Effie Kammenou, Author


Which book are you currently reading now?

Wings of Wax by Apollo Papafrangou

Which was a book you loved at school?

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Which was a book you hated at school?

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Which book have you tried but given up on?

Can’t remember the name

Which book have you read in a single sitting?

American Girl History Series books by Elizabeth McDavid Jones

Which book do you think is bad but other people like?


Which was the first book that blew your mind?

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Which book got you into an author you love?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Which book deserves to be called a classic?

The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

Which book do you wish you´d written?


Which book would you never read?

A book that supports the mistreatment of any group of people, or condones violence and sexual abuse

Which book is by an author you think should be better known?

The Gabriel Series by Sylvain Reynard

Which book of yours is your favourite?

Evanthia’s Gift


I’m a believer that it is never too late to chase your dreams, follow your heart or change your career. I am proof of that. At one time, long ago, I’d thought that, by my age, I would have had an Oscar in my hand after a successful career as an actress. Instead, I’ve worked in the optical field for 40 years and have been the proud mother of two accomplished young women.

Now in my fifties, and nothing to tie me down, I thought I’d dip my toe into the acting world once again, but instead, I satisfied my creative side by writing. And now, I can’t seem to stay away from my computer, tapping away at the keys coming up with new tales.

I am a first generation Greek-American who lives on Long Island with my husband and two daughters. When I’m not writing, or posting recipes on my food blog, cheffieskitchen.wordpress.com, you can find me cooking for my family and friends.

My debut novel, EVANTHIA’S GIFT, is a multigenerational love story and family saga, influenced by my Greek heritage, and the many real life accounts that have been passed down. I continue to pick my father’s brain for stories of his family’s life in Lesvos, Greece, and their journey to America. My recent interview with him was published in a nationally circulated magazine.

As an avid cook and baker, a skill I learned from watching my Athenian mother, I incorporated traditional Greek family recipes throughout the book.

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