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Nicholas C. Rossis

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Nicholas C. Rossis lives to write and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he chats with fans and colleagues, writes blog posts, and enjoys the antics of two silly cats and his baby daughter, all of whom claim his lap as home. His books have won numerous awards, including the Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award.

In addition to his best-selling series, Pearseus, he writes short science fiction/speculative fiction stories, many of which have appeared in various collections and anthologies. These include Infinite Waters, which was voted one of the best 50 Indie books of 2015.

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Nicholas C. Rossis Hi Elle, thank you so much for your question!

The Runaway Smile started out as a silly poem that I was playing with in my head (you can…more
Hi Elle, thank you so much for your question!

The Runaway Smile started out as a silly poem that I was playing with in my head (you can read the final version of it at the end). I mentioned it to my illustrator friend, Dimitris Fousekis, and he suggested we turn it into a children's book. This was before I decided to become an author, and Pearseus had not even been conceived, so I was intrigued by the idea.

At first, we wanted to do a traditional children's book (full-colour spread with a couple of verses on each page). However, when we approached a Greek publisher, she suggested we do it instead in the form of Frightfully Friendly Ghosties (http://www.amazon.com/Frightfully-Fri...). This would both keep the printing costs down and allow us to turn the book into a series.

I played around with my poem and ended up writing the whole book in a single Saturday morning. I remember it clearly, as Electra wanted to go for a walk in Tatoi (a nearby national park) and was annoyed that I chose instead to spend my Saturday writing :)

Sadly, it took Dimitris much longer to complete the illustrations, and the book was only published in December, after over two years in the making.(less)
Nicholas C. Rossis Not at all; thanks for asking. I noticed in your review how fond you were of this story, so it's a pleasure discussing it with you :)

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Not at all; thanks for asking. I noticed in your review how fond you were of this story, so it's a pleasure discussing it with you :)

There are two main elements in 'I come in Peace.'

The first is, obviously, the alien, in the form of a floating orb. This is based on a bit of my family lore. My grandfather passed away in his fifties, and my grandmother had a hard time coping with the loss. One day she was preparing dinner, when an iridescent orb floated through the open window and into the room. It hovered next to her for a long time before disappearing, and she felt it was a message from her husband.

This story has fascinated me since first hearing it as a young boy, so it's found its way into both 'I come in Peace' and my epic fantasy series, Pearseus.

The real protagonist of the story, however, is loneliness. I grew up an only child in a remote part of Athens, with no neighbors for miles. As a result, I was a pretty lonely boy. Growing up, my favorite place was the school library. Every weekend, I'd check out a dozen books, to be devoured by Monday. So, loneliness is an old frenemy of mine.

When I started writing the story, I asked myself, "how far would one go to never feel lonely again?" I had once heard that most stories stem from "what if" kind of questions, so one question led to another: "would they break the law? Would they risk another man's life? Would they risk their own life?"

The story flowed naturally from there :)(less)
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J.M. Smith Hi Nicholas, Thanks for contact. i'm here to promote Tony Plumb and the Moles of Ellodian; a spooky psychological thriller for the adult child.
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