Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer of Interviews: Luke Christodoulou

Today I'm pleased to welcome Luke Christodoulou!

1. What inspired you to write this book?

The Greek Islands themselves.  I am a great thriller fan and my only complain is that the majority is set in some American or European metropolis. I remembered the first time I read Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie and thought ‘why not Evil Under the Greek sun’? Also, I always wanted to create a cunning, sadistic killer. These facts lead to the creation of The Olympus Killer.

2. Would you classify your writing more as plot driven or character driven?

I would say plot driven, though The Olympus Killer is written from the first person point of view as we follow Captain Papacosta on his journey to bring the killer to justice.

3. Can you tell us a little about your main character?

With a quick first glance, my two protagonists may seem so ‘done before’. Captain Papacosta is a broken detective who lost his daughter and his wife; one through murder and one through divorce. Lieutenant Ioli Cara is a foul mouth, top of her year, ambitious investigator. However, as you get to know these characters, you realize how much more they truly are. Their unique humor, their way of thinking, their way of dealing with things. Ioli’s love for food has been mentioned as a highlight by quite a few readers.

4. Without giving away too much, tell us a little about the main conflict in this book.

My two main characters work for the Hellenic police and are called to solve their most complex case yet. The Olympus Killer, as the newspapers refer to him by, is a sick, twisted killer who mutilates his victims and leaves them abused and naked across the sun kissed Greek Islands. A strange connection to ancient Greek mythology adds to the case’s mystery. That is really all I can say without giving much away!

5. What do you hope readers take away from your book?

I write with main goal to entertain readers.  They read in their leisure and I need to stand up to their standards. I hope they enjoy reading the book, I hope they are shocked at every twist and turn and ultimately I hope they take away a love for the Greek Isles and the Greek way of life.

6. Now for a few fun questions! What song best describes your writing style?

What did ‘Highway to Hell?’ pop into my head as I read the question? Hmm… Never been asked this before. ‘Spanish train’ by Chris De Burgh for some unexplained reason seems to fit the answer.

7. Night Owl or Early Bird?

Night Owl, definitely.  All great ideas are born under the moon.

8. Skittle or M&Ms?
              Skittles (except the green ones!).
9. Who are your favorite authors?

Agatha Christie easily takes first place. I enjoy certain works by King and Patterson. The Anna Travis books by Lynda Le Plante were right up my alley. From a more classic point of view, Tolkien and Shakespeare have provided me with great reading pleasure.

10. Can you tell us about your future projects?

At the moment, I am promoting The Olympus Killer:A Greek Island Mysteries Thriller and will continue to do so for the next month. Then, I will be revising the skeleton of my second book from the series and begin doing what I love most. Writing! Book 2 will feature my two protagonists, though this time they will be up against a number of cases, strangely connected to the church.

Links to connect and to find out more:
Webpage: http://greekislandmysteries.webs.com/
Twitter @OlympusKiller
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greek-Island-Mysteries/712190782134816?ref=hl (Like page and end of the month there will be a draw for a free copy of The Olympus Killer).
GooglePlus: https://plus.google.com/105472990809607302125/posts
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-Killer-Island-Mysteries-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00JMTRPTE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397283795&sr=1-1&keywords=THE+OLYMPUS+KILLER
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Olympus-Killer-Island-Mysteries-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00JMTRPTE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397283881&sr=1-1&keywords=the+olympus+killer

Book Description
Publication Date: April 11, 2014

THE OLYMPUS KILLER is ON SALE  for 0.99 until JUNE 8th!

If this summer you are thinking of travelling to the majestic, sun kissed Greek Islands, think again. A sadistic killer is on the loose.

Over the picturesque Greek islands bodies are piling up fast. Captain Papacosta, a former American homicide detective turned Greek police captain after the loss of his daughter, teams up with young and ambitious, top of her year Lieutenant Ioli Cara to face their most difficult and intriguing case yet.

Olympus. The tallest peak in Greece and as maintained by the ancients, home to the almighty Gods.

In 1972 a boy is born in New York to a raped young girl. A boy who through abuse will grow up into a vicious, merciless and cunning killer. A killer who believes he is murdering the Olympian Gods and mutilates his victims according to Greek mythology.
Will the two officers catch the murderer in time or will the Olympus Killer have his revenge?


Luke Christodoulou is an English teacher (MA Applied Linguistics - University of Birmingham), a poet and an e-book author. He is also a coffee-movie-book lover.

His first book, 'The Olympus Killer' (Top 50 BESTSELLER - International Mystery and Crime), was released in April, 2014. The book was voted Book Of The Month for May on Goodreads (Psychological Thrillers) and Book Of The Month for June (Nothing better than reading).He is currently working on the second and third book from his planned Greek Island Mysteries book series.
He resides in Limassol, Cyprus with his wife and daughter.

Hobbies include travelling the Greek Islands discovering new food and possible murder sites for his stories.