Greek-American Daughter of Seattle AHEPA Member Publishes Book

Kosta Giakoumatos, a member of AHEPA's Seattle chapter and his daughter Maria, holding her first novel, Midnight Waltz. Photo: Facebook

A night of spooky fun exploring a haunted house takes an unexpected turn when Anthony meets the undead Emily. Their awkward, newfound friendship attracts an eccentric group of demon-fighting paranormal investigators—as well the cult of dark mages holding Emily’s soul captive for their mysterious schemes.

Released in April 2018 by Blysster Press, “Midnight Waltz” is the first book from the Greek-American author Maria Giakoumatos, and the first of the four-part Infernal Symphony series.

“Midnight Waltz is no ordinary supernatural tale,” said Charity Becker, Blysster Press editor-in-chief and author of the “Presence” horror series. “The author takes a familiar genre and gives it a wicked twist with sharp wit, deep character development, and expertly-crafted suspense that keeps you turning pages. Maria shows off her unique voice and attention to detail throughout the entire novel, making sure readers are engrossed and entertained with every page. Great for YA audiences and older readers alike, Midnight Waltz is more than just a fun supernatural romp. Maria has crafted an entire world with deep story arcs and believable tension.”

Giakoumatos grew up in the Kent and Seattle area, which serve as the main settings for “Midnight Waltz.” She worked as a journalist for the University of Washington’s The Daily, while studying for a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology. Being a proud member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle, her strong Greek cultural and Orthodox Christian background inspired many of the spiritual elements in her writing. Aside from writing, Giakoumatos enjoys playing piano—her twenty years of practice influencing the classical music references in her story. Giakoumatos runs her own blog, posting short stories, writing tips, and reviews at