Tonia Lalousi was born in 1993 in Greece and studied Biology at the University of Patras. In 2017, she started writing romantic stories and she published her first romance novel on Amazon, entitled ”Follow your heartbeat”. Her gradual transition from the sphere of romantic reading to the mysteries and adventures of crime fiction led her to write a crime book series, starring the criminologist Peter Deligiannis. The first book of the series, entitled “The Fall”, is published in Greece by Pigi Publications. It is an alloy of crime and romance, and its main axis revolves around the effects of our choices between right and wrong. The second book, entitled ‘’The Last Symphony” is also published in Greek, by Lexitipon Publications. It is an entirely crime story which deals with the value of perfection, as a reference point for the conquest of the top and the social recognition. In 2020, she gave a master class about creative writing to Greek writers.
What inspires you to write?
Everything! A voice, an image, a dance, a sight, everything can touch my unconscious mind and bring the thought to the conscious level.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am writing on my laptop in Microsoft Word. I do not write every day either I write the same number of pages each time. I open my laptop when I am fulfilled with emotions and images which I want to pass through writing or if my heroes ask me to write their next step. I have great communication with them. They are ''my people''.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Of course! As I said above, they guide me to write every word according to their desires. Also, I talk to them like they are real people because in every dialogue I write, I imagine them in front of me.
Who are your favorite authors?
Agatha Christie, Sebastian Fitzek, Gillian Flynn.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I love the self-publishing process because you become the author and the publisher of your book, so you make every choice you want in every case and it is something very creative for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope readers give more chances to new writers; to hear their ''voice''. It is very important for the future of book publishing.
What genres do you write?
Crime fiction, Psychological thriller, Mystery
What formats are your books in?
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