My Exclusive Writer Interview with Dr Stephanie Russo on MQ’s Literary Podcast ‘From the Lighthouse’

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Hi Everyone,

Some more wonderful news to share!

I was interviewed by Dr Stephanie Russo on Macquarie University’s Literary Podcast ‘From the Lighthouse’ about my journey as a young writer, my publications, the impact of my Greek heritage, historical fiction, and helpful tips I can give to young aspiring writers managing a writing career. There’s also the casual mention of Harry Potter; Melina Marchetta; the Great Historical Epics of Hollywood; Ancient Greece; my first children’s book coming out soon by my publisher, Zoozil; working at MQ’s student publication magazine, Grapeshot; and my four major tips for any aspiring young writer.

You can check out my interview here.

You can download the ‘From the Lighthouse’ Show on your Podcast app on your phone.

For more info visit the English Department’s podcast website at: https://www.fromthelighthouse.org

I was initially contacted by Stephanie to speak to some MQ students about my writing career as part of the English Department’s PACE internship unit. I was very humbled that I was given the opportunity to share my writing journey and book publishing knowledge to MQ students. To then be asked to be interviewed on the English Department’s new Literary Podcast about my work and life as a young writer was amazing. Thank you, Stephanie!

I hope you all enjoy the interview!

Also just a heads up that I’ll be blogging over the next couple of months about my holiday in Italy and Greece from August 2017. So watch this space!

Best wishes,
Claire

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Sneak Peek of me at Herculaneum in Italy, August 2017

For more information about my writing check out:
My Publications
My History in Review Column from Grapeshot
My Creative Writing Blog Posts
My Ancient History Blog Posts

 

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Second Author Interview – Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter

Photograph of Vicky by Vania Stoyanova

Hi Everyone,

I had the pleasure for my second author interview to be with Vicky Alvear Shecter, a YA historical fiction, and middle grade mythology and biography writer who I admire in publishing her ancient history YA historical novels – Cleopatra’s Moon published in 2013 and Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii published in 2014. She answered 20 Questions I had about her writing, her book about Pompeii, her characters, and about YA historical novels and the publishing market.

A huge thank you once again to Vicky for her contribution.

And you can check out the Author Interview on the Interview category on my blog here.

Best wishes,
Claire

Second Archaeologist Interview: Dr Dora Katsonopoulou about The Helike Project

dora_kapelloHi Everyone,

I had the pleasure to interview Dr Dora Katsonopoulou, the Director of The Helike Project, and President of The Helike Society based in Achaea, Greece. She is an archaeologist, a researcher, a consultant of international research programs and Board member of scientific Institutes and Organisations, a guest lecturer at Universities and Institutions, and she has organised four International Conferences on Ancient Helike and Aigialeia. She is the Leader of excavations conducted at Helike near Aigio since 2000. I contacted Dora in February 2013 and asked if she could cite my short story, Helike, on the Helike Project’s website to help promote their work and the awareness and significance of the project and archaeological digs, but also for modern people to be educated, to relate to the history of Helike, and to place faces and names to the Greek citizens who were part of the tragedy when the town was lost in history, and lastly, for modern people to have empathetic understanding. My short story is about the destruction of Helike from the perspective of one of its citizens that I created, Alethea. Dora answered 15 Questions I had about her work directing and organising the project, the purpose of the project, and its aims for the future. This is an interview to commemorate her hard work since 1988.

A huge thank you once again to Dora for her contribution.

You can check out the Archaeologist Interview on the Interview category on my blog here.

Best wishes,
Claire

First Archaeologist Interview: Dr Stavros Vlizos about The Amyklaion: Amykles Research Project

Stavros Vlizos on the steps of the altarHi Everyone,

I had the pleasure to interview Dr Stavros Vlizos, the Assistant Director of The Amyklaion: Amykles Research Project. He is an archaeologist, a researcher and lecturer at the Ionian University in Corfu. I contacted Stavros in March 2014 and asked if he could cite my short story, Taras’ Parthenians on the Amyklaion’s website to help promote their work and the awareness of the sanctuary of the Amyklaion to the general public. In my short story the main scene of rebellion between the Parthenians against the Spartans took place at the sanctuary of the Amyklaion. Stavros answered 15 Questions I had about his work directing and organising the project, the purpose of the project, and its aims for the future. This is an interview to commemorate his hard work.

A huge thank you once again to Stavros for his contribution.

You can check out the Archaeologist Interview on the Interview category on my blog here.

Best wishes,
Claire

First Author Interview: The Raven’s Wing by Frances Watts

Hi Everyone,

I had the pleasure for my first ever interview to be published on my blog to be with Frances Watts. An Australian children’s book author who I admire in having her first YA Historical novel set in Ancient Rome, The Raven’s Wing, published by HarperCollins in August 2014. She answered 12 Questions I had about her book, her writing, her characters, and about YA historical novels.

A huge thank you once again to Frances for her contribution.

You can check out the Author Interview on the new category on my blog: Interviews.

Best wishes,
Claire