‘Who wants to die and go to Heaven when paradise is right here?’
Determined not to be estranged from her Greek heritage, Christine journeys through the motherland. She is searching, searching for that which has been missing from her life.
Through cosmopolitan towns, ancient and medieval splendours, holy sites and warm nights under starry skies, Christine searches.
But the search is not easy, the travels never smooth. The past never erased. For a force continually tries to bar her path, to drag her into the realm of shadows and death.
Christine must prove herself worthy and dig deep within herself for strength, courage and hope. She must tear away the masks around her, ignore the siren songs luring her away, away from Ithaka. She must transform, but she must also stay true to herself in order to plant her roots and flower amongst the sacred stones of Greece.
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About the Author
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 two parts--Daughter of Odysseus: Ithaka Calling— AND Daughter of Odysseus - Searching for Ithaka - now available.