Elena grew up in Westchester County, NY, where she played for the worst field hockey team in the area. The mascot was a Cornhusker, and the motto was "Corn Gone Bad". It was all very intimidating. In a former business life, Elena was an insurance underwriter for a niche company that provided a form of workers' compensation insurance for volunteer firefighters. She lived in Toledo, Ohio briefly before deciding hills and forests were a major personal need. She moved to the Lake District of the United Kingdom for four years to earn a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's in Brain Imaging for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience. Elena will always have a loyalty to brains and neuroscientific research, but she decided academic research wasn't for her. She moved back to New York (importing her English wife along with her, after a bunch of tedious paperwork) and started working for a real estate information company, Reis, and then "proptech" start-up, CompStak, where she's worked as a Senior Research Analyst for the past 2.5 years. She has a deep appreciation for public record databases and loves divining the psychology of real estate locations. In her spare time, she's amping up her SQL and Python skills, sharing parenthood of two cats, Fig and Turtle, and is busy working on her fifth novel, which she describes as Haunting of Hill House meets Inception.