Welcome to my website, The Novel Project.
August in the Vanishing City, is an action romance that takes place on the island of Cyprus in the mid-1990s. I’m currently writing Book 2 of the series, which takes place in the 1950s during the revolution against British colonial rule.
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A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life. — Lewis Mumford
Who I Am (A Little More About Me)
The best review I received on my first book called it “a page-turner with depth” — the perfect compliment because it describes both the kind of stories I love and what I aspire to create for my readers.
My favorite books and authors both embrace and transcend genre, and I’m moved by any kind of story that’s told well and has something meaningful to say. I love most flavors of science fiction, well-done thrillers, historical fiction and great literature. (In short, I love everything from The Unbearable Lightness of Being to The Walking Dead).
I believe we’re entering a new, exciting era for storytellers and artists. The indie publishing revolution is tearing down walls and replacing the old gatekeepers. For the first time in recent memory, it’s possible for an author with a modest-sized but dedicated readership to make a living. I am excited to be a part of this revolution. Join me!
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About (the media version)
Lakis Polycarpou is a professional author, freelance writer, journalist and activist. His novel, August in the Vanishing City, is the first of a planned three-book series that chronicles the stories of ordinary people confronted with extraordinary situations over a half-century on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.
As a journalist and non-fiction writer, Lakis’ work has addressed the intersection of ecology, economy, culture, technology and resource scarcity among other subjects. He has written extensively about solar and wind power, energy efficiency, cleantech startups, water technology and climate science, infrastructure, social media and resilience, distributed economies, sustainable investing and urban planning.
In May of 1999, his Washington Post essay about the tragic killings at Columbine High School (where he graduated) was quoted worldwide in discussions of suburban alienation, and led to a life-long passion for understanding the role of architecture, design and the built environment on the human psyche.