Author Profile: Mileva Anastasiadou

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How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?

I have always been writing stuff, in the form of letters, diary, or just ideas. I mostly use writing as a way to explore ideas that come up in my mind and occasionally communicate them. The best way for me to make my ideas understandable is through stories. A few years ago, I decided it was time to fulfill one of my childhood dreams and write a novel, encouraged by my husband, who had been the sole reader of anything I had written before. After some positive feedback, I continued.

What inspired you to write flash fiction?

I believe that beautiful writing says a lot with the fewest possible words. I mostly see flash fiction as a challenge.

Describe your writing process.

I think of writing as my playground. So, I don’t allow myself to set any rules. I write whenever and wherever I want to. When an idea pops up, I usually keep some notes. When I have time I explore it.

What was the inspiration behind what was published on FewerThan500.com?

Due to the economic crisis that has hit the country over the past few years, I have been witnessing many difficulties arising in the caring of diseased people. A lot of people cannot afford their medication, come and ask for cheaper alternatives, or don’t even have access to the healthcare system. Sometimes, they get overwhelmed and desperate,  facing not only their health problems, but also economic obstacles. Dignity through disease is not always considered guaranteed, as it should. I have noticed though, that in times of either personal or social turmoil, people tend to show a great capacity for compassion and solidarity. Most of the time, I remain optimistic.

What are you working on now?

I am currently engaged in the translation of my novella, titled The Magic Book of Hope and Despair and I am trying to finish a novel in Greek, called The Art of Defeat, both exploring the subject of collapsing relationships, marriages and friendships, with unstable foundations, in a collapsing society, with unstable foundations as well.

 

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