Elka Wood is a freelance writer, parent to two young kids and has a deep love for her home community of the Bega Valley.
Circumstances dictate that Elka and her family move between the US and Australia and she rediscovered a childhood love of writing and storytelling working as a reporter at a small newspaper in Montana, her husband's home state.
In between writing jobs, Elka has worked in the non-profit sector, as a caterer and as a fisheries technician, taking DNA samples from trout in a freezing stream in the middle of the night.
During long winters in Montana, she blogs at Aussiemerica.com.
Elka loves meeting new people and believes in the commonality of the human experience - and that everyone has a story to tell.
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