Interview at The Bookcast

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Bill Thompson over at The Bookcast.  He really is as friendly as he sounds, and he made my first author interview an enjoyable experience. I appreciate how Bill mentioned visionary fiction during the interview and how he also included the genre in the listing. The introduction music he read the synopsis over was very atmospheric. It has a Greek/Arabic goth rock flavor, something Markos would’ve been influenced by during his time spent hanging out at the Limelight. And the same goes for me!

To listen to the interview, click here.

What Bill Thompson is doing with The Bookcast is beneficial for indie authors.  To show your support, please take the time to listen to some of the other interviews on the site and check back often.

Love and light,


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Jessie's Song by Eleni Papanou

Jessie’s Song

by Eleni Papanou

Giveaway ends August 01, 2013.

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Creatives Next on the Pop Psychology Hit List

The war against the individual is moving forward at full speed, and the creatives are next on the list of being targeted for having a mental deficit. As a creative, I see this as dangerous. Equating creative people as having any kind of deficit is the first step to inventing a new mental illness.

A study was conducted on creatives who were put through a series of tests. The creatives scored lower at identifying a large letter that was composed of   smaller ones that were  of a different letter. Creatives were deemed as having a deficit because there was no difference in the way both creatives and non-creatives shifted their focus from tree to forest level focus. The test doesn’t demonstrate any deficit. All it shows is that we’re all different in how we act and perceive things. Technically, the way I see it is that either letter answered would be correct as both are present. I can clearly now see why being  a big picture thinker made it harder for me to take tests at school. I saw too many variables at getting to the answer. This is a major reason why outlining and plotting is so important to me as a writer. I’d be all over the place without them!

I hyper-focus, easily missing things that are happening around me when I’m writing, including a very loud hurricane alarm! This actually happened during the last tsunami warning when I lived in Oahu. I heard it in the back of my mind. I knew what it was, but I didn’t process the information. The next morning, I told my family about it, and I was concerned as to how shut off I was from the outside world. After some reflection, I concluded that on a sub-conscious level, I must’ve known we weren’t in any immediate danger as we lived in an area that was not in the evacuation zone. Not that I trust human calculations and planning when it comes to surviving a natural catastrophe, but that’s a whole other topic, so I’ll end my digression here.

Just how intense is my hyper-focus? My husband told me when I work, I remind him of his autistic friend. Interestingly, the article states something similar by mentioning ADHD and autism.

“The general idea is that [people with ADHD] are not able to focus on anything. But really there are two different parts of the disorder, and one is that if they really get interested in something, they become almost like autistic people: really focused, so much so that they are not able to practice anything else.” 

I find it revealing that they’d mention ADHD and Autism in an article about creatives who supposedly have a mental deficit. The article also states that creatives achieve success by “stubbornly clinging to ideas.”

“The research may help explain why autistic people, who tend to focus obsessively, can often be highly creative. Paradoxically, it may also help explain the link between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and creative success.” Maia Szalavitz (from the linked article)

Apparently having drive and focusing on something until you find success is now a stubborn trait and a mental deficit. If that’s the case, I say, stubborn is great—which I did happen to tell my daughters a while back. I told them that if you’re going to be stubborn, be stubborn where it counts. Be stubborn when it comes to your art and to your interests because that’s what it will take to produce your best work.

From Quirky to ADHD

Before I even clicked on the article, I had a strong suspicion that ADHD was going to be mentioned. There was a book I read that was first printed in the seventies, The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People. Most of the ADHD traits were listed in there:

“Again and Again, the findings from psychological and vocational studies indicate interests in art, music and literature are associated with more neurotic problems.” Carol Eikleberry

If you’d like to read the review I wrote for the book at Amazon way back in 2007, click here. Flash forward to 2013, and we find the article like the one I linked to above. What does all this say about ADHD? Personally, I don’t believe it’s a disease. I’m not here to start a war against those who think it’s real. That’s my personal opinion, and as a person that would’ve been drugged to the max had I grown up at this time, I can state it with authority. I just choose not to label myself as having a mental deficit as I don’t feel that I have one. I prefer to say I have an over-abundance of creative energy, and when I’m not spending it, I certainly exhibit neurotic characteristics. I was also diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in my teens, and that’s another label I ignore now.

ADHD Characters in My Writing

In my stories, I champion the ADHD personality-type. My protagonist in Jessie’s Song deals with his creative energy through music. In Six Pack, which will be released in 2015, my protagonist, finds her focus through bodybuilding. That particular book is semi-autobiographical, and I hope that it will inspire women to nurture their own quirkiness. I struggled to fit in most of my life, but now I appreciate my quirkiness. I told my landlord that when I was a child, I felt like a freak. As an adult, I’m glad to exist outside of the fringe of perceived normality.No. I’m not “normal,” and I say that with pride. We’re all different, and that’s something to celebrate.

Love and light,


Great news for Jessie’s Song!

Jessie’s Song is a finalist for the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. The timing was fortuitous as I also made a new cover for the book. My mother received the proof and loved it, but she brought up how she would’ve preferred a different hair style for Jessie. When she mentioned cornrows, I knew I had to make the change as that’s what I had originally intended but had trouble finding the right image to work with. I finally did but then I had a bigger issue to deal with. I’d blended the hair with the original image and didn’t have the separate layers to work with. I usually leave duplicate copies, but for some reason I didn’t for this cover as I thought it was finished. As with my writing, my covers are never finished. Don’t know what I was thinking!

Rather than go through tweaking the original image, I took more shots of my daughter and worked on the skin tone. It looked good, but the original image captured the best mood, so I returned to it, spending almost two full days tweaking Jessie. It was worth the effort, so I’m not complaining. She’s the perfect Jessie. I can easily see her singing her song! I also threw in some inner-glow to further define the guitar-shaped shadow box.

In other news, I’m currently tweaking the book cover for Beyond Omegas’s Sunrise and editing Forever Valley. I’m also preparing for a book tour that will be starting on August 1st.

Love and light,


Twist of Fate – Charity Anthology Published

I’d like to mention a very special anthology I was a part of. The proceeds from Twist of Fate will go to help the victims of the destruction caused by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. Get your copy here.

From the back cover:

“Representing the Indies In Action group, 60 authors have combined to contribute 78 different writings in a charity anthology to help tornado victims in Oklahoma. The authors represent people from all around the globe. Nine countries are represented, and several of the contributors actually live in or have lived in “Tornado Alley.” It is a grassroots, group effort to help those who need it the most. The writing and photos mix to create an experience you will want to share.”