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Ela Crain is a Turkish-born British writer. She has a BA in Archaeology & Anthropology, an MA in Film & Digital Media, and an MSc in Brain Sciences from University College London.
She wrote her first book at the age of 21, and to years later founded a video production company in London, where she worked with clients such as: M.A.C Cosmetics, Orange Mobile, Haymarket Publishing, Central YMCA, St. Tropez, and the Dragons’ Den star James Caan. She also produced a documentary in Kenya, aimed at raising awareness around children with AIDS, funded by MAC Aids Fund.
In 2008, Ela published a second book in Turkey, which examined the link between creativity and madness. The book especially resonated with young readers, and triggered a wave of rebellion against the rigid social norms of the country.
In 2013, Ela moved from London to Berlin, and founded a non-profit organization that helps writers kickstart their careers, Mash Stories. With its 69 voluntary staff, Mash Stories published over 2,200 hand-picked writers. It was listed among the Top 50 Websites in 2015 by Grey Goose Vodka, and took the second place in the Webby Awards in Social Media category. In the meantime, she completed her first novel, Montana, describing the makings of a serial killer, due for publishing in early 2021.
In 2016, Ela was encouraged to work as a life coach by Gary Reid, a legendary success coach in Jack Canfield’s team. During the following 4 years, she held regular workshops at the largest startup community in Europe, Factory Berlin – where she organized 42 events within 3 months. She spent 2018-19 in Los Angeles, giving talks and seeing clients. She also produced a weekly podcast, Peaceful Ease, on emotional health.
In 2019, Ela returned to Europe. She completed an informal 6-month retreat first in the Swiss Alps and then in a tiny village by the Tramuntana Mountains in Mallorca. Ela currently lives in Berlin with her husband and Pomeranian dog.