Maria Katsonis is a senior executive in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet and a public policy lecturer at the Melbourne School of Government. Released earlier this year, her novel The Good Greek Girl is a memoir.
Maria enjoyed a traditional Greek childhood, living on top of a milk bar and sharing a bedroom with her yiayia. She was a good Greek girl throughout high school until university when she discovered her rebellious side and her true sexuality. Summoning the courage to come out as a lesbian to her Orthodox family and community, she was not met with love and support, but was ostracised.
Embracing her imposed independence, she abandoned nine-tenths of an economics degree for a career in theatre and became your typical type A over-achiever. Furthering her studies, she graduated from Harvard University with a Masters degree. Little did she know that five years later she would be alone on a bed in a white psych ward fighting for her life.
While Maria now lives with a chronic mental illness, she leads an active and meaningful life. A vocal mental health advocate, she is a beyondblue ambassador and a consumer representative with Mental Health Australia.
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