I have lived in Melbourne, Australia for most of my adult life having spent much of my childhood on a dairy farm in South East Queensland.
I began this blog to explain the journey in writing my first novel. My father passed away some years ago and I discovered letters he had written in 1948 to my grandmother. From the letters, I untangled a story of hardship, Colonialism, racism, violence and murder. Check out my first blog for more info. https://sckarakaltsas.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/the-letters/
Having no background in writing, I’ve always been an avid reader. Three years ago, I managed to unravel something inside me that drove me to write. I published my first novel, called Climbing the Coconut Tree in February 2016.
My short story, ‘The Surprise’ was shortlisted for the Lane Cove Literary Awards in October 2016 which is included in my book titled, “Out of Nowhere – A Collection of Short Stories,” which was released May 2017.
I am also working on another historical fiction novel called, ‘ A Perfect Stone,’ about two children escaping from the Greek Civil War during a mass evacuation.
Writing is now my passion.