Interview with Loukia Borrell


Hello Everyone!

We are delighted to have author Loukia Borrell amongst us today at Musikdiv India Online Magazine at our Special ‘Authors Festival’ interview series to tell us about her new book Raping Aphrodite !
Please read on …


What if everything you know – or think you know – about your life is wrong? Tash Colgate, a successful art gallery owner, is about to find out how that feels. Tash has the life she always wanted: a solid marriage and an art gallery that is making its mark in the art world. But when Tash agrees to an exhibition of items from Cyprus, she opens the door to secrets some people close to her wished she hadn’t. Travel back in time to the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, where intrigue, murder and lies catch up to Tash’s world decades later.
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So Loukia, we’ll start your Interview with the very first question

1.Please introduce and tell the readers something about yourself.

My name is Loukia Borrell. I am a native of Ohio but was raised in Virginia, where I live with my husband and our three children.

2.What brought you to writing?

I learned early on, probably by the time I was in middle school, that I couldn’t do math or science well. I was much better in English and took advanced classes, so that was something I wanted to explore. When I got to college, I joined the student newspaper staff, eventually becoming editor. College is where my writing career began.

3.How long have you been writing?

Well, I’ve kept a diary since I was a teenager and I still keep one, 30 years later. As for a writing career, I prepared for that in college and after graduating, worked as a journalist and freelance writer for about 20 years.

4.Which was your first literary project?Tell us something about it.

I think “Raping Aphrodite” was it. I tried to write a historical romance about 20 years ago, but abandoned it. I still have the notes, though, and hope to revive that. Right now, my focus is on “Raping Aphrodite.” It places fictional characters into the very real invasion of Cyprus by Turkey in 1974.My characters are plunged into that time when one of them decides to do an art exhibit from Cyprus, and long-buried secrets rise to the surface. It is a tale of intrigue and personal tragedy.

5.Is this your new/latest project?

Yes.

6.Can you give a chapter sample preview of your book here for our readers to know more about it.

Sure. Let me set up this chapter.
( Please look at the bottom of the interview for book excerpts )

7.What are your hobbies?Things that you enjoy doing besides books of course.

I like to walk, travel and watch movies. I have a large collection of films. When I have some down time, I pull one out and take a break.

8.Who is your favourite author?

I don’t really have a favorite author. My tastes have changed over the years. As a teenager, I read a lot of the classics by Hemingway, Salinger, John Knowles and Dickens for school. At the same time, I liked historical romance novels that were more of an escape for me. Later, in my twenties, I read blockbusters by Sidney Sheldon and Jackie Collins. One of my former newspaper editors, Robert Endicott, wrote a book called,”Contract on the President,” and I enjoyed that. He also fashioned one of his characters after me, so that was a bit of an extra jolt of coolness. Most recently, I have read biographies, like Jaycee Dugard’s memoir, “A Stolen Life,” and Shawn Levy’s “Paul Newman: A Life.”

9.Do you have a role model that you get inspiration from?

No. I draw inspiration from my personal experiences, things I hear or see. Just life in general.

10.Where do get your ideas from?Do you take your story ideas from real life situations?

I drew my idea of “Raping Aphrodite” from the invasion. In 1974, I was 11 and Cyprus was invaded by Turkey. My maternal grandparents disappeared and many of my other relatives became refugees. It was a time of great personal loss and I remember my parents (both were born in Cyprus) talking about this village or that village, what happened to this family, etc. Those stories stayed with me and although my characters are fictitious, they are based on people they talked about. I also drew on my own experiences with some of the characters; people I’ve met, situations I’ve had to deal with, etc.

11.Whats your experience been like in the publishing industry?Postive or negative?Please share your experience with our readers.

It took about a year to write “Raping Aphrodite.” After that, I spent another six months editing and rewriting, with the help of my husband, Gordon Borrell, a former newspaper editor. Once that was done, I spent six months looking for an agent. I queried about 90 literary agents throughout the United States. I heard back from about half of them. A few were interested, but ultimately passed. Finally, I decided to go forward and epublish on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I just didn’t want to put my book aside because other people told me it wasn’t right for them. I felt I had to keep moving forward, even if it meant doing it alone.

12.Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Older! I hope to have written the sequel and have a couple of other writing projects completed by then. In 10 years, all of my children will be adults. It has been really something watching them come up, and I look forward to seeing them as adults.

13.Why do you think readers should buy your book?What can you offer them through your book?

On an entertainment level, my book is a story filled with buried lies, family secrets, intrigue, and odd twists that sweep the reader away. On a deeper level, “Raping Aphrodite” educates the reader about Cyprus and what happened when Turkey invaded the island in 1974. It brings a dark period of the island’s history into focus.

14.Where is your book available?

Right now, it is available at amazon.com >> http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0063W6KMG
and at bn.com. >> http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/raping-aphrodite?keyword=raping+aphrodite&store=ebook

I am editing a proof of the book as a paperback, and in the future, it will be available that way, too.

15.Do you have a website or a blog that you’d like to share here.

I am on Goodreads and also Twitter at @LoukiaBorrell.

16.Anything else you’d like to share with our readers.

I hope they take a look at “Raping Aphrodite,” but most of all, keep reading and learning!

  • Thank you Loukia Borrell for gracing us with your presence.It was a sheer pleasure.Good luck with your book.We conclude the interview here

    Thanks again from Team MusikDIV

    Book Exerpts – Sample Chapter

    Raping Aphrodite By Loukia Borrell

    Barbra Duffy is a Peace Corps volunteer in Cyprus. It is 1974. She has been rounded up with a group of local women and is being held hostage in a village church. One of the young girls in their group is raped and beaten by soldiers. In an effort to rescue her, Barbra secretly leaves the church and begins a solitary journey to find help:

    As Barbra approached the farm, she could hear chickens squawking and saw their shadows running about. They moved rapidly, as if chased by demons. She continued to walk toward the coops, but with more caution. They obviously were used to be being cared for. There were feeding bins and nesting areas, but their routine was interrupted. There was no food in sight. Once inside the coop, she saw some chickens were dead, pecked to death by others. Some ran toward her, in the hope that she had grain. She used the walking stick to keep them from pecking at her legs and made her way toward an outdoor hand pump.
    Water! Thank God, she uttered in her mind, careful to stay silent. She went out the other side of the coops to a small shed and began to pump the handle. Cold water. It was like a gourmet meal, or at least a really choice steak. Barbra never imagined she would be so desperate for something so simple. She cranked the handle and let the cold water splash on her fingers. She cupped her hands and splashed water on her face and bent over for numerous drinks. Then, she sat down on her bottom, under the faucet and faced it. She reached up and began cranking the handle up and down, grateful it wasn’t
    making noise. Water splashed down her white shirt and into her lap. She didn’t care. She was too dirty to care. The night was warm enough so that the water felt cool and refreshing. Chickens gathered around and clucked, jockeying for a sip from the puddles forming around Barbra’s legs.
    Barbra had to be careful not to talk out loud. She had a tendency to think aloud and the last thing she needed was to be found here, discovered in this lonesome place by someone who would do her harm. Perhaps a frightened Greek villager defending his turf. Or a Turkish soldier demanding to know her identity. Barbra knew she hadn’t completely planned this long walk to the city, or else she probably would still be at St. Cyril’s waiting for things to change. It just wasn’t in her nature to sit around wait for other people to make a difference. That is why she joined the Peace Corps. And during her childhood, she always watched her parents and the people of Emporia working to make a difference. Whether it was through hard work at the feed-and-seed store, raising respectful children, selling brooms for the Emporia Kiwanis Club, bringing food to shut-ins, or harvesting corn and sugar beets.
    Farm country. She was from farm country, and was in farm country now, but it was as foreign to her as being on another planet. She moved away from the water and leaned up against the shed. She looked down at her wet clothes. The white shirt was dingy and the tan slacks were stained grayish brown. She thought it might be a good idea to find darker colors so she would increase her chances of survival, and conceal her country of origin. Most of the older women wrapped their heads in scarves. If she could find one, she could cover her blonde hair. She was too tired to make sense of it or decide what she wanted to do.
    Barbra glanced at the simple stone house. A courtyard was surrounded on three sides with stone buildings. The door was ajar, pushed open enough for someone to peek out. She could easily hide in the chicken house but knew there might be something inside, through that open door. Could someone have been watching her all this time from inside? She summoned the courage to have a look. She doubted any Turks would be there. She would have heard them by now. Perhaps some Greek villagers were hiding inside. She wiped her hands on her pants and headed toward the door.

    Buy Raping Aphrodite by Loukia Borrell On Amazon Kindle >> http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0063W6KMG


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