Friday, 3 November 2017

Guest Post - Ten things no-one knows about Sara Alexi - Blog Tour

1) In 1988 Sara was the UKKW  British Karate Kata Champion and was the the Wado Rye British Fighting Champion.

2) Late in her teens she spent a summer in Ireland on the Cliffs of Mohair pretending to be half Irish in order to sell her drawings of her Celtic designs to tourists.

3) Sara played the violin form age four. At eighteen she took and excelled at ABRSM Grade Eight but turned down the opportunity to go to music collage.

4) She is Dyslexic.

5) She has never learnt to cook and was sixteen before she even knew how to boil and egg.

6) She has been homeless in Greece on a few occasions but only for a matter of days, but she has never been homeless in the UK - yet….

7) She had a car crash and broke her neck at the age of 24 and had a near death experience and went to ‘the light’.

8) Her love of the countryside has taken her on some long walks, the longest being The West Moorland Way which is 100 miles long. Rather than returning to ‘civilization' she slept in her tents in fields and mountains on the way.

9) Sara has been a keen climber, climbing all over the UK and preferring to climb unaided. She has even done some potholing.

10) She once found a tiny newly born kitten on the street, it was only hours old. Not being able to leave it to die she took it home to  take care of it until it was of an age when she could give it away. It had tufty hair on its head and so she named it Gorilla Head, mostly so she would not get sentimental over it, or become attached. She was doing a job and nothing more, the last thing she needed in her life was a kitten. Gorilla Head is now fourteen years old and fights with her for space on her pillow every night. She has been re-named Teddy.

The Other Daughter by Sara Alexi is a compelling and gritty tale, set amongst the wild moors and crooked streets of a Yorkshire Village, following one woman who finally untangles herself from the clutches of a painful past and a self-centred mother.
More than a decade after leaving home Dawn finds herself stuck in a dead-end job, in a rundown flat, while her sister has it all - the husband, children and prestigious job in sunny Australia. Their mum’s favouritism is palpable, and even as she has a terrible fall leaving Dawn to pick up the pieces, nothing Dawn does can live up to her perfect, absent sister.
But still Dawn persists with taking care of her aging and fragile mum, until one day it begins to feel like the only thing standing between Dawn and her happiness is her mother's continued, pitiful existence...

About Sara Alexi

Sara Alexi is one of the top 150 most successful, self-published authors of all time; a prolific writer, she has written 15 books (and counting) in just four years, with book sales reaching well over half a million copies. 

Remarkably, Sara is dyslexic. At school English lessons were a time of confusion, she found that books were indecipherable hieroglyphics and she was unable to enjoy reading and writing; growing up in a time when at a time when dyslexia was not well understood and little or no support was available. And so her artistic nature was confined to painting, an art form that she loved and would take her travelling around the world.

Despite her dyslexia Sara qualified as a psychotherapist and ran her own practice in Yorkshire for many years. In a casual conversation with a client, she discovered that Agatha Christie, Jules Verne and Hans Christian Andersen were all dyslexic, and Sara’s perspective changed. The world of fiction opened to her with this shift in perception.

Sara now spends much of her time in a tiny rural village in the Peloponnese, in Greece, where she is (very slowly) renovating a ruined stone farmhouse, whilst observing the Greek way of life and absorbing the culture, enriching her vision for both writing and painting.

Sara’s ‘Greek Village Series’ is inspired by the people she has met travelling, her time spent in Greece alongside her career as a psychotherapist; her writing provides a keenly observed, compassionate insight into people, culture, and the human condition, and is set around a charming rural Greek village

Predating the current refugee crisis in Greece by some three years, Sara’s debut novel, The Illegal Gardener, focuses on the immigration problems in Greece, and the clash of cultures that accompanies those seeking a better life in the West.

Twitter - @SaraAlexi 
Instagram - @sara.alexi 

1 comment:

  1. This is such an interesting insight into Sara's pre Greek Village life. She is amazing, such tenacity and versatility. Aha, is that where the name of one of 'Cyril's' dogs comes from?? Thank you for hours of enjoyment and creating our Greek Village readers family.


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