Hermetica – Author Interview – Paul Kiritsis

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Paperback Writer is pleased to welcome Paul Kiritsis, author of the literary collection Hermetica: Myths, Legends, Poems (iUniverse, Sept’07)




About the Book:

Hermetica: Myths, Legends, Poems
(September, 2007) is a homeric journey into the night where the world of dreams and symbols has sculpted our mythological past.

Using the language of alchemy, astrology and magic this tome seeks to reconstruct the lost bonds between old myths contained in the oral folklore of Ancient Egypt; stories which once served as the backbone of a religion centred around Osirian ritual – the cosmic cycles of death, dismemberment and resurrection.

It also contains a sequel to the popular Middle Egyptian tale, The Story of the Shipwrecked Sailor; a visual and dramatic interpretation of the passion of Osiris; an astrological allegory of the war between the heavenly bodies and a hermetic saga between a white witch and her mirror. The accompanying collection of poetry is a homage to the alchemy of love.






Hi Paul


Welcome to Paperback Writer.


Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book? 


Certainly. Hermetica was a concept that evolved years ago when I started taking my critical inquiry into the world of mythology more seriously. In time, I realized that many of the better known Egyptian myths didn’t really connect in any specific way; completely disjointed and sometimes causally unrelated! Then the idea came to me that perhaps these myths are only segments of a much greater body of work which has been lost to us through the ages because they were told orally and never recorded. The whole book delves into how the more popular like the murder of Osiris and the contending of his son, Horus, with the evil brother Seth might once have been connected.    


Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?


Um,,, I’d say the idea came up gradually and then evolved with time. To be honest, I began writing poetry about it and then the poetry gave life to seven unique stories told in verse drama, a style of storytelling employed by the Western philosopher Plato to express his ideas on religion, politics and Utopian and democratic societies which is not really used anymore. Some of them, for example The Contendings of Hathor and Anti and The Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor (Part II) focus on Egyptian mythology, while others like The Flawed Mirror and Creation Myth are more hermetic or philosophical in nature, a testament to the great wisdom which proliferated from ancient Egypt.   


How did you come up with the title?


Hermetica is actually a body of theosophical texts that were written sometime in the Greco-Roman period but pertain to Egyptian thought and secret wisdom. These works were attributed to the thrice-greatest Hermes Trismegistus, a syncretism of the Greek god Hermes and Egyptian Thoth. They were probably written by Neo-platonists or Gnostics writing under the pseudonym of Trismegistus, Many modern scholars believe the same to be true of the Homeric Iliad and the Odyssey, claiming that the great epics were works of multiple poets rather than just a single individual.


How did you find an agent and publisher?


My book the book is self-published with iUniverse, a print on demand company.  All rights to the book belong to me so if I ever get hitched by a traditional publishing house I can withdraw it quite easily. The only thing you really need is money and time. Money and time; two things we all wish we had more of! The bad thing with self-publishing is that laziness is not an option. You need to get out there and make you and your book known to your target audience since most of the marketing work falls on your shoulders.



Who reads you work in progress?


My work is read by only a few select people before it goes into print, usually my closest friends, sometimes a few family members who’ll peer over me to see what or who I’m writing about and of course, my editor.


Who made a difference in the book’s quality?


My editor, Paul Bugeja.


How long did it take you to complete the first draft?


It took roughly a year to complete a draft and then I worked on it, chopping parts out and elaborating others, for another year after that. I try not to put time frames on any project. I just let the book write itself at the pace it so chooses.


How long did it take from start to publication?


Approximately two and a half years from start to finish.


Do you have any advice for new authors?


Yes. Always look to better yourself. Write, keep writing and then write some more. Know what you’re writing, have a target audience and a publishing house in mind who you know publishes the sort of genre that interests you. Non-fiction and autobiography are much more likely to be published than genre fiction. Small publishing houses are more likely to accept rather than larger more traditional ones. Never lose hope either. Hoping and dreaming is imperative, as much a physiological part of the process of being an author as what writing, drafting and redrafting is.  Oh, and one other thing. Write well!


You can visit Paul’s website at www.paulkiritsis.com


Thank you, Paul, for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.





HERMETICA VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially begin on August 4 and end on August 29. You can visit Paul’s tour stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in August to find out more about him and his book!

As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available. The winner will be announced on our main blog at www.pumpupyourbookpromotion.wordpress.com on August 31!



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4 thoughts on “Hermetica – Author Interview – Paul Kiritsis”

  1. Hi Udo,

    Not really. There are footnotes which explain words/terms that you might not understand so you should be ok with it.


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