Featured Character: Clio Aristocratos
has been active with the historical novel, Athens, posting
heavily and creatively on the Agora of Athens threads, among
others, since June of 2002. She is also a Board Member there,
helping to facilitate the story threads. She has a reputation
for being helpful, and willing to lend her assistance. Her
interest in ancient Greek culture is long-standing, as she'll
Clio is also a member of the reference book, Gaia's Daughters.
Q: How did you come to
get involved in Pan Historia?
A: I joined Pan Historia
during the great exodus from AS and when I was looking for
a home. I got actively involved a little over a year ago when
someone asked for my help in livening up Athens. Since it was
going to be summer vacation, I agreed and suddenly was actively
Q: What brings you to a fascination
with writing about ancient Athens and Greece, both as a culture
and for storyplay?
A: I have written a great
deal, but not fiction. I have done historical research and
have written up the results of my work which was usually about
local history and homes and families. However, I love historical
novels and always wanted to write fiction, but I am better
at straight history. Just like many historians, I was always
fascinated by the culture and history of Greece, but it came
alive for me on my first trip to Greece. It was the first country
I went to on my own not speaking the language, and yet I felt
right at home. Each trip back has intensified the feeling.
It is a marvelous country to visit.
Q: Tell the readership something
about your character, Clio Aristocratos.
A: As for Clio, she is
a middle aged weaver. She is an observer of human nature. I
guess I see her as a young Miss Marple of Athens.
Q: Are there other eras in
history that greatly interest you?
A: As for other periods
of history, I haven’t met one that I didn’t find
interesting -- although Military history is at the bottom of
my list. My training is as a medievalist. I have been involved
in local history in my region. I love history as the story
Q: You are a board member
for the novel, Athens. Any hints for the reader on how to
create a successful novel?
A: As for making a novel
work here, I think you just need to keep writing. You don’t
need to write a lot every day, but write something -- just
keep the story going. It helps if you can get a couple of story
lines going with different people writing them -- that makes
it looks as if there is more action!
Q: On a more personal level,
what do you consider to be one of your greatest accomplishments,
either on or off line?
A: Greatest Accomplishment?
That is tough. At PH it is that I developed a good story and
think I have a couple of more in the works. In real life, I
am a teacher.. and I guess I feel the most proud when former
students come back and tell me that I made a difference in
their lives and I hear about the interesting and creative and
positive accomplishments of their lives. I guess I hope I have
made a difference. I know you have had more clever answers
to questions -- but in some ways Clio and I are the same. A
little intense, somewhat serious, but caring deeply about those
things and people I am involved with.
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