Have you met Markella?

Have you met Markella yet? She seems to be stirring up people’s opinions. She is brazen enough to be politically incorrect yet she seems to be submissive as well in her views. A weak rebel? A strong traditionalist?

I suppose that chick lit is all about a women’s world, a heroine as a protagonist, her plights, her victories, her pain, her gain. This is a genre on its own and rightfully so. women do have a unique perspective on things. Markella is a character in one of my books and she is definitely a ‘personality’.

I am working on another project as well that narrates in a strong female voice, a series told this time by Rhea, the earth goddess….a whole different ball game with a whole different take regarding female perspective.

Does one expect a woman, a protagonist, a female narrator to be feminist, traditional, or a little bit of both? Does she need to be radical or submissive? Does she celebrate her womanhood being an individual or complementing a male?  (or having a male be her complement….the ‘two halves make a whole’ thing going on).

Can a strong woman combine love, romance, and devotion to her man while candidly perceiving society and still being comfortable with the roles society had carved out for men and women? Does she constitute chic lit material? Does she become a romance character and not qualify to be labeled as an upmarket woman’s lit character? Are we falling for stereotyping women when choosing genre labels?

I want all of you women out there to meet Markella. You can grab some free pages now from the ebook and read her innermost thoughts, her mind chatter.

Let Markella pour her heart out to you if you offer her a place on your kindle… She is as dreamy as she is street smart. She is an unpolished intellectual, capable of thinking deeply, imagining vividly and sticking a knife straight to the point.

Markella’s burning desire is to share what she knows with the world. But she can’t.
A situation develops and push comes to shove. She decides to write it all out, bringing to life a chatty journal filled with information about her husband, Nick, alias Mallias, a renowned card cheat, a mobster.
They make quite the couple. Some love them, some hate them, while so many love to hate them.
Markella takes time to get her thoughts together, expressing half of what she is thinking always. She writes in her slow burn style, sometimes staccato and sometimes rambling, sometimes brash and often politically incorrect, filling the pages of her journal with their story, one drenched with crime, mystery, eccentricity, double-crossers, dripping with the unique flavors of Greece, New York, and Osaka and soaked through and through with gossip, romance and a touch of the metaphysical.

 

cropped-3191793997_41f832fd84_b2.jpgIf you get the chance to meet her, hear her, see what happens to her… do feel free to share your opinion about Markella. You either love her or hate her. Please feel free to review!!!

 

Mallias The Greek Gangster By Suzanne Valtsioti

‘…Because there was an element of black magic around us….”

the Greek Gangster

Writing the book Mallias, the Greek Gangster was an amazing experience. First of all, it was written in the form of a journal. A chaotic one. Certainly not a ‘traditional’ journal. It reads like at times like a tabloid, sometimes like a critique and many times like an analysis of life.

Markella and Mallias, two characters dear to my heart are the leading characters in this novel. Markella writes the journal. She writes it as a form of therapy. Markella needs to remedy the anxiety that has built up inside of her regarding situations that had developed in their life and that were affecting them. She fluctuates between superficial and sublime.

Mallias, her husband, is a card cheat and a mobster. He is the center of her world. She feels the need to gush and flood the world with her feelings. But she can’t. So she begins this journal, lingering and stalling and trying to convince herself that it is ok to write.

Markella is a character that sometimes says things which are too blunt, perhaps inappropriate at times. Her point of view on some things is refreshingly coarse and no frills, in a very honest and upfront way.

Her husband, on the other hand, is elusive even after having his most confidential details revealed. There is much more to him than meets the eye. Both characters have an eccentricity about them. He has an unusual way of handling things and a very unusual background.

This book is the beginning of a style that I want to explore. I call books like these Fusion.

There are some metaphysical elements fused in a journal penned by a woman, steeped in stereotype while narrating crime, action, and suspense. Elements that are unlikely to be found together are the knotty fiber of this book. A chatty mobster’s wife is an unlikely narrator of the confidential mob business, and a few details of magical realism become part of the literary landscape. Fusing the unlikely make it a more challenging journal to write.

This is based on a true story, so it made it all the more interesting to put together and present it in journal form.