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 POST; STATUS Magazine and the newly launched online luxury service magazine LIFE & LUXURY.
You can follow Ekaterina on various social networking sites including:
So there you go.
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