Elea was born at home in Ohio in 1974. Her parents believed that children should be free to explore their worlds, and so most her childhood years were spent exploring the oceans, forests, and mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

On Mother’s day in 2003 she gave birth to her only child, Vasu. Vasu lived until August 19th, 2009, when he died from kidney cancer. Forty-two days after his death, Elea bicycled 1,200 miles down the Pacific Coast Bike Route. Alone on the ocean’s shore, she began to write about life and grief and what it means to be connected to this world.

Elea continues to write while bicycling. She refuses to own a car, and often heads out on solo bike tours across the country and over mountain ranges. She is always on the lookout for inspiring moments when her fellow humans show off how kind they are to each other and to themselves.