A British Cypriot housewife who wrote a “steamy” novel in secret has shocked her family by landing a major book deal, the Daily Mail reported on Thursday.
Anna Maria Athanasiou, 47, originally from Leeds and now living in Cyprus penned the “erotic” but “romantic” novel titled “Waiting for Summer” in secret for the past 14 months on scraps of paper without telling her husband Marios of 23 years.
She was quoted by the MailOnline saying: “I’m not a writer by profession and I felt a bit embarrassed to tell people that I thought I could write a book.
“My husband works nights so I would write when I was on my own in the evenings or before he got up in the morning.”
When her brother found out about the book he started contacting publishers on her behalf.
“The big publishers would only deal with literary agents but three smaller ones did get in touch and asked to read more.”
Anna Maria’s two sons, George 18 and Michael 12, knew what she was doing as they often saw her working at her computer. However they never expected she would become a published author.
She was offered a deal by Austin Macauley that shocked and delighted her entire family and “Waiting For Summer” is on sale now from book shops and Amazon.co.uk.
The mother of two set her novel in her home town of Limassol.
The MailOnline said she “tells the tale of Sylvie Sapphiris whose seemingly perfect life is thrown into chaos by the discovery of her husband’s identity and follows her subsequent whirlwind romance with a much younger man.”
She was quoted saying: “The idea for the story came into my head about ten years ago but I never thought about writing it down.
“Then after my sons got older and I started to have more time I would finally try and write it and I just became absorbed in it and getting it written.”
Visit the author’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/waitingforsummerannamariaathanasiou.
A second installment of the book will be published in April.