Today I’m chatting with author Gregory Tasoulas about his short story called Elmwean’s Lodge. Welcome, Gregory!
Thank you, Book Squirrel!
Why don’t you start by giving us a rundown of the story?
It’s the first in a series of novelettes set in an original teslapunk world.
Professor Incabad Reyl is the greatest scientist of his time. His equation of echomagnetic fractions marked the beginning of a new era of technological advancement for the Horizon.
In 104 H.S., 30 years after his groundbreaking discovery, he sets off on an adventurous search, in order to uncover the laws that govern the dynamics between the twelve electrons of his fractional echomagnetic dynamics theory.
On the way to this Master Equation, Professor Reyl will stumble upon hidden truths that will change the way humanity perceives existence.
That sounds really interesting. What inspired you to write?
I like stories. Listening to stories, seeing them on film, hearing about them, exploring them. Their reasoning, their logic, their purpose. And I like telling stories, creating fictional situations. For me it’s not about the process of writing, but rather conveying a story that is in my mind.
What are you working on writing now?
I am currently finishing the novella Return to Elmwean’s Lodge, which is the sequel to my first published short. I am also finishing up my research for the next one in the series, as well as a couple of standalone stories which are set in different eras of the Horizon and introduce new characters and places.
Do you have a favourite food or drink that helps you write?
No, but I do vape a lot when I write (my cats make it hard to safely eat or drink near the computer).
Who designs your book covers?
Mario Tsota, an amazing young illustrator who is also a very diligent and cooperative professional. He is currently studying fine arts at the University of Fine Arts in Thessaloniki, Greece. You can find his work on his website.
What’s your favourite kind of music?
Atmospheric instrumental has been my favorite for the past decade or so, but I also enjoy several gothic genres.
Forest, country, beach or city?
Why not a combination of the above? I enjoy the mingling.
What is your pet hate? Have you ever built it into a character or used it in your writing?
Unsatisfying jobs. I’ve had a lot of them in my life and you will find a lot of my characters are plagued by this very real problem.
What’s your favourite TV show?
What movie can you watch over and over again?
Big Trouble in Little China. You didn’t see that coming, did you?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An astronaut. I know, cheesy.
What’s your favourite season? Why?
Autumn. I love the balance of temperature and weather, as well as the gearing up to Xmas 😀
And the nuts?
Who are your three greatest literary inspirations?
J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Hesiod.
What’s your favourite quote, ever?
“That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.” H.P. Lovecraft
Name two things in life that you wish were easier.
Understanding women and waking up in the morning.
That’s where I’m lucky. Lady squirrels are very easy to understand.
Lucky indeed, my friend!
Where can readers follow you on social media?
I have a Website and I’m on Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook.
And where can readers find your book?
Elmwean’s Lodge is free to download in epub and pdf on our website and a few digital stores.
Thanks for being here today, Gregory! I wish you success!
Thank you, Book Squirrel!