Interview

It’s not everyday, as a writer, that I get the chance to give interviews! But this happened and I got the chance to talk about my novel Unmapped! Take a look if you please 🙂 I’m talking about the novel, it’s characters and how I’d love Sebastian Stan to play the leading part if my book ever became famous! (I can dream can’t I?)

Nektaria Markakis is a Greek writer that took the chance to publish her first book called Unmapped, in English. I read the book about two years ago on Wattpad, a platform for writers, and I was really impressed by the story mostly because the author succeeds of showing us deeply into the soul of her protagonists and to create a bond between them that deeply tender and meaningful. I asked her to give me an interview for a paper I’m writing and she gladly accepted.

Hi Nektaria, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?


First of all, thank you for the interview, too.
I’m Nektaria, I’m Greek and I have studied photography. I’m deeply in love with writing and I hardly ever stop creating new stories. I live in Athens, Greece and I’ve got three cats.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?


What matters to me is for people to give my stories a chance and read them. I do not aspire to become rich from writing, but I do want to be loved for it. So my ambition is to write as much as possible and to make people that read my stories, happy.

So, what have you written?


I have written many books in English and Greek, most of them are romance stories. One of them, Unmapped, has been published in Greek by a publishing company and its English version is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle.

Where can we buy or see them?


Unmapped can be found on Amazon around the world. The rest of my work is available to the Greek readers only, on Wattpad.

Tell us a few things about your first published novel.


Unmapped is a tale of love, a journey towards the discovery of the important things in life. It’s about Lexie who has forgotten how it feels to live and Manu who leads a carefree life that leads nowhere. Together they embark on a long trip around Europe, in hope for Lexie to discover what she wants from life, and along they way they find themselves and each other.

Give us an insight into your main characters. Why are they so special?


Lexie is a young woman that opens her eyes suddenly and realizes that all this time she was under the spell of her parents and was leading a life that they wanted, which she hated and made her miserable. She finds the strength to change that, but she doesn’t quite know how to bring that change to her life. But she won’t give up, she just takes a risks, even if she usually leads a calculated life, and even if she’s terrified, she keeps on taking risks because she needs this change.
Manu is the type of guy that looks as if nothing could bother him, ever. He’s living a sinful life, always carefree, he’s trying new things and is not afraid to take risks. But deep down there is something eating him up, which of course intrigues Lexie who needs to know what it is.
They are both broken, and they both succeed to pull themselves together for the same reason… love.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead characters from Unmapped?


I love this question because the answer is so easy! When I started writing Unmapped, I had trouble picturing Lexie and Manu. That was until I got mused by two young, beautiful people that fitted the profile that I was imagining. So my Lexie is be Elizabeth Olsen and my Manu is Sebastian Stan. I had those two in mind when I was writing the story, and I cannot picture anyone else playing them.

How much research do you do in order to write Unmapped?


I spent hours online Googling information about the places that the couple would visit. Since the only place I had visited myself was Campania, I had to be sure that there was realism to them, not just imagine them since they were well-known cities like London, Madrid and Paris. I wanted to find historical facts for the monuments the couple would see and I also found photos that helped me described the places. So, I did a lot of research and it was really fun.

What was the hardest thing about writing Unmapped?


First of all, the language. English is not my mother tongue so it was bound to be an obstacle. I spent hours building a vocabulary and reading books on punctuation and I found online thesaurus in order to get synonyms for common words to make the text interesting.
Then, it was hard keeping the story real, down to earth, keep it in the boundaries of something that could happen to me, to you, to the person next to you. I didn’t want it to be just fiction, I wanted it to feel real. Also, the dialogue, I needed that to sound real and not like a soap opera. To a bit extend, I think I succeeded in all parts!

Did you proofread/edit Unmapped or did you get someone to do that for you?
Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?


I was super lucky to have help with proofreading and editing. First by author Gretchen Earnest who took the time to comb the text in order to make the story good, and then by Nadia Sarri, an English teacher who helped me a lot with grammar and punctuation. I really need to thank them both again from the bottom of my heart!

Tell us about the cover and how it came about. Who designed your book cover?


The cover was designed by author M.A Phipps (Ultraxenopia- find her dystopian novel, it’s pretty awesome!) who was an absolute sweetheart and so helpful! She read my mind easily and made me a cover (she also designed the interior too) that mirrors the story.

Do you have a trailer for Unmapped?


I do, one that my great friend Nadine Schober made for me. You can see it here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etk0l3qxbVg

In what formats is your book available?


Paperback and Kindle!

How can readers discover more about you and you work?


Website:  https://www.facebook.com/unmappednovel/
Blog: http://confessionsofawriterwannabe.blogspot.gr/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nektaria.markakis
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WanderUnmapped
Instagram: www.instagram.com/loveunmapped
Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/NektariaMarkakis
Book Links:
Amazon USA: goo.gl/b64EWi
Amazon UK: http://goo.gl/0MXj5T
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7784076.Nektaria_Markaki

Thank you, Nektaria, for the interview. I hope your book inspires a lot of people to live life to the fullest, like it inspired me!


Thank you, Melanie, for the interview and for your nice words. Wishing you all the best with your life!

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Follow Unmapped on Facebook…

… and enter the world of the wandering romance!

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Lexie loves her lists and lives a well programmed life that never gets off track.
Manu hates anything confining and lives his life… unplanned.
What will happen when two seemingly different people decide to take a trip around Europe together?
Will Lexie find out how it feels to wander unmapped in life and love and will Manu succeed to put his chaotic life back on track?
A life changing journey, some unexpected discoveries and two people that teach one another a very important lesson…

 

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The wandering romance

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Unmapped has been described as “the best wandering romance” by readers. If you wish to dive into its world, all you have to do if follown LoveUnmapped on Tumblr or Instagram and get to know the power couple – Lexie and Manu- and enter their world by taking a journey around Europe, life and love, with them.

You can find the wandering romance on Amazon around the world, in paperback and kindle!

Reviews on Unmapped:

Emy said:

Unmapped is a great and inspiring romance that brings you a sophisticated adventure that wills you to change your ways to start grabbing life at the throat and Go; whilst bringing a tear to your eye as you watch 2 opposites grow to be better people and fall in love.

This book is an incredible journey that has made me personally see my holidays in a new light. I have never wanted to keep reading a book so much. I would be consumed for hours flying through the pages and reading as the story entered new dramas and angst.

The way that Nektaria Markakis develops her characters is incredibly well written and you can see the good change in them from the first page to the last.

I can easily give it 5 stars, I dare you to read this book!

 

Gretchen said:

I absolutely love this story! Characters that you just bond with. Real life issues. A wonderful tour of Europe that just keeps you wanting more. When reading this story, I was Lexie. I felt what she felt and wanted what she wanted. I couldn’t stop reading and when I got to the end…I just wanted more.

I would recommend this to anyone that loves a good love story. Go ahead, give it a try so we can get the author to write more.

 

M.A Phipps said:

I had the pleasure of connecting with this author nearly two years ago through a writing competition. This marks the second book I’ve read by her and I have to say, something needs to be said for this author’s bravery considering English is her second language. I never once felt that anything was lost in translation and the read as a whole was lovely and romantic. The character interaction was enjoyable and I particularly liked how Manu helped Lexi to learn how to relax and just take things as they come. I’m also a fan of the places they chose to visit throughout the story, having lived in London and been to Paris several times myself. I think this was a great debut and considering she has a fan base already, I expect we’ll see great things from her in the future.

 

Irina said:

I love it. I loved it the first time I read it and I love it again and it’s probably the fourth time that I’ve read this book (three times while being on Wattpad!).
This couple alone is the best thing about the story. I love how they connect, I love the flirt, I love their friendship and love… I love everything about Lexie and Manu! And I love the simplicity of the book, we need more of those!

 

Anna said:

There are a lot of things that I liked about Unmapped. Perhaps it’s not the most exquisite book ever written but its plus for me, that english is not my first language, is that it’s so simply written and made the reading prossess easy and fun. The storyline is deeply romantic and what I loved the most and made me adore this book, are the two characters Manu and Lexie. They are people with fears that doubt themselves, they have imprerfections and they’re trying to find where they belong. I truly loved this book because of those two characters!

 

Melanie Walters said:

I am not a big fan of romance, yes I read it but I rarely enoy it but that was not the case with Unmapped. I found it different, easy to read, fun and enjoyable! I fell in love with Lexie and Manu and I found myself caring for them. The language is easy, which is good because english is not my primary language, and when it was done I was smiling like a fool. I loved it… it made me want to travel, to fall in love and make my own bucket-list. Generally, what I ask from my books is to make me happy and Unmapped made me happy!

 

 

Wander Unmapped this year!

Don’t forget to take a look at my wandering romance !!!

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New year, new beginings, new books and stories!

Start your year Unmapped, and dive into the romance workd of Lexie and Manu! Buy your copy of the wandering romace today, and find the meaning of life, love, friendship and companionship while traveling around the most beautiful European cities!

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Uptight Lexie, carefree Manu and a journey to Europe that will change their lives… Because when you live a well programmed life and along the way you miss its importance, you need someone to remind you that the most beautiful things in life… are discovered by accident! A romantic comedy with the most beautiful European cities in the background!

Find Unmapped here:

http://www.amazon.com/Unmapped-Nektaria-Markaki/dp/151763783X/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1451727531&sr=8-1&keywords=unmapped

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http://www.amazon.de/Unmapped-English-Nektaria-Markaki-ebook/dp/151763783X/ref=sr_1_4_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1451727611&sr=8-4&keywords=unmapped

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Reviews of Unmapped on Goodreads: (Five 5 stars rates, and two 4 stars)

M.A. Phipps rated it:  it was amazing

I had the pleasure of connecting with this author nearly two years ago through a writing…

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Wander Unmapped this year!

New year, new beginings, new books and stories!

Start your year Unmapped, and dive into the romance workd of Lexie and Manu! Buy your copy of the wandering romace today, and find the meaning of life, love, friendship and companionship while traveling around the most beautiful European cities!

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Uptight Lexie, carefree Manu and a journey to Europe that will change their lives… Because when you live a well programmed life and along the way you miss its importance, you need someone to remind you that the most beautiful things in life… are discovered by accident! A romantic comedy with the most beautiful European cities in the background!

Find Unmapped here:

http://www.amazon.com/Unmapped-Nektaria-Markaki/dp/151763783X/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1451727531&sr=8-1&keywords=unmapped

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/151763783X?keywords=unmapped&qid=1451727568&ref_=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2&sr=8-1

 

http://www.amazon.de/Unmapped-English-Nektaria-Markaki-ebook/dp/151763783X/ref=sr_1_4_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1451727611&sr=8-4&keywords=unmapped

 

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Reviews of Unmapped on Goodreads: (Five 5 stars rates, and two 4 stars)

M.A. Phipps rated it:  it was amazing

I had the pleasure of connecting with this author nearly two years ago through a writing competition. This marks the second book I’ve read by her and I have to say, something needs to be said for this author’s bravery considering English is her second language. I never once felt that anything was lost in translation and the read as a whole was lovely and romantic. The character interaction was enjoyable and I particularly liked how Manu helped Lexi to relax in life (she was wayyyy too high strung in the beginning!) I’m also a fan of the places they chose to visit throughout the story (I am obsessed with Paris and I’ve lived in London). I think this was a great debut and considering she has a fan base already, I expect we’ll see great things from her in the future.

 

Anna rated it:  it was amazing

There are a lot of things that I liked about Unmapped. Perhaps it’s not the most exquisite book ever written but its plus for me, that english is not my first language, is that it’s so simply written and made the reading prossess easy and fun. The storyline is deeply romantic and what I loved the most and made me adore this book, are the two characters Manu and Lexie. They are people with fears that doubt themselves, they have imprerfections and they’re trying to find where they belong. I truly loved this book because of those two characters! 

 

Irina rated it:  it was amazing

Shelves: favorites

I love it. I loved it the first time I read it and I love it again and it’s probably the fourth time that I’ve read this book (three times while being on Wattpad!).
This couple alone is the best thing about the story. I love how they connect, I love the flirt, I love their friendship and love… I love everything about Lexie and Manu! And I love the simplicity of the book, we need more of those!

 

Melanie Walters rated it:  it was amazing

Shelves: love

I am not a big fan of romance, yes I read it but I rarely enoy it but that was not the case with Unmapped. I found it different, easy to read, fun and enjoyable! I fell in love with Lexie and Manu and I found myself caring for them. The language is easy, which is good because english is not my primary language, and when it was done I was smiling like a fool. I loved it… it made me want to travel, to fall in love and make my own bucket-list. Generally, what I ask from my books is to make me happy and Unmapped made me happy! 

 

 

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A glimpse of Unmapped!

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Unmapped: The wandering romance

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Get your copy of the wandering romance today and fall in love with love…

 

Reviews on Unmapped:

I had the pleasure of connecting with this author nearly two years ago through a writing competition. This marks the second book I’ve read by her and I have to say, something needs to be said for this author’s bravery considering English is her second language. I never once felt that anything was lost in translation and the read as a whole was lovely and romantic. The character interaction was enjoyable and I particularly liked how Manu helped Lexi to relax in life (she was wayyyy too high strung in the beginning!) I’m also a fan of the places they chose to visit throughout the story (I am obsessed with Paris and I’ve lived in London). I think this was a great debut and considering she has a fan base already, I expect we’ll see great things from her in the future.

Melanie Walters rated it 5 of 5 stars

Shelves: love
I am not a big fan of romance, yes I read it but I rarely enoy it but that was not the case with Unmapped. I found it different, easy to read, fun and enjoyable! I fell in love with Lexie and Manu and I found myself caring for them. The language is easy, which is good because english is not my primary language, and when it was done I was smiling like a fool. I loved it… it made me want to travel, to fall in love and make my own bucket-list. Generally, what I ask from my books is to make me happy and Unmapped made me happy!

Irina rated it 5 of 5 stars

Shelves: favorites
I love it. I loved it the first time I read it and I love it again and it’s probably the fourth time that I’ve read this book (three times while being on Wattpad!).
This couple alone is the best thing about the story. I love how they connect, I love the flirt, I love their friendship and love… I love everything about Lexie and Manu! And I love the simplicity of the book, we need more of those!

Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars

Shelves:
There are a lot of things that I liked about Unmapped. Perhaps it’s not the most exquisite book ever written but its plus for me, that english is not my first language, is that it’s so simply written and made the reading prossess easy and fun. The storyline is deeply romantic and what I loved the most and made me adore this book, are the two characters Manu and Lexie. They are people with fears that doubt themselves, they have imprerfections and they’re trying to find where they belong. I truly loved this book because of those two characters!