Hello there!  I have dropped from the face of the earth to seriously pursue my writing career! Kind of juxtaposed considering that’s what a blog is for: WRITING!! So let me rephrase that!! I have dropped from the face of the earth to focus on completing the first draft of my first novel! It’s been a busy year trying to spend quality time at my craft and I am very happy with the results!! I am currently writing a novel about my grandmother’s life and her experiences during Nazi occupied Athens and how they survived hiding Greek Jews in a tiny crawl space.  It’s not the first story about these times and I am sure it will not be the last; this is just another perspective…A love story in fact! A love for her soul mate, a love for people and a love for her country! I am happily dancing around holding my first draft in my hands!! Perhaps I will include a small excerpt in upcoming weeks! Progress is good!

About the Author Irene Savakis

I am a fun-loving mama of 4 amazing kidlets and I am on a mission to find something that makes me happy or brings me joy every day and to share that with you! Incidentally, the title of the blog came from my oldest daughter when she was almost 3. It had been many sleepless nights and 3 out of 4 in diapers was taking its toll. She cradled my face in her little hands and asked: “Mamma, are you happy and laughing?”. Needless to say, that expression has stuck and we still use it today, over 10 years later. On a personal note, I love to write, paint and scrapbook…I love being creative. It is the one place where I can journey into myself and find peace in my world. I come back rejuvenated. Incidentally, Irene is of Greek origin meaning peace…funny, I am most happy when I have peace in my heart and all around me. Thanks for stopping by…


  1. Best of luck on your current Holocaust-themed novel based on your grandmother’s memoirs. The genre is one that fascinates me. Will be looking for it when it’s published!

    I just read Alice Price’s FAR TO GO, which I recommend to you, as she too is a Canadian author with a compelling personal Holocaust-themed (Czech and kindertransport related) story woven into a powerful novel.

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