Author Bryan Mooney is writing a new novel set in Greece, and he wants your input!
American author Bryan Mooney loves Greece. He loves Greece so much, that one of his novels, A Second Chance is set on a fictional Greek island, and his forthcoming book will take place in Greece as well.
Meet Bryan Mooney
St. Louis, MO native Bryan Mooney loves to travel. After a multi-faceted career, in all aspects of business, he began to examine what was important in his life. He loved to write, and decided it was the most creative and enjoyable outlet to weave together his travel experiences and interests. In college, he studied history, which adds to his love for Greece.
“After college, I traveled all over Europe. I had the most amazing time in Greece—I lived there for four months,” Mooney explained. “In Athens, I lived near Omonia Square, then near the Plaka, then island-hopped.” He and his wife return often. “Anytime we get the opportunity.”
Bryan officially began writing less than a decade ago. Since then, he’s authored 12 novels and many short stories. He writes both romance novels and mystery thrillers.
“In my thrillers, I combine the two genres, and they are more like ‘romantic thrillers.’”
A trip to Syros, some 20 years ago, inspired his novel, A Second Chance.
“My girlfriend (now wife) and I got off the ferry at the wrong stop. We stayed at a convent for a couple of days waiting for the next ferry. We had a grand time. It was such a memorable trip, I decided to write a book about it,” he shared.
Bryan and his wife Bonnie, also a writer, live in Baltimore.
Forthcoming novel set in Greece
The new work in progress is set in Europe, and involves a romantic wedding on the island of Mykonos. Bryan came up with an idea to get readers involved: run a contest in which readers share their ideas for the most romantic wedding on the storied island, and the winning idea would be used in the book. The working title is Summer in Europe.
How cool would it be to have your ideas featured in a novel?!
What’s your idea?
Many of us have dreamed of a romantic wedding on a gorgeous Greek island. Now’s your chance to share your fantasy.
Close your eyes. Imagine a dream wedding on the Greek island of Mykonos.
Describe your dress.
The flowers. Groom.
Everything! Whatever you want.
Email Bryan with your idea.
He will contact you if your idea is selected,and what happens next. The book is scheduled to be published next summer.
Now close your eyes, imagine… have fun with it! Your ideas could end up in the book!
Books by Bryan Mooney
Christmas in Vermont (No Greek angle here, but I really enjoyed it!)
A Second Chance (see my review below)
Here’s my review of A Second Chance, from October 2012
Internationally-renowned architect Jack Branigan is en route to his wife’s family reunion on Mykonos. The ferry stops; he hears something about Mykonos. He doesn’t speak Greek, and assumes that he’s arrived, and disembarks. The island is small and remote; he soon discovers that the next ferry doesn’t return for a week. He’s directed to a hotel. Upon arrival, hears someone singing a familiar Irish folk tune. The singing woman walks past him and their eyes meet. She faints and Jack catches her. There’s something about her. She awakens. They realize they have come face-to-face with their long lost first loves. Ravenna Morgan had moved away following her parents’ tragic death. She thought Jack had died; he didn’t know how to reach her. They went on with their lives. What brought them both to this remote paradise? Could they recapture that life-changing, pure love of so long ago? Their lives had gone in such different directions. Would life get in the way? The spark was still there and quickly reignited, but could Jack and Ravenna really be together?
This second chance and their love are tested, as they face many obstacles. We learn that sometimes, fate is stronger than we want to acknowledge. Fate is written, and things may happen, but if something is meant to be, it will find a way to happen. If it’s not, there’s no way around it.
A Second Chance is first-and-foremost a love story. It’s a story about past, present and future, and how each influences the other. Jack and Ravenna revel in the sights and sounds of the island, and we learn about the power of love. There are many twists and unexpected turns, more so than on the steep mountain roads of fictional Petros. You won’t be able to put it down. You may find yourself cheering for one outcome, then another. At one point, I yelled, “No!” out loud. These characters are very real; they’re like people we know, and love. They become our friends; we root for their happiness. Bryan’s love for Greece is evident.
“The Greek culture has inspired me in so many ways. Greek hospitality is legendary. I’m Irish, and there is a similar welcome, but Greeks pull us closer, always making us feel welcome, like family.”