BOOK AT A GLANCE:
“The Crimson Knight,” by Craig author Demetrious Glimidakis, is a fantasy novel that tells the tale of Sabastian, a man thrown into a world of war and violence who struggles to contain his anger while serving a higher purpose.
The book, distributed by Tate Publishing & Enterprises, will officially be released May 24.
Heartache was prominent in Demetrious Glimidakis’s life about 10 years ago.
Going through a divorce while juggling his education and religious training, the temptation to give up was strong. But, as he battled on, he was able to cope by putting pen to paper and letting his faith in God assuage his troubles.
And, though he didn’t win every battle, he won the war, as a novel took form.
The outcome was Glimidakis’s book, “The Crimson Knight,” a Christian-themed fantasy adventure. The book, which will be released officially May 24, mirrors the author’s own experiences in the plight of Sabastian, a man who suddenly finds himself living in “a godless world” as he is separated from his family and indoctrinated into the service of his enemy, the Dragon King.
“There’s a lot of me in him because there are moments where he questions his life and his faith and the actual battle that he goes through, and no matter what happens, he keeps going forward,” he said. “It’s about the struggles of life and warfare that we all go through.”
Glimidakis was already taking on a challenge in 2001 when he began classes at Hellenic College & Holy Cross School of Theology in Massachusetts, but about a year into his schooling, his then-wife, Corinna, wanted a divorce and custody of their son, Emmanuel.
“It was like my son was just ripped away from me,” he said.
Glimidakis channeled his frustrations into writing, a process that moved slowly as he built up to his eventual book while obtaining his bachelor’s degree in arts and a master’s degree in divinity, completing his education in 2007.
He returned to Craig, where he grew up, shortly afterward to be with his family.
Although the pieces to “The Crimson Knight” were there, compiling them was not an overnight process.
“I would write like a couple pages, then a different notebook, another couple pages, and then another,” Glimidakis said. “Then I finally put it all together and submitted it. It took about a year just to submit it.”
Glimidakis received a contract from Oklahoma-based Tate Publishing & Enterprises in 2010. An editor from the company told him the story reminded her of films like “300,” “Braveheart” and “Gladiator,” especially with its intense tone.
“When I was writing it, I wanted everybody to feel what I feel, smell what I smell, taste what I taste,” he said. “It’s got a lot of violence in it, it’s not a book for little kids.”
Glimidakis’s aim is to appeal to readers who are accustomed to graphic movies and video games, following Sabastian as he battles foes representing depression, fear and anger.
“My stuff is Christian, but it’s not for wimps,” he said.
Glimidakis found a fellow warrior last year when he met his second wife, Joann, whom he married in January. The husband and wife team recently formed Iron Knight Productions, LLC, a company promoting literary development of Christian-based fiction.
Iron was chosen as a metaphor for the Christian faith in the modern world.
“Iron constantly needs upkeep because it’ll rust, and you’ve got to constantly put something into it,” he said.
Through Iron Knight, Demetrious said he hopes to continue the saga begun in “The Crimson Knight” as a series. He has started on a second book, titled “The Twin Kings.”
“I’m already 100 pages into the sequel,” he said. “I also want to get into stuff like board games. I’ve got about six books in mind, and I’ve got all these maps and timelines drawn up. I’m hoping to be the next J.R.R. Tolkien.”
Demetrious credited his spouse with being the driving force behind most of Iron Knight’s endeavors, most of which involves reading and rereading his work and critiquing it, as well as working on promotions.
“For me, it’s my simple encouragement with his books that’s my way of giving back to God,” Joann said.
Getting remarried also allowed Demetrious to fulfill the final step before being ordained in the Greek Orthodox Church, in which priests-to-be are required to be married.
The procedure is still in transition, as his papers are filed.
Demetrious said that though his writing style will be familiar to those of the Orthodox faith, it is not specific to the denomination.
“The Christian faith is underlined throughout the book,” he said. “There’s not many Orthodox writers out there, and I just wanted to be an Orthodox writer.”
Any money from sales of “The Crimson Knight” will go into Iron Knight, Demetrious said.
“We’re not here to make any of the money we make for personal use,” he said. “It’s all for God’s glory.”
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