His latest publication is Runaway Smile, a children’s book, which you can read for free on his blog. He’s also written the Amazon best-selling epic fantasy series, Pearseus. FAN ALERT: the fourth book in the series is currently edited, and expected to be released mid-February.
Finally, he has published the Amazon best-seller The Power of Six, a collection of short sci-fi stories that includes his award-winning short story, I Come in Peace.
Nicholas lives in Athens, Greece, at a forest’s edge, with his wife, dog and two very silly cats, one of whom is always sitting on his lap. “So please excuse any typos in my blog posts: typing with one hand can be hard,” he says. “Mercifully, all my books are professionally edited.”
Runaway Smile: an unshared smile is a wasted smile is his first children’s book, aimed at children between six and 12-year’s old, and started off life as a poem.
What an intriguing title and story idea. I asked Nicholas how it came about.
“One day, back in 2012, I was having my childhood friend, Dimitris Fousekis, over for lunch,” he told me. “He’s a professional illustrator and liked the poem so much, that he suggested we turn it into a children’s book. This was before I decided to become an author, and my fantasy series, Pearseus, had not been written yet, so I was intrigued by the idea.
“At first, we wanted to do a traditional children’s book (full-colour spread with a couple of verses on each page). However, a publisher suggested we do it instead in prose. The text would be around 5,000 words long, and be peppered with monochromatic illustrations. This would both keep the printing costs down and make it easier to turn the book into a series.
“I played around with my poem and ended up writing the whole book in a single Saturday morning. I remember it clearly, as my wife, Electra, wanted to go for a walk in a nearby national park and was annoyed that I chose instead to spend my Saturday writing.”
A CREATIVE ROLLERCOASTER
After that, there was no stopping him. His creative juices kept flowing and flowing.
“I have written a total of six children’s books since that day, Runaway Smile being the first one to get illustrated and published,” he explained.
“Dimitris is currently illustrating the next one, called Musiville about animals-musical instruments sharing a picturesque village. When they all start carrying their own tune, an unexpected invader wreaks havoc.
“If Runaway Smile is my Little Prince, then Musiville is my Animal Farm.”
WHERE TO FIND NICHOLAS
I am totally impressed and hopefully you will be, too. So go check out this amazing author.
Nicholas is all around the Internet, but the best place to find him is HERE on his blog.
Anyone interested in his books can check them out HERE on Amazon
People can read Runaway Smile for free on his blog HERE
A little word from myself here: if you do and enjoy it, please consider posting a short review. Word of mouth is an author’s best friend and is much appreciated.
Other places to connect with Nicholas include:
Bye for now. But wherever you are on your Earth Walk, always try to Reach For The Stars.
You'll be surprised just what you can achieve!