I’m H. S. Stavropoulos. I write Crime Fiction.
Who am I?
I was born and raised in a small Greek village in the middle of Oakland, California.
And that defines everything about me. I live and write at the intersection of those two vibrant and diverse worlds. The home of my forebearers and the land of my birth. Luckily, one nurtured the other and I have found my place in both.
Why Crime Fiction?
I would argue because it’s one of two writing genres that holds a mirror up to ourselves and society and forces us to take a hard look and question our actions. I love mysteries and solving puzzles, getting to the why and how of things and Crime Fiction does that best. The other genre, Science (or Speculative as it’s called today) Fiction. Which I love to read, but it’s not what I write. I write about murder and the rift in society it creates and how people are affected.
What influences my writing?
My writing is infused with being born in America of Greek immigrant parents. Growing up speaking Greek and English, dancing to Greek music, soul and rock-n-roll, eating souvlikia and hot dogs, Mexican, Chinese and Indian food (America is the great melting pot after all). Even so, I always felt like an outsider.
Visiting Greece to see my hundreds (I kid you not) relatives. Or at least some during each visit.
Greece, being Greek-American, Greek food (of course!!), the wealth of Greek culture, mythology and traditions and the complex and wonderful Greek people, both in Greece and in America influence and flavour all aspects of my writing.
Being raised in Oakland California, a diverse community with good people, amazing food, architecture, neighborhoods, music and many of the good, and bad aspects, of any large urban locale.
It’s who I am and how I write.
H. S. Stavropoulos