Kiki Stamatiou author On My Trending Stories
Kiki Stamatiou is a writer whose works were published under her pseudonym Joanna Maharis. Throughout the years, she has done plenty of writing. It is her greatest joy. Writing enables her to explore worlds through the written and spoken word. She enjoys being creator of lives which would have never existed without the power of her imagination. Aside from being a writer, blogger, and published author, she is a musician, cartoonist, and visual artist. When she isn't writing, she likes to workout at the gym, cook with her aunt, and delve into a good book. Every book she reads sparks her curiosity. Her own published works consists of Dominica's Inferno (a novel), Japlin And Japlin (a novella), Peering Through A Streaked Window (a collective work of poetry), and four ebooks. She developed her passion for books in the fourth grade when reading Judy Blume's Tales Of The Fourth Grade Nothing. Ms. Blume inspired Ms. Maharis to put pencil to paper, and write her own works of fiction. In the fifth grade, her teacher assigned the class spelling words each week of which they were to use for creating short stories to present at the end of each week. Kiki's stories were the favorite of her class. She attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College for two years and then went on to attend Western Michigan University for two more years where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing. Following graduation from college, she competed in numerous literary competitions where she received awards and honors of honorable mention for poetry and prose. Her poem Ode To I Am earned her a fourth place award in a contest sponsored by Iliad Press and Cader Publishing, Ltd. She was also a finalist in the 2003 Poet of the Year competition sponsored by the National Authors Registry and Cader Publishing, Ltd., for her manuscript Where Black Waters Flow. In May 2005, her novel Dominica's Inferno was accepted for publication. It was officially published on April 17, 2006. As the years progressed, other book publications followed.