Author Victoria King-Voreadi has enjoyed a life which thus far can hardly be considered dull. She studied dramatic arts and screenwriting in Los Angeles before moving to Europe and settling in Greece. During her first years in Athens she worked in advertising, on both sides of the camera and later taught screenwriting and film acting. Colleagues encouraged her to begin translating scripts and literature, writing grant applications and finally to write childrenâs programming for the local broadcaster ERT. Two of her feature length screenplays received development grants from the EU Media Programme, and her youth-oriented series âWe Donât Buy It!â was sponsored by the EU incentive âYouth Consumeâ.
From 1998-2005 she worked as a coordinator and location producer for films shot in Greece for international broadcasting networks such as the BBC, History Channel, Discovery Channel, PBS, National Geographic and Japanâs NHK. (See http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1473606)
In 2005 she and her family moved to Paros. While working as an English teacher she finally returned her attentions to her first love, writing. She translated a variety of academic and fictional texts, wrote advertising copy for businesses and generated content for the Paros Municipality website as well as contributing occasionally to âParos Lifeâ. In 2009 the family relocated to Crete where they are still living in an environment that combines the best of both worlds: a small beach community just eight kilometres outside of the lively university town of Heraklion.
In collaboration with long-time friend Donald Schwarz, Victoria finally caught a break as a novelist. The writing team signed with literary agency International Transactions Inc. and later the book was contracted by Canadian publisher Iguana Books.
Their novel âInterrogation Tangoâ is the story of Georg Johann Elser, the almost assassin who attempted to single-handedly blow up Adolf Hitler and his A-Team on 8 November 1939 at the Burger Brau Keller in Munich. The most fascinating aspect wasnât the near miss, or that a mere carpenter nearly succeeded where military failed;âthe Gestapo couldnât accept that Elser acted alone. It was unthinkable that an Aryan German worker would want to assassinate the FĂźhrer.
âDonald practically lives in the New York Public Library. He had been fascinated with Elserâs story for years and wanted to find a way to write about it dramatically. He had a draft screenplay, but he was at a loss as to how to develop it. That is where I came in. With the initial dialogues Donald had written, I approached each character as if I were going to play the role. My mission was to flesh out the blank spaces between the lines with motive, and to add personal touches to each characterâs movements and surroundings. My training with drama coach Kimberly Jentzen helped me create the material we used to develop the outline into a novel. That got us the agent and, eventually, the publisher,â King-Voreadi says.
âInterrogation Tangoâ is scheduled to be released this summer.