Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the two hundred and eighty-ninth, is of science-fiction author, songwriter, poet and interviewee Eleni Papanou. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Eleni Papanou is an author of visionary fiction. She wrote her first poem when she was an outcast at school. Honored with the name “Greek Freak,” she believed life was plagued with misery, torment and endless suffering. A spontaneous kundalini awakening thrust Eleni on a spiritual path that constantly tested her to the breaking point by challenging her world-view and everything else she held sacred.
Through visions and personal insights, Eleni eventually discovered the Universe has a sense of humor. She started laughing more—mostly at herself—whenever she caught herself taking things too seriously. After many years on the path of self-rediscovery–along with the addition of a husband, two daughters and a bout with cancer, Eleni had a lot to say. Having already written several screenplays, she decided to describe her experiences in novel form.
And now from the author herself:
Why I Write
I’ve been writing poetry since my high school years and earned a Bachelor’s degree in jazz performance. Three wedding bands and one original project later, I shifted over to writing when a friend of mine asked me to work with him on one of his screenplays. It was during this time I realized I had a natural ability for telling stories; however, I didn’t enjoy writing. I used to call myself a reluctant writer as I did it simply because it made me feel less unhappy. It wasn’t until I experienced my kundalini awakening that I started to find more focus within myself.
The years that followed were tough. I had some pretty intense visions and insights that led me to abandon religion, politics and all forms of ideology. You could say my world-view was challenged, defeated and destroyed. I’m now an empty canvas and prefer to remain in this state. For me, it’s the most creative…and interesting way to experience life.
I consider myself a spiritual rationalist, neither defining nor denying my experiences but rather enjoying them as they happen. One of the messages I received while meditating best sums up my attitude.
“It’s not about being right or wrong. It’s all about the experience.”
I’m no longer a reluctant writer and have become more compassionate as a result of what happened to me. I never imagined I’d ever write a book, never mind a series. With my short attention span, getting through one screenplay was a challenge…and I managed to squeeze out ten! My debut, Unison, was my most recent screenplay, and it took place in one setting with few characters. When I wrote it as a novel, it expanded into an epic quest. Writing became like magic, and I fell in love with the craft.
I grew up loving Star Trek. The characters and themes captivated me and made me want to do something visionary in scope. But I didn’t know how or in what way. I eventually found my own visionary path when I wrote Unison, which is a classic hero’s journey story. I was able to combine the unique elements of science fiction with metaphysics and spirituality.
People have suggested I write a book about the lessons I learned. Maybe I will some day, but I prefer to express myself through stories with a spiritual theme but that also excite me to write.
- Philophrosyne Publishing
- Official Website
- Unison can be purchased at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and ITunes.
- Jessie’s Song is available in eBook at Amazon.
- Eleni’s third novel, Beyond Omega’s Sunrise, will be released in November, 2013.
- Eleni Papanou is also a founding member of the Visionary Fiction Alliance
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