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5 QUESTIONS WITH AN AUTHOR | CHRIS KESKINIS

5 QUESTIONS WITH AN AUTHOR | CHRIS KESKINIS

What’s your favorite under-appreciated book?

My favorite book was, is and will always be ‘The Lord of the Rings’.  Even before the movies and the general acceptance they caused, I had always considered that such a masterpiece should have been read by EVERYONE. But since it’s underestimated books we are talking about, I could speak for no other but ‘Almouric’   by Robert E. Howard! Everyone knows the author of Conan, but very few really know the other muscular hero he created.  I adore Conan but when I read ‘Almouric’, my favorite barbarian lost his place in the throne of my heart.

 

Do you hide personal elements in your books? Perhaps hints or inside jokes that only a few people will get?

Always! Every story of mine, no matter how small or big it may be, hides such elements. Some of them are very personal, and people can hardly match them with me; except of course of some people very close to me.  Some other elements, when read by my friends, will cause smiles by them since they will bring in mind their past words or deeds. Therefore you had better be careful of what you say or do in front of a writer. He will use it for sure.

In ‘Beer o’ Quest’ for instance, my second book, I created each character in the story having in my mind a particular friend of mine. And of course various events in the book have taken place for real (for example killing a dragon!).

I really love using real people’s elements when creating the characters of my stories; whether they are my elements or of people I know.  I believe that this way my characters become more realistic.

How do you cope with writer’s block?

To be honest, I have never had to cope with that sort of problem so far. Sometimes I may write stuff that in the end  I don’t really like. Or it might be some new story quite different from the one I had in mind to begin with. But the point is that I do write something. On the other hand, when I can’t write anything I just read! Things are always getting much better when you read a book you love.

Who has been the most supportive person in your life when it comes to your writing?

It’s my lover. She is the first one to read each one of my stories.  She points out my mistakes and even suggests different plots to me. I’m one lucky guy. My family has also stood by me. They have never objected to my writing efforts. Unfortunately it’s not that easy to make a living as a writer in our country (Greece) and there are a lot of people who don’t understand the ‘useless hobby’. Thank God my family doesn’t belong to this sort of people. 

If you could choose a place to live for a whole year while writing a book that takes place in that same setting where would that be?

Since I was a kid, I had always appreciated the quietness of boondocks; even though I had never liked loneliness. For instance, I consider a lighthouse, a low populated island to be the ideal place to live in with my lover. There I could be writing night and day. I had once read a horror story that was about a man living in a lighthouse in such an island who was getting mad. I guess I have been thinking about it since then. I hope some time the dream will become true.

Chris was born, studied and works in Thessaloniki, about 11 centuries after the era he belongs to. From a very early age, he wrote short stories as well as song lyrics for his own pleasure, and shared them with friends and family. He likes to dig into myths and traditions and use them in his stories.
Once, he read in a Stephen King interview that we all have a story to tell and it’s just that some people fail to do it, so he decided to write his own. His first book was released in 2016 under the title “Bifrost-The Path of Warriors”.
He has contributed to anthologies such as “The Legends of the Universe No V”, “The Fall of the Gods”, “Awakening”, “The Epic of Imagination” and “Zythologotechnia”. He also publishes stories and articles on various websites. He has been an active member of the Heavy Metal and Literature Club of the Fantastic Excalibur Thessaloniki since 2008. When he does not write, he takes his sword and chases imaginary enemies in the mountains.

 

Wanna pick his mind?

You can usually find him at the heavy metal club EXCALIBUR during the weekends,

buy BEER-O Quest here and take a look at his Facebook profile

The Chelfdom in collaboration with Chris Keskinis is giving away a signed copy of BEER-O QUEST to one lucky Chelfling! To enter the giveaway please leave a comment down below with your email so that we can contact you, mentioning that you would like to be entered. The contest is open internationally but please keep in mind that the book is in greek.We have another surprise for my non-english-speaking-Chelflings so even if you don’t speak greek do not hesitate to enter the giveaway.The winner will be announced here on Thursday july 19th. Good Luck!

Chelf’s Note:

We picked a winner using the miniwebtool random picker and the lucky winner is: Γιάννης Σιώλης. The author will email him asap.

Doragon Cafe

41 Comments
  • Aeerin Jones
    Posted at 10:11h, 12 July Reply

    The backstage was the best! What a character! He seems so interesting! I love your interviews Chelf, please enter me for the english giveaway. aeerialjj@gmail.com

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 09:39h, 13 July Reply

      Hiya! The backstage and the bloopers are always so much fun right? He was so professional during the shoot, we were goofing around but as soon as the camera was on he instantly went into this super photogenic mode and we got the job done in no time.

  • Deimos
    Posted at 10:14h, 12 July Reply

    εντερ κι εμενα queen. DeimosKlisthenis@yahoo.com

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 09:36h, 13 July Reply

      done

  • Κυριακοσςκαλεντεριδης
    Posted at 10:34h, 12 July Reply

    kalederidis@gmail.com
    Για τον διαγωνισμό!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 09:35h, 13 July Reply

      entered! Good luck! I know you will love this book!

  • Ethymia Tsaligopoulou
    Posted at 10:44h, 12 July Reply

    Ωραία παρουσίαση, εκπληκτικές φωτογραφίες! Σε ταξιδεύει σε άλλη εποχή…
    e.tsaligopoulou@gmail.com

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 09:35h, 13 July Reply

      hey hey! Good to see you on the Chelfdom. Χαιρομαι που σου αρεσε, σηκω θα σε παω για μπυρα.

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 12:03h, 12 July Reply

    I love hearing how the author’s minds work. It’s so neat to know that he is putting little tidbits of his own life into his writing like I’m sure a lot of others do.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 09:34h, 13 July Reply

      Hi Steph! Glad you enjoyed the interview! Now we are all looking for hidden bits, once you get in the loop there’s no way out!

  • Joleene
    Posted at 18:48h, 12 July Reply

    Author to author, I do the same thing with hiding elements. I get it, my daughter gets it, but the reader doesn’t. And he or she doesn’t have to. It’s absolutely a part of writing. Love how your mind works!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 09:33h, 13 July Reply

      I also find this part fascinating!

  • Laura Dove
    Posted at 20:45h, 12 July Reply

    I love your question about hiding personal elements in his books – that is fab! I would love to be a friend or family member reading and seeing little secret jokes, etc. Amazing!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 09:32h, 13 July Reply

      I know right? All we need to do now is go find ourselves some authors, trick them into being friend with us and wait for the next book 😉

  • mr.Sadder
    Posted at 21:03h, 12 July Reply

    already have the book!!
    ..and the Honor of being Chris’ friend!!
    good interview, great pictures!
    even greater stories by Chris, The Man!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 09:31h, 13 July Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the interview! He is The Man indeed! You’ll never get bored when he is around!

  • Jess
    Posted at 06:51h, 13 July Reply

    What a great little interview. What and interesting person Chris is.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 09:29h, 13 July Reply

      He really is indeed! Chelf confirmed.

  • Paraskeuoula Vafeiadou
    Posted at 09:18h, 13 July Reply

    Team Almouric forever! Excellent choice. Enter me.Vapsememov@gmail.com

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 09:28h, 13 July Reply

      Good to see you are all on board 🙂 Entered.

  • karolos
    Posted at 09:20h, 13 July Reply

    Enter please. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 09:28h, 13 July Reply

      entered. You are most certainly welcome.

  • stefanos ionou
    Posted at 09:23h, 13 July Reply

    enter me chelf. When can we go on a beerOquest?

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 09:27h, 13 July Reply

      I’ll crack one open right now. (alternative response with a THE SMITHS reference: “How soon is now?” )

  • Γιάννης Σιώλης
    Posted at 12:46h, 13 July Reply

    The fourth question and its reply was true and cute af.
    giannismp83@gmail.com
    Για τον διαγωνισμό! For the contest!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 19:51h, 19 July Reply

      CONGRATS! You won the signed copy! We’ll email you asap!

      • Γιάννης Σιώλης
        Posted at 20:16h, 19 July Reply

        Thank you so much. I just communicated with Chris.

  • Rachel
    Posted at 17:24h, 13 July Reply

    He is from the same town as my sister in law! I am sending this post to my husband.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 19:34h, 13 July Reply

      Really? It’s a small world after all! Make sure y’all enter the giveaway!

  • Holly
    Posted at 20:40h, 13 July Reply

    What a fun interview. I haven’t read any of his books…but I definitely want to check them out!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 07:21h, 19 July Reply

      I will enter you to the english giveaway then Holly

  • Maysz
    Posted at 04:46h, 14 July Reply

    Being a writer is not a easy job. you need to exert your effort don’t mind the other people. But I love the books too! very inspiring post!

  • Kimm Kruse
    Posted at 01:44h, 15 July Reply

    This was a great interview. It is awesome to get to know the author a little better. Good luck to everyone that entered the giveaway!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 07:20h, 19 July Reply

      thank you for stopping by Kimm

  • David Allen Elliott
    Posted at 16:31h, 15 July Reply

    That’s a very cool giveaway and such a great interview. It’s great he had the support of his family even if the rest of the world thought he was nuts. It’s essential to have that kind of support.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 07:20h, 19 July Reply

      I, in fact, do think he is nuts, which is exactly why he is such a success. 😉

  • dimitris
    Posted at 07:13h, 19 July Reply

    sto tsak! prolava? Eida tin anakoinosi sto facebook. Eimai mesa an prolava. dimpapastefanou@gmail.com

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 07:17h, 19 July Reply

      eisai mesa file mou

  • Μανώλης
    Posted at 10:37h, 19 July Reply

    Καλοτάξιδο το βιβλίο ω,τροβαδούρε της μπίρας!
    Elric-of-melnibone666@hotmail.com

  • Keskinis Xristos
    Posted at 17:40h, 19 July Reply

    I really, REALLY, thank you all for the support and your commends. There is a special gift for all of you. Check your mails the next days. 🙂
    And of course THANK you Chelf for the perfect interview, the lovely photos and the time we spend at my favourite place. See you all next time.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 19:34h, 19 July Reply

      The pleasure was all mine mate!

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