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Georgia Garvey on Parenting, Greek Heritage and Modern Life in New Book

December 4, 2023

As the season of giving continues, seeing the humor in everyday life is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Georgia Garvey, a first-generation Greek immigrant, syndicated columnist, and former editor at the Chicago Tribune, has released her new book, Everything Is Going to Be OK (Until It’s Not), a collection of her humorous syndicated columns that run in papers across the country. The book includes her humorous take on parenting, modern life, her Greek heritage. Garvey who works as a writer and editor and lives on Chicago’s North Shore with her husband and two boys, ages 7 and 5, took time out from her busy schedule to speak with The National Herald about her book which makes a great gift this holiday season.

TNH: Did you always want to be a writer?

Georgia Garvey: I don’t think I ever made a decision to be a writer. I just always did it. As a child, I wrote in my diary and I wrote plays. As a teenager and young adult, I wrote poetry and stories. When I graduated from college, I became a journalist, and now I am a columnist and novelist. I’ve always said that writing has to work out for me because I have no experience doing anything else!

TNH: What made you decide to write this book at this particular time?

GG: This book is a compilation of many of my columns, all written over a three-year period. I began writing a weekly newspaper column at the Chicago Tribune in 2020, at the start of the pandemic, when my husband and I were mostly isolated at home with our two young children. It was a crazy time, and that’s certainly reflected in the columns from then, but re-reading them, I also see the love in our family amid such difficult circumstances. As I continued writing, the pandemic became less of a topic but I still wrote about being Greek, being a parent and living in this modern age. I use my columns as therapy.

TNH: How long did the process take from idea to publication?

Everything Is Going to Be OK (Until It’s Not) by Georgia Garvey. Photo: Amazon

GG: When the publishing company approached me about publishing a book of my columns, I was thrilled. It took a few weeks to go through the columns and select the ones that we were going to include. Then, there was time spent designing the book cover, writing the back copy and writing an introduction to the book. Then, there was more time spent preparing the book for publication. I’d estimate that overall it took about four months.

TNH: How does your Greek heritage inform your life and work?

GG: Greekness permeates every part of me. I have a Greek personality, a Greek nose, a Greek name (my maiden name is Evdoxiadis) and more than all of that, an abiding love of Greece. I’m lucky to be a part of such an ancient yet vital culture, and I certainly access my Greek experience in my writing. As a child, I lived in Greece and I still think about the magical days I spent exploring the mountains with my brother. Everyone watched out for everyone else’s kids, and I don’t think many American children these days have the experience of being free yet also being safe, as we did back then. Being Greek and having lived in Greece – these are both gifts to me from God.

TNH: What are you working on next?

GG: Funny you should ask! I’ve finished an adventure/romance novel called ‘Age of Gods’ and am just beginning to send it out to agents. It’s the story of Pallas Partheni, (the 3,000-year-old Greek goddess Athena) living in the modern world, and her struggle to keep the all-powerful Aegis out of the hands of her evil brother Ares. Still trying to hide her immortality, Pallas is forced to work with a bodyguard, a former football player named Collier Grant who doesn’t realize he’s a descendant of Heracles. There’s all kinds of fun mythology and Ancient Greek history – the great Pericles even makes an appearance!

Everything Is Going To Be OK (Until It’s Not) by Georgia Garvey is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Apple Books.

More information is available online: www.georgiagarvey.com.

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