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. She also took classes at various institutes including RADA, and gained roles in main stream film, including Disney’s Blockbuster John Carter of Mars.

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.

Now a mum of three, Ekaterina’s blog has expanded to include all things baby alongside her lifestyle, travel and beauty posts and she continues to run business directory and networking group The Greek Wives Club.

Ekaterina also works as a freelance writer and copywriter for London and European magazines, including: the LOVE WIMBLEDON GUIDE; THE HUFFINGTON POSTSTATUS Magazine and the newly launched online luxury service magazine LIFE & LUXURY.

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

So there you go.

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

    • EBotziou
      Author
      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. 🙂

    • EBotziou
      Author
      14th July 2014 / 4:53 pm

      Thank you so much Marjorie!! 🙂

    • EBotziou
      Author
      6th July 2014 / 3:01 pm

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

    • EBotziou
      Author
      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 !!!!

    • EBotziou
      Author
      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!

    • EBotziou
      Author
      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

    • EBotziou
      Author
      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!

    • EBotziou
      Author
      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).

    • EBotziou
      Author
      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

    • EBotziou
      Author
      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! 🙂

    • EBotziou
      Author
      26th July 2013 / 8:03 am

      Thank you! Look forward to sharing some recipes 🙂

        • EBotziou
          Author
          27th July 2013 / 6:49 am

          Many many thanks! 🙂

  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.

    • EBotziou
      Author
      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

    • EBotziou
      Author
      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

    • EBotziou
      Author
      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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