Born in the UK and raised in Africa and Canada, Elka has spent the past 15 years living in Vietnam, where she works as a writer, editor and illustrator. During this time, Elka has watched Vietnam change from a closed, impoverished country to a place where Bentleys squeeze past bicycles festooned with live ducks, and grannies in traditional velvet headbands ride the bus with kids dressed like Korean pop stars.
Elka's travel writing has appeared in many international magazines and guidebooks. She is the author of one novel for adults - Hanoi Jane - and two kids' books that she also illustrated - 1,2,3 Vietnam! and Vietnam A to Z.
To follow Elka's adventures, please go to elkaray.com