The short bio
Eleni Konstantine writes speculative fiction and has had a number of short stories published.
Her love of reading comes from her avid reader mum. As a child, illustrated fairy tales and Greek mythology opened up a world of wonder for Eleni. She was bitten by the story bug which soon turned into the writing bug. She finds something enchanting about escaping the world she knows and entering another one. Magic, dragons, wizards, fairies, witches, unicorns, vampires and other mythical creatures have always fascinated her. What's not to like when anything can happen? Sprinkle in a romance and a happy ending and she’s on cloud nine.
Eleni has a love of chocolate (of course!), fizzy drinks, coffee and relishes her afternoon naps. She lives in South Australia with her family and is human to a sassy Rottweiler.
The long story
I 've always loved stories.
As a youngster, my mum bought me these beautifully illustrated fairy tale books - Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty - and they transported me to mystical lands. Being from a Greek background, I was surrounded with Greek Myths. Add to that a fascination with all story forms - including TV, cartoons, movies - and the beginnings of a writer's imagination emerged.
There is something extraordinary about escaping this known world and entering another one. Magic, dragons, wizards, fairies, witches, unicorns, vampires and other creatures have always fascinated me. What wasn't there to like - anything could happen. And call me a sucker but I love when the heroine gets her prince and vice versa (though they have to pass hardship to get that - can't make it too easy for them! *grin*)
In primary (grade) school, I made up stories as part of class projects, but it wasn't until I finished my undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts) that I realised I wanted to be a writer. During a correspondence writing course, I wrote my first novel - a sweet romance. This surprised me by making it to the second round of the Emma Darcy Competition run by Romance Writers of Australia.
But influences such as Jennifer Roberson, Marion Zimmer-Bradley, and David & Leigh Eddings fueled my passion for fantasy, so I started writing another manuscript, this time a quest fantasy.
I've had a few short stories published under another name a number of years ago, and have in 2009 started writing short stories again. Since then, I have had a number of short stories published online.
I am involved with the Romance Writers of Australia, and am the web/blog mum for the Dark Side DownUnder and web mistress for South Australian Romance Authors (SARA).
I live in South Australia surrounded by a supportive wonderful network of family and friends, and one hell of a sassy Rottweiler.