Culturescope showrunner and presenter PAUL LAMBIS speaks to Anna-Maria Athanasiou, a romance author whose passionate love stories and characters have won the hearts of her readers, catapulting her books into the top ten of Amazon’s contemporary romance best sellers list. Not bad for a woman who never though she would finish her first novel, much less have it published.
In her first series of books, Waiting for Summer, which is set in Cyprus, the main character Sylvie has her perfect existence turned on its head and her heart broken. She then decides once and for all to be bold and take control, which ultimately leads to tragedy.
Her second series of books, a trilogy titled, La Casa d’Italia, are page-turners, with plenty of laughter, drama, love and pain that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. “It is a story of new beginnings and allowing destiny to handle the rest,” she said.
Athanasiou does not flaunt her accomplishments, and even appears embarrassed by praise. Yet, this warm and genial individual is currently working on her eighth book from her home in Limassol, the latest instalment in her highly successful series of romantic novels that have even caught the attention of British newspaper Daily Mail and lifestyle magazine Woman’s Own.