Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing by Ekaterina Botziou

With a degree in Law and a passion for the Arts, Ekaterina has worked on a whole host of different projects ranging from film to fashion, and has even been cast in Hollywood movies. Born to a proud Greek father and a ballerina mother with roots as mixed as a tequila sunrise, Ekaterina spent her formative years learning that every word comes from the Greek language and that no other nation compares to the might of the Hellenic realm. Published last year, her debut book “Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing” has enjoyed great success.

You can taste this savory book below and also get a sneak preview of Ekaterina’s new project, a humorous retelling of Greek myths.

Also, don’t miss my WIP interview with Ekaterina here!

Title: Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing
Author: Ekaterina Botziou
Genre: Humorous non-fiction / memoir
Purchase Link: (paperback)

Primary important facts about Greek men:

  • Their mother is number one.
  • Their father is number two.
  • Their sibling(s) are number three.
  • Their cousins, uncles and aunts are number four.
  • Their pet(s) are number five.
  • Their village community is number six.
  • Their car is number seven.
  • You do not have a number – your opinion is not valid.

Growing up in a big, not-so-fat, semi-Greek household, Ekaterina Botziou spent much of her childhood defying her father’s wishes for her to learn to play the bouzouki, and refusing third helpings of moussaka.

Determined never to be the stereotypical Greek woman stuck in the kitchen, she chose to while away long summer days holidaying in Greece playing, “What’s the time Mr Wolf?” with her 101 Greek cousins, rather than be stuck inside learning to cook with Yiayia.

Unfortunately Zeus had other ideas, and in a twist of fate some years later, Ekaterina found herself married to a Greek-Cypriot and battling against the stale old laws of Greek tradition.

Part memoir, part rant, part survival guide, Ekaterina’s cautionary tale of Greek love and life gives a hilariously witty insight into the trials and tribulations of being a modern woman tormented by guilt-inducing mother-in-laws, pandofla-wielding Grandfathers, and oppressively hairy husbands.

And here’s the introductory snippet of Ekaterina’s new project:

Greek mythology was one of the most interesting and exciting topics of my primary education. Of course, I was the only one in the class who knew that all the myths were in fact absolute truth. My father is the original Zeus. Known as Dimitrios the Great, he ruled the skies for thousands of years before spotting my mother, the sea nymph Suzie the Innocent and setting up home with her on Earth. He then had to find someone to stand in his place up on Mount Olympus and thus his cousin Zeus took over. Or so I’ve been told.

The word “mythos” in Greek, means “story” – it is also the brand name of one of Greece’s best beers. Never mind the Cypriot Keo, grab yourself a Mythos!

Greek mythology is essentially a collection of stories (supposedly fiction) created by the ancient Greeks back in the day when there was no TV or Internet so everyone actually spoke to each other and had to use their imagination to entertain themselves.

Despite their notably incestuous beginnings in the era of the Gods, the stories broaden their scope when mortals are introduced in the age of Heroes, and this romantic theme is continued throughout the subsequent Hellenistic epics.

Through poetry, song, and now even film, these vivid tales of heroic deeds, of love and beauty, of teachings and punishment, of good overcoming evil and of light shining through the empty darkness, continue to entertain audiences to this day.

And now it’s my turn to re-tell them.

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