Elena Douglas (née Barbara Brunetti) was born in Paris and spent the first seven years of her life in France. After immigrating to the United States, she and her newly-blended family lived in New Hampshire and Maine. During a summer spent in an isolated cabin in the White Mountains when she was eight, her mother read her the Iliad and the Odyssey. Thus began a lifelong fascination with the legends of ancient Greece. Elena’s birth parents spent years in a protracted and virulent custody battle for her and her older sister, waged across two continents. This began when she was seven and was not resolved until she was fourteen. During those years Barbara developed a passion for escaping into her own world and making up stories. This proved to be a great solace, a refuge from the turbulence of her family life. She has been writing ever since. When Elena was twelve, the family moved to Berkeley, California. Elena graduated from U.C. Berkeley, married, raised a family, and enjoyed a long career as a middle-school/junior high English teacher. As a teacher she helped numerous students create prize-winning books for various young author fairs. Now retired, she devotes herself to her own writing. She has completed three historical novels, all based on ancient history and legend, and she is currently working on a memoir. She lives with her husband in Berkeley, California. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with their three energetic grandchildren.