ELENA ARTZANIDOU was born in Germany. She grew up in Mavroneri, in the Prefecture of Kilkis, and later moved to Thessaloniki. She holds a degree from the Department of Early Childhood Education in Karditsa, as well as from the Department of Early Childhood Education of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She works as a nursery school teacher in Thessaloniki, teaches at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and writes articles for various blogs and newspapers. She is very active in teaching creative writing and the use of children's books in nursery and primary school education. Since 1996 she has been writing books for children. Her book, MY NAME IS PROMISE, was included in the International Youth Library White Ravens 2007 list.