Meet Menelaos Gkikas, author of The Words of Emily Logan

What inspires you to write? 

So far, I’ve been influenced by the entertainment industry, fairytales, the stuff that dreams are made of and inner illusions as well as practicing article writing in many areas. Additionally, my creative writing projects are being subconsciously directed by what ‘luck’ means for me…!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Influenced by discussions with my teachers, one can be considered a writer from the very moment he has completed 3 or 4 projects independent from the medium of publicity. Nevertheless, this seems more like a milestone and not the complete writing journey… Writing is chaotic, complex, uncertain, multi-dimensional, tiny as well as gigantic, a sequence of stimuli taking place in our brains and projecting onto the paper.

My writing journey began in 2007 when I first built my presence on the web. During this period, there have been lots of upheavals, educational opportunities, creative initiatives and more.

What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your subject/genre that isn’t so?

I have written a fairytale fantasy entitled When Magic Truly Happens globally published as an e-book and paperback. As Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host, declared “Magic is just science that we don’t understand yet.” As creators, we can be undermined by our impulse to put labels on everything and this is what makes me say people think they know and make assumptions. It takes a lot of patience and insistence to get to know a writer really well…

What is the most important thing that people DON’T know about your subject/genre that they need to know?

To learn the price of using magic…! Magic in fairytales is not a human weapon but a divine one. It’s equivalent to biting the forbidden fruit.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

I am a writer, digital marketing specialist, and transformational leader who harness AI and technology to deliver high-impact digital solutions as interdependent rings of a chain. This means that I collaborate with digital distributors to make my books reach places all over the globe. I also used Hollywood’s #1 screenplay coverage service, WeScreenplay, for my romantic drama The Words of Emily Logan. I’ve also learned that validation is not a matter of book reviews. However, they can help sales.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Not to judge so they won’t be judged as well…

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Fairytales play with symbols! Objects, talking beasts, bridges in spacetime, magical melodies, specific laws of nature and many more constitute the elements on which stories are being written. Allegories and messages for children were important as well. But as a general canon, it’s the overall feeling of fairytale fantasy that made me feel satisfied. It’s an adventure for those who seek to find a way to leave their world behind!

What one person from history would you like to meet and why? 

“Harry Potter has come to Hogwarts!” These were the words of Draco Malfoy when little Harry Potter came for the first time at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. And who is the chosen one from the cinematic universe of J.K. Rowling? Emma Watson, for lots of complex reasons! First of all and contrary to many Greek artists, I admire Emma for the fact that she has been entangled with projects different from her acting career, including campaigns, activism, big companies, and ambassador opportunities. Secondly, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry partly mirrors the nature of my education as well. An extensive pattern of complex science, art, writing magic, artifacts, and transcendental realism including meditative writing. Furthermore, I believe it would be beneficial to learn from an actress who has spent her entire childhood around magic, since I have started acting lessons myself at the cultural center of my town!

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?

To stop making the majority of people think they can change it! The only way to do it for sure is to become a top-level politician…

Learn more about Menelaos and his books…

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