Dimitris Politis, the author of The Next Stop, released his book in March 2020. We wanted to catch up with the new author and see how life had been treating him since he was published.
No, not really. Me becoming a writer happened by accident; somebody made an offensive comment in front of me in an elevator, which puzzled me and upset me a lot. “I have to write a book about this!” I said to myself. In the beginning it was a joke. But when I started putting thoughts on paper, I realised how much I liked it! The rest is history.
My first degree was in economics so I started my professional career working in a big bank in Greece. Then, a big international career followed when I was offered a job in Ireland and I moved to Dublin to work in research on European living and working conditions.
As with all my novels, The next stop is linked to a particular event that marked my life: years ago, I almost lost my life being trapped in a flooded basement elevator (elevators seem to be karmically linked to me!). This made me think and reflect a lot of the relationship between humans and death, hence the new novel.
Same as it is now, I could say, no significant changes… the only change is getting older (and wiser, I guess) as years go by.
Indeed. Serious doubts about if and how my writing might affect people, or might leave them completely indifferent. Doubts if anybody would show any interest at all in what I have to say, if my message will reach certain souls. Winning a few writing competitions back in my native Greece gave me a lot of confidence and courage, the strength to continue and persist.
My life hasn’t really changed much since I became an author. My perception of the world and my fellow humans has, though. I feel I now listen to them more carefully. I consider much more seriously and twice as long on what I hear from them. I often catch myself taking mental notes, when in public spaces I happen to hear random conversations from others, fellow passengers, for example, when travelling or commuting to work. I find such discreet eavesdropping fascinating. It gives me impetus for more writing, new ideas, it fires my creativity!
A typical day starts pretty early in the morning with some exercise and an early arrival to work. Long working hours complemented by long writing hours in the evenings and weekends at home. As I grow older, I discover more and more the importance and the gravity of time in our lives. Time is a huge luxury, a priceless commodity. With the current Covid-19 crisis, while my timetable has not changed as such workwise, working constantly from home made me rethink certain social aspects of life and appreciate some other even more. One has been to become more selective in many respects and arrange priorities on a new basis. Additionally, one has to set strict boundaries for times dedicated to work and personal life needs. Otherwise, it is very easy to end up working or thinking of work 24/7.
There are a few. For example, when I hear that I’ve won a literary competition; or when I am notified that pieces of my work are to be included and published in international fiction and/or poetry collections and anthologies. I also feel elated when I receive personal touching and positive feedback from readers, or even meet readers all over the world, either personally, or virtually: I have been asked to participate in several live book club discussions about my novels in faraway places, like Australia and New Zealand for example. It is a wonderful experience!
Very positive. I had a good and solid collaboration during the different stages of the publishing process. I always found Pegasus staff very helpful and attentive.
A fellow writer here in Brussels in our English speaking “Brussels Writers Circle” mentioned Pegasus to me a couple of years ago and I thought I should try them.
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