I'm obsessed with the idea that we're all trying to connect to each other and our surroundings—to find our place in the world. In my writing, I explore the same themes—identity, family, ritual, cultural beliefs–in different genres and settings. My current novel, "The Ladies of Managua", follows three generations of Nicaraguan women, each with her own secret, as they confront their complicated relationships to each other and to their homeland. My first novel, "Other Waters", is about an Indian-American psychiatrist who thinks her family is cursed, and is trying to forge one identity between two cultures. My travel memoir, "North of Ithaka", describes the year I spent in a Greek mountain village, overseeing the rebuilding of my grandparents' home. Perhaps my upbringing in Greece and America left me fascinated with identity and immigration, my marriage to a Nicaraguan has exposed me first hand to the clash and confluence of cultures, and my degree in Folklore and Mythology makes me want to explore how we navigate our world. Or maybe I'm just a control freak. You decide!