About me

In the words of Demis Roussos, ‘As long as you remember me I’ll never be too far…’ 

To sum up (in the third person):

A long time ago, a young English women (with a mixed European background of Irish, French and distant Russian and Polish ancestry) decided to enrich her career as a ballet dancer and moved to Greece to join an up-and-coming dance company and teach ballet to Greek students. It was a life-changing decision in more ways than one…

On the third day of her stay, while out exploring the ruins of Athens, she met a young Greek man who fell hopelessly in love with her. Soon they were married and planned to live happily ever after. And then their first daughter Ekaterina was born.

The family moved to Leigh-on-Sea, England where Ekaterina grew up alongside her younger brother and sister, frequently visiting the motherland to appease their Greek relatives.

Ekaterina began showing an interest in the literary and performing arts from a young age, writing and performing various plays, short stories and poems, as well as studying ballet and singing. She defied her father’s pleads to learn to play the bouzouki and instead took violin lessons.

Initially deciding to pursue a career as a criminal barrister (not a criminal, just a barrister), Ekaterina studied Law at University College London (after receiving her rejection letter from Oxford on Christmas Eve!), while showcasing her acting skills in several university theatre productions and contributing written articles for student magazines.

After completing her law degree (and suffering with acute legal disillusionment), Ekaterina continued with her drama training while working as a PA within the legal and finance sectors, taking classes at various institutes including RADA, as well as gaining on-set experience through work as a supporting artiste and model, and starring in short films.

She has since gained further roles in main stream film, including Disney’s Blockbuster John Carter of Mars, as well as various TV and commercial roles and has also lent her talents to the voice over industry (voice over samples can be found on the right hand-side menu).

In 2012, following her Big Fat Greek wedding, Ekaterina decided to chronicle her Hellenic, showbiz-dabbling lifestyle through social media and her blog Ekaterina’s Greek Expectations was born. Her tongue-in-cheek look at life in the Greek spotlight proved very popular and was the catalyst for her first book Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing, a survival guide based on the trials and tribulations of growing up with a bouzouki-loving Greek father and marrying into a baklava-wielding Cypriot family. The book reached number 2 on the Amazon Free Kindle download list in its first promotional month and garnered rave reviews. Spurred on by the book’s success, Ekaterina followed up with another Greek-themed book Theseus & the Mother-in-Law and other Myths & Legends and in 2015 published her latest release Seraphina, a short story in verse.

Whilst juggling a full time role as a PA in London Mayfair’s finance sector, Ekaterina also works as a freelance writer and copywriter for London and European magazines, including: the LOVE WIMBLEDON GUIDE; THE HUFFINGTON POST; the GREEK REPORTERSTATUS Magazine and the newly launched online luxury service magazine LIFE & LUXURY.

Ekaterina relaunched her blog in 2015 transforming it from a mere hobby into a brand that represents her as a writer, brand ambassador and influencer, also helping to promote both Greek and non-Greek individuals and companies.

Not content with just writing and acting, Ekaterina is the founder of business directory and networking group The Greek Wives Club; a place for all the wives/ girlfriends / partners / friends of Greek men, to promote their businesses and share their experiences of life with a Spartan ape. You don’t have to be a Greek wife to join, but you do need to have a sense of humour!

In 2015 Ekaterina welcomed her first child, followed by her second in 2016 (a moment of madness) and has since expanded her blog and writing to include all things baby!

Ekaterina Botziou and son

You can follow Ekaterina on various social networking sites including:

www.ekaterinabotziou.com

www.thegreekwivesclub.com

Facebook

Amazon Worldwide

Twitter

Instagram

Goodreads

IMDB

Youtube

Pinterest

So there you go.

I’m a librocubicularist book-a-holic and a mother of two with obsessive entrepreneurial visions and an internal affliction of performing arts madness. Oh and a very big not-so-fat Greek family.

Check out my Interviews with:

Love of a Good Book

This is Our Town

Leaving Cairo

Philo4Thought

If you would like to know more about me check out my FAQ’s page and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have a specific question.

In the Rose Garden

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41 Comments

    • 5th January 2015 / 11:02 am

      Thank you! Your blog looks great – I will follow with interest!

  1. 14th July 2014 / 4:51 pm

    Hi Ekaterina. I have nominated you for the One lovely Blog award and would be delighted if you would accept. 🙂

    • 14th July 2014 / 4:53 pm

      Thank you so much Marjorie!! 🙂

    • 6th July 2014 / 3:01 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it Chris!! Book two is now underway… 🙂

    • 24th June 2014 / 9:05 pm

      Thank you so much! I will definitely be tuning in to your blog!

  2. 21st May 2014 / 10:03 am

    You are a genius !!!!

    • 21st May 2014 / 10:07 am

      I WISH I was a genius! 😉

      • 21st May 2014 / 10:18 am

        lol You are so multi-talented as well 😀

  3. 11th May 2014 / 10:02 pm

    Ekaterina! Thank you for the follow! Now I will have to explore!

    • 12th May 2014 / 5:55 am

      You are welcome!

  4. 31st January 2014 / 9:06 pm

    Hi Ekaterina

    Thank you, belatedly, for liking and following my blog.

    I hope that you continue to visit and I love your blog. 🙂

  5. 18th January 2014 / 12:12 pm

    Hi Ekaterina, lovely to meet you and your blog ☺️ We have a mutual friend in Krystina but I’m in the UK too like you x

    • 18th January 2014 / 12:23 pm

      Hi Elaine thank you so much for liking my blog and great to meet you – so nice to meet new people who are all linked to other blogging friends! You have a great blog and your ‘about me’ section where you wrote about your friend was very inspiring – hope we can connect via twitter etc. 🙂 x

      • 18th January 2014 / 12:28 pm

        Thank you ☺️ I don’t do twitter yet! I do have a corresponding Facebook page though if you’d like to find that? It’s just foodbod x

  6. 31st December 2013 / 3:12 am

    Hi Ekaterina! You have a lovely blog. I enjoyed trying out your delightful melamakarona recipe that will appear frequently in my baking as my family loves it too. Looking forward to trying out some more of your recipes.
    Meanwhile, I have nominated you for the Liebster blog award – http://wp.me/p3Nc97-ja
    Ευτυχισμένο το Νέο Έτος!

    • 31st December 2013 / 10:04 am

      So glad you like it and thank you for your lovely comments and for nominating me! I would love to try some Sri Lankan cuisine your blog looks great!

  7. leavingcairo
    22nd November 2013 / 7:11 am

    Great to meet you finally after having read your book! Also a fellow ‘Essex girl’ (nowt wrong with Leigh-On-Sea, my mum once ran a craft shop there in the 70s).

    • 22nd November 2013 / 7:14 am

      You too! It’s a lovely little town! 🙂

  8. 2nd September 2013 / 10:11 pm

    Hey Ekaterina.

    How are you doing? Just wanted to say hello and thank you for your supportbon my blog. Looking out for another post of yours.

    Gratefully,

    Miranda

    • 2nd September 2013 / 11:33 pm

      Thanks Miranda! Same to you 🙂

  9. 26th July 2013 / 8:00 am

    Fantastic bio, and awesome blog! Thanks for stopping by mine, as well! 🙂

    • 26th July 2013 / 8:03 am

      Thank you! Look forward to sharing some recipes 🙂

  10. 19th July 2013 / 8:47 am

    oh, what a wonderful fairy tale of love, your parents meeting and falling deeply in love. i love it. my partner and i have a similar story, i write about her a lot. i have to tell you, that even though it’s midnight here now, the first pic i saw when i opened your blog, was the Greek salad….and now my mouth is watering! i love everything about Greek cuisine, my heritage is Italian and family is from Corleone. i guess it makes sense. *smiles*

    just wanted to visit a bit, to thank you for liking my poem, encouragement is always greatly appreciated.

    • 19th July 2013 / 9:11 am

      Many thanks for your lovely comments! I think my father fell deeply in love, my mother just fell into insanity! 🙂

  11. 21st June 2013 / 2:52 pm

    Ekaterina – Your blog is great! So happy to see great recipes and we share the same favorite quote of Socrates. I too am a Greek mix of Canadian American etc. Do you currently live in England?! I am planning to move there this upcoming October.

    Alexandrea
    xx

    • 21st June 2013 / 3:40 pm

      Efharostou Alexandrea! Yes I live in London- you can connect to my Facebook page if you like to see more posts. Thank you for such a lovely comment! 🙂 xx

    • 27th May 2013 / 7:13 pm

      Thank you!!

  12. 13th December 2012 / 12:18 pm

    great to know about you ekaterina! 🙂

  13. 26th November 2012 / 8:25 pm

    ciao! luvFAB blog.
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