Odysseus - Ithaka Calling
Price: Free! Words: 62,320. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Daughter of Odysseus: Ithaka Calling is the first in the Daughter of Odysseus trilogy. It tells the story of a young woman, Christine, standing at the threshold of adulthood, only to find herself betrayed by those closest to her. Out of the depression she experiences, she embarks on a journey to reclaim her Greek heritage, a journey that parallels the journey of the Greek hero Odysseus.

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Smashwords book reviews by Vasiliki

  • 13 Years in America on Oct. 15, 2017

    I really enjoyed this book; it's not the typical book I read, I have to admit, but found the pace easy going and engaging at the same time. Melanie has a way of providing insightful information about life and how we approach it. For example, her comment about how people 'do what will make them money, and then try to figure out how to get happiness from it' rings so true in our society today where people indeed accept complacency and that which doesn't bring happiness. Melanie and Scott (and little Morgen) journey was something I enjoyed participating in and indeed had an element of that idea 'domestic eroticism'. Well done to Melanie for sharing her journey with us.
  • Old House in Balmain Series on Dec. 09, 2017
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    I have just finished the first part of the Old House in Balmain Series and absolutely loved it. I got a wonderful glimpse into Australian history in a way that was touching and nostalgic - and the loss of Sophia really touched my heart! The symbol of the bottle created a beautiful link in the lives of the women. Looking forward to reading the next two novels in the series.