Maria Kalatzi was born in Athens, but her family origins trace back to Mytilene and Astypalaia. She is an icon painter by profession and in parallel, she is involved in poetry and literature. She is the mother of three. She originally appeared in the Greek literature scene with her novel ‘Power of the Soul’ (2007) followed by ‘The Haunted Mansion’ (2008). ‘Treasure in the Water’ is her third book.