Sunday, 17 August 2014

Episode 24 Conversations over Milk & Cookies - Effrosyni Moschoudi

Welcome to Episode 24 of Conversations over Milk & Cookies hosted by Kindle Ninja.

Hi, Kindle Ninja here, you know, the ninja who occasionally stalks indie authors and invites them to conversations over Milk & Cookies. 

What is this madness, you ask? It's my way of supporting indie authors. We interact with them everyday, directly through tweets, or indirectly through re-tweets, but we don't really know much about them. Their personalities really don't shine through in 140 characters. 

Of course, that changed considerably when the Milk & Cookies segment was born. Since its inception, we've seen the funny side, silly side, dark side, and all other sides that these wonderful authors don't let show. 

Today, I'm having a conversation with author Effrosyni Moschoudi.

I've been stalking following Fros for some time now and I enjoy hanging out at her wonderful blog without her knowing (what? that's stalking?). I come for the posts, but I stay for the food & travel photos. Let's get to know Fros in more than 140 characters, shall we?

KINDLE NINJA:  Welcome to Conversations over Milk and Cookies. How do you like your cookies? Chewy? Crunchy? Crumbly? Something else?

Crunchy of course! Have you ever tried to dunk a crumbly or a chewy cookie in hot tea? Disaster, my friend! I have a favorite cookie too. It’s Miranda by Papadopoulou (a very old Greek brand). In the winter, I often kiss my waistline goodbye by dunking in my tea up to a dozen of those babies before you can even say ‘Gosh, I see you’re going for the beached whale look next summer!’ Even the image on the side of my mug is not without meaning (snorts).

Miranda. Impossible to have just one. 12 is the minimum.

You know what, I'm going to stock up on those cookies for you and my Greek 'Dad' Nick. So you'd rather have tea than milk...

Yes, I love tea and preferably Earl Gray.

Who’s the person you’d want to have tea with?  
If I were to choose a famous person, I’d pick someone really posh. Dame Maggie Smith—Dowager Countess of Grantham from Downton Abbey—would be lovely. Although I fear she might tell me off for being a pleb. I take it with milk instead of lemon you see (giggles).

Tell me, has your naughty cat Felix ever eaten your manuscript?

I’m sure he would if I let him indoors but I have a thing about cat hair. When I had a dog it used to live in the house but I refuse to let the cat in as he jumps on table tops and furniture and I can’t handle that. Still, Felix manages to be naughty 24/7 living on my front porch. When I’m in the kitchen, he insists on sitting on the window sill clawing at the netting or rubbing himself against it, just to watch me recoil at the site of his hair flying into the air. I used to have eight miniature pot plants on the window sill. He’s destroyed them all, but one at a time, just to prolong my frustration. As for my pot plants on the porch. I’ll just say he seems to believe they are beds, recliners and chairs!

The real Felix the Naughty Cat

If your novel “The Lady of the Pier” would be made into a movie, who do you want to play the main character/s?

As I’m very passionate about movies, when I write I tend to shape the characters in my head with the appearance and mannerisms of my favorite actors and actresses. This means I’ve already casted my main characters. I’m a huge fan of Twilight and Robert Pattinson so he’d play the double role of Christian and Danny. With his gorgeous smile, he’d be ideal for these flirty and cheeky characters. 

The Lady of the Pier
For the dramatic scenes, I’d count on his amazing, angry face. Makes my hair stand on end. If you’ve watched Bel Ami and a certain scene with him and Kristin Scott Thomas then you know what I’m talking about. As for the double role of Laura and Sofia, this would have to be Amanda Seyfried.  It would be like Mamma Mia all over again, as she’d be in beachwear once more, swimming in sparkling waters and diving off boats. It’s so easy to imagine. There’s so much innocence in her massive blue eyes plus she sings like an angel so she’d be just perfect. As for my baddie, Charles, this would have to be Jonathan Rhys Meyers. His icy cold stare is wicked. He makes my skin crawl as a baddie so he’d be perfect. 

Sorry this is long! I did warn you that I’m passionate about movies though. You could have stuck a doughnut in my mouth from that tray over there. That would have stopped me chattering so remember next time you ask me a movie question, will you?  

 Will you stop looking at those doughnuts. Those are Danica Cornell's!       
Celebrity / Author / Famous Person you’d take to another planet should Earth  become extinct.

Wouldn’t go anywhere without Andy, my British husband. If anything because he makes me laugh and I couldn’t function anywhere without him. But if we must take a celebrity along, that would have to be Tom Cruise. He’s been in so many Sci-Fi adventures, I’m sure he’d keep us safe (grins and puts up a finger). Does this count as a movie question? Oh, that’s nice, thanks! (shoves doughnut in mouth) Yummy. Thanks KN, you’re the best!

If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why? (and will you take Ninja with you?)

I’d go back to Corfu at the time when I was a teenager holidaying at my grandparents’ house just to have another moment with my late grandfather. I’d give him a big hug and ask him to tell me another of his many old stories. I have the best memories of my young life from these summers. As for you, my favorite Ninja, sure you could come with me. But only if you’d agree to wear colorful swimshorts and a bandanna. They were all the rage back in the 80s.

No Speedos! lol  So, how do you feel about doughnuts without holes?

Are you kidding? My favorites. The more of the yumminess the better.

What’s the book you wished you’d written?
Twilight of course. I’d be loaded with cash now, sunbathing on an exotic island and never having to work again. Seriously now, I’m very inspired by this success story. Over the course of a couple of years, Stephenie Meyer’s life changed dramatically. From a shy housewife (or ‘mousy Stephenie’ as she put it), she turned into a successful author and film producer. It all started from a dream she had one night and she could have easily kept it to herself or forgotten about it. But she believed. I think her story is a huge lesson on the power of faith and perseverance and it inspires me every day to keep believing in myself too.

What’s the book that positively shaped you?
For nearly 30 years, I’ve been reading a lot of books of esoteric philosophy and self-help that have shaped my character and my mindset but only one of them I’ve come to call ‘my bible’: it is “The Master Key System” by Charles F. Haanel, and in particular the comprehensive copy you can get nowadays that includes the famous extra chapters. It’s a legend of a book but certainly not an easy read. Still, it’s a treasure of knowledge and the best read I can think of for people pursuing happiness and prosperity. I’ve always had questions about the meaning of life, the nature of God and also about the workings of the human mind, especially the subconscious. I’d been reading avidly since adolescence to find answers on all these subjects. Haanel’s particular masterpiece landed in my hands just a few years ago and finally explained everything to me with perfect clarity. I now see the world, God and people with new eyes because of it.

What would you rather be doing now? (instead of answering these questions).  

I’d love to be on a beach in Corfu, preferably in Issos. I love its crystal waters and sand dunes. My annual escape to the island is coming up and I can’t wait. Okay, don’t look at me with those eyes… Tell you what, give me the doughnut  tray now and I’ll think about it. Maybe you can ride in the back seat, but only if you dress up as a tourist. We can’t have the holidaymakers screaming with panic at the site of your black attire and flying daggers!

I'm ready, Fros.

What do you do to decompress?
I like to have a stroll around the marina or the beach in my little seaside town. The sound of the water and the cry of seagulls help me to relax. If it’s cold outside, I just snuggle up on the sofa by the fireplace and stick a DVD in the machine.

What bizarre food have you eaten?
Several types of seafood that I either eat raw or cooked depending on the type. Although, being as health-conscious as I am, I see fast food or margarine as ‘bizarre food’ and never touch it. I mean just how plastic is this stuff?

If book reviewing-ninja were to raid your fridge, what would he find in there?
I don’t know about the fridge, but I know what you’d find in the freezer: my homemade icecream! My sister gave me this amazing recipe and it’s the easiest and yummiest ice cream ever. Hey, is it me or are your eyes twinkling behind the mask? No problem buddy, I got you covered! Here’s the recipe on my blog.   Make a bucket and you can thank Frostie later.

Frostie Ice Cream
What’s in your purse right now?  
Dude, seriously, give that back! Shoot, too late! (chews lower lip) Okay, so I have a confession to make. Remember when you popped out earlier to get more milk? Well, the tray of doughnuts sort of beckoned to me and well…

On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you about life right now?
Since I entered the indie world just under a year ago, my life has changed immensely. Although I’ve been unemployed since the breakout of the Greek crisis in 2010,  I now work at home 10-12 hours a day without pay, trying to shape my future as I want it to be. This is the first time in my life I have the chance to do that and I find it very empowering. I owe it greatly to my husband who doesn’t mind being the sole breadwinner while I give it my best. I can say with certainty that being an indie author makes my life pretty exciting. Plus, I’m going to Corfu soon and the anticipation always pumps up the blood in my veins. So I’d say 10 is a small number these days. Try 20 or more…

Nicholas Sparks or Dan Brown?
Dan Brown of course! The man’s a genius. Phew - I’m glad you didn’t ask me to choose between him and Stephen King! We’d be here so long you’d wind up serving dinner!

We can order pizza! (or Gyros?)

J.K. Rowling or Stephenie Meyer?
Although I’m not a fan of Harry Potter I admire J.K. Rowling greatly for her journey as a writer, and even more so because she had to face a lot of adversity. I expect it made her faith ironclad in the process. Another inspiring success story there, even more so than Stephenie’s. So, yes, Rowling on that score.

Thanks for your time. Hope you enjoyed the milk and cookies.
You bet I did, KN! And I’ll remain grateful, as long as you don’t remove from my purse what you found earlier (pleading look). Thank you for this amazing opportunity, my friend! 

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The Lady of the Pier

The Necklace of Goddess Athena


  1. Thank you KN for this delightful interview! You've been a wonderful host and managed the impossible: since the interview, I've been having less Miranda biscuits and more doughnuts... now I just have to find a way to eat 12 of those too in one go AND still fit through my front door. Yikes!

    1. Thanks Fros for agreeing to this crazy interview lol You're hilarious!

  2. Oh! Effrosyni, I am so glad I ticked to follow your blog or I would have missed this superlative interview. What fun. Interesting to the last word. I recall when your first book went live on Amazon. Now, here you are, an all grown up indie author. I love your success story. Not only that, but your life is as magical as your stories. Plus, you make ice cream. What about lemon chicken soup? There is a tiny Greek restaurant on the square in St Augustine, Florida that serves the best lemon chicken soup I have ever tasted. I need the recipe. Oh, lest I forget ~ wave to Kindle Ninja.

    1. Hi Jackie! Thanks for stopping by :) I'd offer you food but you know the cookie & doughnut situation... ;)

  3. Hi Jackie, thank you so much for your lovely words. They mean a lot coming from you; such an accomplished author. Awww, you made my day, honey! The lemon chicken soup sounds like it's got 'avgolemono' sauce - ie egg & lemon sauce. Is it thick, yummy and creamy? We put egg and lemon in a series of meals at the end in a specific way. They make for delicious meals, but I have never add it to chicken soup. I can get you a greek recipe for it, I will ask around. Leave it with me! Hugs, Fros xx

    1. When you get back from Corfu, I want the recipe. I luuuv that soup.

    2. No problem Jackie! I'll get a nice one for you :)

  4. So, it's settled. Mr. Ninja, Tom Cruise, and I will all ventue over to your neck of the woods for some quality beach time - complete with fresh ice cream and great reads. Sound good? :) GREAT interview, and by the way, hands off the doughnuts, Fros! LOL! ((Hugs)) to you both! xoxo

    1. Danica, when we go to Greece, call me Iakovos ;) Thanks for bringing some more doughnuts.

    2. Would love to have you Danica, and my new buddy Iakovos, for ice cream and a swim anytime. Come on over - just bring some doughnuts ;) And make sure Tom doesn't eat them on the way here :) xxx

  5. May I call you Fros? You have a wonderful sense of humor and are my kind of person. Homemade ice cream? Wish I could sample some! (I also have a terrible weakness for donuts.) Your books sound equally as entertaining as you are: Love the titles and the covers. I am, of course, following you on Twitter...and will share Kindle Ninja Book Reviews on social media.

    Best wishes,

    1. Hi Linda, yes of course you can call me Fros - that's my name after all ;) Thank you so much for the lovely words and for your support honey! Have a great day :)

  6. Hey there, KN. Another fun interview. After getting to know you, Fros, I hope I can call you Fros too. Love the pics, especially the ice cream. It looks like it would taste yummy. Both books sound intriguing. :)

    1. Hello Dale! Of course you can call me Fros like all my friends do :) So lovely to connect with you and thank you for your kind comments! As for the ice cream, you're welcome to try it - don't just take my word for it. The recipe is on my blog for everybody to try :) Love to hear feedback! Have a blessed day!

  7. I love ice cream Fros! I'm so gonna try that recipe. Enjoyed the interview too... you are a riot! :) ...but next time save a few doughnuts for me, the whole interview made me hungry!