“This series is dedicated to my parents Sophia and Theodoros, who instilled in me the love of ancient Greece.”
Maria Kamoulakou-Marangoudakis was born and raised in Athens, Greece, where the ancient art and architecture surrounding her captured her imagination in early childhood. She studied archaeology in England in the late 1980’s and holds two degrees, one with distinction. Maria’s experience as a field archaeologist and a researcher with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture spanned over sixteen years. During that time she worked in several important archaeological sites all over Greece (Sparta, Diros Caves, Patras, Aetolia-Akarnania, Epidaurus, the islands of Santorini, Lesvos, Zante and Kefalonia). She finished her career in Greece as a member of the 35th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities in Kefalonia. Following her marriage to Carl, Maria moved to the USA in 2008 and decided to test her abilities in the sphere of children’s literature.
The seeds of her publishing venture were planted in 2012, during a stormy wintery night in New England. Maria had just come out of a serious health adventure that prompted her to “seize the day” and suddenly felt a strong urge to address children. Using her background as a Greek archaeologist, she decided to turn to her favorite ancient Greek playwright, Aristophanes, for inspiration. The Adventures of Hope and Trusty, Sky Cloud City is a free adaptation of the most fairytale-like of his comedies, The Birds (Ornithes). It is intended to be the first book in a series inspired by a few of the most popular comedies by Aristophanes.
UPDATE: Maria has recently become her own publisher along with her husband, Carl Marangoudakis. We wish her the best of luck with Sky Cloud City and all her new books!