I first encountered Loukia Borrell when I had the good fortune to publish an essay by her during the first year of publication of bioStories Magazine. The essay was immediately striking for its unflinching honesty about her past and about a youthful, rather obsessive, and frankly, troubling love affair; you can read the essay here. More than two years later, the essay remains striking in my mind not only for its quality but for the unexpected terrain into which it takes the reader. Borrell is the author of the novel Raping Aphrodite, a book that does the unexpected yet again and transports the reader to Cyprus in 1974 during the Turkish invasion. For that is one of the things writing does best--transport the reader into the unexpected. I encourage you to have a look at the book and then whet your appetite for the future, as Borrell is working towards completion of a second book in the series.