A little bit about Elia...

Elia has always loved reading. She loves science, too. As a girl, she wanted to be a nurse and a ballerina. Instead, she became a scientist and a writer. Elia has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in pharmacology (which means she trained to do biomedical research). She left the lab bench to work in science publishing and science communication. In 2016, Elia made a New Year's resolution to pursue her dream of writing a picture book biography of a woman she'd long admired. She's pursuing that dream and working on other picture books in Northern Virginia, where she lives with her husband, Steve, and cat, Ruby. 

Elia enjoys yoga, walks with friends, tea, travel, nature, and good food. She loves flowers, often stopping to admire and photograph them. She took up the violin again after many years of neglect and enjoys playing chamber music with friends.

Elia is a member of SCBWI, the National Association of Science Writers, and the DC Science Writers Association, and a Children's Book Academy graduate.

Elia (right) and Mom reading

Elia and Lassie

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