Hello, and welcome to my Author Page. She Came to Stay is my first novel, and it’s a book I felt I had to write.
My parents travelled from Cyprus to England separately in the 1950s, met and - after knowing each other a few months - got married. It always struck me as a brave move to come here, especially for my mother who was a 26-year-old seamstress from a rural background, with no English. My parents’ story was a happy one, but I’ve often wondered what would have happened if they’d fallen in with the wrong people, or taken a wrong turn? This is that story.
Myself, I’ve never quite felt completely British or Cypriot, but I’ve always felt a Londoner.
I grew up always knowing I was different. This was confirmed by everyone I met, from classmates to strangers and teachers. I had a funny name for a start, and I read too much. I had parents who hardly spoke any English and shoved koftes and halloumi into my packed lunches (1970s Elephant & Castle was still reeling from the wonders of instant hot chocolate). And then there was the red hair – an aberration that confounded everyone.
Today, I’m an award-winning editor and journalist and my writing has appeared in many publications, including the Guardian, the Observer, Marie Claire magazine and Red, among others. I’ve written on a wide range of topics including adoption, relationships, travel, self-development, the arts and women's health. I’ve also edited national magazines and am now a freelance writer/editor.
You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and FaceBook @elenikwriter and also on my website www.elenikwriter.com where you can join my Readers' & Writers' Club for free fiction, reading recommendations, advice on getting published and writing tips.
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