Atilla Tiriyaki published his debut novel, Cypriana in 2017. Cypriana is centred around a young American born Turkish Cypriot, Aziz, who returns to Cyprus following the death of his elderly grandfather. Cypriana is funny, and moving story that provides a rare insight into the lives, culture, and colourful characters that make up Northern Cyprus.
The book draws inspiration from Atilla’s own life, as he, himself, comes from a diverse background. Growing up in London, and coming from a Turkish Cypriot family, provided him with a great insight to help in the creation and development of the key characters within the story.
Atilla made a career writing technical documentation within large corporations. It was a career break in 2016, which gave him the opportunity to create his first fictional book. A well-travelled individual, visiting over 50 countries, has provided him with opportunities to not only have a wealth of experiences, but to also observe a broad range of characters, and personalities.
While researching for my book, it surprised me, how little is known or is published with regards to the amazing culture and colourful characters of Northern Cyprus. A lot of people don’t realise that Northern Cypriots have their own identity, strong national pride, great sense of humour, and distinct dialect of TurkishAtilla Tiriyaki
Atilla’s love of reading, and travelling, coupled with his observational and storytelling skills provides a style and experience for the reader that is both engaging and easy to follow. The author has a number of writing projects in the pipeline, so watch this space for future releases.