The Next Best Thing Blog Hop


Hello my friends,

I pray you are all well and make time to enjoy the beauty of the season! I welcome you in my blog today!

Today, I am very happy to invite my friend Dimitri Vasilakos, a wonderful young writer from Greece, to talk to us about his forthcoming book of exceptional depth and creative writing.

Dimitri, welcome to my blog! I an honored to have you! I also look forward to reading your book!

Dear Katina,

Your blog is an example to be followed by other aspiring authors like me for it provides a wonderful meeting point for like-inspired minds to converge and brainstorm with  ideas, experiences, and information.

We should feel lucky that we live in this technological period!  The internet gives us the opportunity of connecting, no matter how far apart we live.

That said, I would like to thank you for inviting me to guest post, considering the fact that I do not have a blog of my own yet. This is the first time I am offered an opportunity to share thoughts about my forthcoming novel/series titled:

Under  the Trees of Neoalsia.

I also appreciate the fact that I can learn about other authors and their works.  Independently of the genre, we all have one core thing in common – the ‘itch’ to express ourselves and our experience in a creative way, which is liberating, perhaps even therapeutic for some of us.

At the  same time, it enriches our lives because of the feedback we may get regarding our works, our viewpoint about life,  the world and anything that makes our psyches tick


 And now I will nswer some questions about my book.


What is the title of your Book:  Under the Trees of Neoalsia


Where did the idea come from for your book?  From the sacred Tree of Life cited in several ancient spiritual traditions, and Kabbalah in particular, as well as from the ancient Egytpian Djed pillar (the ‘spine’ of the god Osiris).

Both the Tree and the Djed pillar are depicted in these two images and they are essentially the same thing. The symbolize the ‘Sacred Axis’ around which the universe revolves, but also the ascension of human consciousness that may transform the world.

In addition, the Djed pillar symbolizes the link between the ‘below’ (the material realm) and the ‘above’ (Heaven) and – again – together with the Tree, they have inspired the Christmas Tree, which is a pagan symbol of ascension and connection with Heaven.


                                        Tree of Life  –  Flower of Life – Stage


What genre does your book fall under? Fiction! A spiritual fantasy!

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? My book ties everyday life with the spiritual world, the present with the past – separate notions only due to our material perception of life and the world.

However, in reality they intertwine and interact. Human consciousness, here, is pivotal. Depending on how low or how raised it is, consciousness will either perceive things as separate or as one.

Separation brings frustration. It alerts our self-preservation reflexes (which make us aggressive to each other), fear, mistrust, misunderstanding, and pain.

The sense of oneness (related to higher consciousness) sees the unity in things and connects us all  with a Common Source. This in turn brings liberation from all the ills of the sense of separation. Then we can ascend to a higher state of being because above all (our material body included), we are immaterial selves./souls?????

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Iwould like to go throught the traditional way, but I do not rule out self-publishing. It will be interesting to hear what others have to say about that.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? One Year

What other books would you compare this story to?Although ‘particular’ in the sense that it deals with the rarely introduced – if at all – antediluvian past of mankind and the Precession of the Equinoxes influencing our lives, this series could, however, be regarded as having some elements akin to works such as: Imajica by Clive Barker, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay and That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis

Who or what inspired you to write the book? The ancient Egyptian god Thoth, whom the Greeks called ‘Hermes Trismegistos’ and the Romans ‘Mercury’, is very central in the plot. I was inspired by him and his legacy, which has inoculated western mysticism. He was considered to be the link between mankind and the divine (therefore, related to the Djed pillar and the legend of Osiris).

According to ancient Egyptian priests and certain esoteric scripts, he was a historic figure from the deep past of mankind. An Atlantean sage who transferred the rich knowledge of Atlantis to Egypt, following the Great Flood – Hence, he was deified by the ancient Egyptians later on. In this context, ancient mythologies, esoteric traditions and sacred symbols where yet another source of inspiration.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Under the Trees of Neoalsia is a tale based primarily on historical fiction, alternate history and magical realism.

It conveys certain eccentric worldviews of antiquity and knits them with our times. The ordinary modern-day backdrop gradually blends with the supernatural and as the characters grow, reality changes.

The various subplots rouse the reader as a greater arc intensifies over four volumes: A Fool’s Journey – The Magician and the Hermit – The Hanged Man under the Tree and The Chariot and the Wand. A sequel is currently under development, as is another freestanding prequel.  

 Finally, I would like to add that our person-hood originates in the higher realms. It only assumes a human body as a vehicle of expression, in order to experience the ‘low’ material realm. We, therefore, must learn through our lives and past experiences how to break-free and regain our higher position – in other words, to go up the Tree of Life, or the Djed pillar.

In short, this is the essence of my novel/series in spite of all the fantasy aspects it entails.

After all, what is fantasy? Isn’t it a product of our intangible intellect? Just because we cannot touch our intellect, doesn’t mean it is not real. As such, real and unreal, fantasy and non-fantasy may be more related than we think.  


Again, Katina, my warmest regards and best wishes to you and to all the wonderful inspired souls who visit and spend time in this blog of yours.

Each one of us will follow different paths towards publishing. Considering the fact that this is not an easy affair, exchanging experiences will surely shed more light to this process.


Thank you for visiting,

I would be grateful if you shared some of your thoughts and knowledge on the subject of publishing.

Dimitris Vasilakos,

Glyfada, Greece

About the Author

Katina Vaselopulos

Originally from Greece, Katina Vaselopulos and her husband, have made their home in Chicago for the past 47 years. Their four children and nine grandchildren offer countless adventures. Katina also enjoys cooking and baking, teaching and learning, reading and writing. Her soon-to-be-published book, Sailing Toward Ithaca, takes the reader on a journey through one year of her life. She invites the readers along, to sail through life’s journey open to all possibilities and to nurture relationships with self, others, and God by striving for self-knowledge and inner growth. Other projects include What Is Cooking in Niles, a cookbook of Greek cuisine, and a thesis, “Dostoyevsky’s Major Novels: Polemics against Liberal Thought,” for which she received high honors at Northeastern University of Illinois.


  1. This is a very inspiring post Dimitri! I really look forward to read your book! Good work.

    • Dimitris Vasilakos

      Thank you so much, Lotta. It has taken me years and years to write it and ponder upon the sources I was inspired by. Now comes the difficult of publishing it. However, I remain optimistic.

      • You STAY optimistic Dimitri! Everything will turn out right! ❤

  2. Angela

    I am looking forward to reading this book, it sounds totally unique and amazing!

  3. It sounds like a fascinating tale. Mythology always intrigues me, and you seem to have done your homework, weaving the history in with the fiction. Best wishes!

    • Dimitris Vasilakos

      That is so encouraging – thanks so much – it means a lot to me. Pardon my delayed response due to the time difference

      All the best


  4. georgia houpis

    Dimitri the above is really impressive. I like what I read and I wish you good luck! Like father like son!! LOL
    I love you

  5. I recommend that you start off with a blog. That will give you a place to write about what your writing about. :-) And other things that you want to share. With a blog you can build support for your book.

    As far as publishing goes many people are choosing to self-publish these days because of the way technology has made it so easy.

    • Anastacia,

      Thank you so much for visiting again and offering great suggestions to Dimitri. His book sounds great! Doesn’t?

      I am sure he is going to listen to all suggestions. He was very happy to share his book, and connect to other writers.

      I will visit your blog later…had a couple appointments until now!

      • Yes, his book sounds very interesting! I read the answers to his questions last night. At that time I couldn’t see all of his answers. It may have been a problem with my browser. There were question marks instead of answers.

        But now I am able to see the whole answer. It looks very intriguing. I’m looking forward to his joining Tribe Writers. And to seeing his book in print. :-)

        • Dimitris Vasilakos

          Thanks Anastacia. I must confess that I have been rather late – if not slow – in creating a blog and joining a community. No matter the little time I have on a daily basis, this is definitely NOT an excuse and I really have to get moving soon

  6. Hi Katina
    Good of you to help out this terrific author. I love it that Dimitri has done so much research to create this historical fiction. My girls love Rioden’s Greek stories. And now there will be a new one. Will it be suitable for the 12 to 16 year-old?

    • Dimitris Vasilakos

      Dear Marylin,
      I appreciate your interest in the series-novel I’ve written. I’m afraid it is not suitable for 12 year-olds, but for young adults it could be. The deciphering of ancient symbols in the story and their connection with the plot is a little ‘heavy stuff’ for younger ages, I believe.

  7. Katina, Thank you for inviting your friend to come and share his work with us. It is obvious how much research went into this. Dimitri, I think if you eventually have a blog you can connect with those you are trying to reach.

    Thank you for sharing what means so very much to you. I believe today’s technology makes it easier for those of us who write to reach our audiences. Thank you.

    • Dimitris Vasilakos

      Dear Anne,
      Your words are encouraging, to say the least, and at the same time your statement about a blog adds extra ‘pressure’ on me (in a good way) for starting one very soon. Given the time difference between here and the US, I may seem slow in responding but I am doing my best to reach out to everyone who has been kind enough to comment. I find it so wonderful

  8. This sounds fascinating! I really liked the statement “the ‘itch’ to express ourselves and our experience in a creative way, which is liberating, perhaps even therapeutic for some of us”. How true! Best wishes.

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